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Diverge Expert E5 EVO

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Diverge Expert E5 EVO

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This thing called 'gravel riding' is still evolving, still being defined. What's next? Hop on the new Diverge Expert EVO and you tell us. It's designed to get aggressive, to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible on a gravel bike. With flat bars and geometry even more progressive then the new drop bar Diverge you better hang onto your flannel. We've significantly increased the reach, slackened the head tube and lowered the bottom bracket, to put you 'in' the bike for a super planted feeling. From sending technical single track to ripping flowing fire road descents, if you're looking for a partner to take your gravel riding to new levels, nothing's faster, more fun, or rowdier than the Diverge EVO.

With a Premium E5 Aluminum frame and our latest Future Shock 2.0 with an adjustable hydraulic damper offering 20mm of travel, the Diverge Expert E5 is uniquely qualified to tackle aggressive trails at high speed. The bike’s build is MTB inspired, with SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 shifting and extra stopping power thanks to SRAM Level TLM brakes. An TranzX dropper post is standard, as well as our latest gravel tire designed for incredible traction, the new Rhombus Pro 42mm, on DT Swiss G540 alloy wheels.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, Future Shock suspension, 1x specific EVO geometry, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 30.8mm

Suspension

Fork

Future Shock 1.5 w/Smooth Boot, FACT carbon, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount

Cockpit

Handlebars

Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails

Stem

Future Stem, Comp

Grips

Specialized Trail Grips

SeatPost

TranzX Dropper, 27.2mm, 90mm travel

Brakes

Rear Brake

SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, 160mm CenterLine rotor

Front Brake

SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, 160mm CenterLine rotor

Drivetrain

Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM GX, trigger, 12-speed

Cassette

SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t

Crankset

SRAM Rival 1 Wide

Chainrings

38T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB BSA 68 Wide

Chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Wheels & Tires

Front Wheel

DT Swiss G540 rim, 24mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples

Rear Wheel

DT Swiss G540 rim, 24mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples

Front Tire

Rhombus Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x42mm

Rear Tire

Rhombus Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x42mm

Inner Tubes

Standard 40mm PV 700x32-50

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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SML
Stack580mm607mm632mm
Fork Rake/Offset55mm55mm55mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal456mm600mm627mm
Bike Standover Height732mm754mm774mm
Reach395mm420mm440mm
Head Tube Angle70°70°70°
BB Height265mm265mm265mm
Seat Tube Length470mm500mm530mm
Head Tube Length104mm133mm159mm
Front Centre639mm674mm703mm
Chainstay Length432mm432mm432mm
Seat Tube Angle73.5°73.5°73.5°
Trail69mm69mm69mm
Wheelbase1057mm1092mm1121mm
BB Drop85mm85mm85mm
Fork Length, Full390mm390mm390mm
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.6
  • 7 Reviews

This is the bike

I dont even own one I already know this must be the perfect in betweens for someone who wants to ride the burns down low to the dirt while having a great, fast ride on flat asphalt. The flat bar is a must for someone used to mountain biking transitionning to road bike as I do. The low frame must be perfect for riding downhills and taking steep turns with your body, though it might give someone a sluggier feeling than with a normal road bike. Idk I only dream about this mint gem 😂🤷‍:male_sign:


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Philippe

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Extremely competent trail machine

I spend a lot of time on 10-20% grades, on both gravel and single track. I've found this bike to be the ideal machine for tackling this type of riding. Its VERY light and climbs like a dream. The 1x Eagle 50t means I'm able to cruise up a 20% grade with no problems. While it climbs extremely well, my favorite riding on this bike is doing descents. The future shock and dropper allow for fast downhills, even when the terrain is technical. I generally run the future shock all the way "open" on the trails, and all the way "closed" on the road. The dial in adjustment is very convenient. The brakes are nothing short of magical. On a 3500 foot descent I ride frequently there is no brake fade or overheating issues. On the road, the riding style is aggressive and it's perfect for fast flats. I find myself normally cruising between 18-20 on the flats. Thru axle means less hassle. If you're on the fence, just buy it. You will not regret it.

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Yes!

Name:
Cal

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It really is the MTB'rs gravel bike

I will always prefer trail riding on my MTB's to gravel. But I was missing out on too many riding opportunities due to not having a gravel bike, so I decided to get one. I hate drop bars so I was delighted to find this bike. I put a full dropper post on and am running tubeless, and the bike is quite capable. It's comfortable for long rides, and fun. The front shock is great. The traction and breaks are good. I don't shy away from steep, semi-technical single track. Of course it will be a little slower, but this does not matter unless you're doing lots of flat riding at speed, which I am not interested in. So, you will struggle to keep up on flat pavement if other riders want to go fast. You will also pass everyone when it comes time for off-road downhill.

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Yes!

Name:
Remy

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Great Ride

I was attracted to this bike because it was a flat bar gravel bike which is unusual. I was aware of the detailed reviews on the web, which all found it to be a slow bike to ride compared to its peers. Recently I removed the inner tubes and converted my Diverge to run fully tubeless tyres, which was easy to do given the very suitable rims and tyres it came with as standard. Now I have found it to be a much more responsive gravel bike and much quicker to accelerate on both gravel and bitumen. It should also be much more able to resist punctures. Now it is a fun bike to ride but I will have to top up the fluid in the now tubeless tyres every 3 or 4 months.

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Yes!

Name:
Chris

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Great bike

Glad I finally found a gravel bike with flat handlebars. It was hard to tell what shade of green the bike was on the computer, it looked more teal online but it is a solid Starbucks green.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Mary

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The Diverge Evo is my

The Diverge Evo is my first true modern bike: carbon and aluminum, geometry, 1x, and internal cable routing. I’m 5’8” with a true 32” inseam and purchased a medium. First issue is the seat it too high for me by .5” with the taller 90mm dropper used on the 2022 model rather than the 50mm dropper used on the 2021 model. Second, the crank arms are too long and hurt my knees and hips. Third, the cable rattle is awful. And lastly, might’ve been bad luck, but second time out on gravel within the first mile got a hole in the rear tire from gravel puncturing right in the middle of the tire. I have the bike set up with CushCore and tubeless with Stans. I realized the hole because I and the entire bike got sprayed with the Stans, which sealed the hole and I was able to add air and finish the ride. But being on a well maintained gravel trail I’m quite disappointed the tires would puncture so easy from a piece of gravel. I also find the bike topping out around 22 MPH for me on flat road and wouldn’t mind a smaller gear. The bottom bracket height is a major limiting factor to go on any single track, at least where I am, there’s always trees down and it is not tall enough and the pedal height is extremely low and would strike a lot on flowy sections with roots and rocks. Other than the above, the bike seems to be built well and fit me well as far as stand over and reach. The Future Shock 2.0 does a great job isolating rough surfaces and is one of the best features of the bike in my mind. The color is really nice. To address the height, cranks, (and speed and pedal strike) I’m giving a 160mm 40 tooth crankset a try. This will shorten things by ~.50”: seat height should be perfect for me with the full dropper, reduce the knee and hip articulation on the up, increase cadence and likely speed, raise pedal height, and the 40 tooth should give it more speed as well, albeit at the potential cost of climbing. As for the cables, I used a cheap split mesh wrap for electrical cables and fed into the tube around the cables from the bottom and completely silenced it. By a point of reference I have a an almost mint late 1980’s or early 1990’s Diamondback Apex and the bikes are amazingly quite similar. At this point the Apex with 26” wheels and 2.1” tires is actually faster, around 25 MPH on the flat road and every bit (or more) fun to ride.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Guest G.

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Excellent rides/experience with this bike

Excellent rides/experience with this bike so far. Love the bike/features, and the purchase experience was smooth and easy.

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