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Diverge Elite E5

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Diverge Elite E5

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Whether your goal is to escape on gravel back roads, far from cars and crowds, toe the start line at your first gravel race, or simply get the most versatile bike on the road or dirt, no bike is better than the new Diverge. It's quite simply the fastest, most capable - and just maybe the most fun - alloy bike we've ever made, delivering a ride that's quick and lively, but stable and confidence inspiring when the terrain gets rough. With all-new gravel geometry and category leading tire clearance, the new Diverge represents everything we've learned over more than 40 years of riding road, gravel and dirt. The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. It's the ultimate getaway vehicle.

The Diverge Elite E5 utilizes our premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork for a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. Shimano’s gravel inspired GRX 400 group shifts 2x10 gears smoothly on any terrain and Axis Elite alloy wheels with Pathfinder 38mm tires provide an efficient ride on pavement with the versatility for hard pack dirt riding.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Seat Binder

Alloy, 30.8mm

Suspension

Fork

FACT carbon, full carbon steerer, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Cockpit

Handlebars

Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp

Saddle

Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails

SeatPost

Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware

Stem

Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

Tape

Specialized S-Wrap

Brakes

Front Brake

Shimano GRX RX400, Hydraulic disc

Rear Brake

Shimano GRX RX400, Hydraulic disc

Drivetrain

Shift Levers

Shimano GRX RX400 hydraulic brake levers, 2x10 speed mechanical shifting

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, braze-on

Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, 10-speed

Cassette

Shimano CS-HG50-10, 10-Speed 11-36t

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed w/ reusable Missing Link™

Crankset

Shimano GRX RX600

Chainrings

46/30T

Bottom Bracket

Shimano 68mm threaded

Wheels & Tires

Front Wheel

AXIS Elite Disc

Rear Wheel

AXIS Elite Disc

Front Tire

Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c

Rear Tire

Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c

Inner Tubes

700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve

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

Geometry

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Crank Length165mm165mm170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm175mm
Stem Length60mm60mm70mm80mm90mm100mm100mm
Handlebar Width360mm380mm400mm420mm420mm440mm440mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm400mm400mm400mm400mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.7
  • 25 Reviews

A great allrounder!

I bought my Diverge Elite E5 in early spring to practice for a long distance ride (235km). I enjoy the grip rounding corners and the diversity of it. Riding on paved and gravel roads is sheer fun. This bike has all i need!


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Mo

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Super great, responsive and nimble, really fun ride

I love my Diverge Elite E5 so much. It handles super well on either gravel, light trail, or road. I thought I only loved it so much because I have never had a quality bike prior to this one, so based on what I've ridden in the past it is a dream. But my partner who has decades more bike experience than me (MTN and road, both) and also typically rides nice expensive bikes, tried it out and agreed it was special and handled/felt like a much more expensive bike than it is. Also, I chose this model without the suspension fork feature because I was worried that the suspension version would be too squishy/soft for road handling. When I ride this on occasion on some rooty single-track it handles way better/more comfortably than expected, so I definitely have no regrets at all avoiding the suspension version of the series given the larger proportion of the time I'm on gravel/road. I love this versatile, snappy, nimble bike!!!!!! Thank you Specialized for making this awesome gravel bike!


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Tracy

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First gravel bike…perfect. Out of box experience needed some adjustment.

This is my second bike purchased from specialized. I wanted a gravel bike that was good for both road and gravel. The feature set for diverge elite E5 seemed to be a perfect match for that with combination of gearing and tires. I have had to adjust the gear setting a bit to get the shifting right since the out of box experience didn’t seem to be right. But I have really enjoyed my gravel experience so far. Would recommend this bike for that combination road and gravel.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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steve k.

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Nice, but no front rack mounts

Nice bike, handles well. Disappointing though that the front fork mounts don't line up for a typical front bike rack. Seems silly that Specialized wouldn't think about the fork mounts alignment


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Name:
D

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Great bike, convenient ordering

Light, shifts smooth and the online ordering process was fast and convenient. Bike arrived fast and even included a torque wrench to put the wheels and seat post on the bike. Very minimal assembly required. Loved the online sizing tool, didn't have to run into a bike shop to get measured.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Sanford F.

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Specialized Diverge Elite E5

For the most part I love the bike. It's lightweight and fast. It's great for road, gravel and light trail use. There are only a couple small things I have to complain about. The tires are too narrow and are not tubeless ready. Also the handlebar tape was put on sloppily.


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Name:
Alan B.

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Update to my original 15 May 2023 post

Update to my original review. After only five months and approximately 1800 miles the free hub failed. Imagine getting up looking forward to a good early morning ride to first see while pushing SUNRISE (bikes name) out of the garage the crank was rotating forward. Get on to just find out that the free bub has failed and the cassette want stop turning. I understand as the bikes go the Diverge Elite 5 is at the bottom of the barrel but still hard to believe such would happen. Learned to ride as a child, road many thousands of miles and have never had a hub fail and that is on the Walmart $200 systems. My bike shop was very good, handle the warranty aspect and installed a new free hub within a week. Call it over thinking but now I seem to be waiting on the failure. Respectfully, Danny


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Danny

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Good starter bike.

Great starter bike for getting on roads/gravel! I bought this bike to explore road biking with my boyfriend, who has been a longtime road bike fiend (he rides a Tarmac). Great ride, lots of fun. Specialized, make more small bikes (49) in prettier colors for ladies! Disappointed that my only option was orange because the “girly” teal color was sold out and other similar models didn’t have “girly” colors either :( I know we’re a small demographic but still. It doesn’t need to be pink or something, just not orange or red. I don’t love the shifting, which is why I’m leaving 4 stars. When shifting between the center back gears, it gets stuck trying to downshift especially. I think the levers need more distance between each other.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Megan W.

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Outstanding!

After recently purchasing this bike from my local JE James, then taking it to a professional for a bike fit I was ready to hit one of the most challenging cycle routes in the UK, John O’Groats to Lands End. I knew it would be a challenge for me but never did I imagine how well this bike would not only handle the course but absolutely smash it. We literally drove on every surface you can possibly think of, from roads, to gravel tracks to dirt roads, mud paths, and downhill trails that some mountain bikes would struggle to handle. I CAN NOT tell anyone reading this how punishing some of the trails were that we rode on and it lapped it up. Specialized I take my hat off to you for the quality of this bike, and after over 1,000 miles of said terrain and routes I would quite happily take it back the opposite way and feel great comfort knowing it would get there with no issues.


Name:
Jamie

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Old amateur bike rider

Just bought this amazing bike. I have an old specialized road bike ( vintage) M2, which i love it but this one is something else. More comfortable, responsive, just a little heavier but it’s quality , color and frame geometry is outstanding. Chances are I will try another saddle and get used to it before “El tour de Tucson”. This bike is awesome on gravel and on the road I have no complaints. Probably I will buy another set of wheels in order just to swap’em quickly and probably will try carbon. As far I know this bike is awesome what i was expecting from specialized.


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Jaime E.

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