The 2023 Specialized Diverge E5 Gravel Bike delivers 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 tyre clearance, the new Diverge is the ultimate getaway vehicle.
The Diverge is built around a premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork. Progressive geometry gives riders a capable and stable bike in the dirt, that still feels responsive and nimble on the road. Specialized have increased the frame’s reach, introduced a slacker head tube and a longer offset fork. All this creates incredible confidence with a planted feeling in the dirt, while shorter stems keeps the overall cockpit length the same and the steering lively. The bike’s BB low to increase stability, but high enough to utilize with 650b wheels.
The Diverge has plenty of rack mounts, including fork and top tube mounts, to ensure you can take what you need, no matter how far you plan to go. Whopping 47mm tyre clearance with a 700c wheel and 2.1” with a 650b wheel give plenty of options. Shimano’s Claris 2x8 group gives a wide range of gears for any terrain, while Axis Elite alloy wheels and Pathfinder Sport 38mm tyres provide an efficient ride on pavement with the versatility for hard pack dirt riding.
Budget conscious riders looking for a capable gravel bike that will also work great for commuting and light touring duties.
Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are now dozens of gravel bike events around the UK and a growing number of long distance cycling routes designed with gravel bikes in mind. In this gravel bike buying guide we’ll take you through the main things to consider when picking a gravel bike.
The main appeal of gravel bikes is versatility,. You can use them on normal roads but they’ll also work great on forest roads, old railway lines and farm tracks. So you can go for a ride off-road, avoiding cars and traffic, but link it with sections of tarmac as well. Of course you can do this on a mountain bike but a gravel bike will generally be faster and lighter. This also means you can cover some big distances when touring. A lot of gravel bike riders are road cyclists who want to get away from traffic.
As gravel bikes often get used for touring and bikepacking most will come with mounting points for bags. This luggage capacity combined with speed, and ability to handle mixed surfaces, means that gravel bikes are also extremely popular for commuting on.
Gravel bikes are very popular for commuting. We sell lots of them on the cycle to work scheme. One of our biggest stores for gravel bike sales is our Greenwich shop in London. They're mainly selling them for commuting around central London on. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of commuting on a gravel bike and answer the question ‘are gravel bikes good for commuting?’
Gravel bikes are fast, nearly as quick as a standard road bike. They are certainly quicker on the road than most mountain bikes and many hybrids. That means you can get to work, and home, in the shortest time possible. But what makes gravel bikes so good for commuting is that they are extremely versatile. They can be ridden on tarmac, cycle paths, old railway lines, canal towpaths, and even off-road trails. So, it’s easy to mix it up on your commute and avoid traffic.
Another big advantage of commuting on a gravel bike is that they're generally more comfortable than road bikes. This is because they have wider tyres and longer wheelbases, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. So you don’t get bounced around as much on rough roads. Most gravel bikes have a fairly upright riding position which makes it easier to see what’s going on in traffic. The combination of stable handling and the comfortable riding position is a massive confidence boost for the rider, especially on wet roads.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
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|Frame||Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||FACT carbon, full carbon steerer, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-moun|
|Handlebars||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Stem||3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 7-degree rise|
|Front Brake||Tektro Mira, flat-mount, mechanical disc|
|Rear Brake||Tektro Mira, flat-mount, mechanical disc|
|Shift Levers||Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Claris, 8-speed, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Claris, 8-speed|
|Cassette||SunRace, 8-speed, 11-34t|
|Crankset||Shimano Claris R200|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano 68mm threaded|
|Chain||KMC X8 w/ Missing Linkâ„¢|
|Front Wheel||AXIS Elite Disc|
|Rear Wheel||AXIS Elite Disc|
|Front Tire||Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c|
|Rear Tire||Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c|
|SeatPost||Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware|
|Inner Tubes||700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails|
|Seat Binder||Alloy, 30.8mm|
|Colours||GLOSS BIRCH/WHITE MOUNTAINS, GLOSS REDWOOD/RUSTED RED, SATIN MIDNIGHT SHADOW/VIOLET PEARL|
|Sizes||44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Barcodes||888818867219, 888818867288, 888818867301, 888818867325, 888818867387, 888818867394, 888818867400, 888818867509, 888818867547, 888818867578, 888818867660, 888818867752, 888818867769, 888818867851, 888818867967, 888818868001, 888818868018, 888818868025, 888818868261, 888818868278, 888818868292|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||95423-7044, 95423-7049, 95423-7052, 95423-7054, 95423-7056, 95423-7058, 95423-7061, 95423-7144, 95423-7149, 95423-7152, 95423-7154, 95423-7156, 95423-7158, 95423-7161, 95423-7244, 95423-7249, 95423-7252, 95423-7254, 95423-7256, 95423-7258, 95423-7261|
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