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Specialized Diverge E5 2020 – A High-Speed Gravel Bike for less than 1,000$
[Specs + a Review of Geometry and Materials]
Back to the real stuff with one of the most popular gravel bikes around, the Specialized Diverge. Yes, you can get it for under 1,000$ if you go for the E5, mounting a Shimano Claris 8-speed groupset and Axis Sport Disc wheelset.
The Diverge by Specialized is a very sporty bike with a geometry slightly more compact than most competitors. It’s a responsive and agile bike that goes fast on tarmac and grinds the gravel pretty smoothly, with a max tire clearance of 42mm, pretty standard on gravel bikes.
You can think of the Diverge’s geometry as a road version of a modern trail bike. It cuts the corners and skids on dirt quite playfully but keeps stiffness up enough to satisfy your inner-racer.
To achieve this, Specialized lowered the bottom bracket (over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge), slacked-out the head tube angle, shortened the chainstays and the overall wheelbase.
The aluminum frameset and carbon fiber fork are high quality, but for its geometry and general built, the Diverge is certainly not a bike meant to carry heavy loads.
One of the best gravel bikes for long day adventures on mixed surface or ultralight bikepacking trips
Specialized Diverge E5 Specs:
|Frame||Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, Open Road Geometry, threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle|
|Bars||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Brakes||Tektro Mira, flat-mount, mechanical disc|
|Speeds||16 – Shimano Claris R200 46/34T / SunRace, 8-speed, 11-34t|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Claris, 8-speed|
|Shifters||Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed|
|Rims||Axis Sport Disc|
|Tyres||Specialized Roadsport, 60TPI, wire bead, Flak Jacket protection, 700x35mm|
|Tyre Clearance||Max 42mm|