2020 Specialized Diverge Comp E5
While the real fun starts where the road ends, you still need a bike that’ll get you there—one bike that shreds flowy singletrack, gravel, and traditional roads with equal authority. A more capable road bike won’t cut it, nor will a more road-worthy ‘cross bike for that matter. No, you need a dedicated gravel bike like the Diverge. First and foremost, it’s fun and always down for a good time, but with a progressively-tuned Future Shock, our fast and stable Open Road Geometry, and plenty of tire clearance, it redefines the possibilities for adventure on a drop-bar bike.
Your taste isn’t base, so why should your Diverge’s component spec be? We wanted to ensure that your new Diverge Comp E5 rides comfortably, shifts crisply, and brakes smoothly for years to come, so you’ll find a Shimano 105 11-speed groupset, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, our fan-favorite Power Sport Saddle, and a durable Axis Sport Disc wheelset that’s been cased in our fast-rolling, 35mm Roadsport tires with built-in flat protection.
The Diverge has everything you need for pretty much any pedal-powered adventure—whether it’s gravel racing, bikepacking, or weekend shredding. Our Premium E5 Aluminum frameset features our comfortable and confident Open Road Geometry, making it the ultimate tool for your next ride.
You can think of the Diverge’s geometry as a road version of a modern trail bike. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts, but keeps stiffness up to snuff for your inner-racer. Along with a bottom bracket that’s over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge, we also slacked-out the head tube angle, shortened the chainstays, and made a shorter wheelbase. The result? A bike that performs equally well over both the dirt and road.
There’s only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb when it comes to bumps, but this is where our Future Shock comes into play. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but it also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That’s because the wheelbase isn’t lengthening when you hit a bump, so when you dive hard into a turn, you won’t be surprised by under-steer or sloppy handling. The Diverge’s version also gets a special treatment featuring a progressive spring that makes this technology more suitable for off-road applications, where stiffer suspension is often needed to soak-up larger bumps and obstacles.