Specialized Diverge

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Diverge. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • There are builds of the Diverge available with aluminum and carbon frames.
  • There is a version of the bike available for almost every budget.
  • The Future Shock is a micro-suspension system that offers 20mm of travel to riders. This is included on most builds.
  • The Diverge is versatile. It is designed to travel paved and gravel roads. It’s also capable of exploring smooth singletrack.
  • Higher-end aluminum models and carbon models of the bike have the Cobble Gobbler seat post that dampens road chatter in the rear.
  • With mounts for up to three water bottles, riders can cover a great distance in one ride.
  • There are mounts for racks and fenders. These allow riders to use the Diverge for their daily commute or a bikepacking trip.
  • The internally routed cables are aesthetically pleasing.
  • A low bottom bracket allows riders to corner confidently.
  • The Sawtooth Sport tires excel on pavement and firm gravel roads.
  • The drop bars have a 12° flare. This provides riders with a comfortable position for long days in the saddle and allows riders to maneuver the Diverge with ease.
  • Specialized covers their paintwork with a protective finish to prevent damage from stray rocks when exploring backroads.
  • One expert confirmed it’s possible to utilize aerobars with the Future Shock intact.
  • Testers were pleased with the bike's maximum tire clearance. One can run a 700c x 42mm or 650b x 47mm wheel and tire setup on the bike.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The bike is not as efficient as a road bike. One tester swapped their wheelset for road tires and wheels and found the bike was slower than their normal road bike.
  • The Sawtooth Sport tires struggle on loose and rocky terrain.
  • Riders climbing in the standing position with the Future Shock may experience pedal bob.
  • The bike comes standard with a 2x setup. Some testers expressed they would have preferred a 1x setup.
  • The low bottom bracket sets riders up for frequent pedal strikes navigating rough terrain.

Bottom line

The Specialized Diverge is a bike built to explore on and off-road. The bike has flared drop bars that are easy to use to maneuver the bike and provide numerous hand positions. The bike is available in aluminum or carbon builds, fitting many budgets. Many builds include the Cobble Gobbler seat post and Future Shock offering 20mm of travel up front. The Future Shock can cause pedal bob when climbing out of the saddle. The bike has a low bottom bracket that makes for confident cornering but also frequent pedal strikes. Overall, riders looking for a very versatile bike may find a use for the Diverge.

Expert Reviews

76/100 based on 5 rated expert reviews

Specialized Diverge Comp Review

Just when we thought we’d pinned down what a gravel bike is, Specialized refers to the new Diverge as an ‘exploration machine’ that combines road and gravel bike features.

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Specialized Men’s Diverge

The latest Specialized Diverge is very impressive to ride. It’s a racer that absolutely flies on the gravel, whose quick handling and relatively short wheelbase makes it a flickable bike with loads of feedback when you’ve got the bit between your teeth.

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Specialized Diverge Sport Review

The Sport model we tested is a budget-friendly carbon model that brings some unique features to the table and has an especially comfortable ride quality thanks to their unique Future Shock front suspension and a compliant composite seat post that help to smooth out the ride.

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Specialized Women’s Diverge E5 Comp Review

This bike is the women’s version of the E5 Comp model with only the paint job and some small spec tweaks marking the difference between the male and female bikes.

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Specialized Diverge E5 Sport Review

With the stock tyres it’s a solid and dependable road bike for road riding and commuting, but needs a tyre swap to open it up to more varied terrain, whereupon it’s decently capable for rough stuffing.

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Jonathon Long

Specialized Diverge Review

It’s a truly versatile bike that can be used for a really wide variety of riding and it doesn’t really make any compromises to achieve this.

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Kymberly Byers

Specialized Diverge Long-Term Review

This is an extremely versatile bike. It’s a bike you can race with the roadies in the morning and go ride some gravel in the afternoon, take the road less traveled, do a little detour here or there and never have to worry about where you’re going.

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Chris Rebbeck

Specialized Diverge X1

It’s really, really nice. It’s probably worth splashing the cash and going towards one of these higher-end carbon models with the full Future Shock and the Cobl Gobl-R seat post because I think they make a massive difference to the overall ride.

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Juliet Elliott

Specialized Diverge Expert Gravel Bike | Long Term Review

I have taken this bike and gone off and had some of the best times that I’ve had in years.

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Tested: Ben’s Specialized Diverge E5 Comp Review.

On the whole I found the E5 Comp to be a fast and efficient commuter and training bike.

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User Ratings

80/100 based on 2 ratings
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