The Praxis Alba crankset yields a 1:1 climbing ratio (26.8 gear inches) and the wheels are the same as those on the US $3000 Diverge Comp Carbon. 2016 Kona Roadhouse and Sutra LTD Sizing Guide. The tubeless-ready tyres were reluctant to seat properly at low pressures, so any time I suffered a puncture, I had to put up with a hop in the tyre until I returned home where I could use a track pump to finish off the job properly. There’s a choice of two caps for the top of of the headset, slim…. 2018 Specialized Sequoia With room to mount even larger tyres, I see plenty of scope for tuning the ride quality of the bike to suit the rider’s needs and chosen terrain. The cheapest is the aluminium Diverge … The Roubaix Pro tyres worked well on- and off-road, though it’s important to note that I was riding at a pretty forgiving time of year. This is a different frameset in terms of carbon layup and resin (called 10R) but it still shares the same frame geometry as the other carbon models. The 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp in Blue. Pre-Owned. This bike feels enough … … The Diverge Comp supplied for this review was equipped with Shimano’s 105 hydraulic brake/shift levers, flat mount callipers, front derailleur, mid-cage rear derailleur, and 11-32T cassette. For some buyers, the Diverge might be a problem-solver, while for others it may create some as they try to justify the addition of another bike to their collection. Price, AUD$4,000/US$3,000/€2,600. Rocks and holes were much less likely to upset my rhythm, so I could maintain my momentum. The bottom bracket drop has been increased to 85mm for all frame sizes while the chainstays are 3-7mm longer (419-423mm, increasing with frame size) and the head angle a little slacker when compared to the first-generation Diverge. The geometry has been tweaked to suit long distance riders too. 2016 Bombtrack Beyond One of the immediate benefits of all that extra comfort was that I could stop subconsciously scanning the road surface to find the smoothest line. Admittedly, this is the kind of terrain best tackled with a MTB, so I wasn’t really surprised. Tyre clearance has been increased and new frame geometry provides extra stack, shorter reach, and a lower bottom bracket. 2017 Specialized Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge This product is only available for pickup in our retail … Specialized Diverge Comp frame. The inner tube that extends above the rubber boot is where the stem attaches…. In absolute terms, the Diverge wasn’t the stiffest bike I’ve ever been on, not even close, but the contrast was just as profound. Interestingly, this model is delivered with the Fact carbon seatpost rather than the gravel-specific CG-R on the Diverge Comp. And yet, I still had the advantage of the small ring for long climbs and steep walls where the 32x32T allowed me the luxury of staying in the saddle. For the Australian market, buyers will have a choice of the Diverge Comp (RRP, AUD$4,000/US$3,000/€2,600), Diverge E5 Comp (AUD$2,400), and the Diverge E5 Sport (AUD$1,500). Clearance has also been increased for the rear tyre, making for a maximum of 42mm with 700C wheels and 47mm with 650B wheels. The first-generation Diverge Comp that CyclingTips founder Wade Wallace reviewed in 2014 was two sizes larger yet it weighed 8.2kg with pedals. or Best Offer +$85.00 shipping. All told, the result is arguably more comfortable and versatile than its predecessor, which should strengthen the appeal of the Diverge. 2016 Niner RLT9 Specialized provides three springs — blue, black and yellow — that differ in weight and affect how readily the shock will compress. A few small rock chips but white hides well. As a result, the front end felt erratic and almost volatile, on- or off-road. This model employs the brilliant TRP Spyre cable disc brakes which are known to be the best cable brakes around. The 2018 Specialized Diverge Expert in Grey. Watch; 2019 Specialized Men's Diverge Comp, Size 58 cm - INV-71725 … The Diverge E5 Elite tips the scales at a touch over 10kg (22lbs). Diverge E5 Sport. The Diverge Comp Carbon is spec’d with a Shimano 105 11-speed groupset and Praxis Alba cranks and 48/32t front chainrings, offering a 27.3 gear inch climbing gear. Despite its low price, it’s still using the same Praxis Alba cranks featured on every Diverge up to US $3000 – this helps to achieve a 1:1 ratio that measures out to be 26.8 gear inches in the smallest gear. Free shipping for many products! 2018 Specialized Diverge E5 Elite Women's 48cm. 2018 Salsa Journeyman 2017 Surly Troll 2016 Fuji Touring Specialized have matched a Di2 road shifter with an XTR Di2 MTB derailleur to fit a larger cassette on the bike, and you could go to 46t if you needed the extra climbing gears (the current small gear works out to be 28.7 gear inches). 2018 Fuji Touring While the front end of the new Diverge continues to use a largely conventional threadless headset, the stem no longer attaches to the fork steerer. 2017 Trek CrossRip Unisex versions, meanwhile, will go all the way up to a 64cm size to accommodate especially tall riders. While the 32C tyres contributed a lot to the comfort to the bike, the Future Shock and CG-R seatpost both added to it. The steering and handling of the Diverge was well suited to riding a mixture of terrain. For the 2018 model year it has given the Diverge a complete overhaul making it an even more capable bike on off-road terrain, with added suspension, increased tyre clearance and revised geometry. It was remarkably stable at high speeds and very well mannered, yet it didn’t take a lot of effort to guide the bike through technical corners and descents. Tyre clearances has been increased under the fork of the new Diverge. A great feature of the new Tiagra is the 11-34t cassette which when combined with the 32t front ring provides a climbing gear of 25.7 gear inches! Specialized has updated the Diverge for 2018 with a deeper commitment to the bike’s off-road capabilities. And where once I was concerned the system would unsettle my confidence, I discovered that it actually encouraged it, especially when I was riding off-road. For those unfamiliar with the Future Shock, it takes the form of a small shock unit. 2019 Salsa Warbird You’re getting a really capable frame and fork, still a 1:1 climbing gear (26.8 gear inches), Claris 8-speed STI shifters and the same wheelset as the US $1400 model. View our Sizing Guide for more details. Compared to the original design, the new frameset is arguably racier and does an admirable job of concealing what is an obviously tall front end. As I spent more time on the Diverge Comp, the action of the Future Shock started to feel more natural. The second-generation Diverge successfully builds upon this theme, adding a new level of comfort and control with the addition of the Future Shock and room for wider tyres. The Diverge E5 is still a killer bike for the price. Indeed, a switch to a set of 32mm cyclocross tyres didn’t do much to improve the grip and traction of the Diverge. I did struggle with a series of punctures though, all of which could have been avoided by dumping the stock tubes and going tubeless. Armed with over 40,000 sets of digitally collected position files from fit partner Retül, Specialized engineers have instead determined that a single gender-neutral frame geometry can work just as well. cable-operated disc brakes), and the E5 Sport lacks the Future Shock. Free shipping on orders over $150. For those looking for extra value, the Diverge E5 Comp or Sport have more to offer, though the build kits are a lot more modest (e.g. To my eye, the rubber boot that protects the shock looks like an untidy stack of spacers. 2018 Bombtrack Arise Tour + … The Diverge scored relatively well across all of our rating metrics with a solid all-around performance and some unique design features that give it an especially comfortable ride quality. I could enjoy a reasonably sturdy front end yet it remained quite sensitive to short, sharp hits. Subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive content, deals & events. The first, subtle one, is that both frame and fork will now take a wider tyre. 2017 Salsa Fargo The medium spring proved to be the Goldilocks option for me. How much do dynamo hubs REALLY slow you down? The total weight for the Diverge Comp sent for review (size 54) was 9.22kg without pedals or bottle cages. or Best Offer +$85.00 shipping. Specialized first introduced its Diverge in 2014, one of the first in a growing, and now very popular, category of adventure disc-equipped road bikes. How to Select Touring Bike Gearing 2018 Salsa Fargo Ti Frameset 2016 Masi Giramondo The FutureShock headset makes the bike feel … Latest Reviews. 2016 Bianchi Volpe and Lupo 2016 Cinelli Pressure: new … Price: $1,876.95. 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp E5. 2018 Bombtrack Beyond …but first, a shim must be installed over it to bring the diameter up to 28.6mm to suit any standard stem. Aside from the obvious change under the stem, where the Future Shock now sits, the forks and seatstays now sport clean, straight lines because of the absence of Zertz elastomers. The second-generation Diverge features a re-designed frameset that eschews Zertz elastomers in favour of a Future Shock suspension unit for the stem. Time left 4d 22h left. 2016 Jamis Aurora and Aurora Elite Specialized 2018 Men's Diverge E5 Elite (Gloss Black/Metallic White Silver) (52) 95418-6152. What appears to be a panel also serves as the latch that keeps the SWAT box clamped together. So we can keep doing this to the best of our ability, please join our mission by becoming a member. I think that the best value is the $1800 Diverge Comp E5. Off-road, there were times when the steering proved to be a little too quick, though it was only really obvious at low speeds when over-steer was a problem. 2019 Cannondale Topstone There are four different levels of Diverge frame. The Diverge E5 Sport will weigh around 10.5kg (23.1lbs) and is US $1150. There are mounts for fenders, front and rear. There’s actually two screws in this hole: a lower screw (hidden) is used to adjust the tension on the bearings, while the upper screw locks down onto it to stop it from coming loose. The theme is how to travel sa. Specialized. There is no center-bolt for compressing the bearings; instead, there is a pair of grub screws, one on each side of the top cap (see photo above). It is free of structural damage or repairs and is in excellent cosmetic shape. Be that as it may, the new Diverge is not an ugly bike. With a completely redesigned frame, the new Diverge … 2016 Specialized AWOL Fast rolling and pothole-resistant. That’s close to the norm for a gravel bike but a lot heavier than most road bikes, especially those with a carbon frameset. Recent rain and low temperatures made for tacky conditions, so I always felt confident riding the near-slick tyres on unpaved surfaces. I have installed rear racks on both of them. You should not have to do this more than once. As a result, stem height is adjusted by sliding the whole Future Shock unit up or down within the fork steerer. We love when new bikes are launched, so we were especially excited with the news that Specialized were dropping two! It has the same carbon fork, future shock, Axis wheelset and 105 components as the $3000 Diverge Comp with the carbon frame. 2018 Fuji Touring Disc In fact, the swaying saddle and bobbing bars became something of a distraction. 2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon All represent variations on some common themes but what I find most interesting is that appreciation for suspension elements seems to be growing for gravel bikes. The second generation Diverge builds upon with this theme by incorporating Future Shock suspension into the stem and increasing clearance for wider tyres (now 42-47mm, depending on wheel size). I much preferred the comfort of the carbon CG-R post. There was a limit to how much comfort the stock Diverge Comp could provide, though. In its place is a thicker, bolder tube with much less slope. On mildly undulating off-road terrain, I was able to use the big ring for all but the steepest pinches, providing the simplicity of a virtual 1x transmission. US: English; Change region; Sign in; shop The S-Works, Pro, Expert, and Comp Carbon models get the … Sizing Guide. At the same time, Specialized has also created men’s and women’s versions of the bike. The chart below provides a general suggested height of range for Cross/Gravel Bikes sizes and is not exact. The 2018 Specialized Diverge E5 in Black. Fact 9r carbon fibre frameset with Future Shock and CG-R seatpost. It has the same carbon fork, future shock, Axis wheelset and 105 components as the $3000 Diverge Comp with the carbon frame. Check Store Availability. The premium Diverge S-Works has its own ’10R’ carbon layup while the rest of the carbon models share the same ‘9R’ carbon layup, all with the Future Shock. Frame Materials for Bicycle Touring 2016 Giant ToughRoad The Diverge Comp is the only carbon model available in the XXL (64cm) size and can be purchased for US $3000. And third, once the cap has been removed, the spring can be pulled out and replaced. There’s a third set of bidon mounts under the downtube; the two inside the frame use the 3-boss system so that you mount cargo cages for extra water or gear storage. The outer tube is positioned within an oversized fork steerer while the stem attaches to the telescoping inner tube. I have two 2018 Specialized Diverge bikes: a men's Diverge Comp and a Women's Diverge (both carbon fiber frames). 8/30/2018 Update: See the 2019 line of Specialized CruX carbon and E5 alloy cyclocross bikes here.. Last week, Specialized unveiled the 2018 models of the Allez, CruX cyclocross bike and Diverge gravel bike. 2017 Bombtrack Beyond A really nice 1500g Roval SLX 24 disc wheelset comes with the Expert, complete with DT Swiss 350 hubs. Our mission is to bring you the best content in the world that showcases the beauty of cycling in all its glory. And as a result, it added to the general plushness of the Diverge. Fun gravel, road, commuter or any kind of adventure biking. We first laid our eyes on Specialized's 'Future Shock' when the new Roubaix … This small shock absorber located below the … As I’ve discussed above, the Future Shock does add to the performance of the bike, and compared to its predecessor, it is improved in terms of its versatility and off-road capabilities. The best value-for-performance bike in the range has to be the Diverge Comp E5. 2018 Kona Sutra LTD The 2018 Specialized Diverge may just suit you best! I didn’t have a sample for direct comparison, but I expect the extra weight of the new bike can be attributed to Fact 9r carbon fibre, the Future Shock, 105 components, and the forged alloy crankset. Believe it or not, the green, I’ve just put together a plan for 2021! Carbon Roval wheels (1350g!) The Diverge was introduced a few years ago as an adventure bike to encourage road cyclists to explore new terrain. While I could ride groomed trails and paths in plush comfort, the Diverge couldn’t do a lot to smooth out rocks, ruts, and corrugations as I tackled gnarlier terrain. 2016 Kona Sutra And while it might sound cliché in a landscape of bike claims chocked full with hyperbole, the Diverge … Most significantly, the company’s Future Shock has been incorporated into the front end of the bike while the Zertz elastomers have been abandoned for all but the seatpost. The Diverge now accepts up to 47mm tyres on 700c rims and a hefty 2.1in (53mm) on a 650b wheelset – essentially a mountain bike tyre size, something pioneered by the original Open UP. The Diverge E5 frame is made from aluminium alloy and is identical to the carbon version except that clearance is a little tighter for the rear tyre (38mm rather than 42mm). The top tube on the previous Diverge that flowed cleanly into the seatstays has also disappeared from the new bike. View our Sizing Guide for more details. Rider-comfort was an important priority for the first-generation Diverge. The 2018 Specialized Diverge Expert in Orange. favorite Add to Cart. 2018 Model: Specialized Diverge Comp E5: One of my early additions, after removing the Espoir Sport tyres, was the Specialized SWAT storage box. Other than additional front-end comfort, the Diverge is looking better than ever as a light touring bike. 2018 Kona Sutra When Wade reviewed the first-generation Diverge, he discovered that it was the “the bike I didn’t know I wanted so bad.” For him, there was magic in the way that it could extend the capabilities of an otherwise traditional road bike without a raft of unwelcome compromises. With its off road capabilities and drop handlebars it would be easy to categorise the Diverge as a cyclo-cross bike, but Specialized is keen to stress that that’s where the similarity ends. So when the Roubaix was updated last year, it seemed likely the Diverge would inherit the same features, should it ever be revised. The Future Shock used for the new Diverge differs from the units installed in the Roubaix and Ruby in that a “progressive spring” is used that is better suited to the demands of mixed terrain riding. 2018 Surly Bridge Club And that’s exactly what Specialized has done for the second generation Diverge, more or less. Advertisement. I will freely admit that I had major reservations about the Future Shock system. 2016 Cinelli Hobootleg Geo 2020 Kona Unit X But what if you want to pack light and stick mostly to the main roads? Men’s Diverge Comp. certified pre-owned 141 Point Inspection. The Diverge still makes use of thru-axles — 12x100mm and 12x142mm for the front and rear, respectively — however Specialized has abandoned its carbon OSBB bottom bracket shell in favour of BB386. The Diverge E5 Sport uses the same wheels and brakes as the Elite, however, it’s a bit cheaper due to the Shimano Sora 9-speed groupset. With the adventure category of bikes really taking off, Specialized have been working hard to make sure they hit every niche. Like CyclingTips? …or tall. Internal routing for the cables and brake hoses has been carried over for the new bike, as have fender and rack mounts, front and rear. When placed side-by-side with the first generation Diverge, there’s no mistaking the new bike for the old. Weight size 54, 9.22kg without pedals or bottle cages. A new progressive spring ramps up through the travel to suit gravel roads. 2020 KOGA WorldTraveller-S There are no adjustments on the Future Shock for pre-load, compression or rebound. Going forward, that approach will likely be applied to all of Specialized’s men’s and women’s bikes. I once cycled around a velodrom, NEW SHIRT ALERT! What appears to be an extra bidon bolt on the down- and seat-tubes is actually meant for Specialized’s SWAT box. The Specialized AWOL is the bombproof long-distance touring rig and the Specialized Sequoia is the capable light-touring bike. Add to Cart. 2019 Specialized Sequoia The sub-compact crankset (48/32T) paired beautifully with the 11-32T cassette to provide a wide range of gear ratios that were perfectly suited to the larger diameter of the 700x32C tyres and the weight of the bike. 2019 Bombtrack Beyond For 2018, it appears that Specialized’s product team has decided to overhaul the Diverge, and give it a bit of a sharper edge. When coupled with the generous stack and short reach of the bike, it produces a very tall front end. The Future Shock offers 20mm of travel. 2017 Kona Sutra A 35mm dropper seatpost has been fitted to the S-Works with a handlebar-mounted remote in order to reduce your centre of gravity on technical descents. The result is more versatile than the original with improved off-road capabilities while transporting the rider in relatively plush comfort. Examples include Cannondale’s Slate and 3T’s Exploro, Trek’s Domane, Canyon’s Endurace CF SLX, Pinarello’s GAN GR-S Disc, and BMC’s Roadmachine. In this instance, up to three 5mm spacers can be added to set the maximum height for the Future Shock unit and stem. And as a dedicated adventure bike, the Diverge would seem a logical candidate for the new suspension system. The two smallest frame sizes are paired with a fork with 55mm of rake while all sizes make use of a fork with 50mm of rake. Men’s Diverge E5 Comp. The Diverge Comp continues to be offered in seven frame sizes, as shown in the table below: It’s worth noting that the head tube length and stack measurements include the Future Shock. Best gravel tyres of 2018; The new 2021 Specialized Diverge is here; There are a number of cheaper Diverges with aluminium and carbon frames, but only the lofty S-Works model tops this … The key change is a move from the elastomer Zertz inserts to the Future Shock borrowed from its Roubaix endurance bike , along with the dropped rear stays, wider tyre clearance and, on this range-topping S-Works model, a … Prove Humanity: Please click here to start. The Bikepacking Bike Buyer’s Guide does the same thing, however, with a focus on lighter bikes and models with more off-road capability. Hop on the dirt path down the street, cruise through town to your favorite café, or go on a proper overnight adventure ride—whatever your plans may be, the Diverge is here to let you do what you want. 2016 Brodie Elan Vital Check out the Touring Bicycle Buyer’s Guide which compares touring bike steering, sizing, gear ratios, specification, pricing and more. 2017 Salsa Vaya Van der Poel and Brand win in Namur: Daily News Digest, New Challenge Getaway gravel tire bucks the trend with harder rubber, Another award for Van Aert, new kits, roster reveals: Daily News Digest, Redshift Sports releases lighter-weight version of ShockStop suspension stem, L39ION of Los Angeles unveils 2021 rosters. You’ll find the carbon frames all use BB386EVO press-fit bearings, while the aluminium frames use threaded bottom brackets (!). On paved roads, the front end felt very plush, and it was a pleasing sensation. The Diverge consistently soaked up all of the insults, leaving me confident that it would make a fine choice for any shopper looking for true all-day comfort. Or feel free to continue reading the article. Alee is a bike and travel addict who has cycled through 100+ countries and doesn't really have any plans of stopping. You’re still getting the 20mm Future Shock and Shimano’s midrange 105 11-speed groupset. You can expect this bike to weigh around 9.6kg (21.2lbs). We want to inspire people to love the sport as much as we do, and ultimately pull you away from the computer to get out for a ride. The Diverge Comp has been designed from the bottom-up to be a fully-fledged exploration machine. The Diverge E5 is equipped with everything you need to head to work, take the long way home, and hit some fire roads on the weekend. Adjusting the headset is a different matter altogether. Most Diverge models get Specialized’s Future Shock suspension system, which suspends the handlebars with 20mm of travel. While I felt more effective when making an effort from the saddle, one long off-road ride was enough to dissuade me from continuing with the alloy post. According the Specialized, a series of springs is better suited to road chatter than more sophisticated systems, plus, it saves weight and owners won’t be frustrated by stiction. 2017 Giant ToughRoad A $1200 premium is a big bump just to get a carbon frame. The overall geometry of the second generation Diverge can be described as taller, shorter and lower when compared to its predecessor. For those that see themselves continuing with inner tubes, a change to standard clinchers should solve this problem. This is not the first time I’ve experienced Specialized’s CG-R seatpost, but it was obviously more compliant, which I can only attribute to the shorter seat tube of the Diverge. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at all the changes and assesses the performance of the new Diverge Comp. In Store Only. Write the first review. At high speeds, the stability of the bike was very welcome and I had a lot of freedom to adjust my line as I picked my way through the various obstacles (rocks, holes, and ruts) that typically litter unpaved paths. The step down in modulus provides a minor increase in vertical compliance and adds a little weight to the frame. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Mens Gravel Bike - 2018, 58cm at the best online prices at eBay! Similarly, the seatpost smoothed out the sensations arriving at my backside, but I still had an understanding of the road surface. There’s enough room in the containers for one tube, one tyre lever, and a CO2 canister with an inflator head. 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