2018 Specialized Diverge
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.
With a completely redesigned frame, the new Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs, we took your number one request into account—tire clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x38mm tires with plenty of room for mud, too. Along with tire clearance, weight was a large factor in the development, and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix, we developed an E5 Premium Aluminum frame that’s plenty light, certainly stiff for hard efforts, and undeniable durable.
Next up, we moved away from a traditional ‘cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn’t been seen before—Open Road Geometry. We know what you’re thinking, “it’s just another marketing term,” but for the Diverge, we truly did develop an entirely new geometry. With a touch less hyperbole, you can think of it as a road version of modern trail bike geometry. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts. The geo features a bottom bracket that’s over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge, a slacked-out head tube angle, short chainstays, and a short wheelbase. These changes make for a bike that’s not only fun in the dirt, but also performs well on the road.
And while riding gravel and dirt roads on a road bike may add to the adventure, there’s only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb, in terms of bumps. With this in mind, we implemented a new version of our Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That’s because the wheelbase isn’t lengthening when you hit a bump, so the front end of the Diverge keeps the same effective head tube angle. In other words, when you dive hard into a turn, you won’t be surprised by under steer or sloppy handling. Unlike the original Future Shock, the Diverge’s version features 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.
To add to its multifaceted talents, we topped this Diverge off with three water bottle mounts, plus mounts for racks and fenders, so it’s equally adept at long trips as it is to short rides to the local brewery. The Diverge E5 Elite frame is topped off with Shimano Claris shifting, hassle-free mechanical disc brakes, and ultra-strong Axis Sport Disc wheels that are cased in fast-rolling Espoir Sport tires.
CHAIN: KMC X8, 8-speed w/ Missing Link™
BOTTOM BRACKET: Threaded
CRANKSET: Shimano RS200
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed
CASSETTE: Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Claris, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Claris, long cage, 8-speed
SADDLE: Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm
TAPE: Specialized S-Wrap
SEATPOST: Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware
STEM: Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
HANDLEBARS: Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
REAR WHEEL: Axis Sport Disc
INNER TUBES: 700×28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve
FRONT TIRE: Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm
REAR TIRE: Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm
FRONT WHEEL: Axis Sport Disc
FRONT BRAKE: Tektro Mira, flat mount, mechanical disc
REAR BRAKE: Tektro Mira, flat mount, mechanical disc
PEDALS: Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors
SEAT BINDER: Alloy rack mount seat collar, 31.8mm
FORK: Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle
FRAME: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, Open Road Geometry, threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat mount disc
Ride this bike home today, for as low as $52 per month. Follow this link and apply for pre-approval today.
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