Specialized Diverge E5 Road Bike [Review]

Reviewed by Pedallers

Last Updated on March 21, 2022

Diverge e5
Road Bike

The specialized diverge is a comfortable bike that performs well on the road. Its full fact carbon fire fork allows for a ride with ease, especially for road bikers. This is achieved because the bike reduces the overall weight when on the road.

The bike is fully equipped with a quick-catching brake system and gearing that allows to ride through winding roads with ease especially when going downhill. 

Reinforced FACT carbon Fork 

The FACT carbon Fork is embedded in the bike in order to absorb vibration and shock while braking. Oftentimes after-effects of abrupt braking causes reverberations in bikes. This is where the FACT carbon-reinforced forks come into play by taking care of all unwanted glitches for sudden abrupt stops. 

Strong Tektro Mira Mechanical Disc Brakes 

Equipped with its Tektro Mira mechanical disc brakes, this bike will provide you with a comfortable stop as at when you hit the brakes. With grips that do not need extra effort to catch, you are safe and sure of a stop whenever you feel like it.

Also, the addition of the Tektro Mira mechanical disc brakes to the specialized diverge also guarantees steady and reliable halts.

Shimano Claris 16 Speed Drivetrain 

Armed with Shimano Claris 16-speed drivetrain, this bike will provide you with accurate and exact gear alterations. This cannot be negotiated. Change of gear to up to 16 speeds gives the bike the strength to take on hilly slopes with grace.

The Shimano armed drivetrain also allows for easy gear switch allowing the rear derailleur to take on more work while working up the speed.

Premium E5 Aluminum Frame 

Set and built with the E5 premium aluminum frame, the stem is also imbued with a specialized 3D forged alloy that supports the rider with a 7-degree rise.  

The stem ends in a steel rail saddle supported by an anti-corrosion hardware alloy seat post.

See specifications


Frame: Threaded BB, 12x 142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc, Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum

Front Derailleur: 8-speed, braze-on, Shimano Claris  

Fork: Flat-mount disc, Specialized FACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle 

Number of Gears: 16

Rear Derailleur: 8-speed, Shimano Claris 

Chainset: Shimano Claris R200 

Cassette: I I-34t, SunRace, 8-speed 

Shifters: 8-speed, Shimano Claris 2000

Brakeset: Mechanical disc, Tektro Mira, flat-mount 

Wheelset: Axis Sport Disc

Stem: 4-bolt. 7-degree rise, Specialized, 3D-forged alloy 

Saddle: Steel rails, body geometry power sport 

Weight: Not available 

Bar Tape: Specialized S-Wrap 

Bottom Bracket: Square-taper, BSA, 68mm 

Pedals: It is supported 

Chain: 8-speed, KMC X8 w/ Missing Link

Seatpost: Anti-corrosion hardware, Alloy, 27.2mm, 12mm offset, 2-bolt Clamp 

Tires: Flak jacket protection, 60TPI, specialized road sport, 700x35mm, wire bead 

Handlebars: 31.8mm clamp, 6061, specialized shallow drop, 70x 125mm 


It is lightweight and comfortable for use


The FACT carbon fork acts as a shock absorber for sudden stops


Comes with a wide range of gear system to allow for different shifting


The E5 premium aluminum frame is a bit stiff


It does not have mudguard fittings


What is the maximum tire size for this bike?

The maximum tire size for the Specialized Diverge is recommended as 700 x 42c but can be varied depending on the rider

Can the bike be used for all terrains?

Being a road bike we would advise against especially mountainous terrains. Road and not so hilly or rocky landscapes are good.


The Specialized Diverge road bike’s 16-speed shimano drivetrain makes it a go-to bike for everything speed on a clear sunny day. That doesn’t mean on windy or rainy days, the specialized road sport tire wouldn’t hold its own.

The bike was built for the road in all weather. It was built for speed.

Latest Price: Specialized Diverge e5

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