Specialized Diverge Comp E5 2022 Review

Specialized Diverge Comp E5 2022 Review

Are you considering buying a specialized diverge comp e5? Check a brief introduction of the Camp before purchasing one.


What is so special about the Specialized? Well, this brand has its own grades of aluminum alloy. The E5 version of Specialized aluminum alloy is used for the Comp frame. That is why you can find this bike frame looks super nice. Some parts of the frame are oversized to bring the balance between comfort and stiffness. Meanwhile, some other parts are made a bit slenderer to bring more flexibility.

The FACT carbon fiber option is used for the specialized gravel e bike fork. It comes with the stiffness needed for great handling. The stiffness of the fork is also useful for dealing with the front disc brake high stresses. Both frame and fork can accept a 12mm thru-axle that is beneficial to keep the wheel attached.

The great things from this bike do not end yet. The combination of a Shimano 105 R7000 groupset, the latest hydraulic brake levers, and mechanical gear shifters make this bike model a perfect choice. With this incredible combination, you will always get the best performance when braking or shifting your bike.

The specialized diverge comp e5 comes with the Axis Sport Disc wheels. The front wheel has a 24-spoke build while the rear has a 28-spoke one. The bike will be more durable for the gravel riding experience along with the Future Shock feature.

Key features of the Specialized DIVERGE E5 COMP

  • Premium E5 aluminum frame
  • Future Shock 1.5 carbon fork
  • SRAM Apex 11-speed drivetrain
  • Compatible with 27.5″ wheels

Pros And Cons

From the specialized diverge comp e5 review, we can find that this bike model can offer a fun and fast experience not only off-road but also on road. It is a gravel bike anyway. Of course, you will have a high expectation when riding it off-road. Nevertheless, you will not take your bike off-road all the time. You will also use it on road and it is great that this bike can offer a great experience on the road, as well.

When buying a gravel bike, you need to make sure that you choose the best model for its purpose. Comparing one to another model is a natural way to find the best option. The comparison might lead you to the Diverge Comp E5 because it comes with a decent specification list.

Unfortunately, when comparing those models, you might also find that among several alloy gravel bikes, this model is considered pricey. It does not come with a flared handlebar, as well. Both drawbacks will make you think carefully before buying specialized diverge comp e5, for sure.

Specialized Diverge Comp E5
Technical Specifications



Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, Future Shock suspension, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Seat Binder

Alloy, 30.8mm



Future Shock 1.5 w/Smooth Boot, FACT carbon, 12×100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount

Future Shock 1.5 is a suspension system developed by Specialized for road, city, touring and gravel bikes, which is used in the head tube. If you ride over a bump in the ground, the whole system will give way by up to 20 mm – in a vertical direction to be precise. This results in a shock-absorbing effect without – as would be the case with horizontal compliance – any loss of speed. You stay fast, but ride more comfortably, especially on long distances. Numb hands and tired arms are prevented, which in turn increases performance. Compared to suspension fork systems, Future Shock also has the advantage that the geometry of the wheel and thus the handling can remain unchanged. In contrast to the 2.0 system, the Future Shock 1.5 does not have a hydraulic damping system.

FACT is an acronym for ” Functional Advanced Composite Technology” and summarises all the know-how that Specialized has in the use of carbon fibre. It is a holistic approach, which primarily concerns the bike frames, but is found in many components such as handlebars, stems, saddles etc. The starting point is always the awareness for the needs of drivers and the capability to fulfil them. Next, the selection of fibres, resins and fabric layers takes place; in this process the quality of the carbon and the arrangement of the fibre layers play an important role. It is important to find the right set-up for the project at hand and the intended location or rather the area of application. It is often necessary to differentiate from model to model at several points. In the final step, attention is paid to processing the material in a way that allows the desired advantages in terms of low weight, rigidity and stability to be achieved.



Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare


Future Stem, Pro


Specialized S-Wrap


Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails


Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware


Front Brake

SRAM Apex, hydraulic disc, 160mm G2 CenterLine rotor

Rear Brake

SRAM Apex, hydraulic disc, 160mm G2 CenterLine rotor


Shift Levers

SRAM Apex, hydraulic

Rear Derailleur

SRAM Apex 1, long cage, 11-speed


Sunrace, 11-speed, alloy spider, 11-42t


Praxis Alba



Bottom Bracket

Praxis 68mm BSA


KMC X11 Extra Lightweight, 11-speed


Front Wheel

AXIS Elite Disc

Rear Wheel

AXIS Elite Disc

Front Tire

Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c

Rear Tire

Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c

Inner Tubes

700×28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve

what did the other reviewers say?


Overall, the Diverge Comp E5 is a great bike to ride. I like the geometry, which gives you a quick bike on the road and one that is exciting to play on off-road, too. The Future Shock helps, and if you like the idea of a bit of suspension to soften rough rides then the Specialized is definitely worth a look.1

Fast, fun and versatile gravel bike that’s great on the road too
– Fast and fun on or off road
– Decent spec list compared to the carbon models
– Pricey for an alloy gravel bike
– No flared handlebar
WEIGHT: 10,290g

I finally had a chance to share New Bike Day with everyone! I was able to get out for my first 50 miles on my 2022 Specialized Diverge Comp E5. I share my first impressions about the bike from the perspective of a Clydesdale rider. I am looking forward to this coming gravel bike season and putting more miles on the Diverge.

  1. https://road.cc/content/review/specialized-diverge-comp-e5-2020-271063
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