Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Review

Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Review

In the world of a gravel bike, the specialized diverge elite e5 can be considered an elite model because of its great specifications.


The specialized gravel e bike is made especially for accommodating people who want to bike off-road but cannot leave the city road completely. The Diverge Elite E5 is the gravel bike made for meeting those requirements. It comes with the premium E5 alloy frame along with a full carbon FACT fork. This combination will make sure that you can ride the bike with speed, confidence, and comfort over the gravel, in the dirt, and even on the road.

To make sure that this bike can handle any surface, it is supported with Shimano GRX 400 group shift that is made for gravel tracks. It comes with 2×10 gears that can make a smooth shift no matter what surface you ride on. Do not forget about the Axis Elite alloy wheels combined with Road Sport 35mm tires. The wheels and tires will ensure an efficient and versatile ride.

You must appreciate the geometry of the bike that allows riders to enjoy a stable and capable ride in the dirt. At the same time, it can still be nimble and responsive on the road. The specialized diverge elite e5 also comes with rack mounts that can help you take anything you need even for a long ride.

Pros and Cons

According to the specialized diverge elite e5 review, this gravel bike model offers several advantages to the riders. First things first, this model is offered at a pretty reasonable price. There is no need to pay more money for getting another gravel bike model that comes with less or pretty much the same specifications.

This gravel bike is light in weight. Along with the drivetrain, this lightweight bike can offer satisfying speed for average speed or top speed. Users love the build of the bike as well since it comes with mounts and a clear frame protector, particularly on the down tube.

Of course, this bike is not all about the advantages. It also comes with some disadvantages that might be personal for specific users, after all. The brakes might not be good enough for the bike of its class. The drop bars that are a little bit narrow at the hoods might not be users’ favorite, as well. The lighter wheels are prone to go flat after a long ride. Yet, the specialized diverge elite e5 is still great for city, gravel, and road biking.

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Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Technical Specifications


Shift Levers

Shimano GRX RX400 hydraulic brake levers, 2×10 speed mechanical shifting


Shimano GRX RX600

Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, 10-speed


Shimano CS-HG50-10, 10-Speed 11-36t

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, braze-on


KMC X10, 10-speed w/ reusable Missing Link™

Bottom Bracket

Shimano 68mm threaded





FACT carbon, full carbon steerer, 12×100 mm thru-axle, flat-moun



Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails


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


Specialized S-Wrap


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


Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp


Front Tire

Specialized RoadSports, 700x35c

Inner Tubes

Presta valve, 48mm

Rear Tire

Specialized RoadSports, 700x35c

Front Wheel


Rear Wheel



Seat Binder

Alloy, 30.8mm


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

Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Rider Riviews

Quality fun bike


I got the orangeish color and wow, it’s stunning. The paintwork is very impressive. The grx400 drivetrain is super nice, and the hydraulic disk brakes are a big upgrade. I ride mostly road and it does seem a tad bit slower than my older trek 1500 with 23’s, but that’s expected. I’ll gladly trade a little speed for versatility! The internal cable routing is also great. Plenty of mounting points for bottle cages, fenders etc. Overall it just screams quality and is super fun to ride.1

Rating = Skill+Opinion


Picked up the Specialized D-Elite E5 at LBS so the first thing if Specialized is out of a tire it’ll come with a different tire, mine came with RoadSport 35mm as noted on the LBS website not Pathfinder on the Specialized website. Color on websites doesn’t do the Orange Satin finish justice, SWEEEET! I picked up the 52cm and will probably replace stock drops with 44cm Woodchippers since the stock is pretty narrow for my 5’6″” frame. Kudos to Specialized for the clear frame protectors, especially located on chainstay and downtube, mounts are numerous and gears to barkes flawless. After the first 27 miler, not 2 miles to finish back went flat and that was 50% hard, soft, rubble, rocky desert blown course and thorn was barely noticeable at the exterior but could be felt interior of the tire. Not sure why Specialized chose a wheel that isn’t recommended to go tubeless due to leaks but for the extra weight, I added sealant to the tubes, and YES the cores were removable. FYI, if ya haven’t read it anywhere, bike shop mechanics are not recommending using this wheelset tubeless due to leaks. Fun, light (for me), fast Great Color and decent components for the price; Thanks Specialized for my first Specialized.2

  1. https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/diverge-elite-e5/p/199688?color=320062-199688
  2. https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/diverge-elite-e5/p/199688?color=320062-199688
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