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Diverge Elite E5


2021 Diverge Elite E5

Whether your goal is to escape on gravel back roads, far from cars and crowds, toe the start line at your first gravel race, or simply get the most versatile bike on the road or dirt, no bike is better than the new Diverge. It’s quite simply the fastest, most capable - and just maybe the most fun – alloy bike we’ve ever made, delivering a ride that’s quick and lively, but stable and confidence inspiring when the terrain gets rough. With all-new gravel geometry and category leading tire clearance, the new Diverge represents everything we’ve learned over more than 40 years of riding road, gravel and dirt. The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. It’s the ultimate getaway vehicle.

The Diverge Elite E5 utilizes our premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork for a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. Shimano’s gravel inspired GRX 400 group shifts 2x10 gears smoothly on any terrain and Axis Elite alloy wheels with Road Sport 35mm tires provide an efficient ride on pavement with the versatility for hard pack dirt riding.

Technical Specifications

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Shift Levers

Shimano GRX RX400 hydraulic brake levers, 2x10 speed mechanical shifting

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, braze-on

Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX400, 10-speed


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


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


Shimano GRX RX600



Bottom Bracket

Shimano 68mm threaded



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

Seat Binder

Alloy, 30.8mm



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


Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails


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


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


Specialized S-Wrap


Front Tire

Specialized RoadSport, Flak Jacket protection, 700x35mm

Rear Tire

Specialized RoadSport, Flak Jacket protection, 700x35mm

Inner Tubes

700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve



FACT carbon, full carbon steerer, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-moun

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Crank Length165mm165mm170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm175mm
Stem Length60mm60mm70mm80mm90mm100mm100mm
Handlebar Width360mm380mm400mm420mm420mm440mm440mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm400mm400mm400mm400mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Head Tube Length110mm125mm140mm155mm175mm195mm213mm
Head Tube Angle69.5°70°70.5°71.25°71.75°71.75°71.75°
BB Height270mm270mm270mm270mm270mm270mm270mm
BB Drop80mm80mm80mm80mm80mm80mm80mm
Fork Length, Full390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm
Fork Rake/Offset55mm55mm55mm55mm55mm55mm55mm
Front Center589mm598mm608mm615mm626mm641mm656mm
Chainstay Length432mm432mm432mm432mm432mm432mm432mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal504mm521mm538mm554mm570mm584mm598mm
Bike Standover Height680mm703mm723mm763mm789mm808mm834mm
Seat Tube Length363mm390mm430mm470mm500mm530mm560mm
Seat Tube Angle74.5°74°73.75°73.5°73.5°73.5°73.5°

Rider Reviews

  • 4.7
  • 3 Reviews

A really great bike for my track ventures

Bought for the many gravel tracks around the New Forest, the Elite 5 bike is proving itself a great all rounder. I bought this bike as the more high end bikes were unavailable at the time of purchase, hence upgrading the 700 wheels to DT Swiss and buying some custom 650B wheels for the tracks, a great investment with 47mm tubeless Hutchinson tyres for the rougher stuff. The frame looks great, is very comfortable and fast off-road, the components work well and the brakes are excellent.

Simon W.


Best Gravel Bike for the price!!

The Diverge Elite E5 hits the sweet spot with robust GRX 400 groupset, massive tire clearance, lots of mounts for bike packing. But for me the most important upgrade is the hydraulic disc brakes, they are fantastic with a lot of stopping power. The frame feels stiff which means you can pedal hard and have a confidence-inspiring ride with more control. At the same time it rides smooth and nimble. This bikes ride amazing both on the road and gravel. I think this a the perfect bike if you are looking for an ""entry"" level gravel bike without the compromise of groupset and/or brakes that lower price gravel bikes have. I would buy this bike again...and again.



Evolution at it's finest: the best Diverge yet

After owning two other Diverges ('16 Comp Carbon, '15 Elite E5), this year's model takes the cake and I see no reason to ever swap or upgrade. This is the Diverge I've been waiting for! This year, we see true ""wide"" tire clearance without needing to move the rear dropouts (a la the Trek Checkpoint), full bottle cage mounts on the fork, AND full fender mounts front and rear. If there was a bike genie and s/he could grant me three wishes, these would be my three, end of story. This level of Shimano's GRX line offers also excellent performance AND fantastic gearing not found on the higher-end tiers (1:0.83 at L and 1:4.18 at H) which saves my knees and will make hills and bikepacking a breeze. My hat's off to Specialized and it was well worth the ~2 month wait to get this bike. Keep up the great work, Specialized, and thank you for finally combining the features that (I think) everyone wants in a gravel bike.