Specialized Women’s Diverge E5 Comp review

Thérèse Coen Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:22 A very accessible all-road all-rounder, but can prove sluggish for pure road riding, and needs some wider tyres for true off-road riding 4.0 / 5 £1,500 The Specialized Diverge was released to a surprising level of fanfare, with the all-road platform managing to capture the surge in gravel and adventure riding. This Diverge E5 Comp is the women’s specific aluminium version of the bike, and promises versatility and comfort. The Diverge E5 has an aluminium frame, which traditionally sacrifices some compliance, and for that Specialized has added the Future Shock suspension unit below the handlebars. Offering 20mm of travel, the Future Shock unit should increase comfort at the front end while also increasing grip off road. It works by using a simple coil spring within a shock unit that sits below the handlebars, and is concealed with a soft rubber spacer. It’s ...

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