Gravel Bike Gears Guide: 1x V 2x Which Is Best For You?
Gravel Bike Gears Guide: 1x V 2x Which Is Best For You?

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The 2022 Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Gravel Bike is built to deliver a ride that’s quick and lively, but stable and confidence inspiring when the terrain gets rough. From Future Shock 1.5 and all-new gravel geometry, to category leading tyre clearance, the new Diverge is the ultimate getaway vehicle.

The Diverge is built around a Premium E5 Aluminium frame which is stiff, light, and durable. This is paired with a full carbon FACT fork with Future Shock 1.5 technology. With 20mm of axial compliance, Future Shock 1.5 is progressively tuned specifically for gravel riding. This keeps you confident and in control, able to keep the power down and stay off the brakes over rough dirt roads and in thick loose gravel, all while keeping your hands, arms and neck fresh.

Nothing unlocks a bike’s capability like tire clearance, so the new Diverge comes with a whopping 47mm of tyre clearance with a 700c wheel and 2.1” with a 650b wheel.

The Diverge Expert comes equipped with SRAM’s gravel-inspired Apex 1 groupset which shifts 1×11 gears smoothly on any terrain. Axis Elite alloy wheels with Pathfinder Sport 38mm tyres add even more capability and versatility.

This bike is perfect for

Gravel riders who want a light, fast a durable bike with the added advantage of Specialized’s Future Shock technology to soak up the bumps on rougher tracks.

Key Features

Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are now dozens of gravel bike events around the UK and a growing number of long distance cycling routes designed with gravel bikes in mind. In this gravel bike buying guide we’ll take you through the main things to consider when picking a gravel bike.

The main appeal of gravel bikes is versatility,. You can use them on normal roads but they’ll also work great on forest roads, old railway lines and farm tracks. So you can go for a ride off-road, avoiding cars and traffic, but link it with sections of tarmac as well. Of course you can do this on a mountain bike but a gravel bike will generally be faster and lighter. This also means you can cover some big distances when touring. A lot of gravel bike riders are road cyclists who want to get away from traffic.

As gravel bikes often get used for touring and bikepacking most will come with mounting points for bags. This luggage capacity combined with speed, and ability to handle mixed surfaces, means that gravel bikes are also extremely popular for commuting on.

Gravel bikes are very popular for commuting. We sell lots of them on the cycle to work scheme. One of our biggest stores for gravel bike sales is our Greenwich shop in London. They’re mainly selling them for commuting around central London on. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of commuting on a gravel bike and answer the question ‘are gravel bikes good for commuting?’

Gravel bikes are fast, nearly as quick as a standard road bike. They are certainly quicker on the road than most mountain bikes and many hybrids. That means you can get to work, and home, in the shortest time possible. But what makes gravel bikes so good for commuting is that they are extremely versatile. They can be ridden on tarmac, cycle paths, old railway lines, canal towpaths, and even off-road trails. So, it’s easy to mix it up on your commute and avoid traffic.

Another big advantage of commuting on a gravel bike is that they’re generally more comfortable than road bikes. This is because they have wider tyres and longer wheelbases, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. So you don’t get bounced around as much on rough roads. Most gravel bikes have a fairly upright riding position which makes it easier to see what’s going on in traffic. The combination of stable handling and the comfortable riding position is a massive confidence boost for the rider, especially on wet roads.

Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.

” Made for riders, by riders.”

They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren’t around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.

Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.

Frame Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, Future Shock suspension, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Fork Future Shock 1.5 w/Smooth Boot, FACT carbon, 12×100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount
Handlebars Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare
Stem Future Stem, Comp
Tape Specialized S-Wrap
Front Brake SRAM Apex, hydraulic disc, 160mm G2 CenterLine rotor
Rear Brake SRAM RED eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc
Shift Levers SRAM Apex, hydraulic
Cassette Sunrace, 11-speed, alloy spider, 11-42t
Rear Derailleur SRAM Apex 1, long cage, 11-speed
Crankset Praxis Alba
Chainrings 40T
Bottom Bracket Praxis 68mm BSA
Chain 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
Saddle Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails
Inner Tubes 700×28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve
SeatPost Alloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware
Seat Binder Alloy, 30.8mm

Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.

Colours Gloss Spruce/Oak Metallic/Chrome/Wild, Gloss Tarmac Black/Smoke/Chrome/Clean, Satin Maroon/Light Silver/Chrome/Clean
Sizes 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61, 64
Brand Specialized
Model Year 2022
Barcodes 888818771639, 888818771684, 888818771721, 888818772018, 888818772186, 888818772193, 888818772421, 888818772711, 888818773244, 888818773282, 888818773299, 888818773336, 888818773435, 888818773589, 888818773619, 888818773701, 888818773718, 888818773756, 888818777914, 888818777938, 888818777952
SKUs / Part Numbers 95422-5249, 95422-5252, 95422-5254, 95422-5256, 95422-5258, 95422-5261, 95422-5264, 95422-5349, 95422-5352, 95422-5354, 95422-5356, 95422-5358, 95422-5361, 95422-5364, 95422-5449, 95422-5452, 95422-5454, 95422-5456, 95422-5458, 95422-5461, 95422-5464

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Frame Size Rider Height (CM)
44cm 142 – 152
48cm 152 – 163
50cm 158 – 163
52cm 163 – 170
54cm 170 – 178
56cm 175 – 180
58cm 180 – 188
61cm 188 – 196
64cm 196 – 205

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