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Hi all,  In my never ending quest to find and buy an endurance bike i have come across the Speicalized Diverge E5 Comp. Now i know this bike is sold as an Gravel /Adventure bike but out of curriosty i sat on the bike which i found comfy. The bike is in a sell £1300 and seems to tick my boxes - 105 drive chain,disc brakes and able to fit wider tyres. I want to ride sportives so my question is ......Will this bike be comfortable enough to ride 60 miles plus?  or should i look else where ie Domane AL, Giant Contend /Defy Advanced 2,Cube Attain.

 

thanks

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Luca Patrono [48 posts] 1 month ago
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This is my main bike and the answer is yes. It has endurance geometry.

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MrPex [3 posts] 1 month ago
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In a word Yes. Ive got a Diverge Comp and use it for everything. Club coffee rides, training took it to France on a touring trip loaded with bikepacking bags, it really does it all. I dont have any problems keeping up with the people i ride with. Only gripe was saddle didnt suit me so changed mine to a Specialized Romin Evo. Have 2 sets of wheels 1 with the standard sawtooth tires and the other with a set of Spesh Roubaix tires for road riding. No regrets buying this.

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cyclesteffer [406 posts] 1 month ago
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Totally yes it can, although I have four bikes, I have a mate who only has the one bike - and its the Diverge alloy, and he does everything on it - Chain gang, daily commuting, off road bikepacking, Strava KOMs - he keeps it really well maintained though! 

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RafatheRed [27 posts] 1 month ago
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Thanks for the feedback,i bought one yesterday and had my first ride today.Enjoyed the ride (15 miles) but do have questions. So im used to hydro brakes on my MTB, how did the owners of this bike find the brakes after bedding in,do they get better or did you change the pads. Tyre pressure,i used 90 psi front and back on 30mm tyres,what are you using (im 11 stone). I intend to have a bike fit too as the pressure on my hands made them numb.Did anyone here also get fitted after purchase.

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JohnnyEnglish [31 posts] 1 month ago
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I use an alloy diverge for commuting and gravel. Fitted it with Roubaix 30/32 tyres. On the odd occasion I join a group ride with this bike, these new tyres help me keep up much easier than the stock ones fitted. Brakes are not the greatest compared to hydraulics, but they do the job - I've had no hairy moments. Bikes shop suggested I upgrade to the dual sided brakes, but after bedding in the stock ones are fine -  if well callibrated. Tyres -  I use approx 60psi - it compensates a little for the slight harshness of the frame (non-future shock version).

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MrPex [3 posts] 4 weeks ago
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My bike is the Carbon Comp so cant answer your braking question as Im on Hydro brakes. As with JohnnyEnglish im on the Roubaix 30/32 tyres. I havent set them up tubeless yet as ive not had time to do it. I run them tubed at about 85psi (im about 15 stone) and the bike rides really nicely. Im also getting a little hand numbness and planning a bike fit soon, until then ive just bought some GripGrab gloves with 6mm gel pads and hope that they help. Enjoy your Diverge its a reallly capable bike that has surprised quite a few people that I ride with.

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Luca Patrono [48 posts] 4 weeks ago
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RafatheRed wrote:

Thanks for the feedback,i bought one yesterday and had my first ride today.Enjoyed the ride (15 miles) but do have questions. So im used to hydro brakes on my MTB, how did the owners of this bike find the brakes after bedding in,do they get better or did you change the pads. Tyre pressure,i used 90 psi front and back on 30mm tyres,what are you using (im 11 stone). I intend to have a bike fit too as the pressure on my hands made them numb.Did anyone here also get fitted after purchase.

Brakes can be finicky. Require constant adjustment of pads and I find that their alignment creates a V shape as the pads wear and you wind them in, meaning lever travel is extended before much braking force is achieved. Stock pads were fine.

If you use it in poor weather, be sure to find and save the guide on stripping down, cleaning, lubricating and rebuilding the TRP Spyre brake.

Conti GP 4Seasons 32mm, front 45psi, rear 55psi. Weight 12 stone.

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anagallis_arvensis [3 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Stock pads are shite, will disintegrate at the first sign of mud.
I've had mine for almost 2 years now does it all but is a bit heavy and a bit short for a true road bike. I bought an old road bike from ebay to use on short fast shop rides but the Diverge is my go to bike for any long rides

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RafatheRed [27 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Thanks for the input,i did a 20 mile ride today. I set the saddle level,sorted the forth/aft and relaxed on the hoods more.I also lowered the psi to 75/80.The ride was much more comfy today,this also seemed to go some way to help ease the numbness in the hands.Im pretty sure a bike fit will make it even better. 

Yep i have history with disc pads as i have hydo's on Mtb. The brakes are not great ,but im only 2 rides in. If they dont get any better i will change the pads. I wont be riding through mad as such,i have mtb for that,but will do canel paths and fire roads but mainly road. 

I will chage the tyres at some point,but not to cont's 4 seasons like i had before.They are good,but hell to take off if you do puntchure. 

i think im good now with info,so thanks all.

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RafatheRed [27 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Thanks for the input,i did a 20 mile ride today. I set the saddle level,sorted the forth/aft and relaxed on the hoods more.I also lowered the psi to 75/80.The ride was much more comfy today,this also seemed to go some way to help ease the numbness in the hands.Im pretty sure a bike fit will make it even better. 

Yep i have history with disc pads as i have hydo's on Mtb. The brakes are not great ,but im only 2 rides in. If they dont get any better i will change the pads. I wont be riding through mad as such,i have mtb for that,but will do canel paths and fire roads but mainly road. 

I will chage the tyres at some point,but not to cont's 4 seasons like i had before.They are good,but hell to take off if you do puntchure. 

i think im good now with info,so thanks all.