For a serious road bike, consider the Specialized Diverge E5
Buying a bike can be intimidating. Much like buying a car, you can be overwhelmed with choices. Then comes the sticker shock.
The Specialized Diverge E5 isn’t for every rider — no bike is — but it does hit a sweet spot that should appeal to a lot of cyclists. The road bike is designed to also be ridden on gravel trails and fire roads, in addition to asphalt, making it a go-anywhere type of bike.
You’ll find more tire clearance than most traditional road bikes, giving you more room for mud, and slightly thicker tires provide more stability. It has mounts for three water bottle holders (as well as mounts for racks and fenders), making it a good option for touring or longer commutes.
It’s fun to ride, with plenty of responsiveness and comfort. The aluminum frame keeps the bike light, and a carbon-fiber fork helps ease some of the bumps while retaining rigidity. Despite being an entry-level model, you’ll find high-level components throughout, and the price tag ($1,000) won’t break the bank. For cyclists ready for their first serious road bike, this is definitely worth a test ride.