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Gravel Bike for Fiance? Specialized Diverge Comp E5 vs. Trek Checkpoint ALR5 vs. C'dale Topstone 105
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Specialized Diverge Comp E5 vs. Trek Checkpoint ALR5 vs. C'dale Topstone 105


Any thoughts? They all seem like pretty much the same level of bike.

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Re: Gravel Bike for Fiance? Specialized Diverge Comp E5 vs. Trek Checkpoint ALR5 vs. C'dale Topstone 105 [cloy] [ In reply to ]
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I'd probably go with the Diverge Comp E5 out of those 3.

The Diverge has GRX 800 level shifters where the other two have GRX 600 level (trek) or 105 (cdale). GRX 800 is more like Ultegra level from what i've read where 600 is more like 105.

The cannondale is the only of the 3 that comes with tubeless ready tires (i think), so that's a bonus for cannondale.
The Trek is the only one with a shimano crank, so that's a bonus for the Trek.
The Diverge has the future shock...I know some people love it, but i don't think i'd want it myself.
The Trek has the lower level brakes...but they weigh the same and honestly i don't think I'd be able to tell the difference.

Sizing looks to be a bit different between the 3. Comparing stack and reach, the 56cm Diverge is almost the same as the 58cm checkpoint and large topstone.

Even the smallest Diverge has a pretty high stack height.
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