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Mr. October

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Hi All . . 

I'm fairly new to the forum and have been doing a bit of research on my first gravel bike. I am looking at the Diverge Comp E5. I'd love to go to the Comp (carbon) but the budget doesn't allow it at this time. Here's the thing, the Diverge Comp E5 is a great looking bike but:
  • 105 groupset
  • mechanical disc
  • Future Shock suspension
I can get a BIG discount on the Diamondback Haanjo Trail through work. It would be about $400.00 less than the Diverge and:
  • Ultegra groupset
  • hydraulic disc 
  • HED wheels
The bikes are nearly identical in weight. I would be using it for a mix of trail and road. Probably 40% road 60% trail with a lot of the trail being gravel rail trail and similar. 

The diverge seems to get rave reviews for stability and the Future Shock, but the reviews for the Haanjo aren't bad either. Aluminum bikes have been built for a long time so I can't imagine either company is significantly better than the other in regards to the frame. 

I'm looking for advice or opinions. I have checked out the threads here on both bikes. Just wondering what others think. 

Thanks!
Pete

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Noah_Deuce

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I like the extra clearance on the Haanjo. I don’t think you can go wrong with either though.
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cjdaking

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The Hanjo looks like an amazing value. DB has been making some interesting bikes the last couple years.
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owly

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I like the Haanjo clearance option also. 

Put a ShockStop stem on it if you like. Maybe switch out the seatpost for a more compliant one like an Ergon or FSA setback.


No proprietary parts like on the Diverge.
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I can get a BIG discount on the Diamondback Haanjo Trail through work. It would be about $400.00 less than the Diverge and: You mean the corp discount?

The geometry of the two bikes looks very different,besides the Diverge also coming in more sizes.

The Diverge is going to have A shorter seat tube compare to the top tube vs the DB for one thing.
Is this going to be your first bike or just first gravel bike?

I need sleep.


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Mr. October

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Thanks for the opinions all!
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Mr. October

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Originally Posted by jjbnum3

I can get a BIG discount on the Diamondback Haanjo Trail through work. It would be about $400.00 less than the Diverge and: You mean the corp discount?

The geometry of the two bikes looks very different,besides the Diverge also coming in more sizes.

The Diverge is going to have A shorter seat tube compare to the top tube vs the DB for one thing.
Is this going to be your first bike or just first gravel bike?

I need sleep.




Just first gravel bike. Long time roadie and triathlete here. 
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jjbnum3

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mtbr.com forum has some feedback on the haanjo.I like the Haanjo,but I have A short bike inseam for my height so the seat tube would be too long vs the TT for me.Really both are nice bikes.If you can test ride both and maybe A few other gravel type bikes. good luck.

http://forums.mtbr.com/diamondback/diamondback-haanjo-910957.html
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Mr. October

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I bit the bullet and sprung for a 2018 Diverge Comp. I really wanted the carbon frame and hydraulic brakes. I did read a lot about the bottom bracket clearance but decided for my purposes that wasn't a show stopper. It is on the work stand now waiting for me to bolt on accessories.  IMG_3463.jpg  IMG_3460.jpg 
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