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Anyroad CoMax or Diverge DSW Elite ?

Old 11-09-16, 09:06 PM
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Anyroad CoMax or Diverge DSW Elite ?

I'll be test riding both this weekend but I'm torn between the Anyroad CoMax and the Diverge DSW Elite for recreational/fitness gravel riding. The Anyroad is only $400 more and for that you get a composite frame and a 105 drivetrain rather than the alloy and Tiagra on the Diverge.

The Diverge is a better looking bike in my opinion but I feel the Anyroad is a better value. The Anyroad geometry looks very upright and I'm afraid I'll get bored with it.

Is the Anyroad a legitimate gravel bike or is it just a hybrid with dropbars?
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I recently purchased the 2017 Anyroad CoMax. It is an excellent bike for recreational/fitness gravel riding, I've put nearly 200 miles on it. It is firm, but smooth and quiet. Shifting on the Anyroad Comax is also smooth. You get a lot of bike for the money with Giant since they are so large of a company, you benefit from economies of scale. I have not ridden the Diverge DSW Elite, but Specialized bikes is a good company. It seems to be closer to the Giant Anyroad 1. I would test ride all 3 bikes and then make your decision. The biggest thrill in getting a new bike is test riding many different types of bikes with different configurations. Ultimately, you may want to get a particular bike and then customize it to your style of riding and comfort. I got the Anyroad Comax and put 37mm Continental Top Contact II tires, a shorter stem and a different seat. I plan on riding it a lot more over the next 6 months.
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If you've got a Felt dealer in your area, you might want to check out the V85 also. I looked at the Diverge DSW Elite and the CoMax, but didn't ride the CoMax b/c it was too large for me. When I went to my wife's Trek dealer to see what they had that was similar, they showed me the Felt. The geometry is a little different than the Specialized, but it also has an advanced butted aluminum frame. It has the full 105 gearset and TRP spyre-C mechanical breaks. I got a great discount b/c it was the end of the model year, which helped push me over the edge.
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