This past weekend Jamis Bicycles introduced the Renegade, a carbon-fiber, disc brake-equipped adventure road bike geared toward the burgeoning gravel grinding segment. First ride honors went to pro rider Tyler Wren, who placed a solid third in the Crusher in the Tushar, a challenging 84-mile race in Utah that’s held on equal parts paved and gravel roads.
Jamis says it launched the new bike in part based on feedback from its dealers, customers and pro athletes, who’d expressed interest in a drop-bar bike that’s comfortable enough to ride all day and versatile enough to perform on the road and dirt.
Highlights of the Renegade include a 15mm thru-axle version of their enhanced compliance offset fork and oversized BB386 EVO bottom bracket design to better resist torsional flex generated by the hydraulic braking system. To achieve better terrain versatility, Renegade was designed to accommodate tires up to 40mm in width or 35mm with fenders, and the bike is shipped with wide, tubeless-specific rims.
The Renegade Elite ($4200) features an 11-speed Shimano Ultegra build with Shimano’s new hydraulic disc-brake system and American Classic Argent tubeless wheels. The Renegade Expert ($2400) features an 11-speed Shimano 105 build, TRP hydraulic disc brakes and Alex tubeless wheels. Availability is set for January 2015.
Front end steering precision and stiffness are enhanced by an ECO carbon fork and 15mm thru-axle.
The Jamis design team developed Renegade from the ground up, with the goal of creating a carbon-fiber frame with confidence-inspiring geometry and handling on varying types of terrain. It started with progressive stack and reach base while utilizing size-specific tubing, along with three different fork offsets, bottom bracket drops, rear center measurements and two different rear triangle sizes.
Renegade is manufactured with blends of high and mid modulus carbon fiber using Jamis’ NearNet molding technology. The blades of the carbon-fiber fork are swept forward beyond a typical rake to provide better vertical compliance, but retain lateral stiffness thanks to ribbing reinforcement and the 15mm front wheel thru-axle.
For more information visit www.renegadeadventurebikes.com.