Sea Otter: Jamis goes all-in with Renegade adventure bikes

2016 model year line-up includes two steel, two carbon options

Road Bike Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

Ready for your next adventure, whether across town or across the country.

Ready for your next adventure, whether across town or across the country (click to enlarge).

While one man’s adventure ride may be another’s cross-town spin, Jamis is looking to cover both bases (and a whole lot of in between) with its 2016 Renegade drop-bar bikes. Whether commuting to work or bikepacking your way across the desert southwest, the disc-brake equipped Renegade has the critical features covered.

The four-bike line-up (two carbon, two steel) has spec builds ranging from Shimano Ultegra to Tiagra, with the steel bikes allowing for tires up to 44mm. The carbon models can be pushed to 40mm or 35mm with fenders, which are easily attached via built-in mounts.

Thru-axles and disc brakes are included on all four bikes in the line.

Thru-axles and disc brakes are included on all four bikes in the line (click to enlarge).

All four bikes get full carbon forks, threaded bottom brackets, three bottle mounts, tubeless ready wheels, and thru-axles up front. Jamis also worked with Ritchie to develop a new handlebar with a shallow 120mm drop, short 73mm reach, and 12-degree flare, which is designed to increase stability on rough terrain.

Gearing is 50-34 compact chainrings paired with an 11-32 cassette, meaning you can climb just about anything. And geometry is what Jamis dubs semi-custom where stack and reach remains consistent across the range of sizes. The bike’s also have three different bottom bracket heights, three fork rakes, and three rear center measures, which combined conspire to keep handling characteristics consistent across the full size range (48cm, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61).

Also new from Jamis this year is the Dragon Slayer, a 27.5+ bike with 3.0 tires and a 120mm FOX 34 fork.

Also new from Jamis this year is the Dragon Slayer, a 27.5+ bike with 3.0 tires and a 120mm FOX 34 fork (click to enlarge).

For more information visit www.jamisbikes.com.

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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