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.
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).
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