Jamis is well-known for delivering a high bang-for-the-buck across their entire lineup. For 2014, they launched a re-designed Xenith line, which was well-received by both consumers and journalists alike. For 2015, Jamis is going the other end of the road bike spectrum with the new Renegade adventure bike.
Available in two trims: The Ultegra-clad Elite at $4199 or the 105-clad Expert at $2399. The Elite model does cost more, but comes with a higher-end carbon frameset, hydraulic disc brakes and a nice tubeless aero wheelset.
If you’re in the market for a bike that can endure year-round abuse on road, dirt, gravel or an occasional cyclocross race, the Renegade would be one tough number to beat.
Key features of the Renegade Elite include:
- Jamis Adventure Omniad M30 Monocoque Carbon Fiber Frame (an upgrade from Expert)
- Carbon monocoque fork with 15mm thru axle (same on both models)
- EVO386 BB shell
- Ultegra 11-speed mechanical drivetrain (mid-compact 52/36 w/11-28t)
- Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors
- Ritchey cockpit (seatpost, stem and bars)
- American Classic Argent tubeless wheels
- Cam system for disc brake mounts (nice feature)
- 40mm tire clearance
- Weight: 17.75 lbs
- Price: $4199
The Bottom Line
With gobs of tire clearance and a respectable weight (considering the meaty tries), the Renegade Elite should be a ton of fun for anyone looking for a road-capable adventure bike.