Interbike Outdoor Demo: Jamis shows off Renegade adventure road bike


We’ve long been fans of Jamis Bikes for their commitment to steel frames, but the latest creation from the brand takes a decidedly more contemporary line, with full carbon construction, disc brakes, and big tires.

Designed for everything from fast group rides to gravel epics, the Renegade is one of many new big-tire road bikes that are taking the industry by storm this year. Far more versatile than a traditional racing road bike, they can also still go like stink when called upon.


The new Renegade was designed and equipped for such fast assaults on any kind of road, and sometimes even beyond. It starts up front with a full carbon fork with a 15mm thru-axle for extra security and stiffness. Out back you’ll find a traditional QR rear axle.


Compared to the Jamis Nova and Supernova cyclocross race bikes, the Renegade has a lower bottom bracket and longer wheelbase for more stable and comfortable handling on the road.


The frame has full internal cable routing to keep things clean, with a massive bottom bracket area and a BB386 bottom bracket shell, which is designed for a BB30 crankset, but is wider for more tire clearance. The disc brakes are Shimano’s game-changing hydraulic units, paired with 11-speed mechanical R685 shifters.


How much tire? The Renegade has been ridden with up to a 41c knobby, and can even fit 35c tires with fenders. There are small threaded inserts on the fork and at the rear that can can be used to attach them. You can even use them to mount a rear rack.


While the geometry is closer to that of a road bike than a cyclocross bike, Jamis wasn’t content with just one-size-fits all. There are six sizes from 48cm to 61cm, with three fork rakes and three different rear triangle molds to keep the desired ride quality.


It also comes spec’d with the unique Ritchey Vector Evo rail and Wing Flex saddle that is said to provide far more flex and vibration damping than traditional saddle rail designs. It also allows for more fore-aft adjustment.


There will be two models when it goes on sale at the end of the year: a model with Shimano 105 11-speed and TRP HyRd brakes for $2,399 and the model pictured with Ultegra 11-speed, hydraulic Di2 and American Classic tubeless wheels for $4,399.

Learn more

See all the small details that went into the Renegade in this video from Jamis:


This article originally misstated the type of shifters on the final spec. It is in fact shipping with the non-series R685 mechanical shifters with hydraulic braking. See complete specs here.


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