Back in 2016 when we first began stocking the Jamis Renegade range, we had only a modest selection. There were just two models available: the base model Renegade Exile and one up from that, the Renegade Expat. They also only came in limited sizes—basically the most common ones—so if shorter or taller riders enquired, they had to look at other options.
Regardless, they sold well. We liked ’em. Our customers liked ’em. So in 2017 we brought in another model—the hydraulic-equipped, 105 11-speed Renegade Exploit. To our surprise, they were snapped up quickly as well, by both customers and more than a few of our staff. This year we’re putting more eggs in this basket, and even more Renegades are hitting the shop floor (and staff members’ stables). Not only are we stocking yet another model — the Ultegra-equipped Renegade Escapade—but we are offering more sizes than ever before. So no matter what your size, you can now roll into the gravel bike phenomena.
So what’s so great about the Jamis Renegades? OK, let’s start by defining them. This type of bike goes by a few names, depending on who you ask. Most commonly they’re referred to as adventure bikes or gravel bikes, although neither of these names adequately reflects just how versatile they are. It’s a bit of a cliche these days, but if you wanted one bike to do it all, the Jamis Renegade series would have to be up there in your consideration.
With some slick tyres they’ll be reasonably quick on the road. Add wider tyres they’ll make a capable all-road/gravel bike. With some panniers and mudguards they’ll take on commuting duties with aplomb. With bikepacking bags attached you’ll be able to travel fast and light across the country. At a pinch, they’ll even handle some single track.
Basically they’ll do most things you’ll want to use a bike for, and they’ll do it while maintaining a lively, exciting ride. They offer all the practicality of a standard commuter bike, but with greater all-road capability, and an extra dose of fun. And they embody our philosophy as a shop. We see cycling as a part of life; for us, a bike can be a utilitarian work-horse during the week, and a joy-machine come the weekend. It’s a way to ferry you around, keep you healthy and scare up a grin on ya. That, in essence, is why we love them.
So what are we stocking?
The Jamis Renegades are coming in a few different shipments this year; some are already on the shop floor, while others will be filtering in over the next couple of weeks. If you want to know whether we have a particular model or size right now, give us a hoy on 03 9381 0088, and one of our friendly staff members will fill you in. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see in the Velo showroom.
Your starting point in the gravel bike universe, the 2018 Jamis Renegade Explore is built around a 6061 aluminium frame and comes with basic components that perform solidly whilst being easy on the hip-pocket. It gives you a chance to dip your toe in the water without mortgaging the house, offering the gumption of a gravel bike at an affordable price. It can be a gateway drug—if you will—to the all-road scene, but is still good enough to be a long-term workhorse if that’s what you’re after.
With mid-level 10-speed Tiagra shifting and the well-regarded TRP-Spyre mechanical disc brakes, the 2018 Jamis Renegade Expat is a cracking build for the price. At its heart is a Reynolds 520 steel frame—a value tubeset with a rock-solid feel—and a Jamis ECO carbon fork. The end result is a smooth, sturdy and sharp-handling bike that hits a sweet spot between price and performance; affordable enough to be an entry into the gravel bike market, but equipped well enough to be a satisfying ride in the long run.
We’re getting the Renegade Expat in a wide range of sizes, from the teeny 44cm with 650B wheels to the lofty 61cm. So no matter what you’re height, there’ll likely be one to fit you.
The 2018 Jamis Renegade Exploit gets a more refined tubeset—Reynolds 631—which cuts down on weight, provides a snappier ride and smooths out road buzz beautifully. It’s also specced with Shimano 105 11-speed shifting and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, so you get razor sharp gear changes and powerful braking. Other upgrades from the Expat include eyeleted rims and sealed bearing hubs. If you do a lot of miles, and you appreciate a little refinement, the Renegade Exploit may well be worth the extra dosh, and are only available Australia-wide from Velo Cycles.
The big daddy, the 2018 Jamis Renegade Escapade comes with the same great frame and fork as the Exploit, but with the high-performing Shimano Ultegra groupset, as well as upgraded wheels—WTB Frequency Team i23 rims laced to Formula sealed-bearing hubs. The shifting and braking of the new Ultegra R8000 groupset is truly world-class, and will provide an incredibly smooth, efficient ride. If you want the feel of your high-end road bike on a go-anywhere beast, the Renegade Escapade is your answer. And again, we’re the only shop in all of Australia who has them.
Get in quickly before our staff buy them all.