2019 Jamis Renegades are arriving at Velo Cycles over the coming months, and we can exclusively reveal the new models to the world. The Jamis Renegade series are considered one of the best value gravel/adventure bikes, and a leading example of the genre. Velo Cycles is Australia’s largest Jamis Dealer, and for 2019 we’re stocking more models than ever, starting with the Renegade Expat at $1900, and going all the way up to the Renegade Elite at a cool $6000. So whatever your budget or style, there’s a Renegade for you.
In this post I won’t go into what a gravel/adventure bike is, because we’ve done that a few times already:
- click here for an in-depth review of the Jamis Renegade Expat
- click here for a brief overview of the Jamis Renegades and gravel bikes more generally
- click here for an in-depth look at the differences between a touring bike and a gravel bike
Here, we want to talk about new models for 2019. The most notable change is the groupset on the Exploit and Escapade models. They now have SRAM 1×11-speed hydraulic groupsets, instead of the Shimano double chainring systems they came with in 2018. The best-selling Renegade Expat remains relatively unchanged, apart from a great new colourway. And for the first time at Velo, we’re going to be stocking the two carbon-framed models, the Renegade Expert and the Renegade Elite. Ladies, gents and non-binary individuals, it’s time to put down your glasses, may we present the 2019 Jamis Renegades. If any of them take your fancy, give us a hoy on 03 9381 0088 and we can take a pre-order or notify you when they arrive. There’s only limited numbers and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
2019 Jamis Renegade Expat $1899
With mid-level 10-speed Tiagra shifting and the well-regarded TRP-Spyre mechanical disc brakes, the 2019 Jamis Renegade Expat is a cracking build for the price, and is the most popular of the Renegade models. 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.
The build on the Renegade Expat has proved to be a winning formula, so it remains largely unchanged from the 2018 model. It gets a new saddle, updated rims, and a slightly larger cassette (11-34 instead of 11-32). Note that although the tyres have different branding on them, they are actually the exact same excellent tyre as last year – same across the entire Renegade range.
We’re getting the Renegade Expat in the widest range of sizes, from the teeny 44cm with 650B wheels to the lofty 61cm. So no matter what your height, there’ll likely be one to fit you.
2019 Jamis Renegade Exploit $3499
The Renegade Exploit has themore refined Reynolds 631 tubeset, which cuts down weight, provides a snappier ride and smooths out road buzz beautifully. And new for 2019, it now comes with a full SRAM Apex hydraulic 1×11 groupset, which is a big change from the previous Shimano 105 double chainring group. It means a lighter weight, simplified drivetrain. The trade-off, however, is bigger jumps between each gear, and a slightly smaller overall range. The smallest gear, however, is actually even lower now, so you’re only losing out on high-end speed (though of course we can always change the chainring size to suit your riding style). This biases the bike more towards a bikepacking/gravel/commuting application rather than a road cycling application where higher speeds are common and cadence more important. It makes sense for these steel-framed models, as steel is a preferred material for bikepackers and commuters due to its toughness and longevity. The Renegade Exploit also gets updated rims, now “WTB ST light i23 TCS 2.0” rather than “WTB ST i23 STS TCS.” I’m guessing that it’s the new version of the same rim, and maybe a bit lighter? That’s all I can decipher from the interwebs at the moment.
2019 Jamis Renegade Escapade $4199
The Renegade Escapade shares the same Reynolds 631 tubeset as the Exploit, and also gets a SRAM groupset for 2019. This time it’s SRAM Force, except for the cassette which is from Shimano. Why run a Shimano cassette with a SRAM drivetrain? My best guess is that it’s to keep costs in check, and the price competitive. It’s no biggie. Those big SRAM cassettes are things of beauty, but they’re pricey, and there’s nothing at all wrong with their Shimano equivalents. The wheels are a big jump—Stans Crest S1 Team tubeless rims with Sapim spokes and Neo hubs. Sounds ace. The colour is still an evil-looking stealthy charcoal (nu-nu-nu-nu-nu-nu-nu-nu-Bat-maaan).
2019 Jamis Renegade Expert $3999
With the 2019 Renegade Expert you’re moving into carbon territory. Overall it’s a lighter, stiffer bike than the steel-framed Renegades, which makes it faster and snappier, but perhaps a bit less suitable for rough-and-tumble bikepacking duties. You’re also fractionally sacrificing some tyre clearance—700X40c rather than 700×42 on the steel versions. For 2019 it’s equipped with the new Shimano 105 7000 series 22-speed hydraulic groupset, which will give you super-crisp shifting without completely blowing out your budget. There’s also a couple more teeth on the cassette, which goes to 34 instead of 32. The Renegade Expert is a great bike for those who want the performance of their road bike in a more versatile, gravel-maiming package.
2019 Jamis Renegade Elite $5999
The 2019 Jamis Renegade Elite is an even ‘fancier’ carbon, and has a further-upgraded groupset and wheels. Shifting and braking is taken care of via Shimano’s Ultegra 8000 series 22-speed hydraulic groupset, including the brand new Ultegra clutch derailleur. This will give you truly world-class gear shifting and stopping. The wheels are new for 2019: Stans Crest MK3 PRO tubeless wheelset with Sapim spokes and Neo hubs. And there’s the 11-34 cassette that’s now coming on all the Shimano equipped models. If you want the feel of your high-end road bike on a more versatile platform, the 2019 Jamis Renegade Elite is your rocketship.