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Jamis Renegade A1 (2020)

The Renegade A1 is the new name for the Renegade Exile and the A stands for aluminum. This is the most affordable model of the Renegades and is constructed of butted aluminum tubing matched with an aluminum bladed fork.

Like all Renegades it as capable off pavement as it is on.

Outfitted with full coverage fenders and a rear carrier rack, and featuring clearance for studded tires for winter use, the A1 makes for a great year around commuting bike.

Drivetrain and Brakes

The shifters, front and rear derailleurs are Shimano Claris. FSA's Vero crankset has compact 50/34 chainrings and the rear gears are a hill friendly 11-34. Higher gearing is now found only on racing level road models.

The mechanical disc brake calipers are Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated with 160mm wavey rotors.

Braking on the A1 is better than standard rim brake calipers, particularly off-pavement, but not as powerful as full hydraulic discs.

Wheels and Contact Points

The remainder of the components are solid. The seatpost, stem and handlebars are all 6061 aluminum.

The wheels are built for durability first and should last the life of the bike. The tires are great, Donnelly's 700 x 36c X-Plor MSO, there are few better multi-surface 700c tires on the market.

Depending on the size the A1 weighs between 23 and 24 lbs. Like everything in cycling weight is inversely related to price.

That said, the A1 is lighter, faster than the equivalent hybrid and more durable and versatile than a comparable road bike.

Ride Quality

The Renegades, not just the A1, have a body position that is the most comfortable that we have ever ridden on a drop bar bike.

If you are riding for recreation, fitness, touring or commuting and not interested in speed above all else, this bike really is a revelation.

Head to Head Comparison

MSRP Drivetrain Disc Brakes
Kona Rove $849 Claris Mechanical
Jamis Renegade A1 $899 Claris Mechanical
Salsa Journeyman $949 Claris Mechanical
Felt Broam 60 $1,000 Claris Mechanical
Giant Toughroad $1,100 Claris Mechanical
Specialized Diverge E5 $1,100 Claris Mechanical


Frame 6061 aluminum
Fork 6061 aluminum
Headset FSA Orbit C-40B
Wheels WTB i23 STP
Hubs Formula alloy
Spokes 14g stainless steel
Tires Clement MSO 700 x 36c
Crankset FSA Vero
Chainrings 50/34
BB FSA sealed cartridge
Chain KMC Z7
F Derailleur Shimano Claris FD-R2000
R Derailleur Shimano Claris RD-R2000
Cassette Shimano HG41, 11-32T
Shifters Shimano Claris ST-R2000
Handlebars Ritchey Evomax Comp
Tape/Grips Jamis suede tape
Stem Jamis Road 3D
Brake Levers Shimano Claris ST-R2000
Brakes Tektro Lyra mechanical disc
Saddle Jamis Road with SL top
Seat Post Jamis Road, 27.2mm

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