The Renegade Explore shares the double butted aluminum tubing frame of the Exile model, upgraded with a shock dampening full carbon fiber fork and a better Shimano drivetrain.
Drivetrain and Brakes
The shifters, front and rear derailleurs are Shimano Sora. The FSA Vero crankset has compact 50/34 chainrings and the rear gears are a hill friendly 11-32.
The mechanical disc brake calipers are Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated with 160mm wavey rotors.
Braking on the Explore 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 stem and handlebars are all Ritchey.
The wheels are built for durability first and should last the life of the bike. The tires are great, Clement's 700 x 36c X-Plor MSO, there are few better multi-surface 700c tires on the market.
Depending on the size the Exile weighs between 21 and 22 lbs. Like everything in cycling weight is inversely related to price.
That said, the Explore is lighter, faster than the equivalent hybrid and more durable and versatile than a comparable road bike.
The Renegades, not just the Explore, 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
|Jamis Renegade Explore||$1,049||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Cannondale Topstone Sora||$1,050||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Kona Rove DL||$1,099||aluminum/aluminum||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Salsa Journeyman||$1,099||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Specialized Diverge E5||$1,100||aluminum/carbon||Claris||Mechanical Disc|
|Giant Toughroad GX2||$1,150||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Hybrid Disc|
|6061 aluminum frame, 3 waterbottle mounts, rack and fender eyelets, clearance for 700x42 tires.|
|Fork||Monocoque carbon composite, 12mm Thru-axle|
|Wheels||WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 (UST Tubeless Compliant System)|
|Tires||Donnelly X Plor MSO 700 x 36c|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Sora RD-R3000 GS rear and front|
|Shifters||Shimano Sora ST-R3000 Dual Control STI, 18-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG400 9-speed, 11-34T|
|Crankset||FSA Vero, 50/34T|
|BB Set||FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 110.5mm|
|Brakeset||Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated disc|
|Handlebar||Ritchey Evomax Comp, 6061 aluminum|
|Stem||Ritchey 4-Axis 3D forged 6061 alloy|
|Tape||Jamis suede tape with gel inserts|
|Seat Post||Jamis Road, micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm|
|Saddle||Selle Royal Asphalt|
|Sizes||44, 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61|