Jamis' Renegade Explore gravel bike is constructed of double butted aluminum tubing like the Exile but model upgraded with a shock dampening full carbon fork and Shimano Sora 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 Explore 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
|Giant Anyroad 2||$970||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Jamis Renegade Explore||$999||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Cannondale Synapse Disc||$1,000||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Kona Rove DL||$1,100||aluminum/aluminum||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Specialized Diverge E5 Sport||$1,150||aluminum/carbon||Sora||Mechanical Disc|
|Frame||Jamis Size Specific Design frame geometry, clearance for 700x42c and 650x47c tires. Standard 135mm QR Rear axle.|
|Fork||Jamis Adventure monocoque carbon composite, 12mmThru-Axle.|
|Headset||FSA Orbit C-40B|
|Wheels||WTB i23 STP disc rims with TCS|
|Hubs||Formula alloy 6-bolt hubs, 32H|
|Spokes||14g stainless steel spokes|
|Tires||Clement X Plor MSO 700 x 36c, 30TPI with protection belt|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 110.5mm|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora FD-R3000 with 31.8mm alloy clamp|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora RD-R3000 GS|
|Cassette||Shimano HG41 9-speed, 11-32T|
|Shifters||Shimano Sora ST-R3000 Dual Control STI, 18-speed|
|Handlebars||Ritchey Evomax Comp|
|Tape/Grips||Jamis suede tape with gel inserts|
|Stem||Jamis Road 3D|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Claris ST-R2000 levers|
|Brakes||Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated disc|
|Saddle||Jamis Road with SL top|
|Seat Post||Jamis Road, micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm|