Not a ton has changed on the carbon Jamis Renegade since it was last updated back in 2016. But proven mixed-surface versatility has kinda been its strong suit since we reviewed the Renegade, creating a bike that can cover road, commuting, bikepacking, cyclocross & still be raced on the premier gravel of the Dirty Kanza. For 2020, it’s mostly cosmetic updates to the new premium carbon Renegade C1 & C2 bikes, plus a couple of all-new Shimano GRX double gravel drivetrains that open up more all-terrain utility…
2020 Jamis Renegade C1 versatile carbon gravel bike
The new desert storm tan Jamis Renegade C1 frame shares the same top-spec Omniad M30 carbon construction as 2019’s Renegade Elite, and the matching ECO adventure-ready fork, with room for up to 700x40mm tires at both ends
This new top model at $3700 gets build up with a complete Shimano GRX 2×11 groupset over the prior Ultegra build (a $700 premium), and the same 8.6kg/19lb claimed weight as the Elite before it.
The move also brings 48/31T subcompact gravel gearing on the new GRX cranks, and a more ergonomic flared dropbar in the latest Ritchey Ergomax Comp. And while the rolling stock is the same with Stan’s Crest MK3 alloy wheels wrapped in Donnelly MSO tubeless tires, the C1 is said to add a new Switch Lever thru-axle quick release.
2020 Jamis Renegade C2, more affordable GRX-equipped carbon gravel bike
The Renegade C2 looks to offer a lot more value, with a similar GRX upgrade. The C2 frame the same down-spec Dyad Plus carbon frame as the older Expert model, made a heavier T700/FRP mix of carbon fiber. But at the same $2600 price as the prior Expert, this new C2 gets a solid spec upgrade.
The primer gray C2 also gets a full GRX 2×11 gravel groupset, with the same RX-810 derailleurs as the C1. Sure is saves money & adds a few grams by swapping in the GRX RX600 shifters, RX400 brakes & RX600 crankset (with even smaller 46/30T rings). But all of that is a big upgrade over the prior 105 groupset. Claimed weight again doesn’t change at 9.5kg/21lb.
Both new carbon Renegades are in stock & ready to ship now from Jamis.