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High Fives & Good Rides with Jamis Bike’s New Redesigned Versatile Renegade V2 Gravel Bikes

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Jamis Bikes redesigned the Renegade line this year and I was excited to see the latest, greatest version. While at Sea Otter this year, I made a point to stop by their booth the see them up close and personal.

Since its inception back in 2014, the Jamis Renegade gravel bike has always been a versatile and utilitarian, do-everything kind of bike. A bike that’s kinda right in my wheelhouse, quite frankly… especially the steel versions.

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 s2 headbadge

But in this article, we will be mostly focusing on the Jamis’ new carbon versions, Renegade C1, C2, C3, and C4. These are some really handsome bicycles, and along with the redesign comes the Renegade’s renowned versatility. The Renegade is built for gravel and off-road use but is versatile enough to throw a 30mm tire on it and commute or ride your weekend group ride.

Renegade Tire Clearance

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C4 front fork

With tire size and tire clearance being so important in the gravel community, Jamis saw to it that the redesigned Renegades could clear tires up to 50mm wide. The wider the tires the more traction you can achieve while off-road, shralping some single track. It also helps when you’re bikepacking. And, the new Renegade is set up for light to mid-weight bikepacking trips. Perf!

Flippin’ the Flip Chip

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 fork flip chip

It’s true, just flip the chip on the fork and take the bike from a gravel and off-road machine to a versatile commuter or a comfortable, all-day weekend road machine.

The Renegade runs a 71° head angle through the whole size run and with the flip chip up offers 50mm of offset. A 50mm offset helps increase stability and balance while riding off-road. Flip the chip down to achieve an increased offset of 55mm. 55mm is a great offset for riding all of the roads.

Renegade Frame Features

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C1 SRAM Red drivetrain

The new Renegade is equipped to run either a 1x or 2x drivetrain. There is a little front derailleur cover and a clean cable organizer to keep things all tidy. There are 21, yes… 21 mount locations on the frame. For water bottles, storage, cargo cages, and a bento box.

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C4 headtube badge

The frame is capable of running full-length fenders and a dropper post if that’s your jam. It has a UDH derailleur hanger and 386 EVO bottom bracket.

Renegade Geometry Highlights

Running an overall relaxed geometry, the new Renegades are running lower bottom brackets by a smidgen. This is meant to help with stability and drop the center of gravity. With a lower bottom bracket, you may also find yourself feeling like you’re “in” the bike, as opposed to “on” the bike. They set the seat tube at 72° and spec’d a straight post which, they say, sets you up perfectly to run a dropper post.

Jamis stretched out the wheelbase some as well, adding to the overall stability and balance of the bike. They finished it all off with a longer top tube. The longer top tube positions your weight in the center of the back instead of aggressively over the front.

Geometry

The Renegade comes in six sizes, 48, 51, 54, 56, 59, and 61.

Jamis Renegade V2 geo
Jamis Renegade V2 GEo chart

Renegade’s 5 Builds and Retail

SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C1 full bike hero
Jamis Renegade V2 C1 (Photos/Ron Frazelle)

Renegade C1
Retail: $8999 (Frameset: $1799)

  • SRAM RED XPLR eTap AXS 12-speed group with power meter
  • ZIPP XPLR 101 Carbon Tubeless wheelset, i27
  • WTB RADDLER Tubeless, 700 x 44c, Dual DNA Compound, Aramid bead
SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C2 full bike studio

Renegade C2
Retail: $4999

  • SRAM RIVAL XPLR eTap AXS 12-speed group
  • BOYD Jocassee Carbon Tubeless wheelset, i26
  • WTB RADDLER Tubeless, 700 x 44c, Dual DNA Compound, Aramid bead
SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C3 full bike studio

Renegade C3
Retail: $3999

  • Shimano GRX 800 12-speed group
  • BOYD Jocassee Carbon Tubeless wheelset, i26
  • WTB RADDLER Tubeless, 700 x 44c, Dual DNA Compound, Aramid bead
SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 C4 full bike studio

Renegade C4
Retail: $3299

  • SRAM APEX XPLR eTap AXS 12-speed group
  • BOYD CCC Alloy Tubeless wheelset, i25
  • WTB RADDLER Tubeless, 700 x 44c, Dual DNA Compound, Aramid bead
SOC Coverage Jamis Renegade V2 S2 full bike

Renegade S2
Retail: $2399 (Frameset: $1099)

  • Shimano GRX 800/600 11-speed group
  • BOYD GVL Alloy Tubeless wheelset, i25
  • WTB RADDLER Tubeless, 700 x 40c, Dual DNA Compound, Aramid bead

The name of the Jamis Renegade has always been versatility. This bike will be comfortable on a gravel ride, bikepacking trip, commute, or road ride. If you could only take one bike with you at the end of the day, the Renegade would be a stellar choice.

Check out more Jamis love at the link below.

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Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
23 days ago

72° seat tube angle on every frame size, long top tubes and low stack height. Brilliant.

Oliver
Oliver
23 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

Stack isn’t low by any means. Long top tube is good as it means a long FC, and reach isn’t an issue due to the relatively slack head angle – though could be slacker. But I absolutely do not understand that 72 degree seat angle. They made the front of the bike for gnar and the rear end for beach cruising??

K.M.
K.M.
17 days ago
Reply to  Oliver

The seat angle likely has to do with the straight seatpost spec (although in one photo they seem to go against their own spec!)

mud
mud
23 days ago

Annoying review by a dude who hasn’t ridden these bikes. No-one is going to “schralp” single track on basically a road bike with a 71 degree head angle and narrow drop bars. The bikes look good, and would be fun on double track and gravel, but stop lying to your readers. One bike can’t do it all.

Matt
Matt
22 days ago
Reply to  mud

I rolled my eyes at that word, too.

King County
King County
21 days ago
Reply to  mud

Just because you can’t handle it doesn’t mean no one else can.

Reformed Roadie
Reformed Roadie
20 days ago
Reply to  King County

Right? Used to laugh whenever someone would ask as we approached a sketchy section of trail – Is it rideable?
Usually replied: yes…just not by you.
(mentally thinking of Danny Macaskill riding over a wrought iron fence or a chain)

VeloKitty
VeloKitty
19 days ago

The diameter of the head tube on the steel S2 looks too large. It reminds me of steel bikes where they do internal cable routing, but apparently the S2 is not trying to support internal cable routing.

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