Hi welcome to the forum,
That Renegade Exploit looks nicely specced. What is the MSRP? I am guessing around $1500-1600 that is what other comparable bikes like the GT grade,Diamondback Haanjo, Kona Rove are going for.
I have a 2015 Kona Rove Aluminum, it is exactly the same geometry as the 2016 Rove steel. The 2016 Rove steel is offered in a 1x11 drivetrain. They also changed the headtube from last year.
My Rove is a very comfortably riding bike but the components are entry level. It is a great all around bike, gavelly roads,paved,dirt, trails, beach cruiser etc..40c plus tires Most of my long rides to date have been on rail trails and it does just fine and fits me very well. The fit as you know is very important.
The Jamis Renegade geometry is similar to many of the gravel bikes on the market.
Some things that stick out
Internal External headset? Haven't heard of that before. Int on top ext on bottom
Carbon Seat Post
Thru Axle up front
50mm fork offset
Really nothing to dislike about it. The new Rove I believe is $1600.00 http://konaworld.com/rove_st.cfm
Thanks, RoverAl. How does the aluminum compare to the steel? My LBS caries both Jamis and Kona, so I should be able to check out both.
I'm probably a little too specced out right now (I've been looking at reviews, etc., for months). I've come to believe I need thru-axles, hydraulic brakes, etc., though I have little understanding of what practical difference these will make. Still, I'd like to get a bike that's the best I can get in my price range.
What do you think of the Kona Roadhouse?