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Best gravel bike frame?

Old 04-14-20, 07:15 PM
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Best gravel bike frame?

Looking to build
def want carbon.
doesnt have to top level carbon
not looking for the most expensive
just want a comfortable, relaxed, upright
gravel bike frame with good tire clearance
and suspension options
could be on a complete bike that doesnt offer just the frameset.
Whats the best frames?
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Old 04-14-20, 11:07 PM
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Way too many to list and its completely subjective since there is no one best. There aren't even 10 bests.

Whats expensive to you? That might be cheap to me and crazy talk for someone else.


Jamis Renegade. There ya go, you got it out of me. We can close the thread now.
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see relevant threads in the cx/gravel subforum
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I think they're looking for the second most expensive!
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The one I ride, home built steel.

As others have indicated way to many variables to come up with an accurate suggestion for you.

Rodeo Labs
Niner
Salsa
and so many more I can't think of right now.
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Originally Posted by Ratking20 View Post
Looking to build
def want carbon.
doesnt have to top level carbon
not looking for the most expensive
just want a comfortable, relaxed, upright
gravel bike frame with good tire clearance
and suspension options
could be on a complete bike that doesnt offer just the frameset.
Whats the best frames?
best?!
is there really a best....many good solid choices.
always $$ will determine. if u have big $ i bet u get a nice (best) frame.
budget is???
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Way too many to list and its completely subjective since there is no one best. There aren't even 10 bests.

Whats expensive to you? That might be cheap to me and crazy talk for someone else.


Jamis Renegade. There ya go, you got it out of me. We can close the thread now.
Yes!! No one does not like this versatile carbon frame! It is not lightest, but clearly one of the really good well made choices that is reasonably priced. It has nothing really bad about it. Very versatile and good looking too. Supports rack and fenders, lots of bottle mounts, great fork, geometry that is squarely in the middle of the gravel bike spectrin (not too roadish, not too MTBish). There - YES, the Goldilocks frame!
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Originally Posted by dwmckee View Post
Yes!! No one does not like this versatile carbon frame! It is not lightest, but clearly one of the really good well made choices that is reasonably priced. It has nothing really bad about it. Very versatile and good looking too. Supports rack and fenders, lots of bottle mounts, great fork, geometry that is squarely in the middle of the gravel bike spectrin (not too roadish, not too MTBish). There - YES, the Goldilocks frame!
It is also absolutely impossible to find as well. I think Jamis doesn't like to sell bikes.
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
It is also absolutely impossible to find as well. I think Jamis doesn't like to sell bikes.
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Jamis doesn't have a very big advertising budget. Also, they don't even list a carbon frame for sale on their website. Maybe they will put it up soon
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
It is also absolutely impossible to find as well. I think Jamis doesn't like to sell bikes.
They were in stock last July- both the carbon and steel frames. Obviously not recent, but all sizes were in stock at that point.
I talked with a 'local' dealer about the steel frame back then.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
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Jamis doesn't have a very big advertising budget. Also, they don't even list a carbon frame for sale on their website. Maybe they will put it up soon
https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/renegadeelite_frame.html.

Its the current older model as they phase out one name for another.
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Old 04-17-20, 06:10 PM
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They have a dealer locator on their site. Jamis does not spend much on advertising, but they are the oldest US bike company continuously in business.. One of the best companies you never heard of. A dealer may be able to order a frame for you, or maybe you can get one already built for less than putting it together yourself. My wife bought a Renegade carbon frame several years ago so I know at certain times you can get the frame. The Renegade especially is a great all round gravel frame to build on. Goldilocks is a good description! Wat size are you?
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I have a 2014 Jamis Renegade Expert, which I bought as a complete bike but have since replaced literally everything except the brakes, headset and front wheel. It is actually my favorite bike for everything pavement or gravel roads. Except that I wish it would run wider tires than 700x40c. Maybe my next bike.
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