Posted by Miles Arbour
The Brodie Romax series has seen some major updates for 2020, and the line has been expanded to include five main models. You now have the option of a 1x or 2x Shimano GRX drivetrain, as well as running it on 650B or 700c wheels, depending on your preferences. It’s not common to see this many options, and we hope this is a new trend with off-the-shelf offerings. Paired with new frame materials, including carbon and Columbus steel, the Romax series checks a lot of the boxes for a modern drop-bar bikepacking rig. Read on for a quick breakdown on each model, starting with the highest end Romax Carbon.
2020 Brodie Romax Carbon
Brodie’s first carbon adventure bike, the Romax Carbon, is claimed to be best suited for long gravel rides on rough surfaces. The base model comes with a 2×11 Shimano GRX drivetrain, GRX hydraulic brakes, and 650B x 47mm WTB Byway tires. If 650B isn’t your thing, the Romax Carbon comes in two other build options: the Adventure 2x 700 and Race 1x 700. These builds come specced with WTB Riddler 700 X 37mm tires, Shimano RX-570 wheels, and the Race 1x 700 build uses a Shimano GRX 1×11 setup. Each model is specced with a carbon fork, complete with triple pack mounts, 12mm thru axles, and clearance for 650B x 2.1″ or 700 x 42 with fenders.
The standard Romax Carbon 2x 650B build retails for $3,999, the Adventure 2x 700 is $4,199, and the Race 1x 700 is $4,025 CAD. Learn more here.
2020 Brodie Romax Steel
The Romax Steel is designed around Brodie’s Columbus THRON Tubing, and shares many of the same features as the Romax Carbon. The frame can accommodate up to 650B x 50mm or 700c x 37mm tires, and is also available in three different build options: 650B 2x, 700 2x, and 700 1x. The Romax Steel also sports a variety of bottle and cargo cage mounts, including under the downtube, on the fork legs, and bosses for a bolt-on top tube bag.
The standard Romax Steel retails for $3,199, the Adventure 2x 700 retails for $3,399 and the Race 1x 700 retails for $3,225 CAD. Learn more here.
2020 Brodie Romax Adventure
The Brodie Romax Adventure sees an aluminum frame, but the same carbon fork as the steel and carbon models above. It appears frame mounts are limited to the fork and inside the main triangle, but is still specced with Shimano’s gravel specific GRX drivetrain and is offered in three different build options. Just like the other models, the Romax Adventure frame is fender and rear rack ready. The standard 2x 700 build retails for $3,099, the Adventure Plus 2x 650 retails for $2,899 and the Race 1x 700 for $2,925 CAD. Learn more here.
2020 Brodie Romax Race
The 2020 Brodie Romax Race is the last of the Romax models that offers the choice between a 650b or 700c build. The stock build features a 1×11 Shimano GRX drivetrain, the same carbon fork with triple mounts as the higher end options, and is offered in 2x 650B and 2x 700c builds as well. It looks like it could make a great all-weather gravel bike, perfect for those who like to explore using the same bike they commute on.
The base Romax Race retails for $2,925, the Adventure Plus 2 x 650b retails for $2,899, and the Adventure 2 x 700c model retails for $3,099 CAD. Learn more here.
2020 Brodie Romax Comp
The budget-minded Romax Comp is built up with an aluminum frame, carbon fork with thru axles, mechanical TRP Spyre brakes, and a 2×11 Shimano 105 drivetrain. It comes stock with Clement Strada USH 700c x 40 tires mounted to an Alex A-Class CXD-4 Wheelset, and comes in five different frame sizes, from a 46cm extra-small to a 59cm extra-large. The 2020 Romax Comp comes in only one build and retails for $2,099 CAD. Learn more here.
We chose not to include specific build details on each model because there are so many options to choose from for 2020. We’re most interested in the Romax Steel, for obvious reasons, as well as the lower priced Romax Comp and Race models, which look appealing for those with a limited budget. Head over to BrodieBicycles.com for all the details.