First Look: Whyte Bikes E-Lyte with Bosch SX Motor

Nov 16, 2023
by Matt Beer  
Whyte E-Lyte

Only a few years ago, if there wasn’t an eMTB in a brand’s lineup, they seemed left behind. That trend has shifted to lightweight E-bikes and Whyte Bikes is the latest to jump on board with their E-Lyte series. We caught a glimpse of this bike which was literally still under wraps back in the spring at Eurobike.

The E-Lyte models are built as all-arounders to tackle any type of terrain with contemporary geometry and dual 29” wheels. All of the models use a full carbon frame and at the top of the spec list, the E-Lyte 140 Works model weighs just 16.4kg (36.1 lb).

At first glance from the drive side, the Bosch SX motor is barely noticeable, as is the adjacent 400 Wh battery which is built into the slim downtube.

E-Lyte 140 and 150 Details

• Frame material: Carbon
• Wheel size: 29 front & rear
• E-Lyte travel: 135mm rear/140 front (142/150 - E-Lyte 150)
• Head tube angle: 65-65.6° (64-64.6° - E-Lyte 150)
• Reach: 435, 460, 485, 510mm
• Chainstay: 450mm
• Weight: 16.4kg / 36.4lb (140 Works, size MD)
• Pricing: £7,999 - 10,999 GBR

Frame and Motor Details

Whyte E-Lyte
The exploded view: full carbon frame, Bosch SX motor, contemporary geometry, all at 16.4kg - the Whyte E-Lyte looks to be a promising lightweight eMTB.

Whyte E-Lyte
An integrated top tube display.
Whyte E-Lyte
... and Bosch SX motor with 55Nm of torque.

Their trim weight doesn’t confine them to riding with like-minded bikes though. The Bosch SX mid-torque motor puts out 55Nm and can be tuned to pump out 600W of peak power, meaning the E-Lyte can keep up with full-powered E-bikes too, according to Whyte.

While that may be true for a shorter period of time, you’ll want additional juice to ride with friends on bigger E-bikes. Thankfully, the Bosch PowerMore 250Wh range extender can be carried in the bottle cage and plugged in for a total of 650Wh.

The plug for that extra battery and charging port is located inside the front triangle at the base of the downtube, placed out of spray from the front tire - that’s just one aspect that Whyte built into the E-Lyte to survive savagely wet conditions.

In fact, there’s a whole host of additional features to keep the weather at bay. Throughout the frame, you’ll notice a seat clamp and chainstay yoke gaiter, sealed internal cable guides, as well as a downtube protector.

Furthermore, the frame is backed by a four-year warranty and the bearings are covered by a lifetime guarantee.

Suspension Design

Whyte E-Lyte
Clean lines and 135 or 142mm of rear wheel travel via a Horst-link design, depending on the model.

It’s hard to knock the Horst-Link and the lines that the clevis-mount shock produces. One benefit of the work around the seat tube, as opposed to a rocker link that pivots on the seat tube, can be for optimal pivot placement without compromising the seat tube angle or post-insertion depth.

On the flip side, that linkage design can add stress and limit shock choices, such as coil-sprung dampers, but the E-Lyte is equipped with air shocks across the range.

To add more numbers to all the stats of the E-Lyte are the travel figures, which are not typically reflected by other brands. The digits in the model name refer to the front suspension travel, not the rear. The E-Lyte 140 has 135mm of rear wheel travel, while the 150 gets 142mm.


Whyte E-Lyte
A flip-chip allows for head and seat tube angle changes by 0.6 degrees.

Spec and Pricing

Whyte E-Lyte
Hope cranks and brakes on the E-Lyte 150 Works will win over the local fans.

As per usual, less weight equates to higher price points and that’s true for the E-Lyte. Three models round out the lineup which start at £7,999 GBR with the E-Lyte 150 RSX. Each one of those is equipped with SRAM Transmission shifting of various levels.

The longer travel E-Lyte 150 RSX is bolted up with a RockShox Lyrik fork and SuperDeluxe rear shock, Whyte branded carbon rims, Maxxis EXO+ DHF/Dissector tires, and Code Stealth Bronze brakes.

On the 150 Works model, you’ll find a Fox 36 Factory fork and Float X shock, the same wheels and tires as the RSX, but the brakes and drivetrain jump up a spec level. Then, there’s the Hope cranks and brakes that will no doubt grab the attention.

For the £10,999 140 Works short-travel model, the Fox fork is slimmed down to the 34 model, the carbon rims come from DT Swiss, and the drivetrain is top of the ladder with the XX Transmission model.

Lastly, the range extender is included in the cost for each of the Works models.

Whyte E-Lyte
E-Lyte 140 Works - 16.4kg - 10,999 GBR
E-Lyte 150 Works - 19.2kg - 9,999 GBR
Whyte E-Lyte
E-Lyte 150 RSX - 18.9kg - 7,999 GBR

Whyte do not currently have distribution in the US. However, they do have distribution in NZ/AUS, Chile, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, Denmark and Sweden, Finland and Estonia, Israel, Italy, Norway and Poland. International pricing is not yet available.

Whyte E-Lyte

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  • 43 3
 Now this sounds like the way to go.... Light weight ebike that you can bump the power up on should you want/need it on shorter rides, but then a piggyback battery up to a decent Wh level if you do want to go out on longer rides. Anyone know if you can carry a spare battery bottle in your rucksack for proper epic rides, or does the main battery need to be charged for it to work?
  • 3 0
 Should be able to swap out additional range extenders
  • 7 0
 You can actually use the Power More batteries without the main battery even installed. But, then you don't get full power from the motor, you need the main battery mounted as well to get full power.
  • 4 3
 Yes, this is the way to go. I do wish more companies would use the TQ system or similar though. The weight would be about the same, so would the power, but at least it's all neatly integrated in the frame instead of looking like a nasty growth at the bottom of your down tube. You can look at it differently as well and wonder why more companies aren't trying to package their motors in a similar fashion as TQ. Patents I guess.
  • 24 1
 @vp27: The TQ-HPR50 as found in the Trek Fuel has peak power output of 300W and 50Nm of torque. The Bosch Performance Line SX has 55Nm torque and peaks at 600W (same as Bosch Performance Line CX), although at a higher cadence, meaning you need to work harder for it (compared to CX). We call this system "Mid Torque, Full Power". The Bosch and TQ are very different beasts
  • 10 1
 @vp27: the TQ system is probably the least efficient system I have tried. Shortest range and no where near the torque figures that it claims.
  • 3 2
 @whytebikes: Appreciate the clarification and it makes perfect sense. I'm a sample size of one, but in reality, I really don't care about peak power outputs. I just want something that helps me get up the hills a bit so I can fit in a few more runs and save some energy. I didn't say it HAS to be TQ. I like the direction they took it. I'm fully behind trying to create something that comes close to the feel of a normal bike whilst helping me squeeze in an extra run and you guys help push the concept forward.
  • 4 0
 @thechunderdownunder: Remember the TQ is only a 360wh battery and the stealthiest motor going. A bigger battery would push the motor down and then you get the belly hump DT. Other motors get more torque by using a reduction gear which adds noise & more parts to fail. Can't have it all.
  • 4 2
 @Emailsucks98: heckler SL is damn near silent, more efficient, and sexier looking imho. And bigger battery Wink
  • 1 0
 @Emailsucks98: and the Levo SL is almost as quiet, more efficient, and has range extenders. And honestly feels just as powerful as the tq to me.
  • 2 0
 @thechunderdownunder: I haven't ridden a Levo SL but most of the reviews rank it as having less range and being louder than the TQ. I ride a good bit with a friend whose on a Relay, when we compare stats post-ride the difference is 20% across the board, which makes sense given 360wh vs 430wh. If I was shopping today I'd probably do the Heckler SL, though I think the TQ is just higher quality in terms of remote, display etc. At the end of the day the geometry and suspension matter more to me than range. I have several 6k' days with my TQ (2 batteries). It's been a great bike, zero coplaints. We have a Turbo Levo in the garage too.
  • 4 0
 Look at the Giant Trance e+ Elite Smile
  • 6 0
 400Wh, 55nm of torque and under 40 lbs. Wow.
  • 1 0
 @Emailsucks98: that’s good to know. The bike that I demoed for a week with the TQ could have been a dud battery or something. I ran out of juice on rides that were mapped out and I didn’t expect to need full battery. The Levo SL definitely eats battery at full torque and power however I found decent range at 80 percent and plenty of power to me. I will say despite the heckler and the relay having the cheap feeling remotes and the lacking Fazua app they both ride pretty darn good. Also no extended range batteries yet make those bikes far from perfect.
  • 5 0
 Whoa, a rare positive ebike top comment. Lol.

I'm a fan of the lightweight ebike because I'm not fond of the heavy ebike handling, experience, and I don't need much power. I think the lightweight ebike is the more avid/hardcore mtb-er's mountain ebike. However, not many options in lightweight ebike category yet.
  • 4 2
 @tacklingdummy: I think full power is the hardcore bikers choice - normal bike for daily rides or when you want to suffer ( I have a Nukeproof Recator which is a great bike ) but when i want to smash proper hard on downhills, have weight to corner like im on rails and jump over rock gardens / smoth things out a full power bike rules ( Reign E+1 in my case ) - Yes its 25kg probably, but im 6' 3" and about 102kg so plenty manageable with all that power on tap.
  • 1 1
 @michaelbevege: I’m pretty sure “hard core mountain bikers” don’t need assisted pedaling, just saying…
  • 1 0
 @sanchofula: Says the guy that has no problems with chairlifts and shuttles. Wink
  • 19 0
 "At first glance from the drive side, the Bosch SX motor is barely noticeable, as is the adjacent 400 Wh battery which is built into the slim downtube"

Dont know about that. I agree with the trek fuel exe motor but definitely not this one.
  • 16 1
 appears to be similar to an bike
  • 18 5
 Ticking all the right boxes, this is awesome
  • 7 3
 Too bad the motor rattles
  • 5 1
 Like the “reasonable price box.”
Oh, wait.
  • 13 1
 Disappointing lack of linkage fork
  • 12 1
 Whyte finally sorted out their frame logo!
  • 7 0
 I thought the same, they look super nice now.
  • 4 0
 looks like we might also get a proper head tube badge
  • 8 3
 The Bosch SX & Fazua 60 powered ebikes are the future of ebikes.
That said, I'm not really buying into the 36# model actually existing or making much sense. Properly speced with a 36mm fork, ready to ride, 42-44#s all day long. Which is fine but so far away from 36#s on a spec sheet.
I do think this bike looks amazing btw.
  • 7 11
flag KickFlipABike (Nov 16, 2023 at 11:10) (Below Threshold)
 >The Bosch SX & Fazua 60 powered ebikes are the future of ebikes.


The lightweight ebike market exists solely for first time buyers or very recreational riders. Most of the people who ride a lot end up wanting to upgrade to a bigger bike.

Reason is, you aren't exactly hopping around on on a 36 lb bike anyways, and you give up a lot of component rigidity (Fox 34 and lightweight trail rims with 36 lbs isn't exactly a good match if you want to descend). So once you start beefing up to 40+ lbs, you may as well get the more powerful motor with more range.

And for the heavyweight bikes, pinion system is pretty much the best right now. They could single handedly win e-mtbs if they were to sell direct, especially if they released a standard middrive unit with exact same mounting points for a cheaper price so that people could upgrade to the gear system later on or buy a higher spec bike with it.

That being said, the main issue right now is the regulation on the power limit for an ebike, which is stupid. You already have speed limiters in place, there is no reason to limit power. Motors with more torque means that you can have a single speed ebike that would be absolutely fantastic for descending, as the ratio of sprung to unsprung mass in the rear gets even higher. The only thing that would sort of suck is technical climbing, but then you just run gears on it and run in lower power mode. This would also lead the adoption of 52v batteries which are more efficient than 36 and 48 volt ones that we have now.
  • 3 0
 @KickFlipABike: Agreed. If you enjoy DH, then lightweight is slower up and down.
  • 11 2
 @KickFlipABike: People are allowed to have different opinions and experiences.
The Full Fat e-bikes are much too powerful and carry too much battery juice/ weight, for undulating AM trails in my personal experience. If I rode in the mountains and rode up a dirt road, then back down a one-way trail, I'd be all about a FF. But I don't, I just ride rugged trails with short ups/ downs over and over.
A properly speced SL vs. a properly speced FF (which naturally needs more robust/ heavier componentry anyways) still maintains a 12#+ weight delta which is a lot when the nature of your trails limits your speeds well below a FF anyways. I work hard at it but only need about 250-330 wh per ride, so a 700 wh battery doesn't interest me.
I did laugh out loud at the 'very recreational riders' comment because from my perspective you have this exactly backwards. Mostly experienced riders want the 'bike' experience whereas the elderly's and overweight people want the 'e-motorcycle experience'.
I love how a guy that has never ridden or likely even seen a 'Pinion' e-bike claims they are the best. Actually, reviews state that they are inefficient and loud, but the idea is great I agree with that.
  • 1 6
flag SunsPSD (Nov 16, 2023 at 11:39) (Below Threshold)
 @rojo-1: E-bikers are slower on the downs than bikes, so it stands to reason that FF e-bikes are slower than SLs.
  • 4 0

>The Full Fat e-bikes are much too powerful and carry too much battery juice/ weight, for undulating AM trails in my personal experience

This is just a matter of getting used to the bike. Unless you spent 50+ hours on a bike, you really don't have a perspective on how it rides. Couple of my friends ride Pole Voimas, and they do absolutely fine on any AM trail. Just like with regular bike where you have to figure out how to shift and when to pedal hard vs sit and spin, you just have to learn how to use the motor efficiently. Its not like these bikes put out that much power.

>I did laugh out loud at the 'very recreational riders' comment because from my perspective you have this exactly backwards. Mostly experienced riders want the 'bike' experience whereas the elderly's and overweight people want the 'e-motorcycle experience'.

its not backwards. Its true that some people will go for the biggest one, but it in general, the vast majority of people that ride trails ride trails want a light bike solely for pedaling efficiency. They don't boost off of stuff or whip or do any real stunts that would warrant a lighter bike. And when you have a motor, the pedaling efficiency is moot. Getting better usually means attempting bigger features, which is a matter of skill , but also you will want more suspension to make sure that you don't break anything on a hard landing, or able to roll steep rough sections easier. All of this warrants a heavier bike with more travel.

Even in Austin, having been there myself and ridden Cat Mtn, there is no way you would be better off with a lighter ebike there compared to a full on e-enduro (or even a DH rig). But Im guessing you personally don't ride at that level.

> love how a guy that has never ridden or likely even seen a 'Pinion' e-bike claims they are the best. Actually, reviews state that they are inefficient and loud, but the idea is great I agree with that.

They are technically less efficient than a traditional drivetrain, but the actual figure doesn't matter when you have a motor. Furthermore, Im not sure that the planetary gearboxes in traditional drivetrains are that efficient either. But they are the best from an integration standpoint for reasons I mentioned - mass ratio, simplicity, zero-pedal shift, e.t.c
  • 1 1
 @SunsPSD: so you think a 34 is slower than 38 + DH MaxxGrip?
  • 1 1
 @KickFlipABike: people that don't have a proper ebike, will try to imagine a bike on steroids (aka,: light ebike), until they start riding with other ebikers, and checking they are underpowered and underbattery.

Ebikes are not bikes nor motorcycles, so lool at them has it is: EBIKES
  • 5 0
 It loosk sick but please bike designers: please put linkage bearings in the linkage and not the Frame - Thanks for no headset routing even though i see a ICR headset on the bike.
  • 4 1
 Great to see a bike company recognise that if you add a range extender to your ebike you're going to want a drink even more and provide an additonal bottle mount. I would already be riding a Kenevo SL if they'd stuck an under-toptube bottle mount on.
  • 6 2
 Sure you were going to buy the KSL, if only...

This is silly. What are you going to do a 6-hour ride on 1 water bottle? Come on. When you run a RE you need a hydration pack just because of the time and distance covered.
  • 2 0
 @SunsPSD: Not if there are places to fill up. With a filter bottle you can fill at any stream for example.
  • 3 0
 @SunsPSD: We live in England, we only need a small bottle on the frame. I'll do 2x500Wh with just. 450ml bottle in spring and autumn.
  • 2 0
 @G-Sport: Can't relate to this at all. I'd probably grow an extra ear on my ass if I tried that here in TX with the chemical plants in the state combined with poor environmental oversight, there are places where the tap water is resulting in above average cancer rates in oil producing areas.
  • 1 0
 @SunsPSD: Man that sucks, I'm filling from streams straight off the peat-moors, should be pretty well drinkable even without the filter bottle. Though these is a filthy cement works smack in the middle of the national park with a corresponding cancer cluster around it...
  • 2 1
 @SunsPSD: 6 hours on a 1 large water bottle seems legit in the UK. It ain't that hot.
  • 2 0
 @SunsPSD: You should think about moving. Water here falls from the sky and you don't even need a bottle. Just let it soak through your skin. Plus, we save a fortune on hydration packs.
  • 1 0
 Mondraker Neat already has this.
  • 6 1
 I read this in a British accent without even thinking about it.
  • 11 0
 i bet you chose generic mary poppins instead of indecipherable ratboy?
  • 7 0
 @browner: Bricktop.... something about pigs
  • 4 0
 Ok, well done Whyte, that is a freaking dope bike. Back on the carbon again, so sick.
  • 1 0
 Interesting that they have pretty much canned all old fashioned pedal bicycles to concentrate on electric. It's obvious they dont sell well these days bar to a few hardcore purists.

"Whyte has just publicly revealed its 2024 bike lineup following a behind-closed-doors event in Bristol (UK) a couple of weeks ago. But along with very impressive full production models of its brand new E-Lyte three-model range of e-MTBs and the RHeO line up of electric urban bikes (bar the RHeO 1 which is purely human powered), there were only four other conventionally powered bikes in production for 2024.

At first I wondered if there was another press event happening that would cover the other model ranges, but after checking with Whyte, a representative confirmed that they have axed every single one of those bikes."
  • 8 4
 Surprised by the overwhelming positivity here—nice job, Pinkers!
  • 2 0
 Im intrigued with the headset routing headset, but no headset routing. Future-proofing (for some evil future yet to come)?
  • 2 0
 Probably ordered them ages ago and then had to use them up.... or they have gone with the ACROS specific headtube / headset combination which lets them use Acros own angle headset thing, which would be a pretty large negative as their headsets and all the plastic parts involved are total shite.
  • 3 0
 open the top covers for when your headset bearings overheat
  • 4 1
 No whyte bikes in Umerika?
  • 1 0
 The E-Lyte 150 works looks sweet, only ever owned full fat e-bikes but this is definitely worth more investigation at my LBS, well done Whyte.
  • 2 0
 I appreciate the fact that they perfectly alligned the Maxxis logos, and did not for the Good Year .
  • 1 0
 Dam nice bike… Very well done..I love these lighter version ebikes, absolutely the future..However I still prefer the size and normal’ish look of the TQ motors though..
  • 3 0
 It's a nice day for a WHYTE Shredding - Billy Idler
  • 2 2
 Defo could of tilted the battery up at the front to reduce rock strikes and the seat post insertion will be shocking on the L / XL. But think this motor will rival the Fazua
  • 7 0
 Hello, we've rotated the motor slightly downwards to optimise the centre of gravity with the Bosch PowerMore 250 equipped (as we believe lots of riders will want to run the extender). Getting the CoG as low as (reasonably) possible is a design principle for us that significantly improves handling. The Works 150 and Works 140 both come with the PowerMore included, for the 150 RSX it's available as an additional purchase.
  • 3 5
 @whytebikes: Can a 210 Oneup dropper be slammed on the XL? Massive design flaw if not. But I get where you are coming from on the low CoG but its such a minimal difference I just hope the bash plate is up to scratch haha.
  • 4 4
 @Jordmackay: I have 2 of them. It's true that the specs are good, but is it possible to have a worse feeling dropper than a OneUp? I don't think so.
  • 2 6
flag Jordmackay (Nov 16, 2023 at 4:31) (Below Threshold)
 @SunsPSD: f*ck you on about. Insertion depth is shit on this bike and oneup reign supreme in that category
  • 6 0
 @SunsPSD: I loved the OneUp V1, fantastic reliable thing. V2 is clunky AF, if it wasn’t for the stack height and adjustability I’d run something else… And still might. The WT Resolve is a contender.
@whytebikes: Bike looks great, nice work on the weight as well!
  • 6 1
 @Jordmackay: Although they don't offer a 210mm drop, the Wolf Tooth is overall shorter as a 200mm.

I like a lot of drop as much as anyone and have a 210mm OneUp on my Relay. But it's just a clunky, binding, hard to press lever, needs grease constantly thing. It has a short stack height for sure, but it also feels cheap as hell.

For me, I'd prefer a bit less drop in exchange for better feel in a dropper post.

Regarding the Whyte and its insertion depth, sure it's not 'Transition' good, but very few bikes are and I'm certain at 5'11" I could get a 200mm on there, just like I did on my SJEvo that also has the seat tube kink.

Pro Tip: The SqLabs saddles have very low rail to pad height distances and will get you another 12mm all day long over other average seats. I also find them to be the most comfortable seats.
  • 3 1
 Looking forward to more bikes with the SX motor and longer travel!
  • 3 1
 Same weight and same price many outhere without a motor
  • 1 0
 Looks brilliant, and ....... unobtainable. Whyte appears to HAVE done some good work here.
  • 1 0
 Now if industry can just standardize the mid drive mount and battery mount and sell either of them directly, that be great.
  • 2 0
 160/160 and you'll have me sold. and a shorter chainstay.
  • 1 0
 I'm still waiting for a Kenevo SL competitor that has a bigger battery and mullet option.
  • 1 3
 Whyte Elephant - noun- "a whyte elephant is a possession whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. In modern usage, it is a metaphor used to describe an object, construction project, scheme, business venture, facility, etc. considered expensive but without equivalent utility or value relative to its capital (acquisition) and/or operational (maintenance) costs."
  • 2 0
 Huge missed opportunity to call it the DE-Lyte
  • 2 0
 Can’t tell if you’re young Marketing Major or old rap fan.
  • 1 0
 What's the weird block under the valve of the rear wheel?
  • 3 0
 Magnet for the speed sensor.
  • 1 0
 @orm1972: Really?! Why not just put it on the disc like everyone else? Seems huge by comparison.
  • 4 0
 @G-Sport: The rim magnet is detected by the drive unit itself, so there is no additional sensor needed at the dropout and corresponding wire back to the DU.
  • 1 0
 @Sam-B: Interesting. I can see why that would appeal in some ways, save the weight of the cable and sensor and the hassle of fitting and one more thing to go wrong; but surely it has to be a pretty powerful therefore heavy (?) magnet added to the unbalanced weight of the valve? Not ideal surely?
  • 1 0
 Also a colossal pita if in the future you wish for a few more mph via a dongle. Needs converting to a rim magnet with a Bosch dealer having to make software changes. This is assuming the frame has a bracket for the speed sensor cable. Currently going through this painful process myself on another bike.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Whyte US- they gave up?
  • 3 2
 How many batteries do I need to climb 6000' kooks
  • 2 0
 Consider how many batteries you need to climb just 1 kook, then multiply that by 6000.
  • 1 0
 >"Sold out in XL"

Womp womp
  • 2 1
 Not a bad looking motorbike
  • 1 0
Rsx version is lighter and 2000GBR cheaper ????
  • 1 0
 Whyte have definitely upped their game with this one!
  • 5 7
 2.8kg for 10mm more travel? That's a pretty heavy 10mm. Goes from a lightweight to a standard weight. Back to the drawing board.
  • 16 0
 The 150 isn't the same bike with a longer stroke - the burlier tyres, burlier brakes, piggy back shock, burlier fork etc add weight - but it's the right thing to do. No point having the additional travel and capability but underspeccing the tyres and brakes etc just for the spec sheet weight. 140 is a trail bike and the 150 is more like AM
  • 13 0
 140mm version is there just for marketing purpose
  • 1 0
 @tom666: Right? I’d for sure run the more grippy/robust tire if a motor is helping me.
  • 2 0
 S-works levo SL was the benchmark they were shooting to beat, but that bike was 30mm rims, trail casing tires and a proper 36mm grip 2 150mm travel fork and is only about 1.2 kg heavier than their 140mm bike with light duty tires
  • 2 0
 @HenkkaK: I agree mostly but there are also some markets with very flat terrain - some parts of the UK, Northern France and Benelux where the 140 travel bike might be better.
  • 1 0
 grey pedal blender
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