2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup

Aug 11, 2016 at 11:48
by Whyte Bikes USA  

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Whyte recently entered the North American market, where its 160-millimeter-travel, G-160 enduro bike and the 130-millimeter T-130 all-mountain/trail bike are sure to turn some heads. I have been testing the 2016 version of the T-130 Works carbon, and it has been impressive. For next season, Whyte relies heavily upon SRAM drivetain and suspension products, showcasing their new Eagle 12-speed drivetrain on its carbon-framed G-160 and T-130 models.

Riders unfamiliar with the UK brand will appreciate that Whyte has been on the vanguard of the present steep-seat tube angle and slack head angle geometry, and that their suspension technology has historically been ahead of its time. Most of Whyte's products are covered by a lifetime limited warranty, and because they live and ride in Great Britain's muck and rain, they get the reliability thing. Watch for the up-coming review of this year's T-130 Works and check out the following press release covering their upcoming 2017 range - RC




Enduro

2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - G-160
G-160 Works: $5,999

This is the bike our Gravity Enduro Team race on, and as such, it's got the best of everything: SRAM XX1 Eagle, RockShox Lyric and Monarch Plus suspension, SRAM Roam 60 Carbon wheels, RaceFace, Maxxis, and of course, Whyte. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images G-160
G-160 RS: $3,999

The G-160 RS features the very latest Whyte thinking on geometry. With a super-short stem and wide bar, the rider can exploit every ounce of performance from the bike. Specs and Geometry



G-160S
G-160 S: $3,199

The all new G-160 S is the new entry point for the award winning G-160 range. One-by specific frame construction, Whyte's leading edge geometry, super short stem and wide bar paired with RockShox suspension. Specs and Geometry




TRAIL



T-130 Works 2017
T-130 Carbon Works: $6,499

The T-130 C Works features our new single ring specific Carbon frame, a full width main pivot that increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance. The T130 is designed to be a full suspension version of our award winning 900 series hardtails. 130mm travel front and rear and a long and low geometry will give you full trail control. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 CARBON RS: $4,999

The T-130 C Works features our new single ring specific Carbon frame, a full width main pivot that increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance. The T130 is designed to be a full suspension version of our award winning 900 series hardtails. 130mm travel front and rear and a long and low geometry will give you full trail control. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 RS: $3,799

The T-130 RS features our SCR single ring specific frame with mega stiff symmetrical chainstays. A full width main pivot increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance, and a Shimano XT 1 by 11 drivetrain, a RockShox Pike fork, Monarch DebonAir shock, and Reverb Stealth seatpost. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 S: $3,199

The T-130 platform is incredibly playful when the trail points downhill. RockShox Yari RC fork with 35mm stanchions, Monarch DebonAir shock, and Reverb Stealth seatpost, SRAM 1 by 11 GX Groupset. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-129
T-129 RS: $3,799

The Works SCR features our 120mm travel SCR frame with symmetrical chainstays for increased stiffness, a Shimano XT 1 by 11 drivetrain , Fox Float 34 fork with Grip Damper, and the Float DPS double chamber rear shock and RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost. Specs and Geometry



2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-129
T-129 S: $3,199

The entry point to the T-129 range and 1x11 cousin to the T-129 RS, the new T-129 S features a Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost, so you can hit the descent without stopping to drop your saddle out the way, 120mm travel QUAD4 suspension, Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost, Fox 34 fork and Float shock, a Shimano SLX 1x11spd drivetrain, Race Face tubeless ready rims, and Maxxis tires. Specs and Geometry



905
905 Hardtail: $ 2,199

The 905 gets an all new frame for 2017. Updates include 148 x 12mm Boost dropouts, increased tire clearance, and Whyte's new BBX internal cable routing system. The 905 utilizes SRAM's GX 1x11 groupset and is equipped with a KS CRUXi dropper post, RockShox Yari RC fork, an Internally routed KS CRUXi Dropper Post, a Whyte custom 760mm bar and short gravity stem, and WTB front and rear specific TCS tires and rims. Specs and Geometry


MENTIONS: @whytebikesUSA






54 Comments

  • + 45
 Nice Bikes, None of them are white though.
  • + 3
 I nearly got the T130 RS. Spec was spot on but the colour scheme wasn't for me.
What happened to choosing your frame colour and build kit separately?...
  • - 4
flag rstobnicky (Aug 25, 2016 at 15:35) (Below Threshold)
 Said no one ever...
  • + 5
 @rstobnicky: except that guy apparently. But then, he is 'that guy'...
  • + 3
 @rstobnicky: Orange bike owners can.
  • + 1
 @rstobnicky: Luminous pink isn't for everyone. Considered the RS Carbon but that's littered with anodised orange parts.
I'll stick to buying frames and building my own... Minus the naff colour schemes...
  • + 5
 Those Eagle drivetrains still look so weird to me. Every other component gets sleeker and slimmer, on the other side look at those huge plates and the rear derailleur nearly same size as my head. It would be on the same level with the rim I guess, on a 26er rig.
  • + 2
 I agree. Also the gear ratio with the 32 chaining and 50t cog is pretty low. Considering Eagle is top end stuff, you'd expect the pros and other elite riders wouldn't need this ratio, but then there are those who aren't elite riders but ride top notch stuff.
  • + 5
 @jdendy: That's why we are going to see pros riding eagle with 38t rings. A step in the wrong direction I think, e13 cassette with 9t sprocket makes more sense since you can also reduce the size of the chainring to a smaller one, and still almost got the range with eagle drivetrains.
  • + 4
 Did you put your head next to an Eagle rear derailleur?
  • + 1
 @Apostt: true. for my riding style and trails, a 38 is way to big. i'm running a 30 11 and that is enough.
  • + 4
 I bought a T-129 S from the US dealer about a month ago. Absolutely amazing bike. Feels like way more travel than 120mm. I've taken it down trails that I took my 150mm Bronson down and it felt faster and more stable. Also, the US customer service is great. Both the guys I've been in communication with have been super helpful. No issues with the bike as far as reliability either! Definitely recommend this company. T-129 all the way!
  • + 3
 A few years ago I bought a 146 carbon from Whyte . It was an absolute disaster where everything broke on almost a daily basis. The customer service was a disaster and after a year I let it go for 1k losing thousands . I would love the g160 but how do you trust a brand after being treated so poorly?
  • + 9
 I ride a G-160 and it's an absolutely awesome bike, had no problems with it in 10months. I used to work for a Whyte dealer and ATB have one of the best after sales and customer service going. Any problems and they sort you out straight away.
  • + 5
 Thanks for all the great comments. We are taking pre-orders on all 2017 bikes starting Aug 27th. Bikes plan to land late Sept. Be the first one on the block with a 2017!
  • + 2
 Loving my 2016 G160 works, very stable on the Downhills and climbs well, noticed they've dropped the Hope BB & Headset for 2017 so not UK weather proof anymore, oh well at least you get a Lyric fork instead of a Pike but not so sure the Carbon rims would last long in the Lakes, guess it depends where you ride. Only problem with mine was when the front wheel picked up a large rock and dented the down tube as if it had been hit with a pick axe. The frame alloy seems very thin compared to previous bikes I've owned, guess that's how they keep the weight down so have invested in a Carbon Roack Guard to hide the dent! Smile
  • + 2
 I've been riding a T-130 RS here in the US for this past season and I am completely thrilled with how the bike rides. Its a solid climber, and it absolutely rips once you turn the bike downhill. It's an absolute blast on flowy tracks and rides like the suspension is longer than 130mm. Component spec for the money is fantastic. My only gripe is the Trail Boss front tire that the bike came with for 2016, but it looks like Whyte's replaced that with a much more aggressive Vigilante for 2017.
  • + 28
 Climbs like an xc bike and descends like a dh bike?
  • + 5
 @makripper: REVOLUTIONARY
  • + 3
 @makripper: Definitely doesn't climb like an XC bike, but it climbs better than some other mid to long travel rigs I've ridden. The front tire doesn't seem to wander even on rooty or technical climbs. It doesn't descend like a DH bike either, but its capable through rocks and I've ridden it on a few different DH flow trails and does really well. The chainstays are short and it feels really dialed ripping through fast and/or flowy corners.
  • + 1
 74.3º seatangle is NOT steep nor is 66º headangle slack on a 160mm bike nowadays. Don't know why many bike brands put slacker seatangles on the larger frames e.g. the Whyte G160 small has a 74.7º 0.4º steeper than the L.
I do like the long reach on the bikes though.
  • + 1
 Had my t130 rs since jan this year and its an absolute blast. Climbs fine and descends amazingly well, the 130mm very rarely feels not enough too. Highly recommended one. I agree with the tyre comment though, the trail boss just didnt feel good at all. Had a 2.5 minion dhf on for a bit, so much better
  • + 1
 I own a 2016 905 RS hardtail and it's all I ever wanted from a trail ht. I'm 5'5" and ride a size S as recommended. On paper top tube length and reach seem extremely long, but they are perfect once you actually get on the bike.

Their bikes are clearly designed and spec'ed by people who ride. I haven't felt the need to change a single component on mine. I may only add a burlier rear tyre to save the rim from the speed this bike lets me reach.

As for the ride, it's just great. I can climb everyting I did with my old XC HT, with the bonus of descending at warp speed with confidence. No more OTB fear. I honestly see no reason to own an XC bike anymore. Carving corners is pure joy too. It feels stable at speed, but zippy enough to be fun on sedate trails too. A great do-it-all hardtail.

I was torn between the Honzo AL, the Explosif and the 905RS. The Whyte was more complete in terms of spec (dropper, yari, 1x11) and better VFM.

Guarantee in Europe is 4 yrs (2 on purchase and another 2 by registering online).
  • + 1
 WTB "light" casings are really that. Reasonable weight but thin sidewalls. I'd recommend replacing the rear with "tough" versions. They come with a weight penalty though.

Their tread designs make sense though. I was sceptical of the trail boss as a front initially, but it coped fine during the summer. I doubt it will perform the same in wet conditions, but at least width/ volume is not far of the claimed size.
  • + 1
 when are these bikes available in the states?? im waiting until november for my t-130 c rs Frown just shows how awesome they are
  • + 1
 They are landing late Sept, taking pre-orders on Saturday.
  • + 2
 article suggests the g-160 frame is carbon, but best I can tall, it's not available in carbon... only the 130 is.
  • + 1
 Yeah the G160 is definitely alloy got a closer look at a 2017 bike at Tweed Love Enduro last weekend
  • + 1
 I've been looking for a playful modern trail bike. The whyte 130 geometry looks interesting. How does it compare to the likes of cannondale habit, etc?
  • + 1
 That 129 RS with a 140 air sleeve in it instead of the 120 would be pimp. Value wise and geo wise it looks good, How is their customer service and such?
  • + 2
 I've worked with their customer service a couple of times and they've been phenomenal to work with. Really responsive and helpful.
  • + 2
 they cant supply the uk demand, so they distribute to the states...
  • + 1
 WTH... I'm riding an XL Bronson V2, and I'd actually have to go down TWO frame sizes to ride that G-160...??? Crazy long...
  • + 2
 WTB tires look like plus tires compared to Maxxis.
  • - 1
 Only until they rip on your first ride then they deflate to nothing instantly. Well thats my experience of two Vigilanties so far!
  • + 3
 @ilovedust: I'd wager their TCS Tough has the strongest non-DH sidewall on the market.
  • + 2
 @ilovedust: Can't see a WTB Tyre with TCS Tough sidewalls failing before a Maxxis trail tyre (including EXO) ever!?
  • + 1
 I don't understand why the 905 (HT) has the same geo (minus the stack and reach) as the G160...
  • + 1
 Do they do a racial background screen prior to purchase?
  • + 0
 The Whyte geometry charts don't state Reach. So I have no idea how they fit per size. Annoying
  • + 1
 Can't argue with the geo on the 160. Its proper!
  • + 1
 That hard tail looks unreal!
  • + 1
 wow. 495mm reach on size large t160
  • + 0
 250$ for shipping to canada ? does i have to add duties over that ?
  • + 1
 wheres the O-100?
  • + 0
 Again with these microscopic, teeny, tiny, bantam chainrings. Why?
  • + 4
 Huh, you try climbing with anything bigger than 32 and get back to us.
  • + 2
 @blackthorne: I just climbed with a 34 on a 1x12 and now I'm back. What now?
  • + 3
 @DaySleep3r: let's just say our definition of 'climb' could be different. And 2 net props? What is this, a dick measuring contest in the form of chainring size?
  • + 2
 @DaySleep3r: maybe you should try living somewhere with some real mountains -... err... Nepal, you say? never mind. Wink
  • + 2
 @powderturns: Yup. No real mountains in Kathmandu. Just perfectly paved flats.
  • + 0
 @DaySleep3r: I assume it's amazing...
  • + 0
 @DaySleep3r: you win a f*cking ribbon
  • + 0
 That top tube is yucky!

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