Ben Cruz Joins Whyte Bikes USA

Feb 16, 2016 at 10:13
by Whyte Bikes USA  

One Industries

After years on the Cannondale OverMountain Team, Ben Cruz has decided to make the jump for 2016 and join British brand Whyte Bikes. Cruz will be riding and racing his G-160 and T-130 C bikes mainly in North American races including; Big Mt Enduro, CA Enduro series, NAET and a few regional EWS races.

bigquotesWe are super excited to finally be able to announce Ben's coming on board with Whyte Bikes USA. I believe he'll be a great representative and racer for Whyte, having him aboard will help build momentum for the Whyte brand here in the USA. - Justin Schwartz marketing manager for Whyte Bikes USA

bigquotesI'm riding Whyte Bikes because I think I can win races on them! I'm really pumped on the new partnership, and the awesome things the future has to offer. - Ben Cruz

Designing cutting edge mountain bikes since 1999, Whyte Bikes became available consumer direct in the USA in October 2015. While a relatively new business model to North America, consumer-direct brands have reshaped the consumers’ perspective on performance and value in Europe in the last several years.

Whyte Bikes USA has a full selection of performance full suspension mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes available at www.whyteusa.bike / @whytebikesUSA

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56 Comments

  • + 42
 Yeah Ben! Congrats man!!!
  • - 66
flag brandaneisma (Feb 16, 2016 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 How much shit did you get in high school because your last name is "weed"
  • + 3
 And now my greens drink is in my lungs
  • + 10
 After checking out the site... geometry is on point, bikes look great, and the fact that they're consumer direct makes me happy. I may have found my next trail bike. Fuck yes, Whyte.
  • + 3
 I'm sure in Europe they use the traditional distributor sales model (I just bought the t-130)
I don;t know how they do it in America though.
Amazing bike by the way!!!
  • + 1
 Are the geo #s for real on their site? TT, reach and wheelbase are like 2" longer than anyone else for like size?
  • + 1
 The rear triangles on Whyte's full sus's are really short which makes them super poppy and flickable. They wheelie and manual like a beast!
  • + 9
 Did not see that one coming. Never heard of Whyte bikes in my life and didn't know Cruz raced anymore hahaha
  • + 7
 This guy delivered me a package with 20 cocks on the box. He also saw aliens once in Utah. Good guy!
  • + 2
 hahaha WTF DUUUDEEEE!!! haha good times.. Go kill it Ben
  • + 4
 I've had my G-160 RS since November. It is the most incredible bike I've owned! I already have 1200+ miles on it, and just raced it in the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, passing guys on Carbon XC rigs. So fast. Love the geo.
  • + 4
 Wow I had no clue you guys were in San Rafael! I'm just a couple towns up, hopefully see more of these bikes around the area! Cheers!
  • + 4
 I saw a Whyte bikes ad on an SF City Bus, did a double take and went to my happy place. Thanks for the mid work break Whyte Bikes!
  • + 1
 Fairfax Cyclery has the Demo Fleet. 80 - 100 bux and you get to shred a whyte bike for 24hrs. I took the t-130 rs (blk/grn magenta) up to oathill mine road trail. that bike shreds! I'm sure Mr Cruz is stoked not to have to ride on a Lefty fork anymore.
  • + 2
 Ben rips thats for sure. I love the picture, secret bar around the back side! That ridge is my back yard. Ben rip it up this season. Will be good to see you at local events. Ellsworth for life you little Pinkbike bitches!
  • + 3
 I've just been regular mountain bike riding for years, maybe next year I'll try Enduro !!!
  • + 4
 Yeah go Whyte bikes! Go Ben Cruz!!
  • + 2
 I haven't heard about Whyte bikes in a while. Their current line up looks quite good and I would to have a try at one.
  • + 2
 UK bike mags love these and there hardtails
  • + 0
 UK bike mags usually love UK bikes. Now is it cause of the flag or because they "obviously" match, we'll never know. Certainly a bit of both. Similarly french magazine usually love french cars. There's certainly a bit of defending local industry and matching tastes in there.
  • + 2
 I've got a 2013 Whyte 905 (120mm hardtail), it deserves all that good rep! I even ride Aston Hill (DH) on it!
  • + 1
 The UK magazine MBR did a review of an Orange last year and basically said "yes it's good, but the price tag for it being made in the UK isn't worth it". I don't think UK mags are as hot on UK product as they used to be. They have been quite critical of Whyte for years (the rear suspension hasn't been up to much) but Whyte seem to have responded and have an exciting line up of fairly progressive bikes. I'd be tempted by one.
  • + 1
 So Happy to see Ben stricking it out on his own. Looking forward to seeing Great things from this young man.
  • + 1
 A decent look bike there, I'd like to take that for a shred
  • + 1
 Love the shape of that bike - just looks fast.
  • + 1
 It is! As soon as it points down hill it just flys!
  • + 1
 It's a big move! good luck ben!
  • + 1
 No XL sizing, but the reach is a healthy 495mm on the large.
  • + 1
 I'm 6'4" and ride the Large G-160. It fits good. I had to get some riser bars and move the saddle all the way back. As well as get a 45mm stem from the stock 35mm stem. I have to change the bars and stem on any bike I buy, so no big deal for me.
  • + 1
 What length Reverb does the L come with ptsube? I'm 6'3" and have a demo booked on a G-160 in a few weeks but I'm doubtful I'll get on with the seat tube length.
  • + 2
 It has a 380mm seatpost, 125mm drop. Mine is extended out pretty far, but I still have an inch or two before I get to the minimum insertion point. I have a 36in inseam using the book test. I was worried about the 18in seat tube, but it hasn't been an issue.

Being as tall as you are, you will probably have to change a few things. I put new bars, stem, and rear tire on the bike(taller sidewall for pedal clearance). If you have them leave the steerer tube as long as possible, then cut it down once you get the fit you want, I doubt you will even need to change the bars and stem. I just needed to get the bars a little higher so I got a riser bar. Riser bars look better in my opinion.

Here are my shock settings if you want to try them on your test ride. I'm 215lbs geared up. I have the rear shock at 187psi with the rebound dead center. The fork is at 48psi, rebound is 10 clicks in one way or the other and the compression is set to two clicks. That gives me about 35% sag. Super plush and responsive.
  • + 1
 Thanks ptsube, you've convinced me the trip to demo one won't be a waste, hopefully I'll get on fine with it.
  • + 2
 I'm 6'5 and have the large G-160. I find it fits me fine. I don't like having an over big bike and like to be able to chuck it about. They do an XL size in the T-129.
  • + 1
 I heard about issues with the lefty.
  • + 1
 Yeah Ben! CCCX slayer!
  • + 1
 Yeah CRUZ!!!!
  • + 1
 Ben Cruz is Da Man!
  • - 1
 Make mine a T-129 RS please. In large if thats not too much to ask.
  • + 3
 Dano, I have the T129 RS. Its an awesome trail bike! Rear tyre clearance is limited though. Nobby Nic 2.25 is Max you can go, not a problem for me. The big wheels offer loads of grip. Geometry is so confidence inspiring and the bike encourages you to get airborne. Ignore the 29er haters, they likely haven't ridden this type of bike (Evil Following, Process 111, Smuggler, etc. - aggressive short travel 29ers) The T129 is a playful, poppy bike that's seriously fast.
  • + 1
 I got some of my fastest times on Strava on a T-129 and I wasn't even trying and just having fun!
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