Whyte 801 '16
The 801 is a perfect intro to the Whyte X-8 series of 27.5-inch wheel hardtail mountain bikes.
Why this bike is great
The custom-drawn hydroformed 6061 aluminium frame is built to Whyte's proven trail geometry, optimised for 27.5 inch wheels.
Proven Trail Geometry and Spec
The Whyte 801's X8 frame in medium matches a 73.5 degree seat tube angle with a 68.5 degree head tube angle. The steep seat angle helps you power the cranks. The relaxed head angle and the long wheelbase delivers high speed stability. The short rear triangle (435mm chainstays) complemented by the wide bars and short stem translate as excellent manoeuvrability.
The stoppers are ever-reliable Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes The rear caliper is chainstay-mounted, rather than conventional seatstay-mounted. This enables Whyte to build a more comfortable frame, courtesy of its slimmer and more vertically compliant seat stay.
Its RockShox 30 fork, Shimano Acera/Deore 3x9 transmission, and its reinforced rear wheel, courtesy of its offset rim, convince you that Whyte have obsessed over every detail to create the best hardtail possible at this kind of price.
Whyte even fit a better seat QR - the Get A Grip seatclamp. As well as being ergonomically designed for ease of use, even with cold hands, this QR seatclamp puts far less stress on the frame seat tube than traditional seat clamps, and is safe to use should you upgrade to a carbon seatpost.
Combine all these factors and you get a balanced mountain bike whose predictable handling shines through whether you are climbing, descending or swooping round the singletrack.
Whyte Geometry Overview
When we talk about a bicycle’s geometry, we’re talking about the angles and measurements that determine where the rider is positioned between the wheels, and how the bike connects with the ground. More than the components or the frame material, a bike’s geometry defines the way it rides. It's the key factor that sets Whyte apart from the competition.
The Whyte formula has been 15 years in the making. It’s a formula that inspires confidence in beginners and casual cyclists alike, whilst allowing Whyte's expert race teams to perform to the absolute limits of their ability. Confidence is Whyte's ultimate goal when designing a bike.
This confidence is achieved by combining a relaxed head angle (the angle the fork comes out of the frame) with a longer than average front centre to create a bike that is stable at speed and feels predictable, especially when the terrain gets steeper. To sharpen up the steering response for low-speed precision, wide handlebars and short stems are specced. At the back of the bike, the aim is to make the chainstays as short as physically possible to maximise the bike’s agility. It’s a formula that works in all situations, whatever your ambitions and whatever your level of skill. Simply put, geometry can make or break a bike.
Aluminium Custom Tubing
The premium grade 6061 aluminium Whyte use has been specially developed to allow for hydro-forming (where hot oil is pumped through the tube at pressure to fine-tune its profile).
Every tubes is custom drawn to Whyte's own specifications. This translates into thinner tube butting profiles over the entire length of the tube, and means that for the same strength, stiffness and fatigue characteristics, Whyte can engineer a lighter chassis.
Whyte hydro-formed aluminium frame designs concentrate on creating the most efficient shapes for the chassis,whilst retaining an elegant overall design profile. Take the seatstays and chainstays for example. As well as being internally butted to reduce weight, the stays are shaped to enhance comfort and maximise tyre and mud clearance.
Our range of aluminium hardtails offer a fine balance of fun and speed, and the 801 is the perfect entry point with 27 Shimano gears and RockShox 30 Silver fork with Solo Air. Offset rims give equal spoke tension to reduce the asymmetric load on the wheel.
These frames bristle with UK design features, such as extra mud clearance for all-weather usability, forward facing seat slot to keep rear wheel spray out of the frame, internal routing for improved cable life and crud-catcher mounts on the downtube to keep the grit out of your teeth.
|Frame||6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Custom Drawn and Multi Butted|
|Fork||RockShox 30 Silver, 100mm Travel, Solo Air, Turn Key Lockout|
|Headset||FSA No. 10, Semi Integrated, Caged Bearings|
|Rear Hub||Alloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 32 Hole|
|Front Hub||Alloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 32 Hole|
|Spokes||WTB 2.0mm, Black Stainless with Brass Nipples|
|Rims||Whyte XC-20, sleeve joint, Offset rims, 32 Hole|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis IKON Wire 27.5” x 2.2”|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis IKON Wire 27.5” x 2.2”|
|Shift Levers||Shimano Acera M3000, 9 Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Acera M3000, 9 Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore RD-M592 Shadow|
|Cassette||Shimano HG-200, 11-34, 9 Speed|
|Chain||Shimano HG-53, 9 Speed|
|Crankset||Shimano M4000, 40-30-22, 9 Speed, Octalink|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano BB-ES300 Octalink|
|Seatpost||Whyte 20mm Offset, 30.9mm x 400mm|
|Bar||Whyte Riser Bar 15mm rise, 31.8mm, 700mm Wide|
|Stem||Whyte Custom, 70mm S, 70mm M, 80mm L & XL|
|Grips||Whyte Custom Lock-on|
|Front Brakes||Tektro Auriga, 160mm rotor|
|Rear Brakes||Tektro Auriga, 160mm rotor, Internal Routing|
|Brake Levers||Tektro Auriga|
|Pedals||Fibre reinforced Composite Platform|
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