Whyte Suffolk HyRd '16
|Matt Granite/Orange & Aqua||54cm||Our Price £999.00 RRP £1,199.00||In Stock|
|Matt Granite/Orange & Aqua||56cm||Our Price £999.00 RRP £1,199.00||In Stock|
The beautiful black and orange Suffolk is the best-equipped alloy frame model in Whyte's RD7 Road Disc Bike range.
Upgrades from Whyte Dorset
- Shimano 105 shifters, mechs, chain and cassette deliver even slicker 2x11 gearing.
Whyte RD7 Road Disc Bike Overview
The Whyte Suffolk combines road bike-like speed potential with disc brake low-maintenance reliability.
Full mudguard and rack compatibility means that an RD7 Road Disc Bike could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bicycle.
The Whyte Suffolk therefore offers much of the versatility that makes cross bikes so attractive. The RD7 Road Disc Bike difference is that Whyte have built the frame to classic road bike geometry (72-73 degree head angle and 73-74.5 seat tube angle) to create a bike with the fast-steering agility and acceleration potential of a true road bike.
Furthermore, Whyte have equipped the Suffolk with faster, slicker 700x28 tyres than you'll find on most cross bikes. (It's an open secret that the majority of riders initially attracted by the cross bike's versatility swap the bike's original semi-knobbly tyres for slicker, faster rubber.)
Same as Whyte Dorset
TRP HyRd cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes
TRP HyRd cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes work with conventional brake levers, yet they offer the adjustability and power previously reserved for hydraulic brakes. The advantage of this system over any previous cable-actuated disc brake system is that the pads are much easier to set up at an optimal distance from the rotor without rubbing. These brakes automatically self adjust so the pads move closer to the rotor as they wear down. This means that TRP (Tektro Racing Products) HyRd disc brakes maintain optimal performance over the whole life of every set of pads.
To quote road.cc's review'TRP Hy/Rd disc brakes combine cable actuation with hydraulic power right in the calliper. They're powerful, easy to live with and the best solution so far for disc brakes with conventional brake/gear levers.'
Chainstay disc brake mounts
New for 2015, the disc brake is now chainstay-mounted, rather than conventional seatstay-mounted. This innovation enables Whyte to build a more comfortable frame, courtesy of its slimmer, more vertically compliant seat stays.
Moving the brakes from the mud and rain-attracting wheel rims to the relatively clean hubs makes for an improvement in the brakes’ all-weather all-conditions performance. Disc brake pads are much harder so they last much longer. Disc brakes tend to need far less maintenance compared with rim brakes because they don't require such frequent adjustment to compensate for brake pad wear. The wheel rims should also last much longer now that they are no longer being worn down by the brake pads.
Full mudguard and rack compatibility means a Whyte RD7 bike could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike.
Whyte deep section rims are lightweight, strong and contribute to the bicycle's authentic road bike looks. The rear wheel's offset spoke hole design effectively equalises spoke tension on both sides to create a stronger rear wheel, whose lateral stiffness you'll appreciate every time you accelerate. To further ensure reliability, Whyte build these wheels with WTB black Sandvic stainless steel spokes - rated by many wheel builders as among the best money can buy.
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.
Whyte have developed their progressive geometry over 15 years. Their frames combine a relaxed head angle 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, Whyte spec wide handlebars on short stems. At the back of the bike, the chainstays are as short as possible to maximise the bike’s agility. Combining all these factors make for a bicycle that inspires confidence whether you're a pro level rider or an absolute beginner.
Whyte Custom-drawn Tubing
Every Whyte aluminium frame is built with custom drawn tubes. This means that Whyte go to the expense of spec'ing a different tube set for each frame size. Apparently, it’s normal practice for bike companies to save money by using the same tube set for every size. This means that a butted tubeset will have to be designed around the smallest frame size. Say the smallest frame size is 16”. When the tubes are cut to size, they will have a short thicker-walled section at each end as you would expect from butted tubes. When the same tube set is used to create a 21” frame a much larger proportion of the tube will be thick walled. That’s why large frames are often disproportionately heavier than they need be. Custom tubing is Whyte's guarantee that the frame will be as light as possible in every size.
Whyte RD-7 ROAD DISC
Drop bar commuter / anyroad
The RD-7 series of drop bar road bikes are an exercise in versatility: fast but robust; comfortable but competitive; ready for anything. Got a 10 mile commute to work? The RD-7 is the perfect partner. Need a winter training bike? This is the bike for you. Touring? You bet. Fancy an American-style gravel grinder? With clearance for even bigger tyres, we've got that covered too.
All bikes come with disc brakes for efficient, powerful braking whatever the conditions. Combined with comfortable 28mm tyres and endurance geometry, these are bikes for road riders with a sense of adventure. If that sounds like you, look no further than the RD-7.
Whyte make frames from aluminium and carbon fibre, both of which are versatile, high performance materials that are equally at home in the the world’s largest commercial aeroplanes as they are in the manufacture of bicycles.
Both materials have their own unique properties, and used correctly can create bikes that have lasting character. Through the combination of engineering know-how, great design and the use of the best grades of carbon fibre and aluminium available, they are able to create everything from the super-stiff structures required for a full-suspension bike, to lively yet comfortable hardtail frames.
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) and welding, and the tubes are custom drawn to their own specifications. That 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: they’re internally butted to reduce weight and have extensive shaping and tapering to increase strength and stiffness, whilst generating tyre and mud clearance where it’s needed, and offering tangible comfort benefits in use. Very few brands are able to engineer that level of detail and maintain durability.
|Frame||6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Custom Drawn, Multi Butted|
|Fork||Straight Bladed Carbon Front Fork, Tapered Alloy Steerer|
|Headset||FSA No. 42 Integrated Road|
|Rear Hub||Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 32 Hole|
|Front Hub||Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 28 Hole|
|Spokes||WTB 2.0mm, Black Sandvik Stainless with Black Brass Nipples|
|Rims||Whyte Disk Road 32mm Deep, Offset Section Rim|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis Rouler, 700 x 28c, with Maxshield Puncture Protection|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis Rouler, 700 x 28c, with Maxshield Puncture Protection|
|Shift Levers||Shimano 105 ST-5800, 11 Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 FD-5800, 11 Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 RD-5800, 11 Speed|
|Cassette||Shimano 105 CS-5800 11-32, 11 Speed|
|Chain||Shimano CN-600, 11 Speed|
|Crankset||FSA Gossamer Pro EVO-386 DB 34-50, 11 Speed, Compact Double|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA EVO-8681|
|Seatpost||Whyte 20mm Offset, 27.2mm x 350mm, 1pcs 3D Forged 6061 Alloy|
|Saddle||Whyte Custom, Triple Panel Design|
|Bar||Whyte Road, 31.8mm, Compact “Wing” Bar|
|Stem||Whyte -6 Deg/6 Deg, 100mm 52cm, 110mm 54cm/56cm, 120mm 58cm|
|Grips||Whyte Anti Slip with 3M Reflective logos on tapes|
|Front Brakes||TRP HyRd, 160mm Rotor|
|Rear Brakes||TRP HyRd, 160mm Rotor|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105 ST-5800|
|Pedals||Fibre reinforced Composite|
|Matt Granite/Orange & Aqua||54cm||5032489046892|
|Matt Granite/Orange & Aqua||56cm||5032489046908|
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|300 miles of Derbyshire covered since purchase, and I'm delighted with this bike. I traded up from a hybrid, and the performance of this bike is a revelation. The bike is considerably more comfortable than I feared, and 50-60 mile rides are accomplished without issue. The brakes are awesome and encourage mad descending. I also appreciate the low gears when grinding up the long, shallow Snake Pass or shorter steeper Mam Nick. My weekly mileage has doubled due to how much I enjoy riding this machine.|
|bought my Suffolk Cyclocross bike a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed every one of the 80km cycled so far. The styling is great and I have nothing but praise for the handling, gears and overall feel of the bike. I've still to push up on hilly roads as most of the journeys so far have been relatively flat, but it is so light and easy to shift that I don't envisage any problems. I would highly recommend this bike.|
|I bought this bike a few months ago as a fast commuter (25 mile round trip) to supplement my summertime Cannondale road bike. I was sold on the ability to fit wide tyres for icy roads, the hydraulic weatherproof braking, and the comfort geometry, without compromising much road bike speed or sacrificing drop bars. After using it in place of my road bike (which is superb and was also bought from Edinburgh Bicycle whose service has been second to none) I'm quite disappointed. Put simply, it's lethargic compared to a road bike and is quite heavy. I should have paid more attention to the ride than the fit, though the fit is spot-on for comfort. The wheels and brakes are very heavy and the chainset lacks a good couple of top gears when the speed is eventually up, so it feels like a car with a speed-limiter fitted. The tyre clearance is very good but arguably a bit too much - I have 28mm tyres and full mudguards but it looks like it could take 45mm tyres and guards which is pure overkill for the style of bike and gearing. I'd rather have less clearance and less weight on a bike where every little would help. Cornering on drop bars is fun but a little pointless when the bike is so sluggish and has wide tyres. With skinny tyres it just looks a bit daft and could be replaced by a lighter chearper road bike. With hindsight I should have bought a cheap road bike with 28mm tyres as this is neither a road bike substitute or a cross bike as the handling is not sharp enough. For straight line cycling with panniers and if speed's not your thing then its a nice easy safe bet but after a few months commuting I'm already looking to replace it.|
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