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Whyte Sussex '16

  • Whyte Sussex
  • First bike in Whyte RD-7 road disc range
  • Disc brake cross bike
Matt Zinc/Black & Lime52cmOur Price £599.00 RRP £799.00In Stock

Whyte Sussex

Combining road bike-like speed potential with disc brake low-maintenance reliability, the Whyte Sussex is your introduction to this British company's RD-7 road / cross bike range.

Full mudguard and rack compatibility means the Whyte Sussex could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike.

The Whyte Sussex 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 true road bike fast-steering agility and acceleration potential.

Building the frame with custom drawn hydroformed tubing and specifying an alloy fork with a tapered steerer ensures this bike is as lightweight as a similar-priced dedicated road bike.

Furthermore, Whyte have equipped the Sussex with faster, slicker 700x28 tyres. (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.)

To sum up, if you are looking for a fast, versatile, great value, road bike that would double as the perfect all-weather bike, the Sussex is an excellent choice for the following reasons:

Chainstay disc brake mounts
The disc brake is chainstay-mounted, rather than conventional seatstay-mounted. This innovation has allowed Whyte to build a more comfortable frame with slimmer, more vertically compliant seat stays.

Disc Brakes
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.

Mechanical Disc Brakes
Being cable operated, like conventional rim brakes, mechanical disc brakes can be easier to work on than hydraulics.

Full mudguard and rack compatibility means the Whyte Sussex could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike.

Stronger Wheels
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.

Shimano Sora STI transmission
Shimano Sora Dual Control shifters integrate the gear levers with the brake levers. STI allows you to shift through the gears without taking your hands off the brake hoods, so you experience no loss of control or momentum when you change gear.

As befits this style of bike, with its 34/50 FSA Vero chainset and its 11-32 cassette, the Whyte Dorset offers a wider gear range than a regular road bike, to help 'flatten' steeper climbs.

Whyte Custom-drawn Tubing
Every Whyte metal 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.

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 Sussex
Our lightweight aluminium frame offers good tyre clearance, great geometry and reliable disc braking, making it a perfect companion for big rides out in the hills.

Whether you’re commuting longer distances, winter training or entering summer sportives, the Whyte road disc range offers Cyclo Cross levels of durability with pure road speed.

A strong alloy 6061 frame, with mudguard and rack eyelets, combined with deep section offset rimmed RD-7 wheels and disc brakes will give years of reliable all-season performance.'

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Frame6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Custom Drawn, Multi Butted
ForkStraight Bladed Alloy Front Fork, Tapered Alloy Steerer
HeadsetFSA No. 42 Integrated Road
Rear HubAlloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 32 Hole
Front HubAlloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 28 Hole
SpokesWTB 2.0mm, Black Sandvik Stainless with Black Brass Nipples
RimsWhyte Disk Road 32mm Deep, Offset Section Rim
Front TyreMaxxis Rouler, 700 x 28c, with Maxshield Puncture Protection
Rear TyreMaxxis Rouler, 700 x 28c, with Maxshield Puncture Protection
Shift LeversShimano ST-3500 SORA, 9 Speed
Front DerailleurShimano FD-3500 SORA, 9 Speed
Rear DerailleurShimano RD-3500 SORA, 9 Speed
CassetteShimano HG-300, 11-32, 9 Speed
ChainShimano HG53, 9 Speed
CranksetShimano R345-L, 34-50, Octalink, 9 Speed, Compact Double
Bottom BracketShimano BB-ES300, Octalink
SeatpostWhyte 20mm Offset, 27.2mm x 350mm, 1pcs 3D Forged 6061 Alloy
SaddleWhyte Custom, Triple Panel Design
BarWhyte Road, 31.8mm, Compact “Wing” Bar
StemWhyte -6 Deg/6 Deg, 100mm 52cm, 110mm 54cm/56cm, 120mm 58cm
GripsWhyte Anti Slip with 3M Reflective logos on tapes
Front BrakesPro Max CX Mechanicals, 160mm Rotor
Rear BrakesPro Max CX Mechanicals, 160mm Rotor
Brake LeversShimano ST-3500 SORA
PedalsFibre reinforced Composite with Toe Clip
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