This week we’re celebrating Whyte do-it-all road bikes and we’ve chosen 8 brilliant bikes to help you get out and enjoy the sunshine.
A do-it-all road bike means just that.
It’s a bike that will give you the freedom of the city. And the means to escape it. It’s a bike that’s equally fit for tarmac or dirt roads: commuting or charity rides. It’s a bike that’s available in different versions to match the style you prefer: flatbar hybrid or drop bar cross.
“Buy any adult bike and we’ll reward you with free kit to the value of 15% of the bike’s price.”
Whyte do-it-all bikes stand out for their fundamental design philosophy.
Whyte call it ‘UK proof’. This means that Whyte bikes are a delight when the weather is fine, but they’re more than a fair weather friend.
Every Whyte is weatherproofed for year-round performance.
Take the Whyte Victoria…
Whyte Victoria £699
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Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes bring all-conditions stopping power to your fingertips, courtesy of their light lever action. And who doesn’t want brakes that are virtually maintenance free (bar the odd change of pads) between annual services?
The gear cables are enclosed with full outer casing to resist corrosion.
The slot at the top of the seat tube is forward facing to keep out crud, sprayed up from the rear wheel.
The Victoria’s compact frame is especially (though not exclusively) female friendly.
It takes full-length mudguards.
Special Whyte touches, such as the aqua blue highlights on the tyres, wheels and seatpost clamp, help create a bike you’ll be proud to own.
Did we mention our Free15 offer?
Buy any adult bike and we’ll reward you with free kit to the value of 15% of the bike’s price.
In the case of the £699 Whyte Victoria, you can choose £104.85 worth of good stuff to go with the bike.
We could supply the bike fitted with a set of the best mudguards – SKS (£34.95); a Sold Secure Gold Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U-Lock, (price tracked to £38.24); a funky set of Lezyne Femto lights (£19.79); and a better quality Specialized bottle cage (£7) pre-loaded with an equally special bottle (£3.99), and your total bill will remain £699. Can’t say fairer than that.
Whyte Portobello £750
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The Whyte Portobello boasts fundamentally the same spec as the Victoria (albeit, upgraded with even more puncture resistant tyres) but with a standard unisex frame rather than compact.
The benefit of spending a little more means that you qualify for £112.50 worth of free kit. That’s enough to equip yourself with, say, a super-lightweight, breathable, waterproof, packable jacket such as the Endura Helium (price tracked to £85.49) available in both men’s and women’s sizes, and an exceptional pair of Specialized BG Gel track mitts (£25 RRP), again for men or women.
Whyte Pimlico £850
Like the Whyte Victoria, the Pimlico is a compact-frame flatbar road bike: this time with carbon rather than alloy fork blades – probably the most significant upgrade you can make if you’re looking for a lighter weight, sharper steering, more comfortable bike.
The transmission is also upgraded to even smoother-shifting SRAM Via 2×10 (over Shimano Sora 2×9).
Spending £850 entitles you to £127.50-worth of payback, in the form of good stuff such as a pair of Endura Women’s Hummvee two-in-one shorts in women’s and men’s versions (price tracked to £45.99) to help guarantee comfort in the saddle and a Lezyne Mini GPS (normally £79.99) to track every ride.
Whyte Stirling £999
The Whyte Stirling also enjoys that crucial carbon fork upgrade. Plus the drivetrain is upgraded to higher-spec SRAM Rival 2×11 level and the wheels spin on cartridge sealed hub bearings for smoother rolling longevity.
Cycling Plus rated last year’s Stirling 4.5/5. They were particularly impressed by the bike’s geometry, shared by every flatbar Whyte on this page.
‘It’s based around mountain bike geometry, with a relaxed head angle and a very long 107cm wheelbase – about 5cm longer than on a similar size road bike. The result is a very stable ride when you get up to speed, and thanks to the reasonable overall weight that’s quite easy to do. The stability is balanced by a shorter stem, which offers the sort of nifty handling you need in city traffic.’
Spending £999 gets you £149.85-worth of free goodies. That’s enough to grab hold of one of our special offer Gore-Tex jackets and still leave change to treat yourself from a vast selection of clothing and accessories.
Whyte Sussex £799 and
Whyte Somerset Compact £799
You want the UK-proof, all-weather, disc brake-equipped, mudguard-compatible versatility of a Whyte do-it-all bike. You also want the multi-hand position efficiency of drop bars to enable you to tuck out of the wind so you can perform your best on longer sportive-distance events. You want to consider the cross-inspired unisex Whyte Sussex or its compact sibling, the Somerset.
Spending £799 qualifies you for £119.85-worth of free kit.
That’s enough to get you a super-deluxe version of that road bike necessity, a track pump such as a Lezyne Alloy Overdrive ABS2 Floor Pump (price tracked to £53.99) for easy tyre inflation at home; a matching Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini Pump (our Price £26.99) to carry with you on trips, and still leave you with £38.90 credit to choose from, say, our great selection of Lycra shorts.
Whyte Dorset £999 and
Whyte Devon Compact £999
Whyte again let you choose between the standard unisex-frame Dorset or the compact-frame Devon.
Upgrades over the Sussex and Somerset include a comfort-elevating carbon fork, TRP HyRd cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes (over Promax mechanical disc brakes) and Shimano 4700 Tiagra 2×10 shifters and mechs (over Shimano Sora 2×9).
Put it all together and you get one superb cross-style bike, which BikesEtc magazine rated even higher than the benchmark £1,000 endurance road bike, the Giant Defy 1 Disc, in their December 2015 group test.
Their verdict: ‘The Whyte Dorset offers a fantastic all-round package. It’s a bike with real character and one that adds up to far more than the sum of its parts. Although it’s clearly designed with commuters in mind, it’s capable of so much more than just that. This is the definition of a versatile bike.’
Spending £999 gets you £149.85-worth of free goodies. That’s the kind of budget usually required if you wanted us to customise the bike with matching Whyte mudguards (£29.99), Ortlieb waterproof panniers (usually £99.99) and a rack to fit them on. Thanks to our Free15 offer, we can supply the Dorset or Devon as a fully-equipped touring / commuter bike and it won’t cost you a penny extra.