9th August 2017

Best hardtails for under a grand: Whyte 800-series 2018 mountain bikes

Whyte mountain bikes 802 2018

The Whyte 801 2018 mountain bike, showing tree roots who’s boss.

Whyte’s 801, 802 and 805 mountain bikes have always been about offering the key elements of Whyte’s multi award winning 900-series trail hardtails at more wallet-friendly prices.

Read: Do I need a Hardtail or Full Suspension? >

With every Whyte 800 model now being built on an even more trail-worthy SCR (Single Chain Ring) frame, optimised for its new-for-2018 1×10 drivetrain – we can safely say this is the best Whyte 800 range ever.

What’s more, Whyte’s all-new 800-series bikes are still under a grand. Not bad when you consider their 900-series hardtails are coming in at between £1,350 and £2,150.

Whyte 801 2018 mountain bikeThe Whyte 801 2018

800-series bikes go 1×10

Every Whyte 800-series 2018 hardtail now comes with a 1×10 drivetrain, giving you all the gears you’re likely to need in a more logical, easier to use format – why this is a very good thing.

Streamlining the drivetrain means that every Whyte 800-series frame is now built on a Whyte SCR (Single Chainring Frame) previously reserved for their 4-figure MTBs.

Whyte 802 Compact 2018 mountain bikeThe Whyte 802 Compact 2018

Short Chainstays

Thanks to the one-by drivetrain, there’s no need for clearance for a second (and possibly a third) chainring. This has enabled Whyte to further reduce the length of their frames’ already famously short chainstays by a further centimetre.

Shorter chainstays make the bike more agile and help create a more dynamic ride you’ll appreciate on every switchback and berm. Or as Whyte perfectly put it:

Because driving a barge is dull we keep the back ends super short whatever the wheel size to guarantee the hop and pop agility you need to bring the trail alive.’

This reference to chainstay length takes us to the most significant factor that singles out Whyte hardtails as the best money can buy for riding UK trailsGEOMETRY.

Whyte 805 2018 mountain bikeThe Whyte 805 2018

Whyte Geometry – a primer

  1. A Whyte 800-series hardtail combines a slack 66.5˚ degree head tube angle with a long front centre
  2. This positions the front wheel further forward to make the bike more stable, so you’re far less likely to be bundled over the bars on steep downhills
  3. The long front centre also helps ensure the steering self corrects on tight switchbacks to keep you (literally) on track
  4. The low centre of gravity ‘glues’ the bike to the ground as you swoop through these corners
  5. The short stem compensates for the long front centre so the bike doesn’t overstretch you
  6. The short chainstays make for snappy, responsive steering as do the wide 740mm bars (a centimeter wider than last year’s)

If you need further convincing that Whyte truly are the world masters of MTB frame geometry, check how the handling of their bikes is the key factor that every mountain bike journalist raves about when they test a Whyte. Check these MBR rave reviews.

Then check out the range of 2018 Whyte 800-series bikes already available from our shops

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