27th January 2016

Why we’re in love with Whyte mountain bikes


More than any other bicycle company, Whyte have carved a niche for designing bikes made to cope with British riding conditions. That’s significant when you consider the majority of bicycles are designed in places such as California, Taiwan and Italy – i.e. warm, dry climes where mud clearance is rarely an issue. You can learn more about Whyte here.

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11 reasons to love Whyte’s UK-Proof Design Features

  1. Maximising the space between the tyres and frame tubes keep the wheels turning in muddy conditions that might stall a bike with less generous clearance.
  2. All cables are enclosed with full outer casing to resist corrosion.
  3. If cables are internally routed, frame hole grommets keep the rain out where the cable enters and exits the frame.
  4. The slot at the top of the seat tube is forward facing to keep out the crud that’s inevitably sprayed up from the rear wheel.
  5. Whyte promise lifetime guaranteed pivot bearings on every full suspension Whyte MTB – we don’t know any other company who offers this warranty.
  6. Crud Catcher down-tube bosses let you bolt a mountain bike mudguard to the underside of the frame’s down tube and get rid of the guard’s original rubber band fittings.
  7. Getta Grip seat clamp (on every Whyte hardtail): Ergonomically designed for ease of use, even with cold hands, this QR seatclamp can be operated on the fly so you can drop the saddle without stopping. With practise, Getta Grip offers close-to dropper-seat action without the expense. (For the uninitiated, a dropper seatpost lets you raise and lower the saddle using a handlebar control, so you can adjust the seat to the optimal height on both the uphill and downhill.)
  8. If the bike has a dropper seatpost (most Whyte MTBs from £1,699), it will have an Intergrip integrated seat clamp, which combines a rubber o-ring seal for the top of the frame seat tube and a rubber collar round the post to keep out the rain.
  9. Threaded bottom brackets – Whyte have resisted the trend towards press fit because they found conventional threaded BB to be more reliable and will be easier for most home mechanics to service in years to come.
  10. A unique sense of style – whether they opt for a bold magenta finish or something more subdued, Whyte bikes exude style.
  11. Consistency – to Whyte’s credit, the blog we published in 2012 celebrating their UK-proof credentials remains valid today.
Whyte 905 Mountain Bike 2019

Whyte 905 Mountain Bike 2019

Whyte Progressive Geometry

Progressive frame geometry is a winning formula, and Whyte have been fine-tuning over the past 15 years to cope with the technical, challenging terrain that typifies mountain biking in Britain.

MBR (Mountain Bike Rider magazine) was so impressed with the Whyte 901, they hailed it as ‘the most evolved hardtail money can buy’. What’s more, they came to the startling conclusion that the only way Whyte’s rivals could begin to match the ride quality of this bike would be to copy its progressive geometry:

“The geometry of the G-160 Whyte is amazing; on this model they’ve lengthened the top tube of the bike so they could shorten the stem, which creates really responsive handling. Climbing on the G-160 is really easy, and as you can imagine it’s amazing on the descents.” – Jamie, Bruntsfield Co-op Member

‘If there are any bike manufacturers reading this test who want to know how to make the humble hardtail better, Whyte has already done the hard yards, so just copy.’  See full 10/10 review.

A Whyte mountain bike’s relaxed head tube angle (65.0-68.5 degrees) makes the bike noticeably more stable, especially when combined with a long front centre, which positions the front wheel further forward, so you’re far less likely to be bundled over the bars on steep downhills.

Whyte progressive geometry is a formula that inspires confidence whether you’re a mountain bike beginner or an expert class rider looking to perform to the absolute limits of your ability.

Whyte Custom Gauge 

Uniquely for a company whose bicycles start at a modest £499, every Whyte aluminium frame is built with custom drawn tubing. Specifying the bike’s tube-set by frame size helps ensure every Whyte frame is amongst the lightest at its price point.

Chainstay Disc Brake Mounts

Moving the brake mounts to the chainstays enables Whyte to spec more compliant thinner-wall seatstays for rider comfort. Making the mounts oversized helps prevent ‘brake flutter’, commonly experienced when the disc brake caliper is bolted to a less robust mount.

Three Staff Favourite Whyte Mountain Bikes

Whyte 909 2018 | Shop >

Whyte 909 2018

“My Whyte 909 has too many excellent features to mention, but none more useful than the KS dropper post – hopefully I’ll never have to go back to riding without one again – simply ingenious!” – Steve B, Leeds Co-op Member

Whyte 802 Compact 2018 | Shop >

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“I was hooked on the colour of the magenta T-130 SX, but I was after a hardtail which was only available in the 802 with a compact fit. So once they decided to do the 901 in a special edition magenta, that was for me.” – Perry, Edinburgh Co-op Member

Here’s another Whyte difference. Whyte don’t call the 802 a “women’s bike”. They call it the 802 Compact to make it clear that its shorter top tube (that’s the compact part) would make it a perfect bike for both smaller women and smaller guys who might be overstretched on the identically-spec’d standard-geometry Whyte 801.

As for the 802’s magenta colourway, this has gone down so well with both male and female riders, Whyte have brought out a special magenta edition of their best selling trail hardtail, the Whyte 901.

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Whyte T130RS | Shop >

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Michael is our bikes’ buyer. He looks at literally thousands of bicycles every year as a key part of the process of selecting the bikes we stock in our shops. The most recent bike Michael bought for himself is a Whyte T130RS. Here’s why:

‘The Whyte 909 I’ve been riding the past two years is honestly the best mountain bike I’ve ever had. I decided to go for the T130RS because its 130mm suspension will let me go even faster. It has virtually the same geometry as the 909, which I really like, and it has a stiffer Single Chain Ring-specific frame to go with its 1×11 drivetrain.’

– Michael, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative’s Bike Buyer

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If you ride a Whyte bike, what are your impressions of it? It would be great to hear from you below.

7 comments on “Why we’re in love with Whyte mountain bikes

  1. Niko on

    Not riding one yet but waiting to get my hands on G-160 which I’ll be receiving soon. I was impressed by the looks/geometry; it stood out positively from the crowd of shorter carbon enduro bikes.

  2. Ian C Stewart on

    Hi there I bought a 2017 Whyte T130RS and I need to know what type of bottom bracket tool I need. Can you help?

  3. David McDade on

    I have a 2017 G160s and the left chainstay has 2 worn bearings, are these covered under Whytes guarantee as I’m not the original owner but the bike has done very little.


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