23rd March 2016

Why We Went With Whyte Women’s Bikes

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Having already come clean on why we love Whyte bikes in general – see our blog – it seems fitting that we should pay tribute to this British company’s uniquely tasteful range of women’s bikes as part of our March celebration of women’s cycling.

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The Whyte Difference: Part 1

Whyte take a unique approach to bike design, whichever style of bicycle they make.

Whyte Strawberry Hill £599

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For instance, the Whyte Strawberry Hill – their only traditional ladies bike – stands out as one of the best-executed examples of a modern, lightweight bike with classic looks.

Whyte All-Terrrain Bikes

Then there are the Whyte All-Terrrain Bikes such as the Caledonian and the Ridgeway:

Whyte Ridgeway ’16 £599

Whyte Rdigeway 16 Womens Bike

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Whyte Caledonian £799

Whyte Caledonian Womens Bicycle 16

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Great all-rounders, Whyte All-Terrrain Bikes are equally fit for the tarmac and unpaved towpaths.

The Whyte difference is that instead of a traditional open frame or a modern women’s-specific diamond frame, Whyte have opted for a partially dropped top tube. This way you get a stiffer, more efficient and hence easier-to-ride bike than one with a ‘ladies’ step-through frame. Plus, unlike many ladies’ frames there’s enough room to fit a bottle and cage. Simultaneously, the Ridgeway has more stepover clearance than any diamond-framed women’s bike.

Compact Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes

Whether it’s a Whyte mountain bike like the 806, or a flatbar road bike like the Carnaby or a drop bar road bike like the Devon, Whyte don’t even refer to these models as ‘women’s bikes’. They call them ‘Compact’.

Whyte 806 Compact mountain bike £999

Whyte 806 Compact 16

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Whyte Devon Compact road bike £999

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Whyte Carnaby Compact flatbar road bike £555

Whyte Carnaby Womens 16 bike

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Take the Whyte Carnaby. This is a fast flatbar road bike with a spec that’s the equal of the men’s Whyte Whitechapel but with a more compact geometry. The top tube is shorter for an easier reach to the bars, and lower to maximize stepover clearance. This compact geometry offers a better fit for the majority of women.

Whyte use the word ‘majority’ to emphasise the fact that the Carnaby’s frame geometry is especially fitting for a woman with proportionally longer legs and a shorter torso than the average man.

Now here’s the rub. If you’re a woman who doesn’t comply to this archetype and you have a long back, Whyte suggest you’ll probably be more comfortable on the non-compact Whitechapel.

Equally true, a shorter guy will often get on better with the shorter-reach Carnaby.

This switchability of bikes between genders (not to mention their good taste) influenced Whyte to finish their compact bikes in ‘adult’ colours, rather than style them (like too many women’s bikes) as though they were designed for little girls.

The Whyte Difference 2

Two other features make us especially comfortable recommending Whyte bikes to women: their obsession with frame geometry and their UK-proof design.

Geometry

When someone rides a Whyte, the most frequent comment is that the bike feels really ‘planted’, as in stable and confidence building, yet also fast and quick steering when required. Creating this alchemy is down to geometry.

‘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 Bikes

UK-Proof Design AKA British Bikes for British Conditions

Every Whyte road bike (flatbar or drop bar) and all-terrain bike will take mudguards, so you needn’t arrive at your destination smattered with road splash.

Even their least expensive mountain bike, the Whyte 604 Compact comes with all-weather hydraulic disc brakes, as does every Whyte Carnaby-style flatbar road bike and every all-terrain bike from the Ridgeway up. Why?

  • Because hydraulic disc brakes work best in all conditions.
  • Who doesn’t want brakes that are virtually maintenance free (bar the odd change of pads) between annual services?

Whyte 604 Compact £525

Whyte 604 16 womens bike

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Best In Its Class

We have become used to seeing Whyte bikes being hailed as the best in their class over the past five years. See reviews (links to PDF).

We believe our latest arrival from Whyte is destined to follow that tradition.

We’re talking about the Coniston – Whyte’s introduction to electric bikes.

In looks and in ride quality, it’s the most bicycle-like e-bike we’ve had the pleasure to test to date.

Taking full advantage of the most-evolved power assistance technology (STEPS -Shimano Total Electric Power System) the Coniston will have you riding uphill at 24 Km/h with minimal effort. Imagine that!

Whyte Coniston Women’s £1999

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See all our women’s bikes

Read our guide, ‘I’m new to cycling and I don’t know what kind of bike I should buy’

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