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Whyte Dorset 2017


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Whyte Dorset 2017

Whyte’s 21st century disc brake road bike is equally fit for weekday commutes and weekend sportives.

With its TRP HyRd cable-operated hydraulic disc brake, its carbon fork and its Shimano 4700 Tiagra shifters and mechs, the Dorset is a great choice if you're looking for a cross / gravel / adventure bike with extra speed potential.

Upgrades from Whyte Sussex

  • Carbon forks are lighter weight and are more shock absorbent than steel or alloy forks. Carbon fork blades are also stiffer for more precise steering.
  • TRP HyRd cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes work with conventional brake levers, yet they offer the adjustability and power previously reserved for hydraulic brakes. The advantage of this system over any previous cable-actuated disc brake system is that the pads are much easier to set up at an optimal distance from the rotor without rubbing. These brakes automatically self adjust so the pads move closer to the rotor as they wear down. This means that TRP (Tektro Racing Products) HyRd disc brakes maintain optimal performance over the whole life of every set of pads (just like full hydraulic brakes).
  • To quote's review'TRP Hy/Rd disc brakes combine cable actuation with hydraulic power right in the calliper. They're powerful, easy to live with and the best solution so far for disc brakes with conventional brake/gear levers.'
  • Given that a set of TRP HyRd front and rear brakes retail at around £200, opting for the Whyte Dorset is a very worthwhile upgrade.
  • Cartridge sealed bearing hubs make for smoother-rolling wheels.
  • Shimano Tiagra shifters boast concealed cable routing under the bar tape (previously reserved for Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105) for a neater finish, while the front mech's longer link arm delivers faster gear shifts.
  • The Dorset rolls on Schwalbe S-One 700x30 tyres which are highly rated by, for instance, RCUK.

Same as Whyte Sussex

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.

Flat Mount dropouts
For flush disc brake mounting.

Strong Wheels
Whyte deep section rims are lightweight, strong and contribute to the bicycle's authentic road bike looks. The rims' 3M reflective decals enhance safety. 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.

Mudguard and Rack Compatible
Full mudguard and rack compatibility means the Whyte Dorset could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike. Custom dropouts enable Whyte to mount the rear hydraulic disc brake caliper inside the rear triangle, making it rack and mudguard compatible. Whyte even make their own RD7 mudguardsto match this bike. If you want mudguards and/or any other extras fitted, let us know when you order the bike and we will customise it to your requirements at no extra labour charge.

Whyte Custom-Drawn Hydroformed Butted Aluminium Tubing
Whyte premium grade 6061 aluminium frame tubes are hydro-formed - a process where hot oil is pumped through the tubes at pressure to fine-tune their profile.

Every tube is custom drawn to Whyte's own specification - thin walled where it can be, thicker walled where it has to be. Custom drawn hydroformed tubing helps make Whyte frames among the lightest weight and most comfortable at every price point. ​
We've grown up riding and racing the tough roads and tougher weather of Britain, but only now have we been able to make the perfect bike for not just surviving but thriving in these conditions.

The latest research proves that tubeless 30mm tyres are as fast as skinnier tyres on typically rough road surfaces but far more surefooted and comfortable. The precise fingertip feedback of hydraulic disc brakes means assured descending confidence whatever the last cloud or tractor dumped on the next corner. Wide range gearing lets you spin efficiently where you used to struggle, so you hit hill after hill fresh not broken.

A collection of components is useless without the frame to match though, so in the words of our former Elite, UCI ranked road racing designer Ian, we've created the ultimate "21st century British road bike.” Light, aerodynamic and precise steering for searing speed, but with the rear stay and 27.2mm seat post compliance to fight fatigue all day.

Naturally it's got ample clearances for large volume tyres and all the weather sealed, non frame-rubbing DOX internal cable routing wisdom of our MTBs. We've even designed our own flush-fit mudguards because you're never far from rain even in July and we know this is a bike you'll want to ride every day for sportives, Strava, fitness or just because serious performance is seriously fun.

Whyte Dorset at a glance

  • Performance Specification
    The Dorset benefits from Shimano's 10-speed Tiagra groupset, with a wide-ratio cassette to make getting up the hills a breeze. On the descents, reliable TRP Flat Mount disc brakes will slow you down.
  • Versatile and Durable
    Whether you're commuting longer distances, winter training or entering summer sportifs, the Whyte Road Disc range offers Cyclo Cross durability with pure Road geometry.
  • All-Season Performance
    A strong alloy 6061 frame, with mudguard and rack eyelets, combined with wide section Offset Rimmed RD-7 rims and TRP Hydro/Mechanical disc brakes will give years of reliable all-season performance.

Road Bike Sizing Guide.

Technical Specifications

Whyte Dorset 2017 
Frame6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Internal Cable Routing with BBX and Flat Mount 160 Chainstay Disc mount
ForkStraight Bladed Carbon Front Fork, Tapered Alloy Steerer with Internal Hose Routing and Flat Mount Dropouts and with eyelets for Mud Guards
HeadsetFSA No. 42 Integrated Road, 1 1/2" lower and 1 1/8" upper Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Rear HubAlloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 32 Hole
Front HubAlloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 28 Hole
SpokesWTB 2.0mm, Black Sandvik Stainless with Black Brass Nipples
RimsWhyte Disc Road 20mm Deep, 20mm Wide, Offset Rim, 32 Hole Rear and 28 Front, 3M Reflective Decals
TyresSchwalbe S-ONE, 700x30C, 30-622
Shift LeversShimano ST-4700 Tiagra, 10 Speed
Front MechShimano FD-4700 Tiagra, 10 Speed
Rear MechShimano RD-4700 Tiagra, 10 Speed
CassetteShimano CS-4700 Tiagra 11-32, 10 Speed
ChainFSA Team Issue, 10 Speed
CranksetFSA Omega 34-50, 10 Speed, Compact Double
Bottom BracketFSA Mega Exo
SeatpostWhyte 20mm Offset, 27.2mm x 350mm, 1pcs 3d Forged 6061 Alloy, 2 Bolt Clamp
SaddleWhyte Custom, Triple Panel Design
HandlebarWhyte 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 BrakesTRP HyRd, Flat Mount, Linear outer cables with Kevlar Reinforcement, 160mm Rotor
Rear BrakesTRP HyRd, Flat Mount, Linear outer cables with Kevlar Reinforcement, 160mm Rotor
Brake LeversShimano ST-4700 Tiagra
PedalsFibre Reinforced Composite Platform


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