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Whyte Friston 2019 Adventure Road Bike

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Product Details

Whyte Friston 2019 Gravel Adventure Bike

The Friston is Whyte's SRAM 1x11 / tubeless-ready / hydraulic disc brake GX Series gravel/cross drop bar lightweight adventure road bike.

The Whyte Friston proves that going big with 42mm wide tyres, 500mm wide bars and 40t big ring makes for big fun.

Read a customer review of this bike here.

Key Features:

  • Whyte 6061 custom drawn, hydroformed T6 aluminium frame
  • The frame's DOX (dropout exit) internal cable routing is weather sealed, plus it's easier to work with when you do eventually have to change the cables
  • Being discreet and low-profile, the chainstay and fork's flat disc brake mount looks just right on a road bike
  • Carbon fork - upgrading from a metal to a carbon fork is probably the single most significant upgrade you can make on a road bike
  • As well as being lighter weight, a carbon fork will be vertically more compliant to help smooth the ride and laterally stiffer to help prevent juddering
  • The carbon fork also boasts a 15mm through-axle security to minimise the possibility of rotor rub
  • Through axles front and rear - just as mountain bike companies such as RockShox introduced oversized thru-axle dropouts to cope with the twisting forces exerted by a disc brake on a fork's lower legs and dropouts, Whyte have introduced a similar system for their GX bikes
  • The 100x15mm front and the 142x12mm rear thru-axles help ensure perfect wheel retention and alignment and help eradicate the risk of annoying brake rub
  • The SRAM 1x11 drivetrain is the future of simplified wide range gearing - see our blog
  • Better still, the SRAM Rival levers also operate the hydraulic disc brakes. Why you want hydraulic disc brakes
  • WTB Resolute TCS System 700 x 42c tyres with bead to bead Silkshield puncture protection and folding carbon beads will convince you that wider tyres can be better - more on this
  • - especially when the tyres and rims are tubeless ready
  • For all this plus-sized technology, Whyte assure us that the Friston will come in at a respectable endurance road bike weight of around 10kg
  • Frame and fork eyelets mean we can set the bike up for you with full mudguards and a rack to make the bike more versatile for commuting and touring
  • For free fitting of anything to a new bike - please ask when you order it

Whyte Geometry
For all these spec highlights, the most important detail about Whyte bikes is their obsession with frame geometry because it's these angles and measurements that determine where you are 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.

For their G-X bikes, Whyte have taken the best elements of their celebrated mountain bike geometry and adapted it to road bikes.

Long front centre / shallow head tube angle - pushing the front wheel further in front of the rider at a slacker (70 degree) angle to the frame helps the steering ‘self correct’ so you stay on track on the sketchiest downhills.

The steep 74˚ seat tube angle positions you 'over the cranks' to help power you up hills

Furthermore, its low centre of gravity 'glues' the bike to the ground as you swoop through corners.

Short stem / wide bars / short chain stays - Whyte balance the long reach top tube with a short stem (70, 80 or 90mm depending on frame size) so you're not overstretched. Matching the short stem with extra wide (50cm) bars and a tight rear triangle (425mm chain stays) makes for snappy steering made for dodging traffic and potholes whenever the need arises.

Combining all these factors creates a bike that keeps you perfectly centered and in control - the key to maximising the fun potential and your enjoyment of any bicycle.

Here's how Whyte describe their GX bikes

'Our GX bikes are versatility defined. On road, off road or both in the same ride, our uniquely capable, effortlessly comfortable yet efficiently fast Friston and Gisburn bikes set a new standard for any-ride all-rounders.

In fact we’ve pushed the off road boundaries of drop bar bikes so far we’ve had to make our own components such as a 480mm wide bar and 15mm through-axle carbon fork to keep up. That’s because our MTB inspired, relaxed head angle, stretched top tube geometry and even a dropper post as standard on the Gisburn will keep you in control way beyond what most 700c bikes can cope with.

Carefully engineered stays, 40mm tubeless tyres on wide rims (plus the option to fit the latest 27.5in Road Plus wheels and tyres) means exploring your wild side will be endlessly enjoyable, not barely endurable. They’ll still feel fast and efficient when you’re joining dots on the road or navigating city streets not distant hills.

SRAM’s super wide range single ring transmissions and fingertip sensitive hydraulic disc brakes with direct fit 160mm rear rotors for extra power are the perfect component partners to our ultra-versatile design vision. Our unique sealed InterGrip seat post mounts, DOX internal cable and dropper post routing makes them as weather-proof as they are future-proof and means the only limit on what our G-X bikes can do is your imagination.

Whyte Friston

The Friston takes everything we've learnt from MTBs and puts that knowledge into a great value Gravel/Adventure bike package. With hydraulic discs, ground-breaking geometry and SRAM's Apex 1 groupset.

We have applied our unique Whyte frame geometry to the Friston, creating a supremely versatile all-terrain bike. It's equally at home riding your favourite bridle path, winter training or even commuting.

A straight bladed carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube, internal hose routing and 15mm through axle, give this bike great front end stiffness and steering precision.'

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Technical Specifications

Whyte Friston 2019 
Frame6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, SCR, Custom Drawn, Multi Butted, Chainstay Flat Mount 160 Disc Mount, DOX Cable Routing with Inter-Grip Seat Clamp System
ForkStraight Bladed Carbon Front Fork with Internal Hose Routing, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Flat Mount Dropouts and 15mm Stealth Through Axle
Rear ShockN/A
HeadsetFSA No. 42, Integrated Road, 1 1/2" Lower and 1 1/8" Upper Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Rear HubAlloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, XD Driver, 12mm X 142mm Through Axle, 32 Hole
Front HubAlloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 15mm X 100mm Through Axle, 32 Hole
SpokesDT Swiss Champion 2.0mm, Black Stainless, Brass Nipples
RimsWTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 System, Pinned Joint, Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole
TyresWTB Resolute TCS System 700 x 42c, TCS Light/Fast front, WTB Riddler TCS System 700 x 37c Light/Fast rear , Tan Sidewall, Dual DNA Compound, Lightweight Tubeless Casing
Shift LeversSRAM APEX 1, Full Hydraulic, 11 Speed
Front MechN/A
Rear MechSRAM APEX 1, Long Cage, 11 Speed
CassetteSRAM PC-1130, 11-42, 11 Speed
ChainSRAM PC-1110, 11 Speed
CranksetSRAM APEX 1, X-SYNC 40T Chainring, 175mm Crank Length, 11 Speed
Bottom BracketSRAM GXP, 68mm
SeatpostWhyte 20mm Offset, 30.9mm x 350mm, 6061 Alloy, 2 Bolt Clamp
SaddleWhyte Custom, Light Weight Triple Density Base, Triple Panel Design
HandlebarWhyte 500 by Controltech, 6061 Alloy, Gravel riser bar, 31.8mm x 500mm
StemWhyte Alloy, 7° Rise, 50cm 60mm, 52cm 70mm, 54cm 80mm, 56/58cm 90mm Extension
GripsWhyte Anti Slip, Cross Bar Tapes
Front BrakesSRAM APEX 1 Hydraulic, 160mm Flat Mount, Internal Routing
Rear BrakesSRAM APEX 1 Hydraulic, 160mm Flat Mount, Internal Routing
Brake LeversSRAM APEX 1 Hydraulic


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