When the Whyte PRST-1 was released in June 2000, it was hailed by EVERY review we read as the best cross country MTB ever. A bike that couldn't help but make you a better rider. Not only did it inspire experts, here was a bike whose neutral handling helped build the confidence of complete off-road novices too. A truly advanced factory ride for anyone prepared to spend 2 grand. The launching of a Shimano Deore-equipped Whyte PRST-1 for £100s of pounds less must therefore be this year's best news for intrepid off-road explorers.
Deore offers 90% of the performance of Shimano XT for half the price. Otherwise the PRST-1 remains as wondrous as ever.
- 4”-travel PRST-1 aluminium monocoque frame based on Marin's single-pivot Mt Vision (also designed by Jon Whyte).
- Plus Fours forks: ie 4-bar linkage forks. No telescoping legs means no lower leg flex or stiction. Unlike a conventional fork, which moves up and down, the Plus Fours move up and back in a J shape so trail remains constant. The forks' construction is as flawless as the mainframe - the linkages move on identical lifetime-guaranteed bearings.
- For that final works'-bike trick feature, the Big Gripper dropouts combine the torsional advantage of oversized through-axles with the convenience of QRs.
Whyte 6061 aluminium monocoque. Fox Float R rear shock 4" travel
Plus Four 4-bar linkage suspension fork with Vanilla R shock 3" travel
Mavic 221 rims
SRAM 9.0 hubs
IRC Notos Kevlar-bead tyres
Shimano Deore 27-speed Rapidfire Plus shifters
Shimano LX rear/XT front gears
|Shimano sealed bottom bracket|
Shimano Deore chainset 22/32/44t
Avid SD 3 V-brakes & levers
Answer XC Riser bars on Whyte Aheadstem
|Saddle:||SDG Comp Bel Air saddle on Whyte seatpost|
15.5, 17, 19"