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Whyte Somerset Women's 2017

Whyte Somerset Women's 2017

  • Compact frame endurance road bike for shorter riders
  • Fits most women and shorter guys too
  • Whyte disc brake road bike

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Product Description

Whyte Somerset Women's

The Somerset is the first compact frame bike in Whytes RD-7 range of 'Sports Road/Commuter Disc' AKA Commuter Road Bikes.

Compact fit
With its shorter reach to the handlebars and its extra stepover height, the Somerset is primarily designed for women. However, Whyte describe this bike as 'Compact-Fit' rather than 'ladies' to underline the fact that it could be the perfect bike for shorter guys too.

RD-7 Commuter Road Bikes
Building the frame with custom drawn hydroformed tubing and specifying an alloy fork with a tapered steerer ensures this bike is as lightweight as a similar-priced dedicated road bike.

Full mudguard and rack compatibility means that this road bike could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike.

The Whyte Somerset therefore offers much of the versatility that makes cross bikes so attractive. The RD7 Road Disc Bike difference is that Whyte have built the Somerset frame to classic road bike geometry (72.5 degree head angle and 74 degree seat tube angle in 51cm size) to create a bike with true road bike fast-steering agility and acceleration potential.

Chainstay disc brake mounts
The disc brake is chainstay-mounted, rather than conventional seatstay-mounted. This innovation enables Whyte to build a more comfortable frame with slimmer, more vertically compliant seat stays.

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.

Mechanical Disc Brakes
Being cable operated, like conventional rim brakes, mechanical disc brakes can be easier to work on than hydraulics.

Full mudguard and rack compatibility means the Whyte Somerset could easily double as a fast touring / commuting / everyday bike.

Stronger Wheels
Whyte deep section rims are lightweight, strong and contribute to the bicycle's authentic road bike looks.

Shimano Sora STI transmission
Shimano Sora Dual Control STI shifters integrate the gear levers with the brake levers. STI allows you to shift through the gears without taking your hands off the brake hoods, so you experience no loss of control or momentum when you change gear.

With its 32/48 chainset and its 11-34 cassette, the Whyte Somerset offers a wider gear range than a regular road bike, to help 'flatten' steeper climbs.

Aluminium Custom Tubing
The premium grade 6061 aluminium Whyte use has been specially developed to allow for hydro-forming (where hot oil is pumped through the tube at pressure to fine-tune its profile).

Every tubes is custom drawn to Whyte's own specifications. This translates into thinner tube butting profiles over the entire length of the tube, and means that for the same strength, stiffness and fatigue characteristics, Whyte can engineer a lighter chassis.

Whyte hydro-formed aluminium frame designs concentrate on creating the most efficient shapes for the chassis, whilst retaining an elegant overall design profile. Take the seatstays and chainstays. As well as being internally butted to reduce weight, the stays are shaped to enhance comfort and maximise tyre and mud clearance.

'Whyte Somerset
The Somerset's compact geometry makes for a more comfortable female-focused fit. Combined with lightweight aluminium tubing and an 18spd Shimano drivetrain you have a bike that loves the hills.

A strong alloy 6061 frame, with mudguard and rack eyelets, combined with deep section RD-7 wheels and disc brakes will give years of reliable all-season performance.

Ergonomic Wing handlebar, combined with tuned bar width and stem length make for a comfortable fit.

Drop bar commuter / anyroad

The RD-7 series of drop bar road bikes are an exercise in versatility: fast but robust; comfortable but competitive; ready for anything. Got a 10 mile commute to work? The RD-7 is the perfect partner. Need a winter training bike? This is the bike for you. Touring? You bet. Fancy an American-style gravel grinder? With clearance for even bigger tyres, we've got that covered too.

All bikes come with disc brakes for efficient, powerful braking whatever the conditions. Combined with comfortable 28mm tyres and endurance geometry, these are bikes for road riders with a sense of adventure. If that sounds like you, look no further than the RD-7.

Women's Bike Sizing Guide.

Technical Data
Whyte Somerset Women's 2017 
Frame6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Internal Cable Routing with BBX and Flat Mount 160 Chainstay Disc mount
ForkAlloy fork, Alloy tapered steerer, Flat Mount disc brake mount, Internal Routing, Fender eyelets
HeadsetFSA No. 23 Integrated Road, 1 1/2" lower Sealed Cartridge Bearing and 1 1/8" upper Caged Double Sealed
Rear HubAlloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 32 Hole
Front HubAlloy, Cup & Cone, Double Seal, 28 Hole
SpokesWTB 2.0mm, Black Sandvik Stainless with Black Brass Nipples
RimsWhyte Disc Road 20mm Deep x 20mm Wide, Offset Section Rim, 32 Hole Rear and 28 Front, 3M Reflective Decals
TyresMaxxis, Rouler 700x28C, 60tpi, wire bead , Maxxshield K2 + Silkworm
Shift LeversShimano ST-R3000 SORA, 9 Speed
Front MechShimano FD-R3000 SORA, 9 Speed
Rear MechShimano RD-R3000 SORA, 9 Speed
CassetteShimano HG-300, 11-34, 9 Speed
ChainShimano HG53, 9 Speed
CranksetFSA Vero Adventure Pro, Solid Forged, MegaExo, 165mm, 48-32
Bottom BracketShimano BB-ES300, Octalink
SeatpostWhyte 20mm Offset, 27.2mm x 350mm, 3D Forged 6061Alloy, 2 Bolt Clamp
SaddleWhyte Custom, Triple Panel Design
HandlebarWhyte Road, 31.8mm, Compact "Wing" Bar
StemWhyte -6 Deg/6 Deg, 80mm 47cm/49cm, 90mm 51cm, 100mm 53cm
GripsWhyte Anti Slip with 3M Reflective logos on tapes
Front BrakesDecode R Mechanicals, Flat Mount, Linear outer cables with Kevlar Reinforcement, 160mm Rotor
Rear BrakesDecode R Mechanicals, Flat Mount, Linear outer cables with Kevlar Reinforcement, 160mm Rotor
Brake LeversShimano ST-3000 SORA
PedalsFibre Reinforced Composite Platform


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