Whyte Bikes have released images and a bit of info about their 2014 range. Most notable is the shift throughout the entire dual suspension line to the same frame architecture as found on the widely-praised T-129 platform, debuted last year.
They’ve also followed the industry trends and brought 650B wheels into the lineup too, replacing the venerable 146 (which we reviewed recently) with the new mid-sized-wheeled G150. The new rear end design makes a lot of sense; it allows for shorter stays, makes room for a water bottle and is easier to maintain.
We do think it’s a bit sad to see the abandonment of the old Quad-Link II frame design though. It was unique and looked like something dreamed up in a sculptor’s studio, a complete departure from the same-sameness that’s creeping into the design of long-travel trail bikes.
When it comes to geometry, Whyte have always had the guts to push things a little further towards the extreme and we think they’re on the money. Long top tubes, shorter stems, wide bars and a bent for descents – progressive and aggressive geometry indeed. We’ve got our name down for a review of the new T-129S shortly.
The new M 109C is Whyte’s flagship cross country and marathon race bike. The front end is carbon, the rear end alloy and it’s claimed to weigh in the mid 11 kgs using Whyte’s own carbon rims (everybody’s doing it!). It’ll only come in a medium or large however, so shorties, look elsewhere.
The G 150 (gee, one fiddy) looks like an industrial weapon, a Panzer tank set to lay waste to your local descents. The chain stays are shorter than Danny DeVito at just 425mm, while the top tube on medium frame measures up at an oh-so-room 613mm. We like the cut of this bike’s jib. Sydney’s Jon Odams has been dominating the NSW Flow Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro series this year on the 146 – will he continue to kick some butt on the G 150?