Best of British – tested and scored.
Whyte’s Terrific T-129 S
Whyte’s Marvellous M-109 S
Whyte’s Sensational Stirling
Whyte’s Xtraordinary X729
Whyte’s UK designed bikes tried and tested by the UK’s most respected mags and websites.
Once again read all about why the Whyte T129-S was What MTB’s Trail Bike of the Year, courtesy of Bike Radar.
“Fuss-free suspension and top value kit produce fantastic flow, and make the Whyte our clear winner”
We first met the all-new 120mm 29er at a washed-out Whyte 2013 press launch in Cannock Chase, the Midlands. If we’re honest it was eclipsed on the tighter, stop/start trails by the 100mm travel M-109 S. But as soon as we hit the more testing trails of Wales it was obvious that this was the bike the other 24 in the What Mountain Bike Trail Bike of the Year lineup had to beat.
On the whole, the geometry of mountain bikes (within a given category/style) doesn’t vary too much. But occasionally a manufacturer will push the conventions and the results can go either way. Whyte Bikes are not afraid to take things a bit further than most, with some unique frame geometry, and the 146 S embodies this.
We recently laid eyes on the top-of-the-line ‘Works’ version of this bike at the Thredbo round of the Flow Rollercoaster under the very quick NSW rider, John Odams. It seemed to be working for Jon, and the bike’s striking looks grabbed us right away so we got on the blower to line one up for testing.
What makes the Whyte a little different when compared to other all-mountain bikes of similar travel (146mm rear / 150mm front), is its very long, low and relaxed geometry. The head angle sits at 66-degrees – a full degree slacker than most 150mm-travel bikes – and this drops to an even more relaxed angle once you factor 30% rear suspension sag into the equation. The rear end is quite long too, and the rear-centre distance increases under suspension compression as well. Add in the roomy top tube measurement and the wheel base isn’t far shy of some downhill bikes.
What should this mean? Stability at pace, essentially. Of course you’d expect the flip side to be recalcitrance at slow speeds, but who knows? We know the Quad-Link rear suspension design delivers excellent traction under pedalling, and the complete bike weight of just 12.3kg is mighty impressive, so perhaps the 146 S will out perform our expectations on the climb.
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We are delighted to say that our Whyte T129 – S has won the coveted What Mountain Bike, Trail Bike of the Year.
Congratulations to all the team!
5/5 and overall win in Trail Bike of the Year.
“Fuss – free suspension and top value kit produce fantastic flow and make the Whyte our clear winner.”
“Fast enough up short climbs to make me drop the seat for cornering, poised through corners and neutral through the bars to snatch back traction, well equipped yet very upgradeable…Whyte’s T-129S was the clear winner…”
“Testers who hadn’t ridden a 29er felt instantly at home on technical trails!”
- What Mountain Bike.
Whyte T129 – S – a capable, fun, good value trail bike!
Huge value and great fun, the T129 – S is a proper stormer, this kind of geometry plus big wheels is a winning combination!
Read the latest CTC Magazine to discover just why they love the Whyte T129 – S, a trail 29er that you can ride hard all day!
The tester and editor actually bought a Whyte M109 after this review.