Holy crap, is it 2014 already?? Well given the number of new bikes rolling through Enduro HQ at the moment, we’d be inclined to believe so! The latest rig to show up for testing is the new Whyte M-109 dual suspension 29er, which flew in with a host of 2014 Whyte models that have just landed in Australia. In theory, whilst the Northern Hemisphere begins to buckle down for the oncoming winter season, us Aussies have the pleasure of receiving our shiny new steeds as the trails are beginning to dry out and the days are starting to get longer. But given the recent gale-force winds and predicted thunderstorms forecast across Melbourne this week – we’re not so sure! However, with a calendar chocked full of gravity enduro and marathon events over the next few months, we’ve got plenty of ride time scheduled for the British duallie to see how it performs across a wide variety of trail conditions. – Enduro Mag, Down Under.
“Once again, Whyte’s correctly proportioned geometry with the shortest chainstay length in the industry means genuine progressive 26″ style geometry for the 29er full-suspension age. One ride on our early hand built prototype and we knew we were onto something very special with the M-109. Minutes, not seconds carved off our benchmark test loops. Incredible control, remarkable momentum and outstanding traction. By far, the most accomplished XC bike we have built and one that encouraged our test riders to go further and harder than ever before. Major grouptest wins and international critical acclaim followed in 2013″ - Whyte Bikes UK
Congratulations to Torq rider Neil Crampton for winning the National Marathon Champs on his 29-C!
Chapeau from all at Whyte UK.
“Last weekend saw the 2013 National Marathon Champs taking place on a one lap course in Selkirk, Scotland. This year, TORQ was represented by marathon specialist Neal Crampton who, after a 10th place finish last year and a good winter training, combined with some good early season form, was all set to race. Here is Neal’s report of the event where he was crowned National Marathon Champion ahead of a star studded field of world-class riders… ” – Torq Blog
“This is what Neal had to say of his victory: Selkirk has always been a special place for me. I think I have ridden five Selkirk Marathons and have some great friends there, so it is fantastic that the event has also doubled as the National Marathon Championships for the past two years. For some, the challenge is to win, for others the challenge is just to get round. I shared a few beers in the evening after the event with the couple who claimed the lanterne rouge and, listening to their stories about the ride, they had had just as much fun and just as much of a challenge as I did”. – Torq Blog
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.
What Mountain Bike lap up our new carbon 29er wheelsets.
“…impressive stiffness…ideal for high mileage monster rides.”
- Guy Kesteven, What Mountain Bike Chief Tester.
It seems our own 1st set of wheels are an ideal upgrade for aggressive trail riders and all day marathon riders!