Whyte M-109 S, very special with the M-109. Minutes, not seconds carved off our favourite test loops. Incredible control, remarkable momentum, outstanding traction and intoxicating speed. By far, the most accomplished XC bike we have built and a bike that encouraged our test riders to ride further and harder than ever before. For smooth, all-day, map-shrinking speed combined with year-round weatherproof construction, no other 29er suspension bike come close.
Ride and Handling:
The overall weight’s high for a race bike, however the light-weight wheels offset lots of mass throughout acceleration and direction amendment. There’s no flex once you stamp the facility down, therefore whereas it may be left behind on long climbs it holds its own once gaining speed or altitude. Even the low-slung medium gets a generous prime tube for lots of respiratory house even with the short stem.
The Fox shock is utterly tuned for the new Whyte suspension, with the path setting screening out chatter and dust much better than its expeditiously firm pedalling feel suggests it’ll. That enables you to stay the facility exhausting whatever’s happening below the wheel, and there’s none of the get up or wheelspin of previous Whyte styles if you land up the electric power.
Having the center setting therefore sorted suggests that you’ll use the Climb and Descend settings as meant, and once the Whyte points down and also the shock flicks to totally active it disclosed its true abilities.
The combination of swish suspension, associate degree ultra-short face and long, comparatively slack front provides it a fabulously agile and fun feel. With the rear finish tucked in tight, the front lifts simply for drops or transport spherical rising hairpins – and you’ll very ride it dynamically on lipped , hipped, pumping and jumping trails.
The carbon wheels square measure imposingly tight, boosting the accuracy of the solid frame for a surefooted feel that begs you to abandon the brakes and let it rip at each chance. the superb balance and tight following enables you to decide fights with roots or off-camber sections during a most un-29er like method, and you’ll drift the tyres at can.
Frame and Equipment:
Whyte have created a choice to make a fun bike instead of simply a quick one, and whereas it’s not a light-weight frame it’s path robust. The hydroformed alloy tubes embrace an enormous, diagonal prime tube and chunky stays ending in deep U-beam dropouts and a 142x12mm shaft. The chainstays square measure super short despite tight tyre house, the bearings square measure period of time warrantied and it’s pipet post-ready.
The Fox CTD shock and fork prove why they’re the benchmark dampers within the rough, and also the single-finger interference brakes keep a firm grasp on your speed. It’s a similar story with the sunshine however correct, clutch mech-stabilised shift of the interference transmission.
The Whyte finishing kit is tight stuff, with a well-swept flat bar keeping hands low over the inevitably tall forepart. Remarkably, Whyte have managed to incorporate their own carbon-rimmed wheels within the £3,000 worth too, and they’re shod with our favorite fast-rolling Maxxis Ikon tyres.
Whyte’s marathon bike is comparatively serious, however it’s lightweight wherever it matters. most significantly it’s additional controlled, capable and flat-out fun than abundant heavier, longer travel bikes. And to prime it off, the excellently judged kit list makes it associate degree absolute discount.
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|Frame||6061 T6 Alloy Front Triangle with Tapered Head Tube and alloy rear Triangle with E-Thru dropouts|
|Fork||Fox Float 32 Performance 29″ with CTD FIT, 100mm Travel, Tapered steerer and 15QR|
|Rear Shock||Float CTD Performance with Boost Valve and Rebound Ajustment and CTD Adjust|
|Headset||FSA Orbit ZS, 1.5″ Cartridge Sealed Lower Bearing Lower and Cartridge Bearing 1 1.8″ Upper Bearing|
|Rear Hub||Whyte XC-209-C Carbon Wheelset, 32 StSt spokes, 12mm E Tru, 6 Bolt hub with double sealed catridge bearings|
|Front Hub||Whyte XC-209-C Carbon Wheelset, 28 StSt spokes, QR 15, 6 Bolt hub with double sealed catridge bearings|
|Spokes||DT Competition Triple Butted|
|Rims||Whyte X-C-209-C uni directional High-Modulus Carbon, with 1K Shock skin|
|Tyres||Maxxis IKON, 120TPI, 29″ X 2.2″ Folding|
|Shift Levers||Shimano XT, 10 Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano SLX, High Direct Mount, 10 Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed|
|Cassette||Shiamno HG81-10 11-36, 10 Speed|
|Chain||Shimano HG54, 10 Speed|
|Crankset||Shimano XT, Hollow Tech II, 42-32-24, 10 Speed|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano Hollow Tech II|
|Seatpost||Whyte Alloy 2014, 30.9mm x 410mm, 2 Bolt Clamp|
|Saddle||Whyte Custom dual density, triple panel design|
|Bar||Whyte Custom 2014 Alloy, Flat, 700mm Wide|
|Stem||Whyte, 31.8mm Bar Clamp, 70mm S, 80mm M, 90mm L|
|Brakes Front||Shimano XT BR785, 180mm Rotor|
|Brakes Rear||Shimano XT BR785, 160mm Rotor|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT BR785|
|J.Seat Tube||432 (17″)||445 (17.5″)||483 (19″)||521 (20.5″)|