Whyte Bikes debuts 150mm travel 29er

Carbon front triangle and new pivot design highlights this capable trail bike

29er All Mountain Trail Sea Otter Classic

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Whyte S-150

The Whyte S-150 is an all-new 150mm travel 29er available in August.

Launched in the U.S. in October 2015, U.K.-based Whyte Bikes is one of several direct to consumer brands offering top shelf design, performance and component spec at retail pricing as much as 30 percent less than leading competitors. Started in the early 1990s by Jon Whyte, a former Benetton Formula 1 design engineer, Whyte has since become a household high performance bike brand in Europe, boosting the outstanding overall value of this direct to consumer brand.

Whyte S-150

The S-150 features a carbon front triangle and alloy rear triangle with sleek looks.

Just in time for Sea Otter, Whyte is showing off the all-new S-150, a 150mm front and rear travel 29-inch trail bike with all the right geometry numbers and beautiful design aesthetic, highlighted by little details like their signature frame integrated seatpost clamp with rubber outer seal to keep out the elements.

Whyte S-150

Pivot and linkage enhancements should improve pedaling efficiency and stiffness.

Besides the impressive 150mm travel, the S-150 consists of a carbon front triangle with alloy rear triangle and a new pivot and larger diameter bearing design for better performance. The S-150 will feature the all-new RockShox Pike up front and the new Metric Deluxe rear shock.

Whyte S-150

ISCG tabs but no provision for a front derailleur, so 1x only on the S-150.

The bigger news is with the geometry, boasting a rather slack 65.5 degree head tube angle and short chainstays at 435mm, ensuring this big wheel bike will handle with the same agility as their award-winning 27.5-inch T-130 trail bike. Boost front and rear hub spacing accommodates wider tires and a flat mount rear brake makes setup easier. The S-150 features ISCG tabs but no provision for a front derailleur, so 1x only.

Whyte S-150

Pricing and full specs for the S-150 will be available in July.

Since this photographed bike is the only S-150 in existence as of right now, full specs and pricing details will be available in early July, and bikes will be ready to ship by August. Expect the S-150 to be very competitively priced even with top of the line componentry. Stay tuned to Mtbr for a first ride look at this exciting new trail bike from Whyte.

For more information, visit www.whyte.bike.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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  • p brig says:

    As usual absolutely nothing innovative coming out of Europe since WW2.

    • alejandro martillo says:

      Nothing innovative? Please show me the competitive bikes with 65.5 deg HA, 29 inch wheels and 150mm travel. This thing is going to mow down technical terrain like its not even there.

  • thegodfther says:

    While I disagree with p brig, the Whyte’s may not be groundbreaking, but by all accounts, the combination of geometry and suspension performance makes for an outstanding package and a great trail performer. These bikes are dialed. With that said Alejandro, take a peek at the Trek Slash and Evil Wreckoning if you don’t think there are already some seriously capable, long travel 29ers in the wild.

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