Whyte


 

R&D  

Our R&D address might be in the Cotswolds, but our real test facilities are city streets and mountain trails all over the world. We work out multi piece carbon lay ups through riding countless laps of Welsh trail centres but have them verified by our race team as far away as the dry riverbeds of Botswana.
Our geometry is fractionally exact because we know it makes us faster and gives us more control, not because we've taken an average of what others have done. We are so confident of our suspension bearings, because we grind them through the same grit and grime you have to for thousands of hours a year. A CAD machine might make the final rendering, but that big lever on our unique seat clamp is there because we got sick of trying to shut a normal one with frozen fingers.

We know the addition of Crud Catcher mounts to our mountain bike frames is a significant one for all of us, because it means our eyes sting less after our lunchtime ride and our tea isn't washing grit off our teeth. We could go on, but you get the idea. Whyte are genuinely a small group of dedicated UK riders, determined to produce the best bikes we can and not afraid to break some rules and set some benchmarks along the way.R and d

 

Geometry 

 

 When we talk about a bicycle's geometry, we're talking about the angles and measurements that determine where the rider is positioned between the wheels, and how the bike connects with the ground. It might sound dull, but it's something we get very excited about at Whyte, and with good reason: more than the components or the frame material, a bike's geometry defines the way it rides. We believe our geometry is the best out there and what sets Whyte apart from the competition in every category. Judging by the reviews, we're right.

The Whyte formula has been 15 years in the making: it's a formula that inspires confidence in beginners and casual cyclists alike, whilst allowing our expert race teams to perform to the absolute limits of their ability. As such, confidence is our ultimate goal when we're designing a bike: whether you're cruising the city's pot-holed streets to get to work or competing at the highest level, we want you to feel secure that you're in charge and not the bike.

 

We achieve this by combining a relaxed head angle (the angle the front fork comes out of the frame) with a longer than average front centre to create a bike that is stable at speed and feels predictable, especially when the terrain gets steeper. To sharpen up the steering response for low-speed precision we spec wide handlebars and short stems. At the back of the bike, we always aim to make the chainstays as short as physically possible to maximise the bike's agility, making it easier to do everything from popping up curbs to boosting through the gnarliest trail obstacles.

It's a formula that works in all situations, whatever your ambitions and whatever your level of skill. Simply put, geometry can make or break a bike: with Whyte's unique approach, we've ensured you'll get maximum enjoyment from every ride.

 

 MaterialsWe make frames from aluminium and carbon fibre, both of which are versatile, high performance materials that are equally at home in the the world's largest commercial aeroplanes as they are in the manufacture of bicycles.

Both materials have their own unique properties, and used correctly can create bikes that have lasting character. Through the combination of engineering know-how, great design and the use of the best grades of carbon fibre and aluminium available, we are able to create everything from the super-stiff structures required for a full-suspension bike, to lively yet comfortable hardtail frames.
Our selection of premium 6061 grade aluminium is perhaps the ultimate refinement of this frame material. The aluminium we use has been specially developed to allow for hydro-forming (where hot oil is pumped through the tube at pressure to fine-tune its profile) and welding, and our tubes are custom drawn to our specifications. That translates into thinner tube butting profiles over the entire length of the tube, and means that for the same strength, stiffness and fatigue characteristics we can engineer a lighter chassis.

 

 

 

 

Materials

Whyte hydro-formed aluminium frame designs concentrate on creating the most efficient shapes for the chassis, whilst retaining an elegant overall design profile. Take our seatstays and chainstays for example: they're internally butted to reduce weight and have extensive shaping and tapering to increase strength and stiffness, whilst generating tyre and mud clearance where it's needed, and offering tangible comfort benefits in use. Very few brands are able to engineer that level of detail and maintain durability: we're proud to be one of the few who go the extra mile.

The performance of any carbon fibre component relies on three things: the quality of the raw material, the integrity of the design, and the precision of the assembly. That's why at Whyte we take complete control of the design process then work closely with some of the world's best carbon manufacturers to bring those designs to life.

 

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History

 1994- The Whyte Design Team is formed and we start working on a full suspension design for mountain bikes, led by Jon Whyte, ex Benetton Formula 1 design engineer.

1995- The design is licensed to Marin and goes into production.

1997- A bike we designed makes history by becoming the first full suspension bike to win a pro-elite XC race. The rider was Paul Lasenby.

1998- We make history again by winning the UK XC Pro-Elite Championship with a full suspension bike.

1999- A Whyte designed bike wins the UK National Championships.

2000- The Whyte brand is formed and we launch the unique and critically acclaimed PRST-1, described by the UK press as "Genuinely stunning". Another publication claimed "nothing matches the all round performance of this bike."

2002- Our PRST - 1 becomes the UK's best selling high-end suspension bike.

2004- We break new ground with the genre-defining Whyte 46, an adjustable travel, lightweight full suspension bike with six inches of adjustable travel front and rear. It scores a perfect 10 and receives highest placed full suspension bike in the Bike of Year Awards.

2005- After 18 months development our first hardtail, the 19 is launched. It has a step-less adjustable rear dropout that allows the geometry to be tuned to suit the rider and trail conditions.

2006- We launch the Whyte E-5, described by What Mountain Bike magazine as "a structural masterpiece, amazingly stiff for its weight" and winning a coveted WMB Gold Award.

2009- Our first Carbon hardtail, the 19C is launched and described by What Mountain Bike Magazine as "probably the most enjoyable 20lb bike we have ever tested."

2011- The Whyte 146 arrives. Conceived as the ultimate "do it all" bike is offers lightweight, full carbon construction and genuine All Mountain performance.

We launch our first 29er and a full range of 700c urban and all terrain bikes.

2012- The Whyte 146S is awarded "Best Long Travel Trail Bike" in the UK bike of the year awards.

We launch our first drop bar bikes - our Cross series.

2013- Our T-129 and M-109 29er suspension platforms arrive along with our first XC hardtails, the X8 and X29 series. The T-129 is awarded ‘Trail Bike of the Year" by What Mountain Bike Magazine.

2014- 650b replaces 26" in our line, with positive effect. The new 905 Trail hardtail is described by MBR magazine as "Simply amazing" and "perfect 650b trail hardtail"