British company Whyte really do know their trail bikes, and the latest 900-series hardtail range gets upgraded to 650b wheels
On paper it’s a bike that looks to deliver the thrills trail riders really look for in a bike. The smaller wheels has allowed them to bump fork travel up to 130mm, a good thing. It has a slack head angle, short chainstays and it gets a longer top tube designed with the stubby 60mm stem in mind. Whopping 750mm bars too, which means you don’t need to swap the bar and stem on this bike before hitting the trails. That shows Whyte know their target audience well.
The Whyte 905 is the mid-range model with a 6061 hydroformed aluminium butted frame, tapered head tube and RockShox Revelation RL, 27.5 in fork. With Shimano Deore and SLX components with a Shimano Shadow Plus rear mech and Race Face Ride 2×10 chainset and Shimano BR-615 hydro disc brakes to complete the package.
What Whyte have to say
More than a decade of insistent innovation and cutting edge development. Bike test awards and rave reviews on an annual basis. Something we’re very proud of here at Whyte and the reason you’ll never find us resting on our laurels.
Pushing the accepted performance limits is our constant goal and having a small and streamlined design team makes us fast on our feet and uniquely responsive to rider demands and new technological opportunities. It means we build the bikes we all want to ride, not the ones accountants and marketing departments would tell us to.
So while our 2013 line is the biggest Whyte family ever we’ve lost none of that crucial focus. Our bikes still handle better, last longer and cope with the UK’s uniquely challenging riding demands more easily than any others. It’s just that now, even more riders like you – and like us – can find their perfect bike in our range.
Uncompromising performance is an easy statement to make. Genuinely pursuing that goal with total contempt for the accepted limits - be they material and technological or even aesthetic and financial - is definitely not the easy path. But since when has the easiest route been the best or most enjoyable option?
From the first radical, ultra-smooth PRST-1 through the multi-award winning, long-travel 46 to the current benchmark 146 X and 29c models, we've never listened to market analysts or accountants - just riders. Riders like you.
That's why we make sure our beautifully engineered, light and tight bikes are still always engineered for every tough, technical situation that might come your way. Our bearings are warranted for life in the wettest UK conditions. Our component choices are proved and perfected by lapping Cwm Carn day after day. Our massive mud clearances are calibrated so that wheels will still go round as the Malverns becomes a mire for the fifth year running.
Whyte Mountain Bike
The Whyte Mountain bike brand was conceived to create the best performing mountain bikes and design the most technically advanced bikes available. For more than a decade Whyte have been at the cutting edge of development. Mountain Bike test awards and rave reviews have put Whyte on top on an annual basis. It is something they are very proud of at Whyte and the reason you find them pushing the accepted performance limits and never resting on their laurels. They have a small and streamlined design team which makes them fast on their feet and uniquely responsive to rider demands and new technological opportunities. Whyte bikes are designed to handle UK’s uniquely challenging riding demands more easily than any others.