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www.road.cc review the Whyte Montpellier

by on Jan.31, 2012, under Whyte R7, Whyte Reviews


Whyte Montpellier @roadcc “All in all it’s an excellent ride”…”well built and enormous fun to ride”.

“First impressions are that this is a light bike. It’s not 16lb like the original Montpellier was, but it’s still sub-20lb and it shows”.

“What is noticeable is the slack geometry, and not in a bad way. It’s a lovely stable bike, which goes where you point it. I was worried that the head angle would make the steering feel a bit mushy, but there’s none of that. Even with the amusingly named Ultra Narrow bar – ‘only’ 58cm wide – the steering feels direct and responds well to your input. The upright position means that there’s not a lot of weight over the front wheel, but even so the front tyre grips well and the bike never feels vague”.

“You could ride this bike all day, no trouble at all. It’s comfortable, efficient and easy to pilot. The transmission is excellent, with well defined shifts and good feedback. The frame is exceptionally stiff through the bottom bracket and chainstays so you never feel like you’re wasting your input”.

“All in all it’s an excellent ride. There’s lots to like about the Montpellier and if you’re in the market for an expensive urban bike then I can recommend it. Admittedly that’s a bit of a niche but equally, this bike would do for a light tourer, or a flat-barred ‘crosser if you’re not a serious racer. It’s a pretty versatile platform. The main reason not to buy one would be that you can have the next bike down, the Stirling, for £600 less, and at £999 it sneaks under the cycle-to-work limit too. Okay you’ll have to make do without your Hope bits, and it’a a bit heavier overall, but I can’t shake the feeling that if it was my money I’d be hard pressed to justify the extra expenditure for what is, in nearly every sense, a very similar machine. I’m guessing they’ll sell a lot of Stirlings and the Montpellier will remain a low volume range topper, albeit at a lower price and higher volume than the previous year. That doesn’t make it a bad bike though, it’s very well built and enormous fun to ride”.
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Our bikes…racing the Whyte Saxon Cross.

by on Jan.26, 2012, under Whyte CROSS, Whyte News, Whyte Racing

Here’s a picture of the bike I have been racing in the Western Cyclo-Cross Series this winter.

It’s done 10 CX races in that series, from 6th September 2011 through to 15th January 2012, all over the western area, from Bristol to Cheltenham to Swindon.  Courses have varied from fast to technical, wet to dry, hot to cold and in each it’s performed really well over the 55 minutes race duration.  Only the final race in Gloucester was marred with a start line puncture caused by a small thorn collected on the warm-up laps beforehand!  Other than that the races have gone well with no crashes, thanks to the fine handling and some good results in the Veterans category, gaining enough points to finish 3rd overall in this series. That has been the best result in several years of having done this type of cycle racing and much of that can be attributed to having ridden such a great bike for cyclo-cross competition.

- Pat Alexander, Whyte R & D

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Wildman Duathlon win for Whyte.

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Whyte News, Whyte Racing

Chapeau Cedric…

I raced the Human Race Wildman duathlon yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with an easy win, almost 3 minutes ahead of multiple (aquathlon) world champ and elite triathlete Richard Stannard. The success was built on the 1st run as I had a 2 min lead entering T1, but I also I did the best bike split on my Whyte E-120XT, despite a stuck chain that cost me a good minute, and despite the guys behind riding 29ers, which on a rolling course like that was a massive advantage. But yesterday was one of those days when you never get tired and you feel invicible. I kept on waiting to blow up but instead felt powerful and always in control. One to savour, and a fantastic way to kick off 2012!

- Cedric Lassonde


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Our bikes…MTB legend and his Whyte T120.

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Whyte News, Whyte T120

Our very own MTB legend, Paul Lazenby and his Whyte T120.

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Off – Road Sportive In Association With Whyte.

by on Jan.23, 2012, under Whyte News

CX Sportive Events
New CX Sportive events for 2012
Plus: New South Downs Super CX, March 10th

Woodcote CX Sportive
Woodcote (Chilterns), Jan 29th 2012

40k 60k and 80k distances at this event

CX Sportive

Contact us:
0118 988 6041


It’s back! One year on, the instant hit of 2011, the Woodcote CX Sportive returns THIS SUNDAY January 29th! Featuring 80, 60 & 40k routes, this is a fast and firm circuit, perfect for the depths of winter!

The rugged Chilterns lanes combine with metalled farm tracks and the choice of the areas best tracks and trails to produce an excellent and highly ride-able winter treat! The backbone of the ride is on tarmac and hardpack, with just enough rough stuff and technical spice to keep it interesting. The varied route never lingers too long on one surface; there’s always something around the next corner to liven up your ride! And as ever, the ride will feature full and comprehensive route marking, feed and support stations and electronic rider timing, and there will be hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, plus free SIS energy drink.

Woodcote CX details and entry

Open to any bike!

CX Sportives are open to cyclo-cross, MTBs road bikes, hybrids; anything you can make suitable for a fast mix of road and rough stuff! Click here to find out more…

More CX…

New for 2012, on Saturday 10th March, join us for the South Downs CX Sportive! Expect a challenging set of routes with 80, 60 & 40k options as usual, a healthy mix of road and rough in the big Hants & Sussex hills, plus a few guest appearances from the South Downs Way itself! An unmissable ride!

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CX Sportive returns this month!

by on Jan.19, 2012, under Whyte CROSS, Whyte News, Whyte Racing

CX Sportive Press Release Latest events news and information from cxsportive.com

CX Sportive returns to the Chilterns for January



A year on from it’s inaugural event, CX Sportive returns to Woodcote in the Chilterns on Sunday January 29th. An instant hit in 2011, this years Woodcote even is set to be even bigger, with places filling up fast.

CX Sportive is an exciting new format for the winter season, and the Woodcote in the Chilterns, north of Reading is an ideal combination of surfaces for the event. The course mixes winding back roads with byways, tracks and a few short tougher and more technical off road links that will certainly bring the heat! CX Sportive will suit the weapon of choice from your bike stable. It’s ideal for your cross bike, but equally suitable for your XC MTB, 29er or even road winter training bike, tweaked for a little rough stuff…

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Whyte noise…Bike Radar videos.

by on Jan.19, 2012, under Whyte 146, Whyte 29ER, Whyte News

Check out all the latest from The London Bike Show, including the Whyte 146 X and Whyte 29 C.


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Our bikes…Whyte Caledonian

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Whyte C7, Whyte News

Continuing the series about our bikes and why we ride them…this is Pat’s Whyte Caledonian set up for his daily commute to the Whyte R & D facility.

What a work horse, design and function in the ideal commuting package.

“I got it to test ride a non-spec sample front fork, then went back to the standard fork and carried on riding around town.  Just added mudguards and a rear rack and it’s been a very reliable steed. The disc brakes work great, ideal for quick stops when carrying a lot of luggage around. Tyres have had very few punctures (glass chips mostly).  Still on original brake pads and chain, after 18 months continual use and just some extra chain oil now and again.  It still feels nearly as “tight” as a brand new bike”.



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Latest Trail Break news in association with Whyte.

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Whyte News

All the latest news with Trail Break in association with Whyte…

Following on from the success of our summer 100k and 65k rides, we’re extending our enduro rides to our full, year round calendar! For the winter months, in associaton with Whyte Bikes, we are proud to present the Whyte Winter 50s!



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Whyte noise – adventure racing.

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Whyte News, Whyte Racing

This weekend I took part in the 4th round of the Open Adventure Open5 race series.  I’d been looking forward to this one for a while as it was on the Quantocks, which is the area where I grew up and I always love going back home and hitting the hills on my e-120!  My local riding spot didn’t disappoint either.  The Open5 races are five-hour MTB / Running races where you have to collect as many checkpoints as possible within the time-limit.  I probably enjoyed the riding a little too much though…  At one point I deliberately took the long way round in order to ride Smith’s Combe (well I’d come all the way from Manchester so wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to ride my favourite descent).
By the end of the ride I was beginning to feel the effects of the Christmas period – and I still had a fair bit of running to do.  The run was going surprisingly well and with 20 minutes to go I began making my way back to the finish (there are heavy penalties for being late).  While making my way cross country back (think trogging up the side of a valley through gorse bushes), my thigh cramped and as I went to stretch it, so did the other one!  So crippled, off the paths and with about a mile or so left to run things weren’t looking so good.  Then, as quickly as they had come on, the cramps went again and I was back on my way.
In the end I was slightly late back but I’d had a great day on the hills and intend to use this race as a kick-start to get back into some proper training for the year ahead.
Ed Toogood
Whyte Adventure Racer
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