Inspired by Whyte rider Lachlan Swyer and the excellent video he shared with us earlier this week, we’re running a new competition. To enter, send us a link to the best video clips you’ve got featuring you and/or your friends on your Whytes, wherever you ride.
We’ll make a compilation of the best ones and award a Whyte T and Water bottle to everyone who submits footage that we use.
The small print: Please upload your clips to your preferred video website (eg: Vimeo, YouTube etc.) in the highest resolution you have and send us a link to it. Either email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org or include the link in a private message to us on our Facebook page.
We’ll compile the best clips into a professionally edited video and post it online. All clips we use will be credited on screen in the final edit.
We are not just after MTB footage – send us something from your daily commute or family ride instead if you like. Helmet cam stuff is great, but we’d also like any other riding shots or footage of you and your friends getting your bikes ready for the ride. Also, shots taken by someone else of you riding your Whyte would be great too. Anything goes really – just please remember to wear a helmet and ride your Whyte safely and within your limits. (We’re not looking for clips for “You’ve Been Framed”…)
We’ll accept submissions until 10th March and aim to get the final video edited and online by the end of March. Winners will be informed then.
Thanks and good luck – we can’t wait to see your clips!
What Mountain Bike magazine reviews the Whyte M-109C “Fast, fun and UK-proof, Whyte’s semi-carbon speed machine puts the excitement into epic…”
According to What Mountain Bike magazine the Whyte is “a serious singletrack fun machine with map-crossing efficiency and durability at a bargain price.” They go on to say in the Summary “Alongside a naturally effervescent and rudely entertaining nature on technical trails, the carbon Whyte can hang with the pack in classic cross-country pain-cave situations just fine too. At close to 25lb with light wheels it picks up speed easily. Once you’ve found the pressure sweet spot it sucks an impressive amount of traction and speed-sustain from rough rock and bolder-studded moorland trails. This is exactly the sort of terrain that kicks all the momentum out of less compliant bikes (and hardtails) in metres, and we relished the arrival of rougher sections on fast-paced group rides. The same confidence and surefooted smoothness pays big crash-saving dividends on those final sections of a long epic when you’re dog-tired and your reflexes are trailing behind you, as well.”
Read the complete review in the March edition of What Mountain Bike Magazine – out now.
TESTER SAYS… “If you turn up at races feeling like the token mountain biker amongst a bunch of roadies, and relish ripping past them on every stretch of singletrack or technical descent, this bike’s for you. It’s light and efficient enough to tuck in behind the turbo trainer freaks on the climbs, yet confident enough to destroy them on the descents. It’s also a real blast to ride every day, whether it’s an hour down the woods on Wednesday, or a weekend bunkhouse raid. Guy”
We are really excited to confirm our intention to run a 4 man team in the U.K. Gravity Enduro 2014 series riding the sensational new Whyte G150 Works bikes.
The G150 Works bikes Powered by SRAM are aimed squarely at this exciting and relatively new category of riding and if the series entries are anything to go by, the interest should be sky high. With over 500 signings in the first 2 hours of opening and the first 3 rounds sold out by the close of play that same day with 1120 entries!
Combining youth and experience, we have an enticing squad covering 3 categories: Junior, Elite and Masters and this includes the reigning 2013 Overall Junior Champion Peter Lloyd – as well as Ben Price, Martyn Brookes and our very own Neil Halcrow (ATB Sales Ltd Sales and Training Manager)
We are also delighted to be able to confirm that the team will be using the superb Osprey back packs as well as Torq fitness performance products and Sweet clothing and protection, all helping the team perform to their optimum.
Everything is coming together nicely and our Whyte team are busy making final preparations for the forth coming Season. We can’t wait! More updates and official team launch detail and images to follow shortly.
Riders (from left to right in pictures above) Ben Price, Neil Halcrow, Martyn Brookes and Peter Lloyd.
Peter Lloyd – Racing in the Junior category and the current Junior overall UK Gravity Enduro champion. We are really excited to have this prestigious talent on board this year. He has been working his way up the rankings over the last couple of years. He started riding seriously 3 years ago and has since finished 3rd overall in the Under 18 category in 2012 and then took the overall win in 2013 thanks to a season of consistent riding. This off season he has been training hard and is hungry for podium finishes and wins in 2014.
Ben Price – Ben is an elite XC rider who joins the team having made the switch to Enduro racing in 2012. A gap in the XC calendar saw him racing the Mega Avalanche which had him hooked on the discipline. His XC fitness combined with an ever developing technical ability has seen Ben perform well finishing inside the top 10 at a number of the Uk’s main Enduro events. Ben will be balancing riding on the Whyte Enduro team in the elite category with managing and racing on the Whyte Supported TORQ Performance MTB Team.
Martyn Brookes - Martyn is a former elite XC rider who was renowned on the XC circuit for his high level of technical skills, he has had a number of high placing in the Mega Avalanche, including a 37th place finish this year. Martyn has only recently started racing Gravity Enduro in the UK but at his 1st ever round of the UK national series finished 3rd in elite, beating a number of full time professional riders in the process! He is an exceptionally talented rider both physically and technically. He is planning to be a regular podium contender in the elite category in 2014.
Our very own Neil Halcrow (Sales & Training Manager) will be racing in the Masters category. Neil has been mountain biking for over 20 years, formally racing in Endurance 24hr XC event before making the switch to Enduro and mini downhill races 3 years ago and steadily making his way up the rankings in Masters. Neil is extremely at home in the mountains riding steep technical mountain descents and never afraid to get his wheels off the ground.
Neil’s 2013 Enduro season ended abruptly regrettably breaking his wrist during round 3 but after a winter of hard training and physio, Neil is keen to work his way back up to the top 5 in Master for 2014
The latest MBR hit our doormat this morning featuring a review of the Whyte T-129S.
“The Whyte T-129S is a blisteringly fast bike and such tremendously good fun to ride. It pedals efficiently, climbs effortlessly and carries speed on flat, relatively smooth trails better than any other bike in this test. It’s also more lively and playful than ever, thanks to the new shock tune combined with the ultra-short chainstays. Factor in the generous build kit, and it’s easy to see why this is such a popular bike”
Read the full review in mbr March 2014
More about the T-129 here
Pre-season winter warm-up event this weekend for 2 members of the all-new Whyte 2014 Gravity Enduro Race Team.
Reigning under 18 UK Gravity Enduro Series Champion Peter Lloyd has his first outing this weekend on his Whyte 909 race bike as a newly announced member of Whyte’s UK 2014 Gravity Enduro Race squad. He’ll be racing alongside Neil Halcrow, known to many as one of our very own Whyte regional Sales Managers. They will both be warming up for the coming Season by competing in the Llandegla night Enduro this coming Saturday.
Racing on his custom T129s for Whyte bikes in the Masters Category, Neil is keen to get some challenging competition under his belt as preparation for what’s to come.
Event details here: http://minienduro.tv/2014/01/enduro-night-race-llandegla/
More details about the new team coming shortly…
More info about the 909 here
More info about the T-129s here
Details are now confirmed for first few demo ride events starting March 1st, with more events to be confirmed soon. Contact the organising retailer to book your place. Hope to see you there!
1st March, Mountain Trax event at Caesar’s Camp in Aldershot. Please contact email@example.com or call 0118 976 1130 stating the models, sizes and preferred time slots. Demo rides begin at 9am with the last booking at 4pm. All rides must be completed by 5pm. Time slots begin on the hour. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of your first booking to allow for registration. Caesar’s Camp, Bourley Road, Aldershot, Hampshire. Nearest postcode is GU11 1PZ
8th and 9th March, Leisure Lakes event at Cannock Chase. All bikes are available on a first come, first served basis! Please be aware that you will need two forms of ID and a helmet to test any of the bikes on demo. Pre-booking not required. Location is Tackeroo Campsite in Cannock (WS15 2UA) This is a fantastic location just 10 mins away from the M6, junction 12!
15th March, Noah’s Ark, Brimscombe. Demo rides will be available from about 10am on the day and will run all day so make a day of it and test ride that bike you’ve had your eye on for a while…don’t forget to bring your riding kit and helmet! Bourne Mills, Brimscombe, Stroud, GL5 2TA Telephone: 01453 884738
16th March, Bertie Maffoons, Marlborough. For more information please call the shop on 01672 519119
23rd March, Cycleworks Guildford event at Holmbury St Mary. Call to book on 01372 363665. Rides on the hour every hour – from 9:00am. Please arrive 30 minutes before your allocated ride time to allow for correct setup. Holmbury Village Hall, Felday Glade, Holmbury St Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6PG
Our demo fleet will include:
2014 FULL SUSPENSION BIKES
- Whyte G150: small
- Whyte G150: medium
- Whyte G150: large
- Whyte M109C carbon: medium
- Whyte M109S: small
- Whyte M109S: medium
- Whyte M109S: large
- Whyte T129 Works: small
- Whyte T129 Works: medium
- Whyte T129 Works: large
2014 HARDTAIL BIKES
- Whyte 29CS carbon: medium
- Whyte 29CS carbon: large
- Whyte 806: small
- Whyte 909: small
- Whyte 909: medium
- Whyte 909: large
Whyte bikes are delighted to announce our collaboration with Club Vass Active Holidays, purveyors of fine windsurfing and activity holidays in sun-drenched Greece since 1987. For summer 2014 they’ve installed a full fleet of the latest group-test-winning Whyte 901 trail hardtails. Their specialist MTB centre allows free use of their high spec bikes throughout your stay, for guided or independent rides. Club Vassiliki’s immediate surroundings are renowned in the mountain biking world, with plenty of scope in this stunning, unspoilt terrain. The less experienced (beginners and intermediates) may opt for gentle exploration of the unlimited range of tracks in the beautiful valley and olive groves. And for the more hard-core, there are plenty of challenging hill climbs and mountain tracks.
more information about Club Vass here
more information about the 901 here
find your local Whyte dealer here
“Our test time on the Whyte was backed with a constant soundtrack of roaring tyres, scattering gravel and howls of laughter. Even freeriders who hated the idea of riding a hardtail were soon converted and cackling…” Complete review available in Feb 2014 MBUK – available now.
Read more about the 905 here
Find you nearest dealer here
It may be wet and windy at home in the UK right now, but Down Under it’s the height of summer – and in an attempt to bring you some of that Australian sunshine we’re very happy to share Enduro magazine’s new review of the Whyte M-109. Download the PDF below, or read the Verdict highlights here: ”Although the M-109 may be Whyte’s first attempt at a 100mm travel 29er dually, they’ve already outdone themselves. The M-109 is playful, ridiculously adept at going flat-out downhill and its modern geometry package delivers the composed ride Whyte said it would. While I was initially sceptical as to whether these traits would pay off for the more XC-focused rider, I am completely sold on the concept of having a bike that remains confident even when you’re not 100% on your game, say, in the latter stages of a marathon event… Regardless of your competitive intentions, the M-109 is simply a great XC bike for covering lots of miles, and covering them quickly.” The 2014 M-109 range is available from your local Whyte dealer now.
More about the M-109 here
Find your local Whyte dealer here
Congratulations to the Whyte Powered Adidas TERREX Prunesco Adventure Racing Team – 3rd in the World’s
Adidas TERREX Prunesco, ARWC 2013 World Championship, Costa Rica – Dec 2013
After an epically gruelling 7 day race, Team adidas TERREX Prunesco finished with American team Tecnu in a tie for 3rd place.
The Whyte Bikes powered team had to overcome much adversity in the race, including a freak rear mech breakage on the last bike, which resulted in borrowing a local farmer’s bike and then catching Tecnu with just a short Raft to the finish.
“Our bikes are usually more reliable than us, so it was a shock to break a rear mech – despite this setback and borrowing a local’s bike we managed to catch Tecnu before the end of the race, and after 7 days of racing and only a rafting section to go, we all agreed to finish together”.
The course had started at the Panama border with a bike ride to the pacific coast. After some marathon paddles, including a challenging one through mangroves, the course went inland, via the World’s longest Zipline – a 2km, 90kph thrill ride, to the highest point in the country, Cerro Chirripo. At over 3800m this is a peak of alpine proportions but due to the tropical latitude felt more like the hills in the UK.
After a monster 36 hour trek, the course headed towards the Caribbean, via a cracking rafting section, then another monster paddle. Turning back inland from the famous Turtle beach at Tortuguero the teams headed on bike for the Nicaraguan border to complete the End to End and Coast to Coast parts of the course.
From there it was a short ride to the final rafting section to the finish at Puerto Viejo. Taking a steady approach early on in the race, the team were outside of the top 10 early on. Getting more sleep than their rivals they pulled through to 6th by the start of the long trek, a lot of places being gained on a very hilly 110km ride to the base of the main mountain. The Whyte 29er CS hardtails performing brilliantly on this stage.
After the trek the team was up to 4th and the first to get caught in the darkzone before the raft (rafting grade 4+ in the dark is not a good idea !), this put the team near a day behind the leaders, and allowed some teams behind to catch up. However the team had a great sleep and a big feed which allowed them to power back up to 4th and start gaining on the leaders. After Kiwi team, Seagate withdrew the team was up to 3rd and then had their epic battle with Tecnu and the rear mech issue.
By the end of the race the team were only 8 hours behind the leaders, and with a further day of racing would off caught them.
All in all a great result, the second best by a UK team, only eclipsed by their own win in 2009. Next year sees the World Champs move to Ecuador which will no doubt provide another epic course.
Team adidas TERREX Prunesco would like to thank their sponsors, adidas, Prunesco, ATB Sales/Whyte Bikes, Exposure/USE, 9Bar, Paramo, OMM Packs and Power the Machine Nutrition.