Whyte T-140 RS: First driving review
The Whyte T-140 is truly the classic trail bike in the Whyte line. Enough travel to tackle most things, but with a focus on maneuverability and efficiency to keep you happy to be in the saddle for as long as you have the time.
- Mark: why
- Product: T-140RS
- Price: To confirm
- Of: Whyte Bikes
- Review by: Ross Tomorrow for a few hours
This is a first driving test in the truest sense of the word. Due to school dropouts, late arrivals, road closures, and various other issues, Benji and I not only arrived late, but also missed the official bike presentation.
That then left us with a few hours to not only ride, but to photograph the bikes and all that, so this is by no means a comprehensive review.
But hey, we beat the pants for as long as we could. And it turned out to be a really fun bike that was so much more than the sum of its parts suggested.
Setting up for the ride was a fairly quick and faff-free affair. The T-140 I rode actually belonged to Whyte’s product manager and had been loaned to another rider before I arrived, so after a cursory check of sag levels and seat heights it was fine to leave. The fork sat at about 20 percent and the rear at my favorite 30 percent, although once I started riding I think it was actually a little over 30 percent.
I’m about 183cm and the T-140 test was a size L. Heading numbers (in the High setting) have a 483mm reach, 435mm chainstays, 65.3° head angle and a 76° seat angle, with a 338.1mm bottom bracket height.
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- Frame // Alloy 6061
- Shock // Fox DPS Performance Elite Evol LV, 210×47.5mm
- Fork // Fox Float 34 Performance Elite 140mm2 grip
- wheels // RaceFace AR-30
- Front tire // Maxxis Minion DHF WT 29×2.5in EXO 3CMaxxTerra
- rear tire // Maxxis WT 29×2.4in EXO+ 3C MaxxTerra dissector
- Pedalboard // SRAM X1 Eagle 32T 170mm
- Shifter // SRAM GX
- Rear mechanics // SRAM GX Eagle
- Cassette // SRAM NX-Eagle 11-50t 12spd
- Brakes // Guide SRAM G2 R 180/180
- Stem // Whyte Gravity 35mm
- Bars // Whyte 6061 alloy 31.8mm 780mm rise 30mm
- Handles // Whyte Lock-ON Enduro
- Saddle stem // Why DropIt II 170mm
- BB // DUB SRAM
- Size tested //L
- Sizes available // M, L, XL
- lester // N / A
Geometry of our size L test bike:
- head angle // 64.7°/65.3°
- Effective seat angle // 76°
- Seat tube length // 445mm
- Head tube length // 135mm
- Base // 435mm
- Wheelbase // 1249.5mm
- Efficient top tube // 636.6mm
- BB Height // 330/338.1mm
- Reach // 483mm
|Tested:||by Ross for a few hours|
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