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

Exam Information

Mark: why
Product: T-140RS
Of: Whyte Bikes
Price: To confirm
Tested: by Ross for a few hours

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Wiley C. Thompson