Our sister title What Mountain Bike magazine has crowned Whyte’s T-130 RS its new Trail Bike of the Year for 2016, calling it a “a new benchmark for flat-out character and full-gas speed in an easy-pedalling mid-travel package”.
The team put 25 of the finest machines priced £2,500 to £3,200 through their paces after asking manufacturers to simply send us what they consider their best trail bike – meaning that contenders weren’t constrained by wheel size or suspension travel.
Slacker and longer geometry makes for a monstrously capable machine
While our testers have loved the extended top tube length and low/slack geometry of Whyte’s 900 series’ hardtails and its T-129 and G-150 full-suspension bikes, its 2015 T-130 bikes remained relatively short and – if we’re honest – frustratingly conventional. However, Whyte promised something significantly different when it opened the doors on its demo van for a preview last year.
The 2016 T-130 is a whole different beast, with no trace of conventional geometry compromise. The long 631mm top tube that gives it high-speed-confidence contrasts with the ultra-short, single-ring-specific, Boost-148mm-hubbed 420mm chainstays at the rear end.
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