Whyte steps into new territory with 29er enduro rig

S-150 C-RS is a long-travel enduro carbon sled from the UK

At this year's Sea Otter, Whyte showed off its new enduro machine, the S-150 C-RS. While carbon-framed enduro rigs are not much of a departure for the UK company, wrapping those traits around 29in wheels is definitely new. 

This slack, enduro, 29er carbon frame is all new for Whyte
This slack, enduro, 29er carbon frame is all new for Whyte

In true British fashion, the big-wheeled Whyte is built for muddy abuse with oversized pivot hardware, a threaded bottom bracket and rubber seals at all possible water entry points on the frame. 

Whyte S-150 C-RS features

  • Carbon front triangle, alloy stays
  • 150mm rear travel with a RockShox Metric RS Deluxe rear shock
  • 150mm RockShox Pike fork
  • ISCG-05 mounts
  • New pivot/bearing system — larger diameter bearings — alloy pivot hardware
  • Collet type lower main pivot axle
  • Flat Mount rear brake
  • SCR (single chainring) — 1x specific frame design
  • Boost axle spacing front and rear
  • 73mm threaded bottom bracket

29-inch wheels are a bit of a departure from Whyte's typically well-sorted 27.5in models
29-inch wheels are a bit of a departure from Whyte's typically well-sorted 27.5in models

Whyte S-150 C-RS geometry

  • HT Angle — 65.5-degrees
  • CS Length — 435mm
  • Stack — (LRG) 641mm
  • Reach — (LRG) 474.4mm

No dainty rear pivots here
No dainty rear pivots here

Aiming for enduro

In addition to the 150mm travel front and rear, the S-150 has all the up-to-date enduro traits: metric rear shock, ISCG05 chainguide frame tabs, room for proper width tires (up to 2.8in if you run 650b wheels) and no provision for a front derailleur.

Even the geometry is on-point, bucking the shorter-is-better rear end trend and adding some millimeters to the chainstay length to center the rider on the frame and add a bit of stability when hitting mach speeds.  

Whyte's S-150 C-RS is a 150mm travel 29er
Whyte's S-150 C-RS is a 150mm travel 29er

Whyte S-150 C-RS pricing and availability

Final specifications and pricing are said to be coming in July for the UK and August for the US. 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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