Whyte 19 frame review£549.00

Quick and inspiring

BikeRadar score4/5

The Whyte is a singletrack winner thanks to its handling and versatility. The inset head tube keeps things low up front while multi-shaped and double-tapered tubes throughout maximise power transfer and accuracy.

The hinging dropouts allow singlespeed chain or geometry adjustments – just don’t catch your shorts on the big seatpost quick-release.

While the frame is light and responsive, the head angle is a slack and stable 67.7 to 68.2 degrees with a 120mm (4.7in) fork as recommended.

With a stiff bolt-through fork plugged in you can nail it into corners or sketchy sections with confidence. It’s more predictable than longer-travel lightweight frames, particularly on steep climbs or descents.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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