Whyte steps into new territory with 29er enduro rig
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 WhyteRussell Eich / Immediate Media
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
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
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 hereRussell Eich / Immediate Media
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 29erRussell Eich / Immediate Media
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.