Whyte 901 review

A hardtail that's ready to handle tough trail riding

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,199.00 RRP | AUD $2,600.00

Our review

Whyte's 900 series frame is still the hardtail benchmark for XC agility and speed with black run bomber attitude
Buy if, You're looking for a bike that's DH-ready and can handle steep and technical trails
Pros: SCR frameset and bigger tyres boost already subtle frame smoothness and SRAM NX is great
Cons: Sektor fork is out of its depth before the rest of the bike gets into its stride
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Whyte’s trail hardtails have set the bar for XC style responsiveness with enduro style trail swagger for several years now, and the latest 2017 season 901 goes wider with both metal and rubber to amp up the attitude even further.

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After being one of the first major manufacturers to fully exploit the advantages of a single ring transmission with their dedicated SCR full suspension frames, Whyte has now gone SCR on the 900 series frame too.

That means a wider Boost 148mm thru-axle back end and chainring spacing so the snaking chainstays can squeeze a 2.5in tyre in but still stay super short. Whyte’s new BBX cable routing is particularly neat and dropper post ready if the spray sealed Big Gripper seat clamp isn’t enough adjustment for you.

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The Whyte 901 climbs as tenaciously as it descends

It’s certainly a bike that you’ll want to be DH-ready instantly, as the super stretched top tube, low bottom bracket and slack head angle let you attack steep, technical or fast and flowing descents like a Stuka.

29mm WTB rims and 2.4in tyres that come set up tubeless as standard add buoyancy and impact protection under the already subtly supple frame too. The highly evolved frame and single ring transmission means it’s still a very light and responsive bike when you put the power down and with a surprising amount of traction from the fast rolling Riddler tyre it climbs as tenaciously as it descends.

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The 29mm WTB rims and 2.4in tyres come set up tubeless as standard
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While the broad rims let you drop pressures lower in the supple sidewall tyres without them squirming and losing shape, the Sektor fork soon gets pushed to its limits by the 901’s addictively aggressive ride. That makes the Yari fork (and dropper post) equipped 905 well worth stretching your budget to if you can.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 901
Brand Whyte

Available Sizes S M L XL
Weight (kg) 12.7
Rims Whyte Trail 21
Saddle Whyte alloy
Seat Angle 72.5
Seatpost Whyte custom
Shifters SRAM X5 (2x10)
Stem Whyte Gravity, 50mm
Spoke Type 32 WTB Sandvik
Rear Tyre Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 27.5x2.2in
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.01
Chainstays (in) 16.73
Seat Tube (in) 17.91
Standover Height (in) 31.69
Top Tube (in) 25.12
Wheelbase (in) 45.67
Rear Wheel Weight 2670
Rear Hub Whyte
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Front Derailleur SRAM GX
Brakes Avid DB3, 180/160mm rotors
Cassette SRAM PG 1020, 11-36t
Chain SRAM PC 1031
Cranks SRAM S1000, 36-22t
Fork RockShox Sektor Gold RL Solo Air
Frame Material Hydroformed, multi-butted 6061-T6 aluminium
Front Hub Whyte
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX
Front Tyre Maxxis Ardent EXO TR 27.5x2.25in
Front Wheel Weight 2110
Grips/Tape Whyte lock-on
Handlebar Whyte, 750mm
Head Angle 66.5
Headset Type FSA
Frame size tested M