Whyte G160 Works 2017 | Bike Check

September 2nd, 2016

By Andrew Dodd in Bikes,Tech

Whyte G160 Works – British Born Enduro Ripper!

On a recent trip to North Wales, we popped in to see Neil Halcrow – who runs the Whyte Bikes Enduro race team, as well as racing in it himself.

We noticed he was building up a brand new Whyte G160 Enduro race bike – so took it outside to get a few shots.

Have a drool over the shots…

Whyte G160 Works

The Whyte G160 Works just looks right – it’s long, low slung and incredibly neat looking. With a UK research and development team that are out riding prototypes in UK conditions – you can be sure that this rig is 100% dialled i n for UK shredding.

The Whyte G160 Works is the big brother of the awesome T130 that we tested a while back and is based around a 160mm travel platform, and is designed specifically for Gravity Enduro racing and riding.

Here’s the main facts:

  1. 6061 T6 aluminium SCR front triangle with tapered head tube and Intergrip integrated seat clamp.
  2. ISCG ’05 chain guide mounts
  3. Alloy symmetrical SCR rear triangle with Boost 148mm drop outs
  4. 160mm of rear wheel travel
  5. Rockshox Monarch Plus Debonair RC3 shock
  6. Rockshox Lyrik RCT3 160mm fork
  7. SRAM Eagle 12 speed drive train
  8. SRAM Roam 60 BOOST wheelset
  9. Maxxis High Roller II 2.4 3C EXO tyres
  10.  66degree head angle
  11. 74.3degree seat angle
  12. 1231.7mm wheelbase (size large)
  13. 425mm chainstays
  14. 655.9mm top tube (size large)
  15. 616mm Stack, 495mm Reach (size large)
  16. £4799

Neil Halcrow has been on the scene for nearly two decades, and in that time has built up one hell of a man cave – we’ll be taking a look in there soon at some of the coolest bike trinkets you’ve ever seen.

If you’re in need of help at the races, Neil is one of those guys that will go out his way to help you. He’s definitely one of the sport’s good guys.

Whyte G160 Works

The Intergrip integrated seat clamp and rubber seal on the seat tube is the nicest design out there. It works brilliantly, looks neat and keeps the shit out.

Whyte G160 Works

The Whyte G160 Works features trademark Whyte bearing caps – which you load up with grease to keep water away from the bearings. Perfect for wet and shitty UK conditions.

The tapered head tube design looks really neat and has internal cable routing that can be tailored the way you like. Also fairly uniquely to Whyte, are the Crud Catcher bosses on the downtube – nice!

Whyte G160 Works

The Rockshox Monarch Plus Debonair shock feels amazing on the back end of the Whyte G160 Works – very supple offering a lot of grip, and a nice progressive feel for sucking up those big hits.

The Whyte G160 Works – like all Whyte bikes – is designed with UK mud in mind – the whole frame design has nice big spaces for mud to fall through – you won’t find any annoying pockets for mud and crap to clog your ride.

The internal cable routing is neat and tidy too – allowing cables to have the most direct route without having annoying bends in the cables that can create problems later on.

The Boost rear end wasn’t included to allow for plus size tyres – it’s there to give an extra 3mm to the chain line and offer massive mud clearance. Even with a big old 2.4 tyre – you won’t have any problems on the G160.

Whyte G160 Works

Neil’s been a lifelong Shimano SPD user, so it was cool to spot some spanking new Crank Brothers Mallet E pedals on his bike. Change is always a good thing – and the Mallet E is a fine pedal for the type of riding that Neil does.

All Whyte bikes have a well thought out selection of components – they are chosen carefully to make sure the bike has the best things it needs – as opposed to the Product Manager speccing the bike as cheaply as they can in order to maximise on profit. The Whyte G160 Works might be just shy of £5k, but check the spec out – there really isn’t anything you would need to change on the bike. Just as it should be for a high end race bike like this.


Are you a Whyte Bikes fan?

What do you think of the Whyte G160 Works 2017 model?

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