Whyte T-130 trail bike review
Whyte T-130 RS trail bike review
Travel front/rear : 130mm / 130mm
Wheel Size: 27.5
Stand out features: Boost axle space, SCR (single chain ring only), Rock Shox pikes, Shimano XT 11sp. lifetime suspension bearing warranty.
I was Lucky enough to test ride Whyte's latest T-130 RS way back in November 2015 at a Rutland Cycling demo day. I remember getting to the demo day especially early with my SPD clipless pedals in hand desperate to be the first in line to chuck my leg over their latest ride. I was keen to see if this longer slacker beast would be as much fun as initial reports said it was. I smiled whilst handing over my pedals to the bemused rep that was surprised to see me there so early. The rep then handed over the T-130 RS with my pedals attached and I head off into the woods. Half way round into my first test lap a silly grin grew across my face, It was clear the T-130 was something else and I knew I had to buy this bike. I eventually bought the T-130 RS from Rutland Cycling in February and since then it's done uplift days, trail centres and local rides performing without fault and providing me with many miles of enjoyment.
Whyte's latest T-130 has been brought right up to date with a 20mm longer top tube, shorter stem and slacker 67-degree head angle which made for a very confident and stable handling. It climbs well with plenty of traction on tap for those loose technical climbs. The clever guys at Whyte are very forward thinking and quick to adapt to new standards so this latest version of the T-130 has been specced with Boost axle spacing, (new wider axle standard), stiffening things up at the front and rear allowing you to really plough and lean into corners. So that you can shoot out the other side at previously unthought of speeds the predictable and grippy WTB trail boss tyres help here too. The SCR (single chain ring) design allows for a larger main pivot, again helping to stiffen things up even further. The sorted suspension feel is made all the better because of the lifetime bearing warranty. Once the well sealed bearings are due for a change just take the T-130 back to the shop and they'll order you up a free set which of course helps with the maintenance cost.
Shimano XT provides the shifty, stoppie bits with their latest 11 sp M8000 series with RaceFace supplying their turbine cranks and 32 tooth narrow wide chain ring. I Wish there was something I could pick fault with here but I've always been a huge Shimano XT and RaceFace fan and they have performed perfectly, remaining to shift cleanly and stop with control. The 130mm boosted RockShox Pikes, Debonair rear shox and reverb dropper post has been equally faultless. Everything has been meshing well together allowing me to get on with the important task at hand of hooning around with confidence.
I found it really hard to pick fault with the Whyte but it isn't perfect. The first of the two flaws is that the frame is a bit too tight to comfortable hold larger 750ml bottles, even with a side entry bottle cage. The second issue is the Sram Roam 30 wheels, although perfectly fine they can be very vocal and protest at the slightest of sideways landings with a mighty "twang". But this doesn't detract from what is a very capable and fun bike to ride.
Fork:RockShox Pike RC, 27.5", 130mm Travel, Fast Black coating, tapered steerer and Boost 110mm X 15mm MaxleRear Shock:RockShox Monarch Debonair, RT3, Fast Black coating, Adjustable Rebound and Compression
Headset:FSA No. 57E Orbit ZS, 1.5" Cartridge Sealed Lower Bearing and 1 1/8" Upper BearingRear Hub:SRAM Roam 30, Boost 12 x 148mm
Front Hub:SRAM Roam 30, Boost 15 x 110mmSpokes:SRAM Roam 30, StSt Butted
Rims:SRAM Roam 30, 21mm wide 27.5", Full UST RimsTyres:WTB Trail Boss, 27.5" X 2.25" TCS, 60TPI Folding, WTB Riddler
Shift Levers:Shimano XT M8000, I-spec II, 11 SpeedFront Mech:N/A
Rear Mech:Shimano XT M8000, 11 Speed, Shadow Plus, Direct MountCassette:Shimano XT M8000 11-42, 11 Speed
Chain:Shimano XT HG600, 11 SpeedCrankset:RaceFace Turbine Clinch, direct mount 32T chainring, 11 Speed, Alloy with 30mm alloy axle
Bottom Bracket:RaceFace BSASeatpost:RockShox Reverb 100 Stealth, MatchMaker, 30.9 X 380mm
Saddle:Whyte Custom dual density, triple panel designHandlebar:Whyte Custom Alloy, 15mm Rise, 760mm Wide
Stem:Whyte Gravity Stem, 40mm S, 50mm M/L/XLGrips:Whyte Lock-on
Front Brakes:Shimano XT M8000, 180mm Rotor, Internal RoutingRear Brakes:Shimano XT M8000, 160mm Rotor, Internal Routing
Brake Levers:Shimano XT M8000, I-spec II