By Colin Dennis
Sizes: S M L XL
Size tested: M
If looks are anything to go by, then the Whyte T-130 RS is onto a winner, but with its impressive spec and UK design emphasis you know this all-round trail bike is going to be much more than just a pretty face.
With the development of the single chainring set up now becoming more and more widespread across many cycling disciplines it makes sense that it moves into the trail bike end of the riding spectrum. And what a nice setup the T-130 has. Whyte are sensibly sitting on the fence when it comes to wheel size. The T-130 only comes in 650b, no real problem with that option. Trail orientated, all-mountain, mountain bikes surely are all about compromise, aren't they?
Single Chainring or (SCR) is the buzz word with the T-130. Gone is any sign of the front mech, clean and simple lines enhance what was an already good-looking bike, but the real improvement here is the pivot point that sits close behind the seat tube is now much wider, and allied to the symmetrical chainstays has become much stiffer, resulting in a better performing bike. Can’t be bad.
The T-130’s groupset is based around Shimano’s evergreen XT components with a 30mm alloy axle RaceFace Turbine Clinch chainset and RaceFace BSA bottom bracket to crank up the pizza-sized 11 – 42 rear cassette.
Rockshox has the monopoly when it comes to taking care of the suspension on the T-130. The 130mm travel at each end encompasses a Monarch Debonair RT3 with adjustable rebound and compression to soak up the rear while a set of Pikes eat up the bumps at the front. Combine these elements to a set of WTB Trail Boss 2.25 tyres, terra firma stands no chance of spoiling the ride