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Whyte 146 S – first look

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At Whyte’s product launch in Cannock last year we got the chance to ride the outlandish 146 X, an eye-wateringly capable sub-25lb bike that is the epitome of the perfect trail bike. To say it can do everything would be an understatement.

At five grand though it isn’t cheap, so we were keen to see how the same frame dressed in a specification that makes the price a little more affordable would ride. Costing £2999 the 146 S uses exactly the same carbon fibre frame as the on the X but with a smattering of SRAM X9 components, a Fox 32 Float 150 RL FIT fork, Avid Elixir 7 brakes and aluminium Easton XCT-70 wheels to keep the price down.

Travel is 146mm with Whyte’s Quad Link 2 sandwiching the Fox shock between two sturdy linkages, with the new y-shape top linkage giving vastly increased leg clearance over the previous bike. The carbon swingarm gets modular dropouts and comes with a 12mm bolt-through setup as standard.

The main frame features a dramatically swooping top tube and short seat tube extension giving plenty of standover, and Whyte’s own large lever seat quick release is the most ergonomic we’ve ever used. Up front is a tapered head tube, cables are routied along the underbelly of the downtube and there’s guides for a dropper post.

Full review coming soon…

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  1. mike

    Hot! But can you buy the frame on it’s own?

  2. simon spragg

    So whyte continue the “Marin of old” quad link, whilst Marin bikes go for the Taiwan “lets all look like a Trek”. Just proves the marketing men are driven by the Taiwan manufacturing techniques both having nothing whatsoever to do with bikes! BUT Whyte stay true to form and continue to build for the sake of the old art. Whatever this bike rides like its GREAT to see they beg to be different. There are just too many very capable BORING sort of doitall bikes around…..

  3. Alpha

    Got an old 2007 E5 and it’s a cracking bike so good to see they’ve not jumped ship also.

    The perfect all weather do it all FSer I’m sure this is no different.

    I want longer forks on mine, like that slack look :)

  4. Dob

    Got an 09 Wolf Ridge (second one) it floats like a butterfly on the full sloating sus, so fast and smooth downhill and s track – still just don’t understand getting rid of it other than aesthetics. Looks like Whyte understand me… looks like I’ve found my next ride :)

  5. Vinny

    Totally agree with the thoughts here. Looked on Marins website today thinking well the vision has gone the way of mass market but no wolf/quake?? I have an 08 wolf ridge and love it. Waiting for the 146works demo to come available at my lbs. Like Dob this may be the next rig can’t read enough about it till then, sad eh?

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