For the upcoming CX Sportive this weekend Whyte Bikes have sent us a sneak glimpse of its latest bike currently in development which will debut at the Trail Break organised event.
In an interesting move the company has decided to branch out into the cyclo-cross market with its first ‘cross bike. For the uninitiated cyclo-cross bikes are essentially road bikes modified with wider knobbly tyres and improved mud clearance and, until recently cantilever brakes.
A new ruling by the sports governing body, the UCI, has declared disc brakes can be used in international competition and this move has led to a sudden growth of disc brake equipped cyclo-cross bikes. What this means for us mountain bikers is that now cyclo-cross bikes, which might have initially been of little interest, are a more attractive proposition for addition to our bike collections.
And so Whyte’s prototype ‘cross bike is disc-specific, that much we know. It’s also got a BB30 bottom bracket for stiffness, and appears to use Whyte’s experience in hydroformed aluminium frames. The tubing and geometry are subject to change as this is apparently an early prototype in the ride testing development stage.
Learn more about cyclo-cross here www.bikemagic.com/riding/bikemagics-guide-to-cyclo-cross/9379.html