Whyte CX gets ridden for first time
A while back we revealed the latest development from UK brand Whyte, a prototype cyclo-cross bike.
The new cyclo-cross bicycle is still very much in development, but it was ready enough for Whyte’s racer Billy Whenman to give it a full outing at the recent Trail Break CX Sportive.
Speaking to Bikemagic about the new cyclo-cross sportive and how the Whyte prototype performed, Billy said: “The sportive was great fun, a good mixture of road and off road, hills and flats which pleased everyone and was a great training session. The Whyte cyclo-cross bike dealt with the course perfectly: it was light to attack up the hills, stiff to sprint out of the tight country lane corners and single track en route, and I had the stopping power of a mountain bike which made confidence and the ability to ride quickly on all terrain a lot greater.”
While actual details on the new bike are very thin on the ground, we do know that it utilises the new UCI (the International Cycling Union) rulings on the allowance of disc brakes. It also makes use of the growing trend for BB30 bottom brackets and 1.5in tapered headtubes, allowing the Whyte designers to build a stiffer frame than would normally be possible.
We asked Whyte head designer Ian Alexander to tell us a little more about the new bike:” Well, at the moment we’re running initial ideas on geometry and setup. I’ve come at the whole concept from an MTB design perspective rather than the conventional road one, so this winter we’ve put a few thousand miles on half a dozen frames to evaluate. It’s looking good so far.”
So the new bike looks to be on track to be a hot new addition to the Whyte range. There’s no word on availability or pricing yet, but stay tuned to Bikemagic as we’ll bring you the latest when we get it.