British brand Whyte Bikes has been one of the more progressive mountain bike companies and its latest G-160 is firmly pitched at aggressive trail riding and enduro racing with a geometry that is slacker, longer and lower than anything it has produced before.
The new G-160 here is an evolution of the old G150. Not only does it get more travel, up to 160mm from 150mm, but the geometry is bang up to date, bringing it in line with rival enduro race bikes. Whyte has also revamped the sizing: every bike is 20mm longer, meaning that last year’s large is this year’s medium. This modern thinking is the defining philosophy of the company, and it’s not just saving the good stuff for its enduro bike - even its short travel T130 and hardtails get similar treatment so that all mountain bikers can benefit.
This is a review of the 2016 G-160 RS. It comes equipped with a RockShox Pike RC 160mm fork, Monarch Debonair RT3 shock, SRAM X-1 gears and Guide R brakes, WTB Asym i29 tubeless rims with WTB tyres and a RockShox Reverb dropper post.
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