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Whyte S-120C RS First Ride

If you want a proper pinner that charges enduro-hard on descents but is still efficient enough to hold its own in a marathon XC situation, Whyte’s new 120mm 29er literally stretches what you can expect from a short-travel bike.

To keep development costs down, Whyte uses the same frame on its S-120 and T-130 bikes. All models have an aluminium rear end too, but the carbon mainframe saves a significant 650g over the alloy equivalent.

The radically-stretched reach (480mm on the large) is 5mm longer than on Whyte’s S-150 enduro bike and the head angle is equally slack, at 65.5 degrees. While sections such as the top tube are slimmer, the stays and pivot points are properly chunky.

At 2,600g without shock, the frame is relatively heavy compared to other 120mm trail/race options such as Scott’s Spark or Intense’s Sniper.

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Anthony Thompson
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