Taking advantage of SRAM's 1X groupsets, the Whyte G-150 now has a wider pivot stance to improve stiffness and clearance.
From the moment we first saw SRAM’s single-ring XX1 groupset back in 2012, we knew it would only be a matter of time before bike designers took advantage of the new technology to influence the frames of the future. Sure enough, after Whyte announced its single-ring specific T129 a few months ago, here’s another one — the long-travel gravity/enduro G-150 S.
Designing a bike around the 1×11 SRAM drivetrain is a brave move as it limits choice for the consumer, but eliminating the front derailleur does allow you to make some bold changes to the frame. Firstly, Whyte is able to run symmetrical chainstays, which are much stiffer than the conventional asymmetrical versions you see on bikes with front mechs. No front derailleur in the way means the main pivot can also be wider, and this puts less leverage on the bearings, so they should last longer. The straight chainstays mean that pedalling is much more direct, and losing the derailleur, chainring and all the other paraphernalia associated with front shifting also saves about half a pound in weight.
While re-designing the swingarm, Whyte also took the opportunity to tweak the G-150 S’s mainframe. The straight pipes on last year’s bike are now shaped and curved, there’s a fully sealed integrated seat clamp called InterGrip, and the dropper routing now follows a more direct route through the down and seat tube (you can actually see it cross between the tubes in the pictures) rather than into the seat tube from the side. The same frame is shared across both G-150 models, the S here and a top-end Works version that retails for £3,999.
“Last year, we were amazed at how Whyte was able to offer such a high level of equipment for the money — and this year it has upped the ante even further”
When we tested the cheaper G-150 last year we were amazed at how Whyte was able to offer such a high level of equipment for the money — and this year it has upped the ante even further. Highlights include the RockShox Pike fork, Monarch DebonAir RT3 rear shock, a full SRAM X1 groupset and the latest SRAM Guide disc brakes. Whyte has even ditched the eight-year-old WTB Wolverine rear tyre for a more up-to-date Trail Boss to complement the excellent Vigilante on the front.
There are plenty of longer-travel trail bikes on the market with SRAM 1x11 as standard, but most also come with the redundant frame architecture for a front derailleur, usually in the form of an ugly direct mount half way down the seat tube. In comparison the Whyte G-150 S just looks a lot cleaner and sleeker, and the fact that it’s also stiffer, lighter and better specced goes to show that sometimes less really is more.