When it comes to going fast both uphill and down on all day trail rides, today’s bikes are more capable than ever. If you’re shopping for a bike in the XC / Trail bike category, 29″ wheels and 120mm/130mm of travel hits the sweet spot for a lot of riders. This category used to be filled with sketchy riding, long-legged XC race bikes, repurposed for all-day missions, but these days the bikes feature geometry that can blast down the trails just as well as they ride up them. The S-120 model from UK Brand Whyte is a great example of modern geometry in a trail bike package.
It’s not going to race up a hill like a dedicated XC race bike, but the relaxed head angle should make the downs blaze by. The new school geo features a long reach that utilizes a short stem that helps keep controls in a familiar location. If you’re into long technical XC rides, it’s one of a new breed of bikes worth taking a closer look at.
Suspension is handled at both end by Fox, providing 120mm of rear and travel paired with 130mm up front.
Check it out at WhyteUSA.bike