Whyte’s T-130 C Works delivers a carbon upgrade on an already seriously good bike The short-travel trail bike category is the scene of one of the most fiercely fought mountain bike battles we’ve seen in some time. Fortunately for Whyte, the latest incarnation of the T-130 doesn’t pull any punches. Stiffer all round, though small riders will be disappointed
If you’d not guessed it yet, the ‘C’ in the name stands for carbon. Whyte claims the new composite front triangle is 11 per cent stiffer than its alloy counterpart, saving an impressive 580g when coupled with the new symmetrical back end, which is still made from alloy.
The frame is single-ring specific, with no provision for a front derailleur. This has allowed Whyte’s engineers to make the main pivot behind the bottom bracket (BB) wider, bolstering stiffness. The four-bar rear end has been widened too, and now has 148x12mm ‘Boost’ axle spacing. Whyte say this has increased stiffness by a further six per cent. With no front derailleur to worry about, whyte has been able to widen the main pivot, helping to bolster frame stiffness: with no front derailleur to worry about, whyte has been able to widen the main […]