In The Whyte Corner...
Whyte have been designing and making bikes that are ahead of the curve for a little while now, earning themselves a great reputation in the process. For 2017 they continue this by taking the bold step of scrapping the popular, and UCI legal, Saxon Cross cyclo-cross range and replacing it with two new gravel bikes.
To Be UCI, Or Not To Be UCI
Why limit your fun to what's UCI legal? It seems to be a fairly sensible approach seeing how few cyclo-cross and gravel bikes ever see a race, let alone at a race where UCI rules apply! Whyte were one of the first brands to apply a more relaxed Geometry to their cyclo-cross/gravel bike ranges and it's great to see them continue to be creative and push boundaries.
Tell Me More!
As Whyte have done before, the Gisburn and the Friston frames are both Aluminium with carbon forks and 700c wheels. It needs to be mentioned that they will both take a 27.5/650b wheel should you do desire. Whyte are a British brand who design bikes with British riding conditions in mind which means, large clearances to allow for mud and an internal seatpost clamp to keep water out. Thru-axles and and internally routed hydraulics keep the frame stiff and keep it neat while the Friston sports a SRAM Rival 1x drive-train while the Gisburn uses higher the level SRAM Force 1 kit.
Possibly the most striking thing about these bikes are the handlebars. They come with a cracking set of 50cm bars, which give them the look of a late 80s/early 90s MTB!
A nice little addition to the Gisburn is that of a dropper post. In what seems to be a bit of a growing trend (they've been spotted at the 3 Peaks) with a few UCI racing pros using them where the course demands.
These bikes aren't hanging around, come in and check them out for your next adventure!