Low 'n' Slack
Mountain bike frame geometry is steadily evolving with slacker head angles becoming more commonplace.UKframe designer Whyte has long been a proponent of slack angled trail bikes, and their geometry still remains more relaxed than most. As the name suggests, the T120 is a 120mm travel trail bike. It employs a 68-degree head angle for confidence inspiring stability in rugged terrain or at higher speeds. The Quad Link suspension system (a variation on the short link four bar theme) allows Whyte to balance suspension suppleness and pedalling efficiency. Up front the main frame is made from ‘magnesium enriched aluminium’ while the swing arm is monocoque carbon. Whyte say that the current version is 680g lighter than its predecessor—our photo sample weighed 3,410g (bare frame without the thru-axle). Replaceable threads in the brake mounts are a nice touch while the modular 12x142mm dropout design serves to ‘future-proof’ the swing arm for any new axle systems that appear in years to come. As a frame only the Whyte T120 will sell for around $2,000.
Carbuta Pty Ltd 0439 902 770 / www.whytebikes.com