Since there are no reviews on this bike anywhere, I thought I'd drop a few lines on here with some pics of a lovely sunny morning on the downs today.
Having always got a large bike before, having been on both med and Large. I'd say that the Whyte comes up pretty big, and therefore I ended up on a medium. On the 901 the seatpost supplied is a 400mm, which is ideal as you get enough seatpost for xc/climbing, but can drop it out of the way for more funs stuff. The bike initially felt quite short. not cramped, but definately a lot less cockpit space than on my inbred. The upshot of this was that it's much easier to get your arse over the back wheel, but also get your weight over the front for more techy climbs etc. A side benefit was that, with more weight on the saddle, i didn't get my usual 'numb hand syndrome' that I had got used to on my previous bike.
on the road the bike felt quite snappy and pretty light hopping around on curbs and all that did feel a lot lighter and more eager than I'm used to.
into some woodland and it felt happy on technical(ish) climbs and stable at speed coming down. being the south downs there isn't an abundance of technical stuff, but I'm taking it up to peaslake next week for some more proper trail riding. So Far, I think it's ace. I'd say that the fork (recon 120 with maxle) is nice and stiff, but not the quickest and so on higher speed bumps it could pack downslightly, but I don't ride fast enough usually to make it an issue.
the 901 I have is stock apart from me putting my pro2/717 wheels.
So far, so good, I really like it and it should be a contender for anyone looking for an 1100 quid trail bike. (I honestly preferred it to the Orange crush as it felt really like more of an all rounder)
Some pics (more of the ride than the bike, but it was a lovely day)