Review: 2018 Whyte 909 Hardtail – A contender for the one-bike shed?

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When the Whyte 909 turned up at Singletrack HQ, there were two riders particularly keen on riding it. Hannah already owns a Whyte hardtail, albeit a slightly older 901 hardtail, and she was more than interested to see what the latest chubby-tyred version would be like in comparison. And our newest team member, Amanda, was also intrigued by the beefy black Whyte. Given her only off-road experiences (up until now) have all been on the dual-boinger variety, she figured it was the perfect opportunity to see what this hardtail malarky was all about. Over to the ladies! In the UK, Whyte is known for a lot of things to many different people. From our experience of testing Whyte bikes over the past decade or so, we’d probably sum up the brand’s range of bikes in three ways: progressive geometry, foul-weather frame design, and forward-thinking components spec. Combined with competitive pricing, the brand has experienced significant growth both in the UK and abroad in recent years. Though Whyte’s range has ebbed and flowed over time, trail...

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