Chris Akrigg Joins Whyte Bikes

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Chris Akrigg has moved on from GT and will now be riding for Whyte – surely a great match of very British branding? You’ll be happy to know there are two videos to celebrate this move.

Yeah… ebikes are heavy and difficult to handle… erm… OK – who’s going to tell Chris that?

And what bike do you need to have all this talent? Here’s the full bike check.

Have yourself the full official press release…


Whyte has been engineering award-winning bikes that perform without compromise and, much like Chris, doing things differently since the day we started some 22 years ago. Our first breakthrough bike (the PRST-1) rewrote the rules. And we continue in that spirit; relentlessly seeking and developing the next big performance and reliability advantages
with pioneering innovations that push the limits.

Take our innovative tilted motor and low centre of gravity concept on our award-winning E-160 RSX e-MTB, just one of the bikes that Chris is riding. By rotating the motor we’ve slid the battery down further towards the bottom bracket to lower the bike’s centre of gravity as much as possible. Coupled with our geometry, this makes the bike more agile,
capable and confidence inspiring.


“E-bikes are one of the most exciting things,” Chris explains of his passion for embracing electric. ”Once I jumped on one for the first time, I was like ‘Wow! They’re really good fun.’ But then you get to, ‘Right, what can this help me do? How can I make this my own? And how can I push it and make my bike do what other people can’t?’”


Alongside the E-160 RSX, Chris is also riding our award-winning 29er trail hardtail, the 629, our versatile T-140 29 RS full suspension trail bike, and our progressive rough gravel bike, the Gisburn, so expect to see them all being fully Akrigg-ed soon. “Getting onto Whyte this year has been the single most rejuvenating thing I’ve done for a long time,” explains Chris on joining Whyte. “I’m really excited about being a part of a British company that I’ve been a fan of since I was working in a bike shop back in the day. I’m really looking forward to helping get more people’s sights set on Whyte.”

Whyte’s Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Sartori, said: “We are so excited to welcome Chris to the Whyte family. As a British brand that’s all about thinking outside the box, he’s a great fit for us: he’s always stood out from the crowd and done things his way, riding at the cutting edge and forging his own path. Now we’re really excited about what we can do to push even more boundaries together.”

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  • kayak23
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    Great video that.
    Good to see him changing things up a bit with sponsors.

    This is stw though and he was on an ebike (so not putting any effort in), was wearing a coat (was obviously cold from lack of effort) AND had a #traildog (irresponsible monster) and so I’m here for the comments… 😂

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    I always loved Chris Akrigg – it was the power he generated that impressed me the most though. I remember a shot of him riding uphill on a rocky dry riverbed and my jaw dropping.

    There ya go @kayak23 😉

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    This is stw though and he was on an ebike (so not putting any effort in), was wearing a coat (was obviously cold from lack of effort) AND had a #traildog (irresponsible monster) and so I’m here for the comments…

    Don’t tell me he drove there in a SUV as well ?

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    Great to see Chris land a big sponsor like Rich Energy! Go Chris!

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    I’d love to be able to ride like that.

    I’m never going to put sufficient effort in to ride like that.

    Still great to watch :⁠-⁠)

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