Whyte 129S… or Kona Satori
I was all set to go with the Satori… but I have just seen the Whyte and it has got under my skin a wee bit.
Any thoughts? The Satori has more travel, the Whyte is a lot cheaper!
Anyone ridden either? I tried the 2012 Satori and it was a nice ride, and I know the Whyte is a 2013 model but I believe there have been some demos about.Posted 5 years agomboySubscriber
No experience of either yet, but will have experience of the Whyte next Tuesday evening.
Kona’s are always over priced for what they are too. The Whyte’s seem totally the opposite, and seem to get universal praise so far from those I know that have ridden them.
Whyte not available til December though, which is a shame, as I could probably have sold 2 a week for the last few weeks based on hype alone!Posted 5 years ago
I can live with waiting if needs be to be honest.
The Kona was looking reasonable value for what you get – Fox 34 up front, Crank Bros uppy downy post… and a great ride… for £2899. Compared to Cube/Scott it was good.
But that Whyte is £900 cheaper! The fork and shock are perhaps less “good”, and it has less travel… but it looks really rather nice!
It has thrown a spanner in the works!
Be interested to hear how you get on with it on Tuesday.Posted 5 years agobonesetterMember
A bike which has recently given me great joy is the ti Kona Raijin.
29er, short CS, beautiful flexy all in the right places frame, which all gives a lively and agile feel. It’s totally gorgeous.
It cost £1100 and is bargain
Whyte have gone cheapish on price, but also are new to 29. Their heart is in the right place, but I would recommend a demoPosted 5 years ago
It is just the fork on the Whyte that gives me a moment of hesitation really… the Reba is bit low rent isn’t it? If they had popped a Revelation on there it would be easier… guess I could always upgrade a little further down the line though.
Kinda need to keep costs down as much as possible at the moment though and that really swings it in favour of the Whyte. That is a hellish lot of bike for the money.
Going to try and sort a test ride before buying, naturally.Posted 5 years agoPacemanSubscriber
It is just the fork on the Whyte that gives me a moment of hesitation really… the Reba is bit low rent isn’t it?
I’ve got RS Reba 120mm forks on my Tallboy, they’ve been absolutely faultless, and slightly lighter than their Fox equivalent. Stiff too with the maxle-lite. Fox are not worth the extra outlay in my opinion.
I also agree the Whyte looks a stunning bike, it wasn’t available when I bought the Tallboy but I’d definitely be considering it buying now.Posted 5 years agocharliemortSubscriber
What is the difference between reba and revelation? Is it travel or are internals different?
Have been running revelations for a few years and very happy with them
Back to the whyte – are the wheels tubeless?
Canyon looks really good value too – £2100 with xt, mavic wheels, and fox forkPosted 5 years ago
Ah ha – I think I was getting myself confused between the Recon and Reba! I do recall the latter being considered a decent fork, and on investigation it has Motion Control damping rather than the inferior Rockshox stuff 🙂
Still… probably look to upgrade it at some point if I go the Whyte route (which is looking increasingly likely and on finding that it was a substantially cheaper option it has achieved considerable approval from the very understanding better half)
Only things I still need to find out are mud clearance (should be fine I would think – but I like the idea of sticking a pair of 2.4″ Ardents on at some stage), and whether bunging a 140mm fork on in future would kill the handling 😉 Neither are really a deal breaker though!Posted 5 years ago
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