Whyte G150 or Orange 5?
Phoar, check out the new G150, now up on the Whyte website.
Torn between that and a T130 as an ”all-rounder”.Posted 3 years ago
I know I’m involved with them, but I’m very impressed with the strength of the range this year. The T-130 Works really does look lovely in the flesh. I don’t think anybody would be disappointed with it.
I can’t wait to get on the new G-150 Works. The new Monarch Plus shock is a huge improvement on the Float X and makes the bike feel so balanced with the Pike. Along with the stiffer SCR chainstay, I’m very impressed.Posted 3 years ago
I really am torn between a T130 S (£2300) and the G150 S (£2800) as an all-round, do it all bike. Typical rides will be anything from Ashton Court, to Afan & Cymcarn trails, forest of dean trails, Bike Park Wales (blue and red). I won’t be doing any true ‘downhill’ runs on it, it’ll just be for trail use. i.e. the gnarliest thing I can see myself doing will be the occasional red run at BPW. My bike shop thinks that the G150 will be ‘’boring’’ in lesser trails, but will come alive on gravity descents and recommend the T130 as the better overall option. Then my 2 mates, one of whom rides an Orange Alpine 160 on all trails, the other who rides a Cube Stereo 160 in everything, recommend the G150 due to the confidence and grins it will bring on descents.
The T130 does look good…I’m just concerned about the very low bottom bracket (pedal strikes), short wheelbase and longer stem (70mm). Whereas the G150 has a longer wheelbase, shorter stem, a pike fork and higher chainstays, meaning that pedal strikes shouldn’t occur as often.
Ultimately, both bikes listed above weigh 13.5kg, although I appreciate there is £500 between them. It’s whether one is going to overkill/a bit dull in most trail situations.
Any advice on where to go with this one? Cheers.Posted 3 years ago
I certainly don’t find my G150 boring on easier trails, so I’d be tempted to go for the G150 in your position. I also find it impressively easy to put in the XC miles on, especially when you consider just how capable a bike it is. I think the G150 having a single chainring, but the T130 having a double, as well as the Pike on the G150 would swing the balance to the G150. Just my experience.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve spent some more time on the 2015 G150 Works now and it really is a lot of fun. The new chainstays are really short and stiff, so it tracks round corners beautifully and popping around on the trail is great fun. Then the suspension performance with the Monarch Plus and Pike really is brilliant, and that was despite me not having time to set it up properly and put volume spacers in the fork and shock.Posted 3 years ago
Getonyourbike – sounds great. Couple of questions if you don’t mind:
1. Should the new debonair monarch (not the plus) on the G150 S still be a fair improvement over the 2014 model?
2. Does the long-ish wheelbase of the G150 make itself known at slower speeds, or is it still quite playful?
3. Is climbing on 150mm of travel a bit wallowy, or given that suspension has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, is the trade off now minimal compared to say a 130mm bike?Posted 3 years ago
1. A mate was riding the G150 S on the DH tracks at Cwmcarn and was very impressed by the suspension. Should be a substantial improvement. The guys at MBR mag were very impressed by the shock on the T130, so I assume they were happy with it on the G150 S too.
2. I personally still think it’s playful but I’m used to long bikes.
3. I really don’t think you compromise much when climbing, especially with the pedal and lock settings on the rear shock.Posted 3 years ago
Not great news for me as I’d planned on getting a T-130 Works before having my knee surgery 🙁
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My LBS also do Trek and are suggesting a Fuel EX 9.8 27.5, what do the STW hive mind think of it?
Gets an OK review in latest MBUK but not keen on the Fox fork, too expensive to swap fork for a Pike 🙁Posted 3 years ago
So envious, can’t believe I’ve got at least another 6 weeks to wait!
I went into LBS the other day, to my amazement, a lovely T130 S was sitting there on display. It looked gorgeous by the way, the paint is nice and matt. I asked whether they had the bike in stock, they replied ”that’s a small size, but the Medium’s are due in, in a couple of days”. I was surprised as they had advised end of September previously. So I get all excited, they then phone Whyte to confirm….who then say yes…it’s still late September.Posted 3 years agonodrog2Member
getonyourbike – how does the new G150 ride? Maybe interested in one of these myself. Has the new frame design resolved the flex issues of last years bike? I’m guessing the front and rear suspension feel much better matched as well with the better rear shock this year. Any feedback appreciated. Cheers.Posted 3 years ago
So I’ve taken it out on it’s first ride, first impressions, it’s quick. It pedals really, really well & it descends better than I do (I noticed this when approaching the first corner & tried to slow down remembering I hadn’t quite bedded in the brakes yet…)
Oh yeah & most importantly – it looks fantastic.
If I was choosing between this & an Orange, I would pick this as I personally prefer the feel of the rear suspension over that of the orange – when I’ve ridden Oranges it feels like 2 halves of a bike… this feels like a whole, if that makes sense?Posted 3 years ago
Bottle cage is being sorted.
The rear end feels like a Pike in shock form, so a big improvement and the feel is very balanced.
Flex is most definitely sorted. 46% stiffer was the number placed on it, and it’s nearly best in class in terms of stiffness. You can carve corners knowing exactly what the rear end is doing better now.Posted 3 years ago
I am sooooo impatient I want my bike NOW, does anyone know of any 2014 bikes that are as good as the Whyte T-130 Works? or do you think I should be patient and wait, I WANNA GET OUT ON THE DIRT!!!!! if there is another bike out there with very similar spec for around £3000 please tell me as I would be all over it like a tramp on a chip, I am going to look at the T-129s and the orange pro tonight OR SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE T-130 WORKS HEEEELLLLPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE lolPosted 3 years ago
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