Whyte G150 or Orange 5?

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  • Premier Icon leftyboy
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    LBS have had some hardtails and hybrids in on time but are saying the T-130s are running late 🙁

    dvowles82
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    Phoar, check out the new G150, now up on the Whyte website.

    Torn between that and a T130 as an ”all-rounder”.

    http://whyte.bike/gb/models/gravity-enduro/gravity-enduro-27-5-650b/g-150-s/

    Mbnut
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    It needs a carbon model with toned down livery.

    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.

    wiggles
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    Spent my whole day at work debating over putting the first T130 works that shows up on my account…

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    @wiggles Any update on T-130 Works shipping dates?

    wiggles
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    Nope, July was the first estimate given bit not sure if this has been revised

    dvowles82
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    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.

    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.

    dvowles82
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    Thanks. It certainly has the more tempting spec: Longer top tube, shorter stem, pike fork, Sram Guide brakes, 1×11 drivetrain, better tyres.

    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.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    So are the T-130 Works now available?

    Not yet. I’m unsure when they will be.

    wiggles
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    Waiting for the rep to get back to me about mine, so will update on here when they give me an ETA.

    dvowles82
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    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?

    wiggles
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    Been told start of sept for T130 works for anyone interested.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    @wiggles OK thanks

    My LBS also do Trek and are suggesting a Fuel EX 9.8 27.5, what do the STW hive mind think of it?

    dwoles82-

    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.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    @getonyourbike do you know which issue of MBR it’s been tested in?

    They were riding them on Tuesday, so I assume First Ride features will be out in a months time.

    dvowles82
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    Just spoke to lbs, the T130 S has been pushed back from early July to late September, while the G150 S is late August. This is getting silly!

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    Not great news for me as I’d planned on getting a T-130 Works before having my knee surgery 🙁

    No replies to my previous post

    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 🙁

    dvowles82
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    I think a lot comes down to the pecking order of the particular shop though. Also, I didn’t enquire about the works version, perhaps that would be due sooner.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    My LBS pre-order a whole load of Whyte models on spec in Jan so I’m hoping that means they’ll receive the first batch of T-130 Works but not holding my breath 🙂

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    Just has a call from my LBS – T-130s and T-130sx arrived today, Works model arrives in 10 days! 😀

    dvowles82
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    Ooh, nice. Let me know how it looks in the flesh, as well as how roomy it feels to sit on. You going for a test ride??

    I’ve gotta wait until late Sept as only have credit note for one store 🙁

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    @dvowles82 Yes will be test riding, going for a medium I think as I’m ony just 5′ 10″ 🙂 Will update with first impressions as soon as I get a ride on one. I’m away when it arrives but my LBS are keeping one with my name on it 🙂 If i don’t like it the LBS already has a queue1

    PrinceJohn
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    So…. a Whyte T130 could be mine on Saturday…

    dvowles82
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    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.

    My 2015 G150 Works has arrived now. It’s a bit of a looker. I’ll stick up a picture later if anybody wants it.

    Somebody has said they want pics so here they are. Shame my phone didn’t properly capture how lovely the colour is.



    PrinceJohn
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    Nice water bottle matching…

    looks much better in those real pics compared to the photo shoot pics on the whyte’s website

    nodrog2
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    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.

    PrinceJohn
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    Just got this home – just going to set up the suspension then take it for a really quick spin, before riding in anger tomorrow…

    @leftyboy. Where did you say there were going to be some T-130 works please as I really want one

    If someone was to give you 3k what bike would you buy? I want a full sus but struggling to choose one, I have kinda landed on the Whyte T-130 Works but have been considering the orange fives too, any advice would be great,

    PrinceJohn
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    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?

    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.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    @hammer my LBS which is Handsford in Winchester

    @leftyboy, could ya possibly give me the name or their address please fella

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    hammeroftheeast – Member
    @leftyboy, could ya possibly give me the name or their address please fella

    Click the Link- it takes you straight to their website.. 😉

    that’s a shame, they don’t have it, looking at a couple of weeks the chap said, so that will be 25 sept same as I am hearing everywhere 🙁

    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 lol

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