Whyte G150 or Orange 5?
@wiggles Not taken your updates as annoying! Just frustrated as I wanted to get some time in on a new bike before my knee op and when I pre-ordered it looked like the Works would arrive first! Always painful waiting on a new bike! Have always bought frames and built up myself or bought an end of season bargain so this is my first wait for a new model! Whoever said patience was a virtue had never waited for a new bike! 🙂Posted 3 years ago
So after a week of riding my T130s im finding out its strengths and weaknesses, finding the paint chips really easy so heli tape it from new,the wtb tyres are great in the dry and smooth stuff but show them a wet n rocky lakeland down hill and there crap,watch out for the front mech cable rubbing on the swing arm when its compressed, seems the cable clip is not tucked back a enough,easy sorted by zipting it futher round the seat tube. plus the gear outer on the bb shell rubs in the clip,but doesnt really need to be hooked into that. Just thought id give you guys a heads up before you hit the trails on those long awaited steeds..Other than that its f*cking awsome..Posted 3 years ago
It seems that numbers/geometry can be deceptive.
I sat on the ‘Small’ Whyte T130 S that Bike UK have in stock today. I was expecting it to feel markedly too small (I am 5’10”), especially as the size chart recommends it for 5’2” – 5’6” heights. But to my surprise, it felt only ‘’just’’ too small, even with the shorter, 60mm stem specced on the small version. So while I was agonising between a large and a medium, it seems that at 5’10”, the Medium should be spot on. I may even be able to get away with a 60mm stem on the medium, which would be great. Bike does feel on the heavy side, but the frame is top quality, looks really sturdy – the rear triangle is a lot more sturdy/attractive looking than on last year’s T129 for instance.
Put deposit down on a medium, expecting delivery in early October :\Posted 3 years ago
Im 5’8 and the med fits a treat, the tt on the large is nearly 2cm longer which felt way to stretched out yet the standover was still ok. I havent felt the need to change anything from stock as it felt well balanced going up and down.the bike is a fare bit heavier than i thought but doesnt feel heavy whilst riding it.Posted 3 years ago
I had a quick go on a new G150 works last night, large felt good in the frame for me at 5’10” (and a half!), I was amazed how well it pedalled uphill when seated – the guy behind thought it was locked out as it wasn’t bobbing (it was fully open). I couldn’t feel any frame flex mashing a big gear either. Didn’t get to test it on any decent downhills though.
I’m very keen to get a go on a T130 SCR… (G150 is too much bike for my riding!)Posted 3 years ago
Ah, this is disappointing. I had hoped that a medium T130 would be just right for my 5’10 height. Seems that I am between a medium and large after all (although not tried either, as both not in stock yet).
People who have actually got a T130 – what do you think of the sizing relative to your height?Posted 3 years agorichwalesSubscriber
I tried the car park test on a t130 med and found it rideable but a bit small at 5’10.5 As there isn’t a huge jump to the large id be buying that – if I’m between sizes I prefer to size up on shorter travel and size down on longer travel bikes. The bottom bracket seems fairly low – are pedal strikes a big issue? I’m stuck between the g150s and t130works if I go with whyte. Following my post up there ^ do the bikes have a snappy feel, launch off roots etc or do they just suck up everything and are hard to get off the ground.Posted 3 years ago
To be honest, the only difference between M and L is 1cm in top tube length and wheelbase (unless you run the stem completely slammed on the medium, in which case the large will have higher bars as the head tube is longer). Also watch out on the large that you can run the Reverb at the right height, having sat on a medium today and set up the seatpost, I figure that I’ll only have 1cm to the reverb collar on the large frame. And thats with the seat in a nice high XC race type position when fully extended.Posted 3 years ago
Went into bike shop again today for an update on the delivery date of the T130 in medium…been put back again until 10th October. No surprises there. However, they did, amazingly have a G150 S in medium sitting there, looking all pretty.
I sat on it (putting a big rip in my work trousers in the process). It felt spot on size wise for my 5’10 height. Nice and roomy. Given the 20mm longer stem on the T130, I just can’t see the size large being appropriate. Anyway, going to have a quick spin up the road on it after work. Because it’s available right now, I am so so tempted.Posted 3 years ago
G150 felt good on the roads near to shop. Bike climbed well, the sram 1×11 drive train was perfect. The guide brakes felt lovely. Not much pedal Bob and suspension going off curbs etc felt good. This said, it definitely feels like a long bike, and with that slack head angle, it takes a long arc around corners. I guess that’s the trade off for stability though.
Sizing wise, the medium felt perfect, definitely wouldn’t want to go any bigger.
Just really torn between this and the t130. The T130 is probably the sensible choice, but the G150 sure is tempting, with its wild side.Posted 3 years agowhyteniteMember
Since I ordered a t-130 Works. I have been hungry for reviews and have been following your comments closely.Posted 3 years ago
My present Bike is a Whyte T120- 2012.
I have been seriously trail riding only since newly acquiring this machine.
I have twice injured myself over the handlebars on the downhills (just sprains and bruises) some of it attributed to skill level issues and error;
But a portion can be laid at the bike being a size too big.
I am 5’10.5 tall but; I have long torso, short legs making me top heavy. The large bike frame mis-sold to me, limits the amount of seat post drop.
On ordering my new T-130 from LBS, I was lucky enough to try a new large framed t-130s that was available, and I knew straight away, the frame was definitely too big for my 31″ inside leg; the 125mm reverb seat- post tells no lies.
Get yourself measured properly or try a few size if in doubt!
For me, I am pretty certain the medium frame on 650b wheel and a slacker head, is going to be for me, a revelation;
Safer, better, Particularly with the great spec.. Can’t wait.
Getonyourbike – cheers for that. I know I only tried it on the road (both up and down), but even leaning it right over, the turning arc felt soo slow compared to my hardtail. I appreciate I’d get used to it, but is it actually possible to do tighter, more snappy turns, without sliding out the back wheel?
Also, as someone else asked above, does the G150 have a poppy feel or is it more towards the ‘soak it all up’ end of the spectrum?
ThanksPosted 3 years agointegralMember
What does she weigh in at wiggles? I am also looking at the G150S, what is the wheel set quality like? The wheels are the only components that have me worried on the 150S build. Does the rear hub appear to be of reasonable quality? Does anybody know who the manufacturer is? I’m a little worried about the availability of freehubs. Also what do you think of the guide brakes?
Thanks in advancePosted 3 years ago
Weighs in around 31lbs (with pedals on a calibrated park scales) so out of the box it would have been over 32lbs without changing the bars and saddle etc, also it came set up tubeless which is unusual but saved me a job!
Wheels seem decent they have been used on most of their models for a few years and I can’t recall any customers bringing any back to the shop with issues to be honest.
Guide brakes seem nice have a much nicer lever feel than avids ever did but not tested in anger yet.Posted 3 years ago
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