Whyte’s designers admit their inventory would be simpler without a 29er in the line-up, but they reckon the T-129 is the best bike they’ve built. We’d actually go further and say the new RS is one of the best bikes anyone has ever built, in price for performance terms.

  • Highs: Handling is an outstanding mix of easy 29er speed, enduro swagger and pop-and-hop agility; brilliantly judged equipment list includes the latest benchmark resetting kit from Fox and Shimano
  • Lows: Limited rear space means 2.2in rubber is the max; low belly means more crank taps

Frame and equipment: subtle tweaks and high-value kit list

While it looks much the same as last year’s model, the new frame has a one-degree slacker head angle, 25mm longer top tube, 35mm longer front centre and is 8mm closer to the ground.  All the T-129 bikes now get the much stiffer, single-ring specific main pivot and chainstay

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