With my focus mainly on Enduro this year it took a while to reach my first race of 2014 but when it came it was a blast. The opening round of the Rollercoaster series from Rocky Trail Entertainment came together at Ourimbah with some great trails and excellent weather.
I may have overcooked the training leading up though with an over the bars resulting in a few dislocated ribs in my back. Not your typical injury but it does mean that I can ride albeit with a little preservation in mind. So the mornings practice was a lot more laid back than usual and instead of fitting in as much practice as I could on the day, I decided to take things a bit easier and saved it for race runs. …View More
In a follow on of sorts to the “Morning Trails” edit a few months ago Jon Odams and Eastern Edge Films have put together this banger of a short. The Sydney Hustle is sure to inspire you to get out on the trails, that’s for sure.
Geometry is a funny thing. Do you research with preferences clearly decided or like many look over without notice? Whyte design their range of bikes with a fairly radical geometry that goes by the recipe of a short stem, relaxed head angle, short chain stay length and a roomy top tube length. Sharing a similar approach to geometry as mr Gary Fisher did many years ago. We think many trail riders will love this geometry and enjoy the style of bike that the Whyte crew have come up with.
Chassis and spec
No carbon found here! Good industry standard 6061-T6 aluminium is used to create the frame and adjustable dropouts on the 929. BB30 pressfit bottom bracket, direct mount chain guide / front mech mount and tapered headtube round out safe and frame spec set-up.
The parts mix has quite obviosly been choosen by a true trail rider with a spec list that includes Fox F29 CTD forks, Shimano XT brakes and drivetrain, E-13 TRS cranks, tubeless ready WTB rims and Fizik Gobi saddle. The selection of name brand parts where they are required makes the bike really come alive in singletrack and flowing trails.
A few small things that would make life on the 929 even better would be a larger chain ring for Australian conditions with the stock 32 tooth E-13 guide ring being a little too small for a lot of the more open firetrail and singletrack descents. We swapped ours out for a 36 tooth. The spec choice of a 203mm front rotor strikes us as over kill for most duties this bike is designed for.
The 929 really inspires riders to have fun, enjoy the corners and rougher trails that many would only want to tackle on their dual suss bikes.
While the geometry is focused on enjoying singletrack and flowing trails the 929 gets the job done on the climbs providing traction with the Maxxis Ikon / Ardent tyre set-up. Traction while climbing is affected noteably by the adjustment in chainstay length that Whyte have built into the 929 frame. With the chainstays set-up as short as possible the bike tends to be hard to get traction on steep climbs compared to the stable medium or long chain stay settings.
The 120mm Fox F29 CTD is a good choice up front offering smooth supple travel and plenty of lateral stiffness thanks to the 15mm axle and tapered headtube. Riders used to a traditional cross country hard tail and matching geometry be ware this is going to make your existing bike feel like hard work! Ideal choice for the single bike garage or a rider who enjoys the simplicity of a hardtail but really wants to enjoy the singletrack.
The Bike Culture crew are back for episode 6 and the final round of the Single Track Mind series at Awaba. There are high speed stacks, reflections on the season and plenty of action so make sure you check it out!
Cool tunes and all out racing from the Bike Culture Crew at the recent Singletrack Mind race at Rydal, near Lithgow NSW.