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.