GO GREEN – Whyte 905 2020 Hardtail
Green seem to be the in colour for 2020. The Whyte 905 2020 Hardtail is supplied in a stunning Olive Green finish which makes it look like a totally high class machine. That is luck really because, The Whyte 905 2020 is a high class machine.
The 2019 model was Editors choice for Bike Radar, and they described it as having ‘insane amounts of downhill confidence and trail flow’ and just a ‘cockpit change away from perfection’. The 2019 bike was something else and the latest edition of this amazing hardtail looks to be going the same way. Whyte have added the excellent Rockshox Pike Select RC forks and combined it with Boost 2.8 wide tyres to give extreme handling and dexterity.
Whyte have kept the NX Eagle drive train in place simply because it is great and why change it if it is not broken. The simple shifting and wide ratio 11-50T gearing is great for those difficult trails and up hill bursts.
This is probably the best fork that can be installed on a bike of this level. They come with 130 mm of travel which will soak up everything the trail will throw at this capable hardtail and still leave you firmly in control.
6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Custom Drawn, Tapered Head tube, Internal BBX Cable Routing for Dropper Post and 12 mm X 148 mm Boost Dropouts. This is an excellent frame with a nice slack geometry, making this a true trail bike with decent reach.
When it comes to braking Whyte have gone for the SRAM Guide T 4 piston hydraulic system with good sized 180 mm rotors. This is a good amount of stopping power which will only increase your confidence in the ride.
When we look at a hardtail of this price then there is often an area for improvement but, This bike seems to tick all the boxes from a technical point of view. This machine retails around £1700.00 and you can certainly see that the money is well spent.
- The Rockshox fork alone retails at over £500.
- The NX Eagle Groupset will cost you around £300 including bottom bracket
- The WTB Wheels will retail around £300 with the hubs
- The dropper is going to be around £200
- The brakes are around £250
Now that lot alone would be £1550.00 and that is by no means a whole bike as we have not even listed the frame. If, we tried to build this bike we would end up north of £2k. This is a high end hardtail so the price tag to us seems to be very good.
No Need to upgrade
This is a hardtail that does not need to be upgraded. It has all the toys that we upgrade to and it comes on a Whyte which is a great quality machine. If you were to look at higher priced Hardtails then you would most definitely be moving out of this price bracket and heading to the land of Carbon frames and professional equipment.
Have a look at the full spec list below, you will find it reads very well.
- Frame – 6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Custom Drawn, Tapered Head tube, Internal BBX Cable Routing for Dropper Post and 12 mm X 148 mm Boost Dropouts
- Fork – RockShox Pike Select RC 27.5”, 130 mm Travel, 37 mm Offset, DebonAir, Charger RC Damper, Fast Black Coating, Tapered Steerer, 110 mm x 15 mm Boost, Maxle Ultimate
- Number of Gears – 12
- Shifters – SRAM NX Eagle, MMX, 12 Speed
- Chainset – SRAM X1 Eagle, X-SYNC 2
- Chainrings – Direct Mount 32T, DUB, 170 mm, Boost 12 Speed
- Cassette – SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50, 12 Speed
- Chain – SRAM Eagle, 12 Speed
- Front Derailleur – N/A
- Rear Derailleur – SRAM NX Eagle, 12 Speed
- Bottom Bracket – SRAM DUB, BSA, 73 mm
- Pedals – N/A
- Rims – WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0 System, Pinned Joint, Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole
- Front Hub – Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 12 mm x 148 mm Boost Through Axle, 32 Hole
- Rear Hub – Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 12 mm x 148 mm Boost Through Axle, 32 Hole
- Front Tyre – Maxxis High Roller II TR 27.5” x 2.8” 120TPI, EXO Sidewall protection, 3C Maxx Terra
- Rear Tyre – Maxxis Rekon TR 27.5” x 2.8” 60TPI, EXO Sidewall Protection
- Front Brake – SRAM Guide T, 4 Pot, 180 mm Rotor
- Rear Brake – SRAM Guide T, 4 Pot, 180 mm Rotor
- Brake Levers – SRAM Guide T, Matchmaker
- Handlebars – Whyte 6061 Alloy, 15 mm Rise, 31.8 mm, S 760 mm Wide, 15 mm Rise, M/L/XL 780 mm Wide, 30 mm Rise
- Grips – Whyte Lock-on V Grip
- Headset – FSA No. 57E Orbit ZS, 1 1/2” Lower and 1 1/8” Upper Sealed Cartridge Bearings
- Stem – Whyte Gravity Stem, 35 mm Extension
- Saddle – Whyte Custom, Triple Panel Design
- Seatpost – Whyte drop.it II Post, 30.9 mm, S 125 mm Travel, M/L/XL 150 mm Travel, Paddle Remote Lever
This is a bit of an obvious conclusion because this bike is a great bike. The specification is up to date and you have everything that you need to make a great trail bike. This is the kind of equipment level that we upgrade our hardtail machines to. If, you like to do your own specifications then it is not for you as it is a trail ready bike. If f you like to pull the bike from the box put on the wheels and handle bars and then hit the trail then, this bike will have you beaming from ear to ear by the end of hour 1.
Personally I like the styling and I think the olive green is a great colour. Whyte often like to use statement colours and I do not blame them as this bike is a thing of beauty.
I have no problem at all recommending this particular bike. It is available from Rutland Cycles today 03/02/2020 for £1698.99. This is a lot of money for a bike but it is very cheap for a bike of this level. Don’t confuse this with an everyday MTB that you can get at your local retail park.GET IT HERE
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