ROB’S WHYTE G 170C WORKS 2018 £5,499

It’s been noth­ing but good times for Rob and his G 170 this year

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

If you’ve been fol­low­ing my up­dates on the G-170 over the past year, you’ll know that I haven’t had much to moan about. In fact, as you can prob­a­bly tell, I like this bike a lot. OK, the bot­tom bracket is slammed (it sits just 333.5mm off the ground), and this won’t suit ev­ery­one’s rid­ing style. But, de­spite the odd pedal-clip­ping in­ci­dent dur­ing our early en­coun­ters, I’ve grown to love just how con­fi­dent this par­tic­u­lar trait makes the bike feel through the turns.

Is there any­thing I ac­tively dis­like about the G-170? Well, the stock semi-slick Maxxis Min­ion SS rear tyre cer­tainly isn’t ideal for damp UK con­di­tions and, if I’m be­ing re­ally picky – which is part of my job, af­ter all – I’m not sold on the lime-green paint job of this Works model. But then I gen­er­ally like things to be black, be­cause I’m quite bor­ing. A few of the guys in the of­fice have com­mented on the frame aes­thet­ics too. I think it’s the bowed seat tube they don’t like, but I’m quite happy with it. OK, the Whyte’s lines aren’t quite as drool-wor­thy as those of the UNNO Burn I tested ear­lier this year, but the frame is dis­tinc­tive, curvy and will fit a wa­ter bot­tle in­side the front tri­an­gle (plus the com­plete bike costs over £2k less than the UNNO).

Why have I en­joyed rid­ing the G-170 so much, then? I think its big­gest plus is that I can ride it in a very in­stinc­tive way. There’s no faffing or think­ing each time I hit the trails. I get on re­ally well with the ge­om­e­try (the 460mm reach on the medium seems to work re­ally well for me, at 5ft 8in), the sus­pen­sion feels to­tally pre­dictable and beau­ti­fully bal­anced, and even af­ter some se­ri­ously hard miles and proper pun­ish­ment, the bike con­tin­ues to feel solid.

The big ques­tion I al­ways ask my­self when re­view­ing a bike is whether I’d hand over my own hard-earned cash for one. In this case, yes, with­out a doubt – though I’d prob­a­bly save a few quid by go­ing for one of the slightly cheaper mod­els in the range.

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