February 2024

New Whyte E-Lyte Works 150

We have often said that we will only sell brands that we really believe in, so we thought we would focus our newsletters on some of our personal staff rides from time to time…
Gareth with his Whyte E-Lyte Bike
 Introducing the Whyte E-Lyte 150  

Kicking the ball off we have my new Whyte E-lyte 150 Works. Yes, this is a top spec bike, but there’s got to be some benefits to working in the trade, right?   AND it just so happens that you can test ride THIS BIKE, (the first opportunity to demo it in the UK!), at our demo event on the 2nd and 3rd March.  The Saturday has sold out, but there are still a few slots for Sunday if you are quick.
Learn more & book here.  

Is it enough travel?  

We have seen a trend in recent years for ‘over biking’ – buying a massive long travel machine for the one to two times you’ll actually use it : ) For the UK, I’m a firm believer that you don’t really ever need more than 150/160mm and this is exactly what this machine has.  

That motor : )  

Bosch have taken a little time to enter the lightweight motor market, but we knew that when they did, it was going to be good – but I didn’t expect it would be this good… This feels like a full fat e-bike from a few years ago but without all that extra weight! Talking of weight, this bike weighs 19.6kg as you see it.  Pretty impressive for a size large.

The ride
 
Whyte have been known for a few years as a brand you would buy with your head, rather than your heart – great value, sublime ride, but not always the most aesthetically pleasing.   The 2024 range has really seen a step change with looks. This is a bike I bought with both my head and my heart!     Ride quality is almost flawless. Initially I thought the reach felt a touch short, but that’s just because the seat ankle is so steep. Drop the saddle, and you really sit very central on the bike, which just fills me with confidence.
Whyte E-Lyte front view
Custom  
Every bike has to have a few custom features… I just fitted my favourite Burgtec cockpit and pedals (which links well with the British theme of the bike) and switched out the summer tyres for some Assegai’s front and rear in their 3C, EXO+ Max Terra compound. Slighter better suited to the current conditions! Oh, and I’m testing riding the new Raceface grips too, and loving them so far…  
Demo  
Don’t take my word for it, just come and ride one of these for yourself at our demo weekend on the 2nd/3rd March.   If you miss out, you may be able to bribe me to borrow mine, but only if you can prise my hands off it first…   See you on the trails.
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Our Top UK Riding Spots

The spots we choose to ride our mountain bikes when we can prise ourselves away from the Forest of Dean…

It’s about this time of year, when it’s still wet and dark, that you plan out your next 12 months riding right?  
We’re so spoilt living in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean that we rarely venture away from all the greatness on our doorstep, but when we do, these are some of our favourite UK spots to hit up…

1) Risca 
Gareth riding at Risca
The riders over at Risca have built some amazing trails around the valley. There are loads of off piste (waymarked now) trails from the Forest Drive at Cwmcarn, and you can be doing laps for days and never get bored.   With that little bit of extra height, and some great soil that drains well all year round, this is a great stop to hit in the winter!   

2) Dyfi
Gareth riding at Dyfi
  Obviously the bike park is epic – racetrack is our personal favourite! But the wider area deserves a mention as well.   Just across the road you have the Climax trail network, and a plethora of off piste riding. Hit up Dave from Bike Corris who is based at the bottom of the trails and a local oracle of bike related knowledge….Oh and he also has some cabins in the area that he rents to mountain bikers too.

3)  Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)  
Descending Snowdon Ranger
We have to do an annual pilgrimage to Yr Wyddfa. The highest mountain in both Wales and England has some amazing natural riding. We do the classic Llanberis Path to Snowdon Ranger loop.  If you’re not scared of exposure then you could come down the Rhyd Ddu path but this is very full on!   Don’t forget there is a voluntary ban on mountain biking on Snowdon though.Cyclists are asked not to ride to or from the summit of Snowdon between the hours of 10am & 5pm from the 1st of May to the 30th of September.   You’ll also need a proper kit and backpack. This is a proper big mountain, so be prepared!  

4) Golfie
Martin Golfie
The home of mountain biking in Scotland – Innerleithen and Glentress has hosted the World Enduro series for the last x number of years. The Golfie, just outside Inners is home to all the classic off piste tracks like New York, New York, Flat White, No Social, Repeat Offender…. the list goes on.   You definitely need a weekend here this year!  

Yes there are so many more great spots to ride in the UK, but these are just a few that are good enough to prise us away from the FOD!
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