Whyte have been a long standing favourite brand here in the shop, with each one of our staff having owned at least 1 Whyte bike. As a brand they are based in the UK meaning their bikes are built specifically for our terrain and climate making them an excellent choice for Urban riding or daily commuting. They offer 5 bikes in their Hybrid range, 2 female and 3 male specific bikes. In this article we will explain the difference between each so you can make the best informed decision quickly and easily, allowing you to just get out and ride.
The Carnaby from Whyte is the first Ladies Hybrid offering in their range and is designed for speed and agility making this bike ideal for your daily commute or a weekend adventure on canal paths and cycle lanes. Whyte have reworked their award winning MTB geometry into the Carnaby in the form of a long wheelbase for high speed stability and a short stem for slow speed handling. Therefore whether you're picking your way through the twists and turns of an Urban city or speeding along the cycle path, the Carnaby has got you covered. In terms of spec this bike comes equipped with powerful Hydraulic Disc Brakes which are ideal for changeable weather or busy roads, fast rolling 700c wheels with 37mm tyres and last but not least, an easy to use and lightweight 1x9 Shimano gearing system. In summary the Whyte Carnaby is an ideal hybrid for someone who is looking for a fun sporty Urban bike to commute on and/or ride on weekends with friends.
The Whitechapel men's Hybrid from Whyte is effectively the same model as the women's Carnaby model that we spoke about above aside from a few sizing changes to suit the male physique. The Whitechapel comes spec'd with a male specific saddle and is available in larger sizes (M,L,XL), whereas the Carnaby comes with a female specific saddle and starts at a smaller size (S,M,L). Therefore the Whitechapel is also an ideal option for daily commuting or weekend riding and shares the same Shimano 1x9 components, 700c wheels with 37c tyres and Hydraulic Disc brakes along with the agile geometry of the Carnaby above.
The Shoreditch men's Hybrid from Whyte is the perfect blend of versatility and speed. With Shimano 1x10 gear system providing the right gear for any occasion and the rear clutch mech allows you to ride on rougher terrain without dropping your chain. The Shoreditch has the same stable long wheelbase and nimble short stem as the Carnaby and Whitechapel along with the speedy 700c wheels and 37c tyres. However the Shoreditch really does step it up with the wider gear range allowing you to ride to work with ease even when fully laden with the laptop and change of clothe or cycle off into the hills and forest paths with friends. In summary the Whyte Shoreditch Hybrid is ideal for someone looking for a bike to take them further and wider than simply just commuting in the city but doesn't want to shell out for two different bikes.
The Whyte Victoria flagship Ladies Hybrid comes with comfortable high volume 650c x 47c wheels and tyres making punctures a thing of the past and rough terrain feel like freshly laid tarmac. The Victoria is also spec'd with Shimano 1x10 gear system and Hydraulic Disc Brakes making this bike the perfect all rounder for someone looking for a comfortable relaxed ride with all the performance goodies still in tact. In summary the Victoria is ideal for someone looking for a more comfortable commute or wanting to tackle fire roads and rough forest tracks on the weekend.
The Whyte Portobello Men's Hybrid is the same flagship comfort model as the Victoria we spoke about above with some sizing tweaks to suit the male physique. This bike comes with a male specific saddle and is available in Medium, Large and X Large. Whereas the Victoria comes with a women's specific saddle and is available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. Therefore the Portobello is also an exceptional hybrid for someone who is looking for a more comfortable commute or wanting to tackle fire roads and rough forest tracks on the weekend. However with a full performance benefits of Shimano 1x10 Gearing and Hydraulic Disc Brakes.
All of the bikes listed above have frame mounts for 2 bottle cages, full length mudguards, kickstand and pannier rack so no matter which bike you go for from Whyte's Hybrid range you will be covered for carrying the essentials to work or the weekend family picnic whilst staying dry in the process, and you wont need to worry about resting (then scratching) your nice new bike on anything. That's why we love Whyte, quality bikes with quality features for the everyday rider.
We hope this blog has helped you make an informed decision on which Whyte Hybrid to buy. However we understand it is a big commitment so if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to give us a call or get in contact via the form below.