Rapid against the clock and sure to leave a grin on your face – Whyte’s G170C RS 29er. Photo: Dan Milner
Whyte G-170C RS 29er £3,799
When it comes to what makes a good enduro bike, speed and fun are both big considerations. You want a bike that can tame the world’s toughest terrain and hold its own on the race track, but the enjoyment that comes with slinging a bike into turns or chucking it around over jumps can’t be overlooked. Of course everyone’s perception of this is different, and that’s why our team of four testers spent several months riding all of our enduro contenders back-to-back to see how they stack up. Even though we were impressed by the agility of Cube’s Stereo 170 and the absolute downhill confidence of Specialized’s Enduro, as a complete package and taking value for money into consideration, all agreed that Whyte’s 29in-wheeled G-170C RS is hard to beat. Its hellishly-fast ride, incredible handling and top-notch spec are what have made it our Enduro Bike of the Year for 2020.
Staff Writer Ed is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He’s raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro and has spent several summers living in The Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirt bag lifestyle. He’s also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and he says that the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.