Harsh rocky terrain is where the G-170 excels. Photo: Dan Milner

MBUK Bike of the Year 2020: Our winning enduro bike revealed!

Following the announcement of Propain Bikes' Hugene as our trail bike winner, it's on to the hardcore heavy-hitters, where the British-designed Whyte G-170C RS 29er triumphs

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.

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Specification

Price GBP £3,799
Weight 15.24kg (M), without pedals
Brand Whyte

Features

Available sizes M, L
Rear derailleur SRAM GX Eagle (1×12)
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHF EXO+ 3C MaxxTerra 29×2.5in WT (f) and Maxxis Aggressor DD 29×2.5in WT (r)
Stem Whyte, 35mm
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle
Seatpost BikeYoke DIVINE, 160mm
Saddle Whyte
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Headset FSA Orbit No.2
Bottom bracket SRAM DUB
Handlebar Whyte, 780mm
Grips/Tape Whyte lock-on
Frame Carbon front triangle, aluminium alloy rear, 165mm travel
Fork RockShox Lyrik Select+, 160mm travel
Cranks SRAM Descendant
Cassette SRAM XG-1275, 10-50t
Brakes SRAM Code R, 200mm rotors
Wheels Race Face AR-30 rims on alloy hubs

Thanks to the following for facilitating this year’s Bike of the Year test:


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