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If the open road is beckoning the Whyte Glencoe is the perfect steed for an adventure. We review how it all comes together.
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Best for...
Fast and light road adventures
6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, SCR, Custom Drawn, Multi Butted, Chainstay Flat Mount 160 Disc Mount, DOX Cable Routing with Inter-Grip Seat Clamp System
Straight Bladed Alloy Front Fork with Internal Hose Routing, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Flat Mount Dropouts and 12mm Stealth Through Axle
SRAM APEX 1, 11 Speed, 11-42t
TRP HyRd Hydraulic/Mechanical
Alloy Hub/WTB Asym i23 rim
Finishing kit
A road based, fast adventure bike

Capitalising on the relaxed geometry and long wheelbase of gravel frames, the Whyte Glencoe is promoted as a road going machine rather than off. With 650b road plus tyres - with a semi-slick tread pattern but large volume 47mm profile - it is aimed at those who will be sticking to the roads, but not necessarily on the best surfaces all the time.

That suggests a bombproof all-round bike suitable for rough and potholed commutes, where there is a modicum of protection in the rubber choice, or for heading off on a road-based adventure that would benefit from the extra comfort and relaxed geometry of the gravel inspired frame. 12mm bolt through axles at each end assist with stiffness and steering, as does the beautifully made 6061, hydroformed aluminium tubing.

Control if the road or trail goes south is through an impressively wide 500mm drop bar setup, giving plenty of leverage and confidence when things get bumpy or greasy under foot. Control is further enhanced by TRP HyRd mechanical/hydraulic braking which uses a combination of standard cables with a hydraulic pot on the caliper itself, giving the best of both worlds if you don't mind the bulk. A full complement of rack and bottle mounts means you're ready to go for a big tour too.

Verdict: An amazing, sturdy road bike without too many off-road pretensions.

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