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.