It’s clear that Whyte Bikes takes racing seriously, and often their race team are trialling something new. We spotted Whyte’s as-yet-unannounced S-150 long travel 29er at the PMBA Nationals and brought you all the info we could. We spotted the bike again in Ireland for the EWS, so thought we would pop over and see how team racer Martyn Brookes sets his up.
Whyte S-150 Suspension Setup.
At 76 kg, Martyn runs his suspension firm and racy, and seeing as his ‘real world’ job is a suspension engineer for Bentley Motors, he is fastidious about his setup. His Whyte S-150 is running on RockShox suspension, a new 150 mm RockShox Pike with Charger 2 damper on the front and a Deluxe RT3 shock on the rear. In testament to his speed and riding style, Martyn likes to run a very progressive setup with just 71 psi in the fork and the low speed wound fully open. To ensure the fork ramps up well over big hits, Martyn runs 4 tokens in the air chamber. On the previous Pike fork, Martyn would remove the delta shim for a lighter low-speed compression tune, but has found on the new Charger 2 damper it’s not required. The stock RockShox Deluxe also has the lowest low-speed compression tune available, with one volume token inside to increase the progressivity.
Martyn Brookes EWS Ireland Setup
For the tough rocks and high-speed trails of Ireland, Martyn was running 21 psi in the front tire and 25 psi in the rear. His tire of choice was the legendary Maxxis High Roller II with a lighter EXO sidewall up front and a burly DoubleDown on the rear. Inside the rear tire, Martyn was running a Huck Norris to fend of the square edged hits. Martyn chooses to run his brakes very close to the handlebars, perhaps due to his trials background, with a balanced 180 mm rotor on the front and rear. Martyn chooses to use organic pads for increased bite and bleeds them prior to practice. Bars are cut to 760 with a 40 mm stem and a 10 mm riser bar.
We now have an S-150 in the office so will bring you a full review as soon as we can!
Words & Photos: Trev Worsey