Will’s new Whyte E-150 RS

If you follow me on social media you will already know that I have a new bike and surprise surprise it’s an EMTB. A Whyte E-150 RS to be exact. This bike was built by Toby from Ace Bicycles who we will also be working with a lot more during 2021 creating articles, videos, photos and other content.

The Whyte E-150 is highly rated by so many people in the media and I’m certainly loving it.

So some of you might be asking why I decided to get an e-bike? Well first of all they are really fun. You can ride in a whole new way, climb things that weren’t possible before and just more trails in less time. But the real reason I wanted to get an EMTB was that when out on a photoshoot I have lug around a ton of camera equipment which is quite heavy, the climbs were killer and keeping up with the talent was near impossible. With the EMTB I can move my equipment around a lot easier and also get ahead and into position quicker. All in all it should make my life much easier.

e-BIKE SPECIFIC SPECIFICATION
MOTORBosch Performance Line CX (Gen 4). 85 Nm max Torque, 250 W nominal power, 2.79 kg 4 Power settings including progressive eMTB mode which automatically adjusts the supportBATTERYBosch 625 Wh internal PowerTube. Reaches full charge in 5 hours with supplied 4A Compact Charger, 80% charge from 0 in 2.5 hoursDISPLAYBosch Purion
SPECIFICATION
COLOURMatt Moss with Yellow & KhakiCASSETTESRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 10-52, 12 Speed
FRAME6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Custom Drawn, Tapered Headtube, Internal Cable Routing for Dropper Post and 12mm X 148mm Boost DropoutsCHAINSRAM Eagle, 12 Speed
FORKRockShox Lyrik Select RC 29″, 150mm Travel, 42mm Offset, DebonAir, Charger 2 RC Damper, Fast Black Coating, Tapered Steerer, 110mm x 15mm Boost, Maxle UltimateCRANKSETSRAM EX1, 165mm, ISIS with X-SYNC 2, Direct Mount 34T for Bosch Gen 4, Black
REAR SHOCKRockShox Deluxe Select + RT, DebonAir, Fast Black Coating, Adjustable Rebound, 2 position compression adjustmentBOTTOM BRACKETN/A
HEADSETFSA No. 57E Orbit ZS, 1 1/2″ Lower and 1 1/8″ Upper Sealed Cartridge BearingsSEATPOSTCrank Bro High-Line 3, 30.9mm, M/L 150mm Travel, XL 170mm Travel, High-Line Ball Socket Remote Lever
REAR HUBAlloy, e-bike specific, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 12mm x 148mm Boost Through Axle, 9 deg Micro Engagement 4 Pawl, 32 HoleSADDLEWhyte Custom, Triple Panel Design
FRONT HUBAlloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 15mm x 110mm Boost Through Axle, 31mm Torque Caps, 32 HoleHANDLEBARWhyte Custom 6061 Alloy, 30mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore, 780mm Wide
SPOKESDT Swiss Champion 2.0mm, Black Stainless, Brass NipplesSTEMWhyte Enduro Stem, 35mm Bar Bore, 35mm Extension
RIMSWTB HTZ i30 TCS 2.0 System, Asymmetric, Sleeved Joint, Super Tough Construction, Tubeless Ready, 32 HoleGRIPSWhyte Lock-on V Grip
TYREMaxxis Assegai WT, TR, 29″ x 2.5″ 120TPI, EXO+ casing, 3C Maxx Terra, Dual Compound, Front, Maxxis Minion DHR WT, TR, 29″ x 2.4″ 120TPI, Double Down, 3C Maxx Terra, Dual Compound, Folding Bead, RearBRAKES FRONTSRAM Code R, 4 Piston with Sintered Metal Pads, 220mm Disc
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM X01-E Eagle, Single Click, MMX, 12 SpeedBRAKES REARSRAM Code R, 4 Piston with Sintered Metal Pads, 200mm Disc
FRONT MECHN/ABRAKE LEVERSSRAM Code R, MMX
REAR MECHSRAM X01 Eagle, 12 Speed
Whyte E-150 RS Vista
SIZE GUIDE
MLXL
5’6″ – 5’10”5’10” – 6’2″6’2″ – 6’6″
168 – 178 cm178 – 188 cm188 – 198 cm
Whyte E-150 RS Geometry
GEOMETRY
SIZEMLXL
A
HEAD TUBE ANGLE
64.764.764.7
B
SEAT TUBE ANGLE
74.974.774.5
C
TOP TUBE HORIZONTAL
611641676
D
BB HEIGHT ABOVE GROUND
335335335
E
STAND OVER HEIGHT
814828828
F
WHEEL BASE
123012611298
G
CHAIN STAY LENGTH
445445445
H
SEAT POST DIAMETER
30.930.930.9
I
HEAD TUBE LENGTH
120133148
J
SEAT TUBE LENGTH
431.8457.2482.6
STACK634643657
REACH451476506

Whyte E-150 RS Mods

I had some issues with getting a bottle and cage to fit on the Whyte E-150 RS 29r which I think is a common problem for many people. The main issue is that a conventional cage overlaps the charge port and getting even a small bottle to fit can be a challenge with the shock. I didn’t want to use a conventional bottle and cage though as I am a huge fan of the Fidlock system. The issue with this is that the bottle cap touched the RockShox Lockout Knob so I loaded my favourite CAD software Fusion 360 (because it’s free) and modelled what I am calling the Rockshox Micro Stealth Knob (what a mouthful, or not!). This micro knob no longer hits the bottle which is ideal. You can check it out on my site here.

The second mod was done by Toby, owner of Ace Bicycles Guildford and Monmouth. He has created an adapter allowing you to move you Bosch Purion display to a tidier and better-looking place close to the stem instead of near the grips. I am now 3D printing these adapters too and you can speak to Ace Bicycles to get your bike converted.

Review coming soon!

I will be riding this bike for a few months before I put up a review but my initial thoughts are that this is one hell of a bike with a ton of mid-travel support. It feels very planted and tracks so well. The motor makes getting up hills almost effortless and I find myself pushing myself to tackle harder and more technical climbs.

What do you think of my switch to an EMTB? What do you think of the Whyte E-150 RS? If you want to try one yourself then head to Ace Bicycles as they have a few demo models available.

Will Brett-Atkin

Will Brett-Atkin

Will (@willbrettbikes) is the founder and creator of One Track Mind Mag. He is an award-winning Digital Product Designer and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world.When not behind a computer screen Will likes to be out in nature riding natural trails with friends. He also likes to dabble in a bit of Enduro racing and has had some great results racing in the UK

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