Put simply, the Whyte Wessex is a bike that’s had us redefining our own conceptions of an ‘all-rounder’.
Sure, we’ve seen bikes that match an endurance geometry with racy responsiveness and no short amount of prodigious speed, or race-ready bikes fitted with the latest and greatest ride-softening innovations, but the Whyte Wessex is quite possibly the king of them all, with no stone left unturned in its goal for the perfect ‘four season’ bike.
Let’s start with Whyte’s own marketing spiel, where they claim the Wessex is “conceived to be the perfect 21st Century British road bike and designed from the outset to excel in all conditions, [proving] once and for all that you no longer have to sacrifice speed and award-winning performance for everyday reliability.” That’s quite a claim, so where’s the evidence?
The frame, which has been specifically designed to mirror a full-bore road bike in terms of shape and geometry, has been constructed with a serious amount of thought towards the British winter rider. This means you’ll spot acres of clearance – enough for 30c tyres, plus space for Whyte’s own mudguard system – or 33c rubber if mudguards just aren’t your thing.