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Well you came, and you guessed. And two of you guessed right, as it turned out. The mystery frame in question is indeed a Whyte cyclocross prototype, and Whyte pro rider Billy Whenman will be putting a leg over the built-up prototype at the Woodcote CX Sportive this weekend.

Whyte just sent us another pic of the bike, this one with stickers and wheels and such. The bike's still in proper prototype stage; there hasn't been any final decisions about geometry and tubing spec. But it will be disc-specific and it will have the tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket that the prototype is sporting.

So falls offlots was the first to come up with the right answer, and they'll receive a box containing some things. We don't know what things, exactly, we'll have a root through the big cupboard.

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Here's something you won't have seen before, it's so new that they haven't even stuck any stickers on it yet. Take a closer look: there's a tapered head tube, a beefy hydroformed down tube, a rear disc mount and cable guides, a BB30 bottom bracket and rack bosses on the seat stays.

I can also tell you that it's designed in the UK, and that it'll be doing the rounds, fully built, at an event this weekend. But what is it? That's where you come in. Tell us what it is, and who made it. First correct answer gets a bunch of office schwag. Happy guessing!
 

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Cross Rob [17 posts] 5 years ago
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Is it the Genesis Croix de Fer?

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Cross Rob [17 posts] 5 years ago
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And what I mean by that is:

"A wide-ranging, all-terrain, all-year round 700c drop-bar Reynolds 725 steel bike with disc brakes."

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 5 years ago
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Nope

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G-bitch [323 posts] 5 years ago
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The new on-one cross bike? (New kaffenback or superseding kaffenback?)

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G-bitch [323 posts] 5 years ago
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Ooh, hydroforming - cannondale disc 'cross with design farmed out to UK?

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johnnymcg259 [21 posts] 5 years ago
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Is it one of the new Boardman range of bikes?

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falls offlots [90 posts] 5 years ago
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OK - here's my twopenneth on this one. It's a Whyte prototype disc specific cyclocross frame with just a nod towards the hybrid/touring/commuter end of the market.

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steviebike [30 posts] 5 years ago
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I think it's a bow and arrow.

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bikeandy61 [538 posts] 5 years ago
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I would say a Boardman 29er but as this is Road.cc I suppose that is a little too MTB.

So a Boardman disc CX/light tourer.

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dave atkinson [6261 posts] 5 years ago
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a laterally-stiff-yet-vertically-compliant bow and arrow?  1

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OldRidgeback [2662 posts] 5 years ago
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I would say it's a bicycle frame. Don't tell me I'm wrong cos I'm not.

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STATO [514 posts] 5 years ago
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Post mount disc brakes, tapered head tube, BB30. Quite a unique spec, cant imagine what it could be. Suppose there is a chance it could be a new Kinesis cx bike but they have one like that already, Genesis have the CDF, boardman wouldnt go to this spec id have thought, what else is left? Ragley? not with those dropouts, on-one? again no (they have a new Kaff in proto but its not that one. Im kinda stumped. Charge bikes maybe?

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STATO [514 posts] 5 years ago
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Actually, looking at the top-tube cable guides it could be a ragley. ??

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adscrim [141 posts] 5 years ago
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is it a new kinesis fast commuter?

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Dom Kaos [3 posts] 5 years ago
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Obviously a Cotic tourey crossey sort of thing?

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STATO [514 posts] 5 years ago
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An Alu cotic?! blasphemy!

Im now wondering if it could be a shop brand, Pinnacle perhaps?

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gazzaputt [221 posts] 5 years ago
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Got to be On-One

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STATO [514 posts] 5 years ago
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gazzaputt wrote:

Got to be On-One

Nah, cant be. This is there new tourer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/placid_casual/5382071240/) and he also has pics of the new pompino too.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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I'd say it is not a Kinesis, since they don't route their front derailleur along the top tube.

I thought it was a single speed until I realised that it just doesn't have the rear hanger bolted on.

Whyte do use BB30, but I'd expect the dropouts to look more elegant, and I think they'd put the disc brake mount on the chainstay. Likewise Ragley would put the brake mount on the chainstay.

It is made from Aluminium, so I can't see it being a Cotic. But then the reinforcing strut makes it look a lot like a Cotic, so I'd say it is a Cotic.

But where is the lower mount for a rear rack?

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MCLK [93 posts] 5 years ago
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Whyte CX prototype?

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Trev Allen [132 posts] 5 years ago
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Post mount rear - got to be euro...

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scrapper [72 posts] 5 years ago
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For my 2p worth...all the previos suggestions popped into my mind, so its a waste of time suggesting those , so thinking outside the box a little

"Isla Bikes are extending outside the brilliant kids bikes they create and doing a cross bike for the big kids..."

im clutching at straws really

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Fringe [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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its only got one brifter...

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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Is it Alastair Campbell's Triandrun stripped down and ready to be sold on? Ok, perhaps not. More likely to be a new Charge, and it'll probably be ridden on Park Street  39

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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How wrong I was.

I guess the fork isn't the production model, since it doesn't match the diameter of the headtube, and it isn't post mount. (First time I've seen a bike with a post mount rear, and ISO mount fork!)

Still mystified by the top rack mounts and no lowers.

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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Ok. Perhaps it's not a Charge. Bloody nice looking bike though!

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STATO [514 posts] 5 years ago
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Im confused by the bolt on top-tube mounts, wont be particularly pleasant if you get your dimount wrong  31