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£1,599 top dollar hybrid with a Hope/SRAM mix and a 19.5lb all-in weight

by Dave Atkinson   November 23, 2011  

Those of you with a good memory for shiny bikes will remember that when Whyte launched the their urban bikes back in the middle of 2010, the Montpellier was more of a money-no-object design exercise than a genuine commercial proposition. It had a 16lb all-in weight, Hope wheels and disc brakes, SRAM Red componentry and a salty £3k price tag.

Spin forward a year and it's still in the range, but this time around it's about half the price – £1,599 to be precise – and it still manages to pack in some pretty high level componentry. Let's have a quick look.

The frame is the same R7 alloy unit as the cheaper Striling, save for an upgrade to a press-fit BB shell. It's a custom-drawn, multi-butted and hydroformed chassis and it's based on Whyte's MTB geometry so it's fairly rangy; our XL bike is only 53cm centre to top on the seat tube, but it's 61.5cm along the top. A shortish 90mm stem should quicken up the fairly slack – in road terms at least – 70° head angle.

Fork-wise it's an upgrade from the Stirling's Carbon/alloy affair to a full Carbon component. Strangely, while there's masses of room for a mudguard there's no holes to fit one. You can have a rear 'guard though, or a rack if you fancy.

Obviously you're not going to get the same level of spec on this £1600 bike as you did on last year's three grand super-commuter, but there's still lots to like. For a start you get to keep the Hope disc brakes – X2 race to be precise – and the wheels have Hope Evo hubs too, laced to cheaper Alex rims.

All the SRAM Red has gone, naturally, but you still get a 20-speed transmission with a Rival rear mech and and a two-lever shifter. The front mech is Apex, the chainset an FSA Gossamer compact. At the back there's an 11-32T cassette that should winch you up pretty much anything.

The changes have had an effect on the weight, of course, but at 19.5lb (8.8kg) for the largest size, there's still not many disc-equipped hybrids lighter than this one. We'll be doing the work run on the Montpellier and dragging it round some long rides too; stay tuned for our review.

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Are you sure the Montpellier has the same frame as the Stirling save the BB? My Stirling 2011 has 130mm rear spacing and speaking to Whyte the 2012 is the same. So, unless Hope are producing special 130mm rear disk hubs for Whyte, maybe the Montpelier is 135mm? 130mm rear disc hubs are pretty rare but not impossible to find.

posted by anyuser [67 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 16:10


Good bikes just make sure you lock it out sight, The Whyte name whether mountain bike or hybrid seems to make it very attractive to thieves. Had my stolen from secure parking in a secure gated area at work, with CCTV in the middle of the day locked up next to 2 unlocked Trek hybrids yet they took the time to hack through my lock and take my bike.
Guess this backs up the bikes quality and build though Cool

posted by twist305 [24 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 16:33


Can you get the Pompi versa pro review out the way first?


posted by bobinski [216 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 16:57


that's coming soon, bobinski. we haven't even ridden this one yet Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7863 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 17:25


Struggling to fit the words "upgrade" and "press fit bottom bracket" into the same sentence here - maybe it's just the Luddite in me, but just because the PR spin *says* it's a good idea, it doesn't *make* it a good idea ...

This week I have mostly been riding a Mondiale in Deda V107 with Campagnolo Super Record 11 ...

posted by velotech_cycling [78 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 19:04


anyuser wrote:
Are you sure the Montpellier has the same frame as the Stirling save the BB?

i'm not 100% sure on the rear spacing but the tubeset is the same. i'm struggling to understand why any of the R7 bikes would be 130mm across the rear, since they're all designed to take discs. not saying they're not, just that it's odd.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7863 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 20:36


I spoke to the horse and its mouth said this:

The rear spacing is 130mm and yes we build special hubs for our bikes, It gives 2.5mm extra heel clearance, road cranks have a narrower Q factor so your feet are closer together and therefore your heel is closer to the chainstay. This doesn’t matter on a road bike as the dropouts are small and at the end of the chainstay, however on the R-7 the disk calliper is mounted on the dropout which is effectively an extension of the chainstay itself, so your heel gets closer to the dropout than a road bike. The extra 2.5mm clearance is needed, if we used 135mm some people might find it an issue.

On the Press fit 30 issue, I think you have to remember the biggest advantage is not the BB itself but the overall weight saving and stiffness of the system. The hollow alloy 30mm axle is significantly stiffer than a steel one and lighter. You also get the same size ball bearings in the a BB 30 set up as say a Shimano hollow tech II bb but you get 19 balls instead of 15 balls, so in fact a stronger bearing.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7863 posts]
24th November 2011 - 15:26


That looks tidy ... Great lines. Slack but light. Must be the work of that Ian Alexander.

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posted by minnellium [84 posts]
25th November 2011 - 21:14