Whyte Friston v5 - 52cm


Find Your Fun — Everywhere
Our Friston is perfect if you’re looking for a gravel bike that’s fun, versatile and will push the limits of what you can do off-road on a drop-barred bike. Load up and leave home or take the wild way to work and back, the Friston is designed to go the bike packing distance, and makes the journey the best part of the experience. Light yet tough, lively yet surefooted, fast on the road, fun in the woods, the Friston is more than just gravel.

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— Lightweight 6061 T6 hydroformed, multi-butted alloy Single Chain Ring (1X) specific frame
— Full carbon tapered straight blade fork
— SRAM Apex 11 speed mechanical transmission + hydraulic disc brakes
— 1x11 transmission (38T chainring x 10-42T cassette)
— Remote-controlled dropper post
— Clearance for up to 700x50mm rear + 29x2.0in front tyres

Why Friston?
Lightweight and responsive, the Friston is perfect for fast-paced commutes – and with its proven trail-taming handling it has the edge when the road stops and the real fun begins. Contemporary mountain bike (MTB) influences include a longer reach, a short stem and a wider bar. We stopped short of a crazy-slack head angle because Whyte’s Total Geometry concept creates off-road control through fork geometry genius instead. That way you get the same confident MTB feel without the flop and wander of a slack head angle. The result isn’t just on-trail confidence, but a neutral and natural steering feel on road, too. That doesn’t change when you’re loaded up with bike-packing gear either. We even fitted a dropper post as standard so your saddle won’t get in the way of confident control and rider balance. Perfect for when chasing those singletrack thrills or when the rougher end of the gravel spectrum suddenly gets steep and techy.

Plus, if you want to push your riding even further off-road – or tailor your ride for a variety of different uses – the frame will take up to a 700x50mm tyre in the rear and up to a 29x2.0in tyre up front for a massive grip, comfort and confidence boost through all weathers.

Features & Equipment
Practical, good looking and always ready for adventure, Friston is your ideal getaway partner. Wide-range SRAM Apex single ring 1x11 gearing makes climbing easy – whether summiting mountain passes with bike packing gear or making up for lost time after the morning alarm didn’t go off. The lightweight, rough-smoothing carbon fork boosts all-day comfort. SRAM Apex 1 hydraulic disc brakes with a larger 180mm front rotor give you maximum braking control and mean stopping is never an issue either. Sealing gussets and adding masses of mud clearance around 700x45mm tyres mean bad weather will never hold you back. And if that wasn’t enough, the alloy frame and carbon fork have mounts to take a full set of bike packing gear or conventional pannier racks, so the Friston can be ridden as far or fast as you like.


6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, SCR, Tapered Head Tube, Custom Drawn, Chainstay Flat Mount 160mm Disc Mount, DOX Cable Routing
Whyte Straight Bladed Full Carbon Fork, Tapered Carbon Steerer, Internal Cable Routing, Flat Mount 180mm Dropouts, 12mm x 100mm Stealth Thru Axle, Eyelets for Mudguards
Rear Shock


Shift Levers
SRAM Apex 1, Full Hydraulic, 11 Speed
Front Mech

Rear Mech
SRAM Apex 1, Long Cage, 11 Speed


Whyte, Forged 2pcs Cranks, Direct Mount, Narrow/Wide 38T Alloy Chainring, 50/52 170mm, 54 172.5mm, 56/58 175mm 11 Speed
Bottom Bracket

BSA 68mm

SRAM XG-1150, 10-42, 11 Speed

SRAM PC-1110, 11 Speed
Rear Hub
Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Centre-Lock, 12mm x 142mm Thru Axle, XD Driver, 32 Hole
Front Hub

Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Centre-Lock, 12mm x 100mm Thru Axle, 32 Hole, Concealed Hex Key

DT Swiss New Champion 2.0mm, Black Stainless, Brass Nipples

WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 System, Pinned Joint, Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole

Maxxis, Rambler TR, 700c x 45c 60TPI EXO Tan Sidewall Protection, Dual Compound
Brakes Front

SRAM Apex 1 Hydraulic, Centre-Lock 180mm Disc, Flat Mount, Internal Routing
Brakes Rear

SRAM Apex 1 Hydraulic, Centre-Lock 160mm Disc, Flat Mount, Internal Routing
Brake Levers

SRAM Apex 1, Hydraulic
Whyte Alloy, +-7° Rise, 50/52cm 60mm, 54cm 70mm, 56/58cm 80mm Extension

Whyte 500 by Controltech, 6061 Alloy, Gravel 20mm Riser Bar, 31.8mm x 500mm

FSA No. 42, Integrated Road, 1 1/2"" Lower and 1 1/8"" Upper Sealed Cartridge Bearings

Trans-X YSP38 Dropper Post, 27.2mm, 50/52/54 70mm Travel, 56 90mm Travel, 58 110mm Travel, Rocker Remote

Whyte Custom, Light Weight Triple Density Base, Triple Panel Design

Whyte Anti Slip, Cross Bar Tape

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