Can you ride like Chris?


We’re really pleased to welcome one of the world’s leading trials riders, Chris Akrigg, to the Whyte family for 2023 and beyond.

Chris is a former 6x British Bike Trials champion and one of the most technical bike riders on the planet who’s well-known for his jaw-dropping riding videos, such as Five, As It Lies, A Hill In Spain and many more. He has the ability to jump on pretty much any bike – be they hardtails, road and gravel bikes, BMXs, rigid trials bikes, trail full-suspension, fixies, DH rigs and many more – and make them to sing to his unique tune.

There’s very little that Chris can’t make his bike do. With a background in motorcycle and bike trials, he’s forged a career of riding the seemingly impossible. And making it all look smoothly effortless, too. And that’s true whatever bike he’s on: from trail bikes, to fixies, to gravel bikes to hardtails, and beyond, he can turn them all up to 11. Since 2009 his ever-growing catalogue of riding films that cross a wide array of bikes and terrain has clocked up millions of views. Each video is packed full of inspiration and riding wizardry to fuel your fire, with a style and an outlook that’s all his own.

Whyte has been engineering award-winning bikes that perform without compromise and, much like Chris, doing things differently since the day we started some 22 years ago. Our first breakthrough bike (the PRST-1) rewrote the rules. And we continue in that spirit; relentlessly seeking and developing the next big performance and reliability advantages with pioneering innovations that push the limits.

Take our innovative tilted motor and low centre of gravity concept on our award-winning E-160 RSX e-MTB, just one of the bikes that Chris is riding. By rotating the motor we’ve slid the battery down further towards the bottom bracket to lower the bike’s centre of gravity as much as possible. Coupled with our geometry, this makes the bike more agile, capable and confidence inspiring.

“E-bikes are one of the most exciting things,” Chris explains of his passion for embracing electric. ”Once I jumped on one for the first time, I was like ‘Wow! They’re really good fun.’ But then you get to, ‘Right, what can this help me do? How can I make this my own? And how can I push it and make my bike do what other people can’t?’”

The E-160 RSX 👉

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