Excellent news from the weekend. Aside from a fantastic weekend down at the Isle of Purbeck at NNF (that’s “Not Ness Fest” for the uninitiated – it’s a long story) in the company of one or more TFITers it transpires Malcolm W has purchased his new steed.

Yes, finally, after what was a high class procrastination even by my standards, Malc has wisely settled on the Whyte T-129 RS.

Whyte’s 650b T-130 was a candidate for me for a while (but my Bandit won by “love at first ride”) so I look forward to hearing Malc’s opinions. It’s quite a transition for him, from a short travel hardtail 26er (but enough about his Boardman already) to the nice long looking big-wheeled beauty.

The Whyte has a wealth of XT stop and go kit, Fox Float 34 120mm and Fox Float DPS as well as a 125mm Reverb handling the bounce and (for me the unknown) WTB Asym i23 rims providing the rolling. It also has some excellent Whyte finishing kit, comes in just over 29 lbs and looks just frankly awesome to boot. Well done Mr W – you’ve bought a cracking Surrey Hills trail-slayer there and just in time for Morzine 2016.

We look forward to hearing the pub post-ride breakdown this TFIT.