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Privateer's E-161 E-Bike is Coming 4

Hot on the heels of Shimano announcing its new EP8 motor, Privateer shares the new E-161 e-bike, using the EP8 system.

Privateer's E-161 E-Bike is Coming

Way back during the first meetings with our EWS racer Matt Stuttard, before the 161 was even finished, he was asking about the possibility of us creating an e-MTB. He wanted to use it as a training tool, just as capable as his race rig, but with the assistance to get him back up to the top, letting him squeeze more runs out of those short winter days.

When Shimano approached us to work with their upcoming drive unit, we were humbled. Knowing this to be an incredible opportunity, we went straight to the drawing board to design Matt's e-bike.


The E-161, as the name suggests, borrows a lot from its EWS proven sibling. Taking the key ingredients like progressive geometry and rider-focused features, then mixing them with Shimano's brand-new EP8 drive unit, creates the blueprints for our race-ready e-MTB. To ensure it's ready to handle any stage, the E-161 utilizes the same 64-degree head angle and 445-515mm reach figures of the 161, whilst the 78.7-degree seat angle keeps you centered as you climb to the next peak.


After almost 12 months of discussion and design work, the E-161 finally took its first spin. Whilst we are already proud parents, we know there is still room for improvement.

Over the coming season we're going to be testing and developing the E-161 with Matt Stuttard, Chloe Taylor, and Matt Simmonds, to ensure it's ready to serve riders like you.

"e-MTB's allow you to explore more extreme terrain, whilst also being a great training tool for Enduro and DH racing. Plus they let me keep up with my 86-year-old grandad while he's in turbo!"

- Matt Stuttard


With their rider-first design approach, Shimano reduced drag by a further 36% to ensure you're always in complete control while experiencing a smooth, natural ride feel.


An improved clutch mechanism results in a more responsive ride, allowing for a smoother cut-off when pedaling above 25km/h.


Despite its power, the EP8 operates with little noise so you can still enjoy the natural sounds of the trails without distraction.

The E-161 will be available as a complete build only, with a target price of £5,000. More information on geometry, kinematics, build specs, and release date will be made available in the coming months. In the meantime, visit for more information.

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