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Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 31

An alloy frame, top-shelf suspension, smart build, and trend-leading geometry make one of the most compelling bikes to come along this year. Get all the details in the press release, below.

Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike

Privateer bikes was founded on the idea of creating a bike that fits the needs and demands of its namesake. Progressive, race-ready geometry combined with rider-focused features ensures the 161 can handle seasons worth of abuse.

 

Developed with Top 20 EWS rider Matt Stuttard and the Enduro World Series in mind, the 161 features 161mm of rear travel and progressive geometry to descend as fast as possible, whilst reducing fatigue with a low effort climbing position. By reducing upper body stress on steep transitions, readiness and speed will increase during the timed stages.

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Over the course of 18 months the 161 was developed with Alastair Beckett who has already designed EWS race-winning bikes. Mixing our passion and ideas with Ali’s experience, the recipe for a rider focused bike was created.

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Whilst working closely with Matt to ensure its everything he needs to race at the highest level, he provided us with incredibly useful feedback; ranging from geometry to small (but important) details such as cable routing to clear race plates.

Tech Overview

The biggest change of all, is right at the heart of the frame. After putting the miles (+1000's meters of elevation) onto our prototypes and keeping track of the ever extending dropper post lengths, we knew the seat post insertion just wasn't enough. The right thing to do was to take the frame back to the drawing board.

Threaded BB and ISCG 05 Mounts : With a focus on serviceability, threads make the most sense. And when every second counts, the security of a chain guide lets you focus on the stage ahead.
One-Piece Rocker Link : A one-piece rocker keeps alignment high for longer bearing life whilst increasing stiffness and strength
Headtube Guides : Keeping annoying cable rub and rattle to a minimum
Three Bearings in Main Pivot : Bearings are always offset due to the chainring, so having two bearings on the drive side helps spread the load

Not wanting to move the linkage position, but needing to change the tube, took some head-scratching but eventually a solution was found. The entire bottom bracket and shock mount junction has been redesigned and replaced with a two-piece CNC section. This change increases post insertion by 50mm on P1 and around 80mm P2-P4. More insertion depth means riders can now fit the longest dropper post possible for them.

The smallest "P1" size uses 27.5-inch wheels while everything bigger rolls on 29.

Kinematics and Geometry

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Build and Pricing

Frameset

  • Shock - RockShox SuperDeluxe Ultimate M/L
  • Headset - Sealed Catridge Bearings
  • Price - £1,489 / €1,699 / $1,535 USD
  • Raw or Black

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Complete Build

  • Fork - RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 170mm 42 offset
  • Shock - RockShox SuperDeluxe Ultimate M/L
  • Brakes - Magura MT5 203/180 Storm HC Rotors
  • Drive - Shimano 12 speed SLX with XT shifter
  • Dropper - OneUp V2 180mm
  • Cockpit -Raceface Altas 20mm/Aeffect R Stem 40mm
  • Contact - Fabric Scoop Elite / FunGuy Grips
  • Tyres - Michelin Wild Enduro Magi X Front, Gum X Rear
  • Wheels - HUNT EnduroWide
  • Raw or Black
  • Price - £2,989 / €3,399 / $3,075 USD

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Head to PrivateerBikes.com for full details and availability.


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