Last year we got our first look at the Privateer 161, a progressive enduro bike with cutting edge geometry and durability. The aluminum 161 was designed around a Horst-link platform, with durable pivot bearings and room for a 2.6 inch tire at the rear. Privateer has also sought to make the bikes as affordable as possible. Today, they’ve finalized the details, and the 161 will soon ship at a killer price.
Since taking the cat 161 out of the bag for the first time, Privateer has had to put it back for some adjustments. After riding for miles on their prototypes, they found that the seat post insertion needed to be deeper to accommodate ever longer dropper stems.
Privateer wanted to readjust the seat tube insertion without moving the linkage position, so they redesigned the bottom bracket and shock junction, increasing the insertion depth by 50mm on the P1 and 80mm. on sizes P2-P4. With durability and serviceability in mind, Privateer of course opted for a threaded bottom bracket, and there are ISCG 05 brackets for the bash guards and chain guides.
The frame is still 6066-T6 aluminum and there is a one-piece rocker link combined with three bearings in the main pivot for more durable bearings.
Privateer designates their sizing as P1-P4. A P1 appears to be the brand’s smallest and it’s the only size that will have 27.5-inch wheels. The rest of the sizes are 29ers. Privateer also does some interesting things with their geometry. Their “little” P1 is very long, modeling the Privateer racing mission. The reach is 445mm and the wheelbase is closer to medium to large, on many other brands at 1221mm.
The reach is long on all sizes and the P2, P3 and P4 are 470, 490 and 515 mm. Privateer also incorporated different sizes of bases for each size rather than sticking to the same back triangle for each size. The P1-P4 bases measure 434, 440, 446 and 452 mm.
Finally on construction kits and prices. Privateer looks like he built an EWS-ready full suspension bike at a stellar price tag. A frameset with a RockShox SuperDeluxe will sell for £ 1,489 / € 1,699 / $ 1,535 USD.
Right now, Hunt has a full build spec available, and it looks good. The 161 will have a RockShox SuperDeluxe shock and Lyrik Ultimate RC2 fork, Magura MT5 brakes, Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain, OneUp V2 dropper post, Race Face cockpit, Hunt wheels, and Michelin Wild Enduro tires.
Privateer is taking pre-orders now with select frames available by the second week of May and full availability on complete bikes expected by the end of September. See Privateer’s website for details.