Privateer bikes | Prove that it’s an enduro bike that will do DH
From the team behind Hunt Wheels, the Privateer 161 has some pretty interesting geometry that has a few people watching its development. Designed as an all-rounder (for the Privateer, who can’t own a fleet) with an emphasis on EWS-style courses, the team wanted to show that it can tackle a downhill course at high speed. Here’s what they have to say:
“Spotted for the first time at Eurobike 2019, we had been working quietly for 18 months already. Privateer bikes was founded on the idea of creating a bike that meets the needs and demands of its namesake – Progressive race-ready geometry combined with rider-focused features, ensures the 161 can handle the abuse of the seasons .
With our primary testing focused on the top 20 EWS Matt Stuttard pilots, we looked to test the 161 in other ways as well. Wanting to test throughout the season with a variety of drivers, tracks and terrains, at different paces and styles, we saw an opportunity to test the prototype on Morzine’s most famous and rugged track.
Knowing that Hunt Bike Wheels backed rider Liam Saint was in Morzine, we challenged him to attack Pleney Black as hard as he would on his DH bike, on the 161. He surrendered on Strava and aimed to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest! With names like Wyn masters, Sam Dale and Flo Payet in the rankings, we knew it would be a challenge… Being no stranger to the French mountains, we were convinced that Liam could challenge these times and show that the Privateer 161 can offer riders a bike that is ready to race on trails like Pleney Black, as well as a downhill bike.
We have experimented with the color schemes, finishes and composition of the logo so what you see here will not be the finished look of the Privateer 161. You can keep up to date via our website at www.privateerbikes. com
Liam received the bike for four days, before having to bring it back to the UK for further testing. With just a few dry and dusty cutting laps on the new steed preparing for the task ahead, the skies opened up and dumped some classic Morzine rainstorms during the two and four days of the challenge. Frustrated, Liam knew it would have an impact on the times, but looking back it was the perfect opportunity to see how the times stacked up in the wet and the dry – all while creating a more exciting challenge.
After a battle with storms, limited climbs and a few closed sections of track this made the laps a lot slower, but a good test for the pedals going uphill. Despite all this, Liam had one of the fastest times placing him in the top 3 at the upper part of Pleney, alongside big names. It was a solid result for Liam, but also for the 161 it aimed to be as fast as the best times, and doing it in wet conditions only made it smoother.
This is just the start for Privateer, we are learning and improving on little tests like this and will continue to push the 161 to be race ready for the drivers.
What do you think? Are you interested in geometry? Is Privateer 161 on your watchlist? Watch this space – we’ll be keeping an eye on the final bike.