Review: The Privateer Bikes 141 is a small bike with big intentions
The 141 is a 29-inch wheeled, 141mm rear travel bike paired with a 150mm fork. Considering the low position of the bike, it’s probably even possible to operate a 160mm fork without too much damage to the geometry of the bike.
It’s also an all-aluminum case, with Privateer’s MO having a lot to do with durability. The rocker arm link is a large one-piece part, which is good as a trunnion damper bolts directly on it, and the one-piece nature keeps the system rigid and can allow the two damper bolts to be as concentric as possible.
The tube on the 141 is in stock, which means it is from the factory catalog rather than brand or bike specific. This saves a bit of money for Privateer, but imposes some limits and in some places makes the bike a little less polished than some of the other all-aluminum frames.
There’s a large two-piece construction that captures the BB, main pivot, rocker pivot, and lower shock mount all in one fell swoop, undoubtedly concentrating a lot of the cost of the frame. The two pieces are welded together to create a large box, if you will, in the center of the bike while still allowing the ability to be efficient with the material inside.
The one-piece chainstay yoke also has a sturdy, hollowed-out section from below, and its bridge folds neatly and aligns with the rear of the seat tube to provide a smooth transition and fewer ledges for mud to squeeze in. ‘accumulated. There is also a one-piece stay cable bridge and pivot, which is quite thin and pointed in design, which also resists mud build-up.
The cables are pretty much all routed to the outside, with the exception of the dropper post and the base section of the gear cable. The dropper does a short external stretch as it goes from the down tube to the seat tube and uses bolt-on guides to route it. For other cables, there is a mix of zip ties and bolt-on pieces that hold the cables in place.
The 141 uses all the standards, well, the standards. There’s a 73mm wide threaded BB, ISCG 05 tabs, Boost 148 rear end, ZS44 / ZS56 head tube, 31.6mm seat tube diameter, and post-mount brake interface. 180 mm. There is a bottle cage holder on the down tube, but unfortunately no gear strap holder.
Frame 141 hauls quite a bit of lumber, with a claimed weight of 3.7kg, or 8.15lbs, though it’s for the smaller size P1 without the shock and rear axle. This weight, however, helps define some of the character of the bike, as we’ll see a little later.