The Privateer 161 is now Available

Date May 2, 2020

Built from the ground up as a bike for enduro racers without a massive support truck, the Privateer 161 combines stacks of modern tech with simple to service components at a price point that is truly hard to beat. Read on after the break for a full rundown on this wallet-friendly pin machine.

Privateer bikes was founded on the idea of creating a bike that fits the needs and demands of it’s 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 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.

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.

Whilst working closely with Matt to ensure it's 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.

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Tech Overview

The biggest change of all, is right at the heart of the frame. After putting the miles (+1000's metres 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.

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 & shock mount junction has been redesigned and replaced with a 2 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

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Geometry and Kinematics

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Frame or Complete Build



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

More info here

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
  • Saddle - Fabric Scoop Elite / FunGuy Grips
  • Tyres - Michelin Wild Enduro Magi X Front, Gum X Rear
  • Wheels - HUNT EnduroWide
  • Price - £2,989 / €3,399 / $3,075 USD

More info here

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Maddox253  - May 2, 2020, 2:05 a.m.

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+2 Mammal Niels
Pete Roggeman  - May 4, 2020, 6:46 a.m.

Well this is today's what the fuck post. WTF?

Niels  - May 4, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

Slipped through the spam filter 🙄


+2 Pete Roggeman aShogunNamedMarcus
mike  - May 2, 2020, 8:11 a.m.

BONER ALERT!!!!!! This check a lot of my box,s . Hell it checks them all LOL

. See what the fall brings.


+2 Pete Roggeman aShogunNamedMarcus
Mammal  - May 2, 2020, 10:58 a.m.

Looks like a great bike, and amazing spec for that price.


aShogunNamedMarcus  - May 5, 2020, 2:34 p.m.

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aShogunNamedMarcus  - May 5, 2020, 2:34 p.m.

If they had a Large in a 27.5 offering, I think my Operator might've ended up in the Buy & Sell pretty damn quick.


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