Your first chance to check out the new prototype Privateer 161 FS Enduro Bike From Privateer Bikes.
You might have heard of The Rider Firm.CC, the parent company behind Hunt Wheels, Cairn Bikes and Dissent 133 clothing. There’s another spawn…er…spawning in the form of Privateer Bikes, which is working on a full suspension alloy enduro race bike.
We’ve been given a sneak peak at the prototype. Look out for it at the Ard Rock Enduro the first weekend in August – your first chance to spot it in the wild. There’s a good chance you’ll see sponsored rider Matt Stuttard – currently placed 20th in the EWS – riding it round the course. Well, you’re probably more likely to see him after the race, since he’ll probably be far ahead of you!
Tom from The Rider Firm.CC said:
It’s purpose is an alloy Enduro Race Bike that performs at world level. We have not asked Matt to race it even though his title sponsorship package from us covers him riding/racing the Privateer bike. Only when he feels it is his best option to perform will he race it.
It’s a fully custom frame with some open mold tubes, with the UK enduro scene in mind.
There’s 161mm of rear suspension travel via a Horst link and Trunnion Mount, and it’s been designed for a 170mm fork, but can be run with 160mm.
The bike has been designed to have progressive geometry to descend as fast as possible, while reducing fatigue with a low effort climbing position. This is with the aim of reducing upper body stress on steep transitions and therefore increasing readiness and speed in the timed stages. To achieve this, the prototype has an 80 degree seat angle.
Fettlers, fiddlers and the reckless will be pleased to note there are easy removal bearing notches and a BSA BB. It will take tyres up to 29×2.6in.
Being a UK based company, they’ve thought about the trials and tribulations a UK bike faces, and designed the suspension for high durability, with large 15mm axles and large diameter ball bearings on two front triangle pivots. There’s wide bearing spacing to reduce sideways torque forces – very important for bearing life. There are three bearings in the main pivot, with two on the drive side. Since drive side main pivot bearings always have to sit in-board due to chainring clearance, Tom says two bearings will share the load and increase wear life. All bearings are fully enclosed and double contact sealed. It’s a one piece CNC rocker link, rather than two or three piece welded, keeping bearing and frame alignment accurate and increasing strength.
We’ll be looking out for the built up bike at Ard Rock to see how it looks when all dressed up. What do you think? Does it look like the kind of thing that might make your shopping list? We’re looking forward to seeing how this progresses – with Hunt being known for making some great value wheels, will this fall into the big bang for buck category?