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Matt Simmonds | Privateer 161 | Bike Build

Matt Simmonds | Privateer 161 | Bike Build


The team at Privateer kindly offered to get my bike ready for this year's race season. However, given the current climate I've had to 'make do' with local Welsh trails.

With support from all my sponsors, including Shimano, Hunt Bike wheels, J-tech, Mudhugger, Pro Components, and Kenda tyres it made for an awesome build.

Model Privateer 161
Frame Size P3
Wheel Size 29"
Suspension Öhlins
Drivetrain & Brakes Shimano XTR
Wheels HUNT All-Mountain Carbon
Tyres Kenda Hellkat Pro
Guard Mudhugger Shorty

Privateer 161 Headtube, handlebars, brake cable and lever
Crank arm with pedal attached
A dismantled Privateer laying on the floor, ready to be built
Privateer 161 handlebars and headset

Privateer 161 drivetrain

Full XTR groupset 10-51 cassette with 32T chainring, With 26-28PSI in the rear tyre and no tyre inserts to be found front or rear. Pedal tension set up in a pretty neutral position of 6 clicks from max.

Privateer 161 Front Suspension, Front wheel and mudhugger mudguard

Front tyre pressures vary from 24-26PSI on his Kenda Hellkat and a Mudhugger Shorty X to keep the mud off the money maker.

Fork Öhlins RXF36 M2 Coil. 600lb Spring
Rebound 8 Clicks
LSC 6 Clicks
HSC 2 Clicks

Shock Öhlins. 457 lb spring
Rebound 3 Clicks
LSC 5 Clicks
HSC 1 Click

Privateer 161 Handlebars and brakes

180 mm rotors front and rear. Brake levers at 30 degrees from level and a lever reach around 42 mm from the bar.

Front end picture of a the Privateer 161 in black with gold rear shock

Bar width with grips sits at 810 mm. A 180mm dropper with a Pro DH saddle to keep things out of the way when things get steep.

Matt Simmonds Privateer 161 in black and gold
Full bike picture of the Privateer 161 in black and gold
A side on shot of the Privateer 161 in black with a gold rear shock

"Since the start of lockdown I’ve been riding the 161 and can honestly say it’s been a highlight of many a day.
It’s steep seat angle makes tackling the climbs so much faster and it smashes the gnarliest descents. The 161 does it all and I’m really looking forward to taking it further afield and finding it’s boundaries, if it has any!"

- Matt Simmonds

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