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First Ride: Privateer’s New 141 Trail Bike

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First Trip: Privateer’s New 141 Path Bike

Privateer have been as soon as across the cycle now, and with it they add a brand new bike to their assortment, the 141.

It isn’t exhausting to know the positioning of the 141. Their 161, or price range priced brute as Mike Kazimer put it, clearly had a watch on going actually rattling quick. So the 141 ought to take a few of that inspiration, however with extra of a watch on a little bit of every part. Extra versatile and fewer single minded.

Because the identify suggests, it has 141mm rear wheel journey and makes use of the identical wheel dimension thought as its greater brother, with the bigger sizes rolling on 29″ wheels and the smallest on 27.5″ wheels.

141 Particulars
• Wheel Dimension: 29″
• All aluminum body
• 141mm journey
• 64.5° head angle
• 485mm attain (dimension P3)
• 446mm chainstay (dimension P3), adjustments with sizes
• Frameset £1,489 / €1,739 / $1,759 USD
• Full bike £2,989 / €3,489 / $3,719 USD
• Out there for pre order now, supply January 2021

Body Particulars

Privateer avoid wasting cash with the usage of off the shelf body components, that are a little bit rougher across the edges when in comparison with another, extra refined, aluminum bikes on the market that use their very own, designed in-house, body components.

Privateer’s M.O. from the day they stepped into the business has been about affordability. And whereas that could be a phrase with constructive connotations, the underlying mechanics to make it occur meant frames on the cheaper aspect of issues. That cheapness coming from their use of open mould body components and maybe a bit much less improvement time than a few of the different manufacturers.

From afar the 141 is a pleasant wanting bike. The proportions and design are enticing, and comply with very carefully the identical silhouette of the 161. Getting nearer and zooming in is the place the main points begin to bounce out, and maybe the place you may see how Privateer convey their bikes in on the value they do. When you suppose it appears to be like a little bit like RAAW Madonna too, then you definately’d be proper. Privateer bikes are literally made on the similar Taiwanese manufacturing facility as RAAW, and so they say, imitation is the very best type of flattery.

Cable routing is a mixture of exterior and inner, with the gear and brakes traces cable tied to the skin of the body and clamped on the head tube, with the dropper publish line being run internally with a brief part of exterior below the shock.

The brake hose and equipment cable are all exterior, utilizing principally cable ties to carry them to the body. On both aspect of the pinnacle tube are bolt on guides, which on our take a look at bike appears to be like to be creasing the brake hose whereas not clamping the gear cable tightly sufficient.

The dropper publish cable is routed internally, utilizing bolt on items and goes exterior for a small stretch below the shock earlier than going again into the seat tube.

The 141, just like the 161, makes use of an enormous two piece development to attach the underside bracket, principal pivot, decrease shock mount and rocker pivot that’s made out of two machined items welded collectively. In distinction to the open mould body components, this will need to have price so much.

There’s a big one-piece rocker hyperlink driving the trunnion mount shock and a 180mm publish mount brake.

The BB is threaded and has full ISCG tabs. The brake mount is a 180mm publish mount. The primary connection between the chainstay and mainframe makes use of three bearings, two on the drive aspect and one on the non-drive aspect. The remainder of the pivots run on bearings with the decrease shock mount utilizing the usual Fox {hardware} and bushings.

There’s stick on body safety on the chainstay, seat keep and underside of the down tube, however it’s fairly primary and is coming unstuck already.

Geometry & Sizing

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In a little bit of a replica from Specialised, the sizing is just not your common S to XL however P1 to P4. The smallest, P1, dimension is a 27.5″ bike whereas the remaining are full 29″ bikes.

Attain numbers vary from 440mm to 510mm with evolving chainstay size as you undergo the sizes, from 434mm to 452mm. The dimensions vary ought to mimic the 161, becoming riders from 1.60m as much as nearly 2m.

There is a beneficiant backside bracket drop, giving a BB top from round 340 – 343mm relying on tire alternative for the 29″ model. The P1 will get a smaller 15mm drop with the smaller wheels and must be round a 335 – 340mm BB top.

A 64.5° head angle is sweet and slack whereas serving to out the versatile nature of the bike and with beneficiant head tube lengths it ought to assist to place the fingers in a greater window for the bike’s aggressive intentions.

The 141 has a barely slacker seat angle than the actually steep 161, round 1.3° slacker at between 78.7 – 78.9° relying on dimension. Efficient and precise angles quoted, and likewise with the seat at full dropper extension, however no precise seat top measurement for that absolutely prolonged size. Privateer say it is potential to run a publish with 150mm of drop on the P1, 175mm drop on the P2 and 200mm drop on the P3 and P4.


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The 141 follows the format of the 161, with a four-bar format, a Horst pivot and huge one-piece rocker hyperlink. It makes use of a 205 x 57.5mm trunnion mount shock, with the trunnion attachment up on the hyperlink.

There’s 15.9% development with a beginning leverage ratio of round 2.6. Following the little bit of a hump at first of journey, the leverage ratio descends all the way in which to 2.19.

Anti-squat within the best climbing gear begins actually excessive, up at 176%, dropping all the way in which to 84%. Across the quoted sag window, 21 to 35% rear wheel journey, the anti-squat is between 152% and 140%. Anti rise is between 38% and 49% with it usually growing via the journey.

Choices, Value & Availability

A body equipment choice comes with a Fox DPX2 Efficiency Elite and headset. It retails for £1,489 / €1,739 / $1,759 USD.

The whole construct choice comes with a Fox 36 and DPX2 Efficiency Elite fork and shock, Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain with an XT shifter, Magura MT5 brakes with 203mm entrance and 180mm rear rotors, a OneUp V2 dropper and Hunt Path Large wheels with a Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tire combo, each in Tremendous Path casing and Smooth compound. It retails for £2,989 / €3,489 / $3,719 USD.

Each body solely and full bike can be found in uncooked, charcoal gray and heritage inexperienced colors, and can be found to pre-order now for January 2021 supply.

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Trip Impressions

Leaping on the 141 it felt snug right away, the low BB and lengthy attain mixed with the lengthy headtube give a pleasant ft and hand place. I am 188cm tall and the P3 dimension suits like a glove.

The marginally slacker seat angle, in comparison with the 161, feels very nice too, and provides a not too stretched out however not too upright using place on steeper climbs and flatter sections of path. It allows the seat to be in a pleasant center floor permitting adjustment both means.

Round Champéry, and the Valais area of Switzerland, the 141 feels to be a very nice little choice for a lot of on the lookout for a little bit of a do all of it mountain bike. That aggressive geometry brings stability, a pleasant rider match for consolation and the inherent livliness from the shorter journey whereas nonetheless having sufficient to allow you to get away with a little bit of homicide right here and there.

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It additionally appears to be like to be a superb recipe for markets just like the UK, with mixes of path centres pedals to longer and techier days out within the Welsh and Scottish hills. Privateer’s being UK based mostly means this is not a lot of a shock.

Driving clever it feels good thus far after a number of rides. Maybe I am this bike via the eyes of a motorbike engineer and too critically, however in a battle of marginal positive factors right here and there that separate the mediocre from the nice, is it too tough across the edges?

It is going to be fascinating to see the way it holds up long run in comparison with some extra refined bikes and what the diminished value truly will get you long run, moderately than simply on paper. However on first impressions it is a whole lot of bike for not some huge cash, however I am chin scratching as to how a lot of that’s simply the spec. Time will inform and I will report again with a full evaluate within the coming months.

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