Following just days behind their recently released E161 bike, Privateer has a new 141 trail bike ready to rip. The UK-based brand took note that not every rider has backyard trails suited to their burly 161mm enduro bike, and this latest offering should do well in most any terrain.
The 6066-T6 aluminum 141 frame rolls on 29″ wheels for all but the smallest size that takes 27.5-inch-diameter wheels, with a do-it-all 141mm of rear travel and a 150mm fork.
We’ll skip the long paragraph about long geometry, and share the geo table instead. The shorter travel bike’s head tube angle is just 0.5° steeper than the 161, and the seat tube is just over a degree slacker than the 80° climber on the big bike. The new 141 has brief seat tube measurements compared to the frame’s reach, allowing some riders to purchase a longer bike if it better fits their ride style and intentions. The short tube also means that full builds start with a 150mm dropper post for the smallest frame, 175mm on the P2, and 200mm on both of the longest bikes.
The frame has a one piece rocker link for improved alignment, and paired with the three large bearings in the main pivot this bike should hold up well throughout the season.
With external brake hose routing, external bottom bracket cups, and ISCG 05 mounts for whatever guide or guard you prefer, the Privateer 141 is ready to pound through the season and be serviced quickly to get back out there for more. The dropper post cable is hidden in the frame briefly, as is the last section of shift cable where it passes through the chainstay. Having recently built up a 161 I can say that this bike is a breeze to work on and the long travel version is a blast to ride.
The frameset comes with a Fox DPX2 Performance Elite damper and a sealed cartridge bearing headset for €1,739 / $1,759. The full build employs a Fox Performance 36 Elite fork with a GRIP2 damper under the bars, the same DPX2 shock, a set of Magura MT5 brakes, a Shimano drivetrain with an XT shifter, a OneUp V2 dropper post, Race Face handlebar and stem, Schwalbe Magic Mary front tire and Hans Damph rear, and a set of Hunt Trail Wide wheels. That sturdy build retails for a reasonable €3,489 / $3,719.
These 141 frame sets and complete bikes are available for pre order now with an expected delivery date in January of 2021.