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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

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.

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 2 1 Click

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

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.

Since the start of lockdown I’ve been riding the 161 and can honestly say it’s been a highlight of many a day.
Its 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!

What do you think of Matt Simmonds’ new Raw Privateer 161 Bike Build? You can check out Matt Stuttard’s Privateer 161 bike check here. Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Will Brett-Atkin

Will Brett-Atkin

Will (@willbrettbikes) is the founder and creator of One Track Mind Mag. He is an award-winning Digital Product Designer and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. When not behind a computer screen Will likes to be out in nature riding natural trails with friends. He also likes to dabble in a bit of Enduro racing and has had some great results racing in the UK

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