Privateer E-161 : Matt Stuttard’s First Ride
Privateer first announced the Privateer E-161 back in September after an amazing opportunity to work with Shimano presented itself. After being blown away by a brief test ride, the Privateer team knew this was the system to build Matt’s eagerly awaited training tool.
With nearly twelve months of design and discussion already in place, building the first bike as a proof of concept, they knew there was a lot of hard work ahead and that it wouldn’t be ready till Matt had given us his sign off.
The idea of this project goes right back to the beginning of Privateer, with Matt asking for a bike just as capable as his race rig, but with the assistance to get him back up to the top, letting him squeeze more runs out of those short winter days.
”It's feeling pretty planted, nice and fast, even in icy snow conditions...oh it's sick!Matt Stuttard
As a late Christmas present, we managed to piece together another bike ready for Stuttard to ride, just as the weather decided to get cold and snowy…perfect!
What do you think of the Privateer E-161 EMTB? Will you be looking to purchase one when they’re finally launched? Personally, I think this is one of the nicest E-bikes out there. Can’t wait to see how it handles. I imagine that when they are launched they will sell out straight away so probably best to signup to their newsletter to be in with a chance of getting one.