Proto To Production | Privateer 161
By Privateer Bikes
We don’t claim to be innovators for utilizing professional athletes to help us develop our products. However, when we had the opportunity to gain feedback and input from one of the world’s fastest racers, we jumped on the chance. The 161 is an out and out EWS race weapon, so it was imperative to develop it with the guidance of a rider racing at the highest level. The 161 would not be the bike it is without the help and input of Matt Stuttard. He put it to good use this season with an 8th place result in Zermatt, along with a hammering throughout tough races in Italy.
Anyone who has ever spent any time with Matt will know that he is very particular about his bike, so even the smallest details were considered, such as where the cables mounted on the headtube to allow for a cleanly mounted number board.
Have a look at the video below and find out a bit more of Matt’s setup for this year. Being a Privateer, Matt doesn’t have sponsorship requirements of a factory team, allowing him to run whichever parts he wants. You might some things a little out of the ordinary.
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