Matt Simmonds Dream Bike

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“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.” – Matt Simmonds


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

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

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!” -Matt Simmonds

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