Production Privee is a young company, created in 2010 by two former members of Commencal's research and development team. Based in Andorra (home to Cedric Gracia, and host of stop number three on the 2013 UCI World Cup downhill calendar), the company has been making a name for themselves in Europe with their stems and handlebars, and now with their first steel hardtail frame, the Shan. The Shan was designed with aggressive riding in mind, and is intended for all-mountain or enduro use with 150 or 160mm travel fork. With a 66 degree head angle, 420mm chain stay length, 72.5 degree seat tube angle and a 300mm bottom bracket height, the Shan's numbers place it squarely in the all-mountain / enduro category.
Aesthetically, the Shan is eye-catching. From the head tube gusset to the curved seat tube brace, the frame has a refined, finished look to it. The welds are clean, and the paint is free of any blemishes. Production Privee had our frame custom painted red and white; the stock color is black and grey, with the limited edition bright blue and yellow Macaw version now sold out. Three new colors will be available for the upcoming December production run, with Production Privee promising to show something quite special.
Production Privee Shan details
• Intended use: All-mountain, enduro riding
• 4130 Japanese chromoly frame
• Tapered head tube
• ISCG 05 chain guide tabs
• Replaceable dropouts: 10x135, 12x135, singlespeed
• Sizes: S, M, L (tested ), XL
• Frame Weight: 5.7 pounds
• MSRP: $776 USD ($649 Euros )
The Shan is made in Taiwan from triple butted and heat treated Japanese 4130 seamless chromoly which goes through an electrodeposition treatment before painting to protect against corrosion. The Shan has a tapered head tube (with the company logo cut out of it) and takes an integrated Campy style headset. A section of wire mesh is taped behind the head tube cut out, likely to prevent larger trail debris from getting into the frame, although it also adds to the great looks as well. While the head tube cut out looks trick, for wet weather riding we'd recommend replacing the screen with something (a small piece of tube would work) to keep water from getting in and settling on the lower headset bearing.
The frame's dropouts are replaceable, held on with two chainring bolts on each side, and can be swapped out to make the Shan a singlespeed if that's how you want to run it. ISCG 05 tabs encircle the bottom bracket shell, which takes a BB92 press fit bottom bracket. In the ever-changing world of bike industry “standards” the BB92 is not as prevalent as the traditional threaded bottom bracket shell, or the increasingly common BB30 style, which could make finding replacement parts a little more difficult. The addition of bolt-on housing guides was a nice touch – we ran our frame set up as a 1x10, which freed up a spot to run the dropper post's housing. One feature which we were surprised to find missing was a place to mount a water bottle cage. Hydration packs are fine, but sometimes it's nice to go light and fast, or to have a place for a drink other than water on a long ride.
• Head tube angle: 66°
• Seat tube angle: 72.5°
• Bottom bracket drop: - 30mm
• chain stay length: 420mm
• Wheelbase (sm, med, lrg, xlrg ): 1089, 1109, 1129, 1164mm
• Seat tube length: 400, 430, 470, 510mm
• Top tube length (horizontal ): 560, 580, 600, 635mm
|So who is the Shan for? Is there still a market for a 26'' hardtail? We think so. Aggressive riders looking for a hardtail that can handle rowdy terrain will find the Shan to be a worthy candidate. Set up as a singlespeed, the Shan would make an excellent, low maintenance foul weather bike. Water bottle mounts are on our wish list for future versions of the Shan, but as it is, the Shan is a well-executed all-mountain ripper. - Mike Kazimer|
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