Matt Simmonds said farewell to World Cup racing after a final year on Cannondale's experimental downhill race team earlier this season-ending a 14-year stint travelling the world racing bikes. He's not stepping away from racing completely though and will instead focus on British National rounds and his coaching venture, ProLine MTB, with Privateer Bikes.
Privateer's bombproof frame and affordable cost make them a tantalising proposition for those who want to race self-funded but Matt has been able to pull in a number of sponsors to give his personal bike the pro build treatment. Alongside one of the most talked-about frames of the year are components from Ohlins, Shimano, Kenda and Hunt that leave Matt with a super-sweet race build.
Matt is pretty into his set up geekery and has provided us with all the tech info on the bike we could wish for. Let's dig in and take a closer look at his stealthy enduro assassin.
Rider Name // Matt Simmonds Height: 6’2/187.9cm Weight: 84kg/185lb Instagram:@mattsimmondsdh
"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
Privateer 161 details Frame: Privateer 161 Shock: Öhlins TTX 22 M, 457 lb/in spring Fork: Öhlins RXF36 M2 Coil. 60 lb/in spring Wheels: Hunt All-Mountain Carbon, 29" Tires: Kenda Hellkat Pro Drivetrain: Shimano XTR Brakes: Shimano XTR Size: P3 More info:privateerbikes.com
Matt has coils front and rear when it comes to suspension. Set up details are below.
Fork Spring - 60 lb/in spring Rebound - 8 clicks LSC - 6 clicks HSC - 2 clicks
Shock Spring - 457 lb/in spring Rebound - 3 clicks LSC - 5 clicks HSC - 1 click
180mm rotors front and rear for Matt's XTR brakes are slightly smaller than the 200/203mm rotors we've begun seeing on some pro Enduro World Series bikes.
Matt is pretty picky about his brake levers and makes sure they are angled at 30° with reach around 42mm from the bar.
Matt runs his bars at a huge 810mm with grips.
Matt's Kenda Hellkat tyres are pressured to 24-26psi front and 26-28psi rear.
A 32 tooth chain ring paired with Shimano's 12 speed XTR drivetrain. In case you were wondering, he runs his pedal tension six clicks from neutral.