Privateer Release E161 E-Enduro Bike

Jun 29, 2023 at 5:40
by PrivateerBikes  
Press Release: Privateer Bikes

Photos: James Vincent.

Privateer Bikes is announcing the company's latest ready-to-rally enduro bike, the E161 E-MTB. Inspired by conversations with our sponsored riders and designed as a training tool for the Enduro World Cup. With an integrated Shimano EP801 motor system and robust 630Wh battery, riders can fire out quick ascents, log more laps, and unlock their training potential day after day.

Key Features

- Updated Shimano EP801 drive system.
- Enduro-ready geometry based on our award-winning Privateer 161.
- Size-specific chainstays.
- UK-made hard anodised alloy motor guard.
- Alloy battery cover.
- Oversized bearings.
- One piece rocker.
- Mullet wheel configuration
- No-nonsense build kit.

What goes up....

The new E161 from Privateer

Designed and engineered at our head office in West Sussex, UK, the new Privateer E161 retains the thoughtful, rider-focused details that earned numerous awards for the 141 and 161 trail and enduro bikes, such as stable and confidence-inspiring geometry, robust, oversized bearings, and race-ready component selections. Ease of maintenance and reliability has remained a focus while integrating the recently launched and much improved, feature-rich EP801 drive unit into the platform for countless hard-hitting laps.

Privateer E161 geometry.

Hard-charging geometry: 

Working closely with sponsored riders, our engineers have ensured that the Privateer E161 offers the same level of confidence and responsiveness that we have all come to love about the Privateer 161 while optimising the ride to make the best of the Shimano EP801 motor system. 

For example, the seat angle has been slackened to 78.7 degrees, positioning the rider over the rear wheel for optimal traction during steep climbs. Meanwhile, the 64-degree head angle keeps the front wheel firmly planted, delivering incredible grip for confident, full-gas riding.

Not production spec tyres or fork.

Size-specific chainstays:

The forward-thinking geometry of the Privateer E161 includes size-specific chainstay lengths. By maintaining a balanced weight-bias ratio, riders of all sizes can enjoy the agile handling and confidence-inspiring stability, ensuring a high-performance riding experience.

Anti Squat, Anti Rise, Leverage Ratio.

Sorted Suspension: 

We have dedicated considerable effort to developing the suspension kinematics of the Privateer E161, resulting in familiar handling and optimal utilisation of the additional motor assistance. Enhanced small bump sensitivity provides a smooth and comfortable ride, while increased suspension progression resists bottom-outs, compensating for the added weight of the motor and battery.

Moreover, increased anti-rise enhances stability during braking and effectively manages load transfer, improving control and confidence during challenging descents. The lower anti-squat (~110% at sag) counteracts pedal bob, harnessing the increased power of the Shimano EP801 drive system and maintaining exceptional traction during climbs under power. With further fine-tuning of anti-squat, the Privateer E161 ensures optimal performance across all gears, delivering an exceptional and balanced ride across various challenging trail conditions.

Forged and CNC'd one-piece rocker ensures accurate bearing alignment.

One-Piece Rocker: 

To guarantee strength, reliability, and precise bearing alignment, the Privateer E161 utilises a forged, then CNC’d one-piece rocker. The forging process maintains the alloy’s grain structure, enhancing overall strength while eliminating the need for welding and heat treatment. This construction method ensures accurate alignment of the bearings for long-lasting performance and ease of maintenance.


Easy Access Cable Routing: 

At Privateer, we prioritise ease of service and minimise unnecessary hassle. While our non-assisted bikes feature external cable and hose routing for easy access, the Privateer E161 takes it a step further by incorporating internal cable routing while retaining ease of serviceability. The large alloy battery cover ensures access is not compromised, and all cables are securely fastened within the frame to prevent unwanted rub or rattle. 

Long Lasting Oversized Bearings: 
Understanding that time spent on maintenance is time away from riding, we have prioritised the performance and reliability of components. The use of large bearings ensures exceptional durability, providing riders with a seamless and worry-free riding experience. The E161’s robust, dual-sealed bearings offer long-lasting, smooth suspension performance that we have tested over many seasons of hard use, no matter the weather.

The updated Shimano EP801 is much improved over previous versions.

Updated and Improved 2023 Shimano EP801

The Privateer E161 is equipped with the Shimano EP801 motor system, providing an impressive 85Nm of torque. Riders can fine-tune the assistance to suit their needs using the companion Shimano E-Tube application on their smartphone. The compact size of the EP801 motor allows Privateer to retain the coveted handling characteristics of the Privateer 161 while adding valuable uphill assistance for self-shuttle services. The on-bar control gives easy access to three modes - Eco, Trail, and Boost - with a fourth ‘Walk’ mode for added convenience during hike-a-bike situations. The integrated 630Wh battery provides ample power for training or aggressive riding and can be easily removed with a single 4mm Allen Key. For convenience, the Shimano battery can either be charged in the bike or removed for charging away from the bike.

Built tough for proper hard charging!

UK-Made Anodised Bashguard: 

Protecting the Shimano EP801 motor is a custom-designed 4mm hard-anodised bash guard, offering riders peace of mind when pushing their limits. This specially designed bashguard is manufactured in the UK and protects the Shimano EP801 motor system, so riders can fully enjoy their ride without worrying about damage caused by accidents or impacts.

Look at this little fella!

Durable All Alloy Construction: 

Privateer understands the importance of durability and reliability in a bike that is designed to be ridden hard. By utilising alloy instead of plastic for key components, the E161 offers exceptional durability and resistance to damage from rock strikes or impacts. A rugged alloy bash guard and battery cover provide added protection to the Shimano EP801 motor and the 630Wh battery housed in the downtube so you can focus on riding and not worry about knocks and scrapes.

A Quiet Ride: 

In addition to secure cable routing, the Privateer E161 features comprehensive chainstay and seat stay protection, minimising chain slap and unwanted noise caused by contact with the frame. This ensures a quiet and enjoyable ride, allowing riders to focus on the trail ahead.

Privateer/HUNT rider Fergus Ryan putting the Privateer E161 through its paces.

Privateer E161 Specifications

- Frame: Privateer E161 6061 T6, with integrated motor shell, internal battery housing, and anodised motor bash guard.   
- Fork: Fox 38 Performance Elite E-Bike+, 29”, 170mm travel, Grip 2, HSC, LSC. 15 x 110 QR axle.  
- Motor: Updated Shimano EP801, 85NM  
- Battery: Shimano BTE8036, 630Wh  
- Display: Shimano SC-EM800  
- Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance, EVOL, LSR, LSC, 2 position lever  
- Headset: FSA ZS44/ZS56 sealed cartridge bearings  
- Headset Cap: FSA  
- Handlebar: Custom Privateer 35mm diameter. 30mm rise, 800mm wide.  
- Stem: 6061 alloy 40mm, 35mm diameter, black  
- Grips: Propalm 130mm lock on grip  
- Saddle: DDK Privateer Custom PK cromo rail  
- Seatpost: OneUp 31.6mm P1 = 150mm, P2-P4 + 180mm  
- Brakes: Hayes Dominion A4 4-piston brake  
- Rotors: 203mm front, 203mm rear  
- Shifter: Shimano 12 speed 
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX, 12 speed  
- Cassette: Shimano SLX 12 speed, 10-51t  
- Chain: Shimano M6100 12 speed  
- Crankset: Shimano FC-EM600, 165mm  
- Wheels: HUNT E All-Mountain, 29” front, 27.5” rear  
- Front Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5”, MaxxGrip, 3CG/TR/DH  
- Rear Tyre: Maxxis Minion DHRII 27.5 x 2.4”, MaxxGrip, 3CG/TR/DH  
- Colours: Raw and Black
- Price: £5999 GBP, €7499 Euros.

Production version will have the same decals as the raw model.

The Privateer E161 is available to pre-order from the 30th of June 2023 exclusively from

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  • 24 0
 Nice to see Hayes Dominions specced from factory
  • 1 0
 “Slackened to 78.7”
  • 2 0
 @scary1: found the limit. Cool
  • 23 6
 Sadly, regardless how good the bike is, as soon as I see Shimano motor, it's a no.
  • 3 1
 Out of curiosity, what motor/s do you favor and why? I know the Specialized full power ones were having a number of failures, relating to their belts, but haven't heard about other brands.
  • 8 3
 @thekaiser: I have no clue about eebs, but if I were to get one, it would have a bosch motor.
  • 16 16
 soon as I see a motor its a no.
  • 3 1
 This 100%
  • 1 2
 @thekaiser: The Giant/Yamaha motor seems to be the most reliable on the market currently.
  • 1 1
 @OzarkBike: I thought there were problems with servicing the Giant ones? Something to do with the Giant soft/firmware. I am only repeating what i’ve heard.
  • 1 0
 @thekaiser: Bosch or the new Yamaha.
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: not heard that myself. Do all the updates on the motor etc at home myself. So far so good after 3000 miles in a year....
  • 1 0
 Why? I just ordered a bike with a ep801 RS.
  • 2 0
 @beerandbikes: They have a tendency to fail prematurely and warranty motors take months to arrive.
  • 1 0
 @thekaiser: Not sure why I got the down votes. Pretty easy to call a third party repair business that doesn't sell any of these new bikes. Ask them about which system is known for reliability.
  • 12 1
 Does look good. I like the custom bash guard. More companies need to design something similar. Cheap, thin plastic doesn’t cut it.
  • 9 0
 This ensures a quiet and enjoyable ride, allowing riders to focus on the trail ahead*.
(Trail ahead is slang for deafening rattle of a shimano e-bike motor)
  • 2 0
 The 801 has fixed that.
  • 6 1
 These really don't seem like good buys for North American customers. That's 10,000 canadian dollars for an ebike with mostly mid tier components. Must make more sense for a UK buyer.
  • 5 0
 Yeah, because they are not available in N. America
  • 3 0
 I was all ready to buy one until I saw that it had a Shimano motor.
Mullet, Grip 2 38s, SLX, reasonably priced (I know there’s cheaper), but then I saw Shimano and stopped reading. I want a motor than can be fixed or replaced after the warranty runs out (and I heard Shimano aren’t great during warranty)
  • 1 3
 About time everyone just brought what they like regardless of brand and went riding!! After 3 Shimano ebikes and only one warranty issue in 9000kms (motor was replaced without question even after it was remapped) I still long for either a Bosch or ideally a motor/gearbox setup. It will come in time. I'm not going to hold up my riding when there an awesome bike with an ok motor just because of some theoritical opinion or something that will come to fruition in 2-3 year time. Go ride have some fun there's marginal difference anyway upgrade when the new tech is available
  • 5 0
 @SentaCruz: some of us keep our bikes for quite a long time and out of warranty repairs/servicing is pretty important to most people (but not Shimano it seems).
  • 4 1
 If eBikes are your thing, you do you. But it is not debatable that they look bloated, ungainly.

There. I said the quiet part out loud. They just don’t look as good as regular bikes. Fight me.

Bring on the down votes. Wink
  • 4 0
 Conveniently did not put the weight in there. Although I’m being a skeptic from what I’ve seen of privateers from the past this thing will be an anchor but we’ll see
  • 2 0
 Yes, if the normal bike weighs as much as an ebike, what does the bike weigh?
  • 6 1
 fox shock and shimano motor. going for the most reliable products there lol
  • 1 0
 I can see why a taiwanese made bash guard just wouldn’t cut it!
In all seriousness i quite like it, props for the raw finish. Slap a pinion motor on it and we’ve got a deal.
As a shimano powered ebike ownwer I wouldn’t want another..
  • 1 0
 It's no a reliable motor that's required on a Ebike in my experience it's the quality of warranty and after sales service that counts .
Unfortunately for Privateer they have brought decent value Ebike to market at a point when for the first time I can remember the Big name brands 2022 +23 e bikes are Discounted to clear at 20 to 30 percent off .In stock ready to ride with huge discounts.
For example I can get a Whyte E160 with a Bosch cx and 750 battery for considerably less or a Orbea FS wild H10 or M10 for less or similar money .
  • 1 0
 Can someone explain why they keep spec'ing 12 speed drivetrains? Am I wrong to think an 11, or even 10 speed, is enough and would be more reliable?
  • 3 1
 Will this be available in the US?
  • 3 0
 Nope, according to live chat.
  • 2 0
 Name seems a little R-Redundant.
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Trek Rail
  • 6 4
 Old tech now... where is the internal gearbox?
  • 2 0
 Or lose chain drive for digital drive..but only commuters so far.
  • 2 0
 STA looks a little too slack for me.
  • 2 1
 If I was gonna buy an Ebike this might be the one
  • 1 0
 Nice view of thirlmere that.......
  • 1 0
 design in the UK but with a canadian's smile on the downtube, eh?
  • 2 1
 Another brand for the E-haters to boycott. lol
  • 1 0
 is there any restriction to make a 90-degree STA?
  • 1 0
 is that a Focus Jam2 from 2018?
  • 8 9
 What's the hate with e-bikes again, it's just a bike. Looks good btw.
  • 4 0
 Show me the hate.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: someone just said Pinkbike's now 80% e-bike content
  • 5 0
 @zendxn: I wouldn't necessarily call that "hate" but more of an observation. Tacking on "Sad." onto the end doesn't sound like hate either, but it sure does let us know the opinion of that person.

I think that a lot of companies are really pushing E-bikes since that's where they are seeing the most new bikers. As the Eurobike coverage also shows, that's where there is a lot of new product development.
  • 2 0
 Too many downhills/hour. It's disgusting/unfair lol
  • 1 0
 @Spencermon: that is a fair point
  • 1 2
 FFS a mullet. Ticks every box until that.
  • 13 16
 Lately Pinkbike has been like 80% e-bike content, sad.
  • 20 2
 @mikekazimer: I think he means it's sad in general for bicycling news, not that it's sad that he has to see it. I could be wrong.
  • 3 0
 It really hasn't been even close to 80%
  • 1 2
 Your comment is ridiculous. A quick look at the front page and this is the only e-bike article
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: as long as he's sad rather than angry, hey, everyone rolls their own way. Sad I don't have a problem with. The angry bit is what we've got too much of.
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