The New Privateer E161 | Everything You Need to Know.

Privateer have launched the latest in their bike line up, a Shimano EP801-powered, all alloy 170mm Mullet for those big days out.

An all-alloy frame houses a Shimano EP801 motor, a 630Wh battery that offers up 170mm travel on Mullet wheels. The spec is solid too and nothing daft for the asking price either.

Photos by James Vincent.

Key features:

  • Fox 38 Performance Elite 170mm fork
  • Fox Float X2 Performance shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano EP801 motor
  • Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Hayes Dominion A4 brakes
  • Hunt E All-Mountain wheels
  • OneUp V2 dropper
  • £5,999.00 RRP


The E161 is available in four sizes, P1-4.

Reach on the P2 is 470mm combined with a 420mm seat tube. Head angle is 64 degrees with a 79 degree seat tube angle. Chainstays are size specific with the P2 having 446mm numbers with a wheelbase of 1258mm.

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Privateer’s new E161 builds on the success of the 141 and 161 bikes, and takes the longer travel bike and tweaks it to suit the requirements of an ebike. Essentially designed as a training tool for their EDR athletes, the E161 is about getting the laps in on a familiar-feeling chassis.

This all-alloy frame offers up 170mm rear wheel travel via a Fox X2 Performance shock paired to a Fox 38 Performance fork. Power is handled by an SLX 12-speed drive and helped by a Shimano EP801 motor fed by a 630Wh battery. Hayes Dominion brakes keep everything in check and their own mullet Hunt E All-Mountain wheels are shod with downhill casing Maxxis rubber.

Compared to the 161, the set tube angle has been slackened to provide more rear wheel traction when the going gets steep and really get the most out of that Shimano motor. Less anti-squat also helps to counteract pedal bob, further improving what you can eek from the power unit. Increased anti-rise aims to offer more braking control for harder charging on the downhills.

A forged and CNC’d single piece rocker provides stiffness, strength and a good seat for the dual sealed, oversized bearings of the main pivot. Internal routing is another change from the 161. Extensive chainstay protection also helps keep the E161 as a quiet ride on the trails.

You can check out the new Privateer E161 over on their website here.