Privateer 161/141/E161 - Chassis Development

Developed from the ground up, we worked closely with Privateer to establish a development schedule and bring their dream to life.

Starting out at ground zero, we worked closely with the small and dedicated team to create what is now known at Privateer Bikes.
Starting out with a design brief to develop a long travel enduro race bike for the masses, we set about creating the Privateer 161.

Our team at Redburn Design worked closely with the product team at The Rider Firm to establish the critical criteria for such a product and one thing became clear to all of us right at the outset. Customer is key. The unique approach taken by the product development team was really exciting for us to work with and helped steer our design decisions at each step of the process.

After confirming the geometry and ride characteristics of the bike, we set about developing the Kinematics to match the needs of the target rider. 'Winch and Plummet' became a phrase used often by the product team to determine the chassis' desired characteristics, and this gave us enough of a steer to develop a moderately progressive suspension layout with higher than usual levels of anti-squat to enable the rider to feel that their input wasn't going to waste.
You can read about what Pinkbike thought of the bike here:

Once we had the framework complete, we set about the 3D design of the frame, utilising some existing tubing that we managed to secure with the manufacturer. Bearing life, serviceability and ease of maintenance were key criteria at the outset, and we developed the hardware and chassis elements with this in mind.


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