After a call for a training bike from the brands' EWS rider, Matt Stuttard, Privateer has teased the E-161, an enduro e-bike with some seriously progressive geometry and Shimano's new EP8 drive unit.
The E-161 borrows a lot from its analogue sibling, the 161. It gets the same 64° head angle, 445-515mm reach and the 78.7° seat tube angle but it's built around Shimano's new EP8 motor.
The new motor is designed to reduce drag by 38% and with a new clutch mechanism, allows for a smoother cut off when pedalling over 25km/h. It also offers more torque. Our Jon has managed to swing a leg over the new motor, here's what he thinks.
Privateer has opted for Shimano's long-lasting 630wh battery to keep you looping those descents.
The bike also comes with its own app. Dubbed E-Tube, the app allows the rider to adjust the way to EP8 motor behaves, should you want more or less power.
The brand is aiming for a £5,000 price point and the bike will come as a full build only.
Unfortunately, a release date isn't yet known, however, we can expect a date and more details to come to light in the coming months.
For now, though, we can only appreciate how rad the E-161 looks.
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