When Privateer was still finishing their 161, a traditional mountain bike, their sponsored rider and Enduro World Series racer Matt Stuttard brought up the idea of an electric version that he could use for training. Around that time, Shimano approached Privateer about using their new e-MTB-specific EP8 motor. That set the wheels in motion to create a very capable e-bike, based on the 161, ultimately called the E-161.
They took the progressive geometry and rider-focused features of the 161 and added the Shimano EP8 motor to
it to make for a race-ready machine. The development took 12 months. Privateer chose the new internal 630-Wh battery for this build and the newest Shimano display.
Mountain Bike Action is a monthly magazine devoted to all things mountain biking (yes, that’s 12 times a year because we never take a month off of mountain biking). It has been around since 1986 and we’re still having fun.