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Tom Williams | 161 Bike Check

Bike setup is something we find massively interesting here at Privateer bikes. From the amount of air in your tyres, to the roll and height of your handlebar, these are all personal touches that make you truly feel at home on your bike, something we think is overlooked by a lot of riders.  

Bike setups can differ vastly from one rider to another, even when riding on the same terrain trails day in day out, so we thought we would share with you a particularly interesting setup from Tweed Valley local Tom, Williams, with some explanations as to why. Remember, a setup that works for Tom isn’t going to necessarily work for you, but we can hopefully shed some light on why different set-up variations suit certain riding styles and how you can benefit.


The Rider:

Name: Tom Williams
Height: 183CM
Weight: 80Kg
Location:
Innerleithen, Tweed Valley, Scotland

Rides: Privateer 161
Frame Size: P3

 

The Fork :

Travel: 170MM

Offset: 46MM

PSI: 75PSI

Sag: 20%

Tokens: 0


Compression Damping: High Speed-2

Low Speed-14

Rebound: 9

Reasoning- "I’m trying out a more linear front end to better match the linear rear shock"

 

The Shock:

Spring Rate: 400Lb/in
Sag: 27%

Reasoning- "I’ve had the shock revalved by J-Tech to give more high speed compression damping, has given the shock a bit more control on hard hits but retained the supple top end and bottomless feeling."

 

The Contact Points:  

Handlebar:

Rise: 20mm

Width: 770MM

 

Stem:

Length: 50MM

Spacers under stem: 20MM

 

Cranks:

Length: 175mm

The Tyres:

Front:
Tyre: WTB Verdict Wet
Casing: High Grip/Tough Casing
Pressure: 21psi
Insert: No

Rear:
Tyre: WTB Verdict Wet
Casing: High Grip/Tough Casing
Pressure: 24psi
Insert: Rimpact Pro

Comments- “I have been experimenting with insert in the front or not. In the rear, it helps support the tyre in high load turns and stops any burping or rolling of the tyre as well as giving a bit of peace of mind when launching into a mess of rocks.

In the front the loads aren’t as high so support is less noticeable/useful and the reduced volume of the tyre means it can’t deform around terrain as much so feels like it doesn't grip so well”


All photos by @finlayanderson1

 


We hope you have enjoyed reading about Tom's bike set-up and that it gives you some inspiration and ideas to try on your own bike. Keeping the same set-up isn't always the best, so keep changing and tinkering until you feel right at home. Meanwhile, Tom continues in the pursuit of speed and the perfect set-up.

Here at Privateer we love to hear your thoughts on what we do, so let us know if you enjoyed this and we can do some more bike checks for you.

Bike setup is something we find massively interesting here at Privateer bikes. From the amount of air in your tyres, to the roll and height of your handlebar, these are all personal touches that make you truly feel at home on your bike, something we think is overlooked by a lot of riders.  

Bike setups can differ vastly from one rider to another, even when riding on the same terrain trails day in day out, so we thought we would share with you a particularly interesting setup from Tweed Valley local Tom, Williams, with some explanations as to why. Remember, a setup that works for Tom isn’t going to necessarily work for you, but we can hopefully shed some light on why different set-up variations suit certain riding styles and how you can benefit.


The Rider:

Name: Tom Williams
Height: 183CM
Weight: 80Kg
Location:
Innerleithen, Tweed Valley, Scotland

Rides: Privateer 161
Frame Size: P3

 

The Fork :

Travel: 170MM

Offset: 46MM

PSI: 75PSI

Sag: 20%

Tokens: 0


Compression Damping: High Speed-2

Low Speed-14

Rebound: 9

Reasoning- "I’m trying out a more linear front end to better match the linear rear shock"

 

The Shock:

Spring Rate: 400Lb/in

Sag: 27%

 

Reasoning- "I’ve had the shock revalved by J-Tech to give more high speed compression damping, has given the shock a bit more control on hard hits but retained the supple top end and bottomless feeling."

 

The Contact Points:  

Handlebar:

Rise: 20mm

Width: 770MM

 

Stem:

Length: 50MM

Spacers under stem: 20MM

 

Cranks:

Length: 175mm

The Tyres:

Front:

Tyre: WTB Verdict Wet

Casing: High Grip/Tough Casing

Pressure: 21psi

Insert: no

Rear:

Tyre: WTB Verdict Wet

Casing@ High Grip/Tough Casing

Pressure: 24psi

Insert: Rimpact Pro

Comments- “I have been experimenting with insert in the front or not. In the rear, it helps support the tyre in high load turns and stops any burping or rolling of the tyre as well as giving a bit of peace of mind when launching into a mess of rocks.

In the front the loads aren’t as high so support is less noticeable/useful and the reduced volume of the tyre means it can’t deform around terrain as much so feels like it doesn't grip so well”


All photos by @finlayanderson1

 

We hope you have enjoyed reading about Tom's bike set-up and that it gives you some inspiration and ideas to try on your own bike. Keeping the same set-up isn't always the best, so keep changing and tinkering until you feel right at home. Meanwhile, Tom continues in the pursuit of speed and the perfect set-up.

Here at Privateer we love to hear your thoughts on what we do, so let us know if you enjoyed this and we can do some more bike checks for you.