Matt Simmonds said farewell to World Cup racing after a final year on Cannondale’s experimental downhill race team earlier this season-ending a 14-year stint travelling the world racing bikes. He’s not stepping away from racing completely though and will instead focus on British National rounds and his coaching venture, ProLine MTB, with Privateer Bikes.

Privateer’s bombproof frame and affordable cost make them a tantalising proposition for those who want to race self-funded but Matt has been able to pull in a number of sponsors to give his personal bike the pro build treatment. Alongside one of the most talked-about frames of the year are components from Ohlins, Shimano, Kenda and Hunt that leave Matt with a super-sweet race build.


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