Privateer Bikes' no-nonsense DJ101 dirt jumper is ready to hit the trails

Privateer DJ101
(Image credit: Privateer)

Privateer has added a dirt jump bike to its line-up, the new DJ101 was inspired by their collective enthusiasm for sneaking away on lunch breaks for a sesh at the jumps, pump track, or skate park. 

Privateer has built a name for itself by making affordable but performance-driven bikes like the 161 and 141. Just like their full-suspension bikes, the DJ101's frame uses a hydroformed 6061-T6 alloy to build a tough but lightweight frameset. 

Designed around a 100mm fork and 26in wheels, the DJ101 has all the features you would expect on the best dirt-jump bikes including horizontal drop-outs that give the option to run single-speed or gears and gyro tabs in case you are a bar spin master. 

The frameset doesn't feature any unusual standards, specced with a threaded 73mm BSA bottom bracket keeps crank compatibility simple, as does the 135mmx10mm spaced rear end and ZS44/56 headtube. 

Privateer DJ101

The P-Series has been a long-running stalwart in the dirt jump scene (Image credit: Privateer)

Privateer's focus on value extends further than just keenly priced framesets, as the DJ101 full build is priced very well too and comes with a solid spec that's ready to ride straight out of the box. 

Up front there's a 100mm Manitou Circus Expert fork which has been specifically specced as the alloy steerer saves weight. The bike also features a Clarks hydro brake and a set of fast-rolling Vee Tire Co XCV 26 DJ 2.25in tires.

The DJ101 only comes in one size and one color and is available for pre-order at Privateerbikes.com now. Full builds retail for $1,299 / £999 / €1,299 while the frame on its one will only set you back $549 / £399 / €549.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.


Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg