Production Privee Shan – the ultimate all-mountain hardtail?

Long-travel hardtails – you either get them or you don’t. They’ve got a small but fiercely loyal following, mainly in Britain and British Columbia where damp, gritty trails eat suspension seals and bushings for breakfast! If you love a bit of all-mountain action and think linkages are for losers, the new Production Privee Shan ought to be right up your alley.

The Andorran company reckon you can use it for everything from all-mountain/enduro riding to dirt jumping and downhill, but it’s not one of these do-it-all hardtails – jack of all fork lengths but master of none. Instead, it’s been specifically designed around 140-160mm of front bounce, with a slack 66° head angle and snappy 420mm chainstays.

It might sit at the ‘hardcore’ end of the hardtail scale, but don’t go thinking the Shan is a super-rigid boneshaker. It’s been deliberately designed with a bit of vertical flex in the rear end so you can ride all day without rupturing something. Check out the photos to find out more.

Limited edition 'Shan of Hazzard' paintjob aside, the first thing that strikes you about this frame is the weight. Picture by James Costley-White

Limited edition ‘Shan of Hazzard’ paintjob aside, the first thing that strikes you about this frame is the weight

At 6lb/2.7kg (medium size), and with beefy head- and seat-tube gussets, this thing is ready to take a pounding. Picture by James Costley-White

At 6lb/2.7kg (medium size), and with beefy head- and seat-tube gussets, this thing is ready to take a pounding

The Shan is made from seamless 4130 chromoly tubing, heat treated to boost strength and triple-butted to shave weight. Picture by James Costley-White

The Shan is made from seamless 4130 chromoly tubing, heat treated to boost strength and triple-butted to shave weight

The most striking feature is its mesh head-tube badge. Picture by James Costley-White

The most striking feature is its mesh head-tube badge

It looks pretty, but how long before it gets clogged with mud? Picture by James Costley-White

It looks pretty, but how long before it gets clogged with mud?

The tapered head-tube takes an integrated headset, keeping stack height low even with a 160mm fork. Picture by James Costley-White

The tapered head-tube takes an integrated headset, keeping stack height low even with a 160mm fork

Spare single and double cable guides are supplied, so you can keep things looking neat whatever controls you run. Picture by James Costley-White

Spare single and double cable guides are supplied, so you can keep things looking neat whatever controls you run

At 30.9mm, the seat-tube is wide enough to take your choice of dropper post. Picture by James Costley-White

At 30.9mm, the seat-tube is wide enough to take your choice of dropper post

Down below there's a press-fit (BB92) bottom bracket shell, with ISCG tabs. Picture by James Costley-White

Down below there’s a press-fit (BB92) bottom bracket shell, with ISCG tabs

While out back the 135x10mm dropouts can be swapped for 135x12 or singlespeed versions. Picture by James Costley-White

While out back the 135x10mm dropouts can be swapped for 135×12 or singlespeed versions

These flattened seatstays are the Shan's ace in the hole though, allowing a bit of 'give' to soak up trail buzz. Picture by James Costley-White

These flattened seatstays are the Shan’s ace in the hole though, allowing a bit of ‘give’ to soak up trail buzz

The Shan frame comes with a Production Privee headset and a load of stickers so you can customise it to your heart’s content. It’s available in four sizes, in standard black/grey and various limited edition colourways, for €649 / £559. You can check it out in action below. For more info, head to www.production-privee.com / zulubikes.co.uk.

Source: SHAN RULES from Dams Nosella