production privee Shan no5

It’s the Taipei Bike Show this week and Andorran brand Production Privee has used the event to launch their Shan No5 full suspension bike.

Production Privee are a small frame and component maker based out of Andorra. The company became famous for its Shan Enduro hardtail and for sponsoring Cedric Garcia (PP provide the Frenchman with bars and stems).

production privee Shan no5

Over the years Production Privee has released a 26-inch, 650B and 29er version of the Shan hardtail, plus the OKA which is a shorter travel take on the same frame.

If your counting that takes us to 4, and Shan No5 is the latest in the line up.

production privee Shan no5

The Shan No5 is Production Privee’s first full suspension mountain bike frame, and is also the longest and slackest frame the company has made to date. The geometry is super modern with long, roomy top tubes and size options all the way up to XL (with a 495mm reach!).

To keep things simple the Production Privee Shan No5 is basically a single pivot design with the shock driven by a yoke which allowed PP to retain a full length seatpost.

For simplicity the main pivot is the same size as a press fit bottom bracket, so in theory maintenance and spares should be very easy to come by. The rear triangle also features Boost spacing and enough clearance to run 650b wheels and tyres.

production privee Shan no5

What we like most about the Production Privee Shan No5 is the amount of travel. Bucking the trend (as usual) the Shan No5 comes with 138mm of rear wheel travel while the front end is designed for up to 160mm travel forks.

Eagle eyed readers will have noticed the thin tubing, this is because Production Privee decided to stick to 4130 steel for the front AND rear triangles.

The Shan No5 is currently up for preorder over on the official Production Privee website, but only as a limited edition model. Only 50 Shan No5 frames will be made in Bahama Yellow, and will be numbered to really make them extra special!

production privee Shan no5

We Love

  • The simple design
  • Short travel rear matched to a long travel front
  • Steel construction

We Don’t Love

  • 3.8kg frame weight without rear shock.
  • 1899 Euro price tag
  • Lack of 29er compatibility.

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