Production Privee Shan No. 5 29er REVIEW
Words by Robert Johnston | Photos by Adam McGuire
If you were going to choose a location to base a mountain bike company, you’d be hard pressed to find a more desirable location than in the heart of the Pyrenees mountain range. Not far from the well-known brand Commencal is a smaller yet equally dedicated mountain bike company called, Production Privée. The company with its origins firmly in the Andorran portion of the Pyrenees, live at the foot of a world famous mountain bike destination, Vallnord Bike Park.
The Shan No.5 29er is Production Privée’s latest full suspension model. This is another company that has taken “Classic” steel tubing, and modernized it with proper design and construction. As with all of Production Privée’s steel offerings, it’s a triple-butted 4130-MCS Cromo tube set, promised to deliver a “Good blend of grip, stiffness and compliance.” Offering 140mm travel out back with a 140-160mm fork, the Shan No.5 is designed to be an all-around trail and all mountain machine – not purely a race-bred bike, rather a bike designed for maximum fun.
The Shan No.5 uses a single pivot system they call R.KTP that sees the back end of the shock connected to a yoke that extends off of the rear triangle. They chose this system to minimize the maintenance required, whilst still providing the end of stroke ramp up they desired. Production Privée recommends an air shock for further ramp up, but the frame will also accept a coil shock if you are that way inclined. The bike is designed to be run at 25% sag, a little less than standard, which is important to note when setting up the rear shock.
The geometry is bang up to date for a 2019 enduro bike, with a 64.5-degree head angle, 76-degree effective seat angle, 437mm chainstays, and a 475mm reach for the size large, as tested. The bottom bracket on the Shan No.5 is a ground hugging 36mm below the axles, which should create a real “In the bike” feeling.
Production Privée’s designs take a lot of inspiration from motorsport history, as can be seen on all of their paint jobs. This model sports the 037 limited edition paint, inspired by the iconic Lancia Group B rally car driven by the Martini Racing Team, and looks stunning in the flesh, attracting a load of compliments on the trail.
The Shan No.5 is available in two different build options. The Classic comes in at 4,000 Euros and is equipped with DVO suspension, a Sram GX Eagle drivetrain, and Magura and Crank Brothers finishing kit. The 037 Limited Edition build comes in at 5,400 Euros and features Cane Creek suspension, XX1 Eagle drivetrain and carbon Crank Brothers wheels. A frame only option is also available starting from 1,500 Euros without a shock. The build I’m testing here is custom and would fall somewhere in between the two build levels offered for sale.
Beginning with the recommended settings for the Cane Creek DB air CS rear shock, I added a click more high speed compression and 2 clicks more high speed rebound, to end up with: 195 PSI, 2HSC, 11LSC, 3HSR, 17LSR. I found this to produce the best balance of traction and efficiency, though with so many adjustments to be made, I’m sure it could be further improved as terrain and tracks change.