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Priority Bicycles Reintroduces the Belt-Driven Eight as a Sport Hybrid

Priority Bicycles Eight, with rider
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If you’re familiar with Priority Bicycles, you’ll know the company specializes in low-maintenance urban bikes that feature Gates belt-driven drivetrains. The Eight was first released in 2016 as a commuter bike, but the model was later revised into a fully featured, all-season commuter called the Continuum Onyx. Priority is now releasing an all-new Eight, which has evolved into a sport hybrid bike.

The new Eight was created to offer a balance of speed and comfort. This bike is ideal for fitness, recreational riding, and commuting. As with all of Priority’s bikes, the Eight is built with durability in mind and with very little maintenance required.

Back in 2017, I received a Priority Continuum for testing, and the company let me keep for long-term testing. After plenty of riding and several winters of storage under my home, the bike is still running great with basically no maintenance.

Priority Eight- Drivetrain:

Priority Bicycles Eight, Shimano Alfine hub

The Eight’s name comes from the bike’s 8-speed internally geared Shimano Alfine rear hub. The hub provides a 307% gear range, which Priority says is ample for climbing hills and recreational cruising. The Alfine hub is sealed to protect its internals from the elements. Gear changes are controlled by a trigger shifter, and the Alfine hub can change gears while riding or at a standstill.

Priority Bicycles Eight, trigger shifter

As with all of Priority’s bikes, the hub is driven by a low-maintenance Gates Carbon Drive Belt. Gates’ drive belts last 2-3x longer than standard chains, require no lubrication and offer a smooth pedaling experience. Priority equips the small frames with 170mm crank arms but jumps to 175mm arms for medium and large bikes.

Frame and Components:

Priority Bicycles Eight, side

The Eight offers a 6061 aluminum frame with a carbon fiber fork. The bike rolls on 700x32c WTB Slick tires, which are puncture-resistant and include reflective sidewalls. The Eight gets 32-spoke, double-walled aluminum rims with a sealed bearing hub in the front wheel.

174HUDSON dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors ensure powerful, all-weather stopping performance (Please note – Tektro brakes are shown in the photos). CORRECTION: The Eight is in fact equipped with Tektro brakes, Priority’s website had the 174HUDSON brakes listed in error.

The Eight gets a 620mm wide aluminum handlebar, and stems are either 80mm reach (small frame) or 90mm (medium and large frames).

Priority Bicycles Eight, seat and post

Along with the carbon fork, a carbon seatpost helps absorb vibrations to offer a comfortable ride. Priority equips the Eight with the highly popular WTB Volt saddle. Silicone foam grips also help absorb road vibrations.

Priority Bicycles Eight, pedal, mounts

Priority includes pedals on the Eight, and they’re not a budget plastic set – You get aluminum platform pedals with chromoly spindles.

The Eight’s frame includes multiple braze-on mounts for racks, fenders (which are not included on this model), child seats, and water bottles. An aluminum kickstand is also included.

Weight for the complete Eight is listed at just 27 lbs, so it won’t be too difficult to haul it upstairs or load onto a bike rack.

Geometry/Sizing:

Priority Bicycles Eight, rider, front

The Eight is available in three frame sizes – small (17”), medium (19”), and large (21”), which should cover riders from 5’2” to 6’3”. Its sporty yet comfortable geometry offers an upright riding position to minimize strain on your shoulders and back.

Priority Bicycles Eight, geo chart, top
Priority Bicycles Eight, geo chart, bottom
*Please note the reach for the large frame is actually 418mm, where the above chart shows 415mm.

Pricing and Shipping/Assembly Options:

Priority Bicycles Eight, rear angle
*Photos and video c. Priority Bicycles

MSRP for the new Eight is $999, but until January 21st Priority is offering a ‘launch special’ price of $899 through their website.

Customers can pick up their bike fully assembled from Priority’s showroom in Tribeca NY, have bikes shipped to and assembled by any Beeline Connect affiliated bike shop (for an additional $130), or opt for home delivery (for $30).

If you choose home delivery, Priority includes all the tools needed to finish assembling the bike. The process should take about 20 minutes, and walkthrough videos on Priority’s website can assist with assembly. Priority bikes can be delivered to anywhere in the continental USA within a week.

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Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Look at the angle between the nipples and the ends of the spokes on the rear wheel. These rear wheels should be laced 2x to prevent spoke breakage due to the large-flanged hub (speaking from experience).

robert lefiell
robert lefiell
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

i see what your saying with spoke angle. (good luck on that) it’s nice to see some belt drive products roll out. seems expensive for a average hybrid but with belt drive not a lot of cheap options for drive train

King County
King County
1 month ago

The average person that gets this should really enjoy it. I have a Priority like this that I modified with an Alfine 11, plus other changes to make it as light and lean as I could. It handles great and the IGH and belt combo are super smooth.

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