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Priority Bikes’ Shreddy New 600HXT, First in U.S. with Pinion Smart.Shift Tech

Priority Bicycles 600HXT heroPhoto c. Priority Bicycles
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Back in late June the New York City bicycle company, Priority Bicycles, released a new “hardcore hardtail” trail bike. Just like the rest of Priority’s line of bicycles, the new 600HXT is created with an eye toward low maintenance. Equipped with the Pinion C1.12 gearbox with electronic Smart.Shift technology, they claim that the Priority 600HXT is the “first-of-its-kind to be offered to consumers in the U.S.”

The 600HXT pairs the Pinion C1.12 gearbox with Smart.Shift tech with a Gates Carbon Drive Belt and Fox suspension, along with modern geometry and class-leading component spec offering both performance and reliability. The 600HXT retails for $3999, but for a limited time (as of the writing of this article) it is available for $500 off at $3499

Priority Bikes 600HXT

Priority Bicycles 600HXT outside front side
Photo c. Priority Bicycles

In the span of the last six years, Priority has used the Pinion gearbox on three different models. The 600HXT is the first to use the Pinion Smart.Shift Technology, and is said to be the first available in the U.S. market.

Eddie Meek, Priority’s director of product development says “The Pinion gearbox offers tremendous benefits for low-maintenance reliability in our commuter, all-road, and 600x bikepacking models“.

He continues, “As soon as we developed the 600x however, we saw the potential for a true trail mountain bike that would take advantage of the centered weight and all-conditions reliability of the Pinion gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive belt, with the flagship “Priority focus” on low maintenance. The key to realizing this was a shifting system that could keep up with the dynamic riding of modern mountain biking, came in the form of the Pinion Smart.Shift technology“.

Priority Bicycles 600HXT Pinion Smart.Shift

Removing the vulnerable and maintenance-heavy chain, rear derailleur, and cassette, that weigh down the rear wheel, shifts the balance to the center of the 600HXT, perhaps offering better handling.

Priority Bicycles 600HXT electric shifting

With the push of a button, the Pinion Smart.Shift runs through the gears quickly and efficiently, regardless of conditions and drivetrain load.

Along with the Gates Carbon Drive belt, the “trail-worthy” spec of the FOX 34 Performance 140mm fork, WTB rims, WTB Vigilante 29×2.5 and Trail Boss 29×2.6 (front and rear respectively), TRP Slate quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and a OneUp 180mm dropper post means this hardtail is ready for some action.

600HXT Geometry

Priority 600HXT geo
Minimum Inseam29.5″30.5″32″
Rider Height5’5″ – 5’8″5’7″ – 5’11”5’10” – 6’2″
(A) Seat Tube Length360mm410mm440mm
(B) Seat Tube Angle75.5 deg75.5 deg75.5 deg
(C) Head Tube Length80mm100mm120mm
(D) Head Tube Angle65 deg65 deg65 deg
(E) Stack578mm598mm608mm
(F) Reach435mm447mm475mm
(G) Effective Top Tube595mm607mm640mm
(H) Chain Stay445mm in Stock Position445mm in Stock Position445mm in Stock Position
(I) Wheelbase1172mm1186mm1223mm
(J) BB Drop60mm60mm60mm
Spec(K) Crank Arm Length170mm170mm170mm
(L) Seatpost Travel150mm180mm180mm

600HXT Sizing and Retail

Retail: $3999 (as of the writing of this article receive an additional $500 off)


  • Small: (minimum inseam – 29.5″)
  • Medium: (minimum inseam – 30.5″)
  • Large: (minimum inseam – 32″)


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Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg
9 months ago

So cool. I “need” a more modern hardtail, and this might — probably — would have opened my wallet.

Deal killers for me are 1) no XL, 2) sliding dropouts, and 3) 170 cranks (well, I’d be glad to fix that after purchase). I suppose the sliders are a requirement with the gates belt, but my history with them just isn’t great.

Last edited 9 months ago by Deputy Dawg
King County
King County
9 months ago
Reply to  Deputy Dawg

What was your issue with sliding dropouts?

Jan Robinsin
Jan Robinsin
9 months ago

i am almost 74 i bicycle to orhima my dog and tow bike leash. would you ever build a regular bike with 26” wheels and a frame i can actually step over and ride. because bike manufacturers do t make bikes with high spec for regular people i recently bought a used Mtntext Teton for $150. it rides great but oh the weight. why don’t you make a bike like this in carbon with shram gears and 26” wheels for women. too much testosterone on these stupid bike forums GCN included it’s perfectly stupid as the average rider does not want a 29er

9 months ago

It weighs 35 lbs. that’s an absolute deal breaker for a hard tail trail bike.

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