It seems New York’s Priority Bicycles hit the nail on the head by producing a line of simple, low maintenance commuter bikes. After finding overwhelming success launching the brand on Kickstarter in 2014, they are now distributing thousands of bicycles around the globe. We previously checked out their Classic model and their clever kids bike the Start, and since then Priority has added to their product line with a new commuter bike called the Eight.
The Eight is the new higher performance brother to the Classic, but retains the brand’s tradition of using long lasting, low maintenance parts like an aluminum frame and fork, Gates belt drive system and hydraulic disc brakes. It also upholds Priority’s very competitive pricing scheme, selling to pre-sale buyers at just under $800.
The Eight was first made available during an exclusive pre-sale to the Priority community, which sold out in ten days. Due to demand, a second run is now on the way and this time anyone can get in on the deal. A limited number of Eights are being offered on a first come first serve basis, so if you’re interested don’t wait to place your order…
While roughly based around the earlier Classic model the Eight was borne of a more racey spirit, answering the request of many of Priority’s customers. The frame features more aggressive geometry (still balanced with rider comfort for easy cruising) and it’s outfitted with higher end componentry, aiming the Eight towards the performance-minded commuter or sport touring rider.
The Eight is built around a lightweight, rustproof 6061 T6 aluminum frame and fork which helps keep the complete bike’s total weight at a reasonable 26lbs. It fits fast rolling 700c wheels, and boasts an ideal build of durable, low-maintenance components.
With performance in mind the Eight offers a greater gear range then Priority’s three speed Classic. As you might assume from the model name, an eight speed Shimano internal hub mated to a Nexus Twist shifter provides the necessary range for tackling all kinds of terrain.
The folks at Priority Bicycles are such big fans of Gates belt drive systems that you’ll find one on all of their bikes. The Eight uses Gates’ carbon belt drive system for a commuter friendly grease free, low maintenance drivetrain setup.
Other noteworthy components include Tektro dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes, double wall alloy rims, sealed BB and front hub bearings, paint-matched alloy fenders, and Continental puncture resistant tires. Your wheels and seat are also held safe and secure with good ol’ nuts instead of QR’s.
The Eight is sold in Matte Charcoal Grey only, and frames come in 17, 19, and 21.5” sizes which should fit riders between roughly 5’4” and 6’5”. Buyers can pre-order an Eight direct from Priority Bicycles’ website for just $799 USD, but after the pre-sale the retail price will rise to $999. Delivery is expected for March, and you can place your order here.