For those who’re conversant in Precedence Bicycles, you’ll know the corporate makes a speciality of low-maintenance city bikes that function Gates belt-driven drivetrains. The Eight was first launched in 2016 as a commuter bike, however the mannequin was later revised into a totally featured, all-season commuter known as the Continuum Onyx. Precedence is now releasing an all-new Eight, which has advanced right into a sport hybrid bike.
The brand new Eight was created to supply a stability of pace and luxury. This bike is right for health, leisure using, and commuting. As with all of Precedence’s bikes, the Eight is constructed with sturdiness in thoughts and with little or no upkeep required.
Again in 2017, I obtained a Precedence Continuum for testing, and the corporate let me hold for long-term testing. After loads of using and several other winters of storage below my house, the bike remains to be working nice with mainly no upkeep.
Precedence Eight- Drivetrain:
The Eight’s title comes from the bike’s 8-speed internally geared Shimano Alfine rear hub. The hub supplies a 307% gear vary, which Precedence says is ample for climbing hills and leisure cruising. The Alfine hub is sealed to guard its internals from the weather. Gear modifications are managed by a set off shifter, and the Alfine hub can change gears whereas using or at a standstill.
As with all of Precedence’s bikes, the hub is pushed by a low-maintenance Gates Carbon Drive Belt. Gates’ drive belts final 2-3x longer than normal chains, require no lubrication and provide a clean pedaling expertise. Precedence equips the small frames with 170mm crank arms however jumps to 175mm arms for medium and huge bikes.
Body and Elements:
The Eight provides a 6061 aluminum body with a carbon fiber fork. The bike rolls on 700x32c WTB Slick tires, that are puncture-resistant and embody reflective sidewalls. The Eight will get 32-spoke, double-walled aluminum rims with a sealed bearing hub within the entrance wheel.
174HUDSON dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors guarantee highly effective, all-weather stopping efficiency (Please notice – Tektro brakes are proven within the pictures).
The Eight will get a 620mm large aluminum handlebar, and stems are both 80mm attain (small body) or 90mm (medium and huge frames).
Together with the carbon fork, a carbon seatpost helps take in vibrations to supply a snug trip. Precedence equips the Eight with the extremely common WTB Volt saddle. Silicone foam grips additionally assist take in street vibrations.
Precedence contains pedals on the Eight, and so they’re not a funds plastic set – You get aluminum platform pedals with chromoly spindles.
The Eight’s body contains a number of braze-on mounts for racks, fenders (which aren’t included on this mannequin), baby seats, and water bottles. An aluminum kickstand can be included.
Weight for the whole Eight is listed at simply 27 lbs, so it gained’t be too troublesome to haul it upstairs or load onto a motorbike rack.
The Eight is on the market in three body sizes – small (17”), medium (19”), and huge (21”), which ought to cowl riders from 5’2” to six’3”. Its sporty but comfy geometry provides an upright using place to reduce pressure in your shoulders and again.
Pricing and Transport/Meeting Choices:
MSRP for the brand new Eight is $999, however till January 21st Precedence is providing a ‘launch particular’ worth of $899 via their web site.
Prospects can choose up their bike absolutely assembled from Precedence’s showroom in Tribeca NY, have bikes shipped to and assembled by any Beeline Join affiliated bike store (for a further $130), or go for house supply (for $30).
For those who select house supply, Precedence contains all of the instruments wanted to complete assembling the bike. The method ought to take about 20 minutes, and walkthrough movies on Precedence’s web site can help with meeting. Precedence bikes may be delivered to wherever within the continental USA inside per week.