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My perfect winter bike, one year later


Hey guys, what’s up? So it’s the end of a cold winter, and some of you have been asking
about how things are going after my first winter on my perfect winter bike.
So last year, I got this bike right at the tail end of the winter season,
because it had all the elements that I always look for in a winter bike. So today, I thought I’d give you an update. For the longest time, in winter I rode a POS, a piece of, you know. Winter
is really tough on a bike, the salt, the slush, the snow, can really corrode your components and destroy a nice bike. So for for 10 years, I rode, you know, a 20-year-old rusty mountain bike and I was totally happy doing it. But in the back of my mind ,I knew there were five things that would get me through the winter—five components in the perfect winter bike. Aluminum frame. Belt drive. Internal gearing. Disc brakes. And an overall weather hardiness. And if ever saw those things in a bike I would jump on it. That’s where this bike comes in. So we’re going to see how each of those
five things held up on this new bike through my first winter. So the first element was an aluminum frame because rust was my biggest enemy in winter. I had rusted out frames before, so I was really concerned about it. And as you can
see with this one, mission accomplished. I mean, it’s
aluminum, it doesn’t rust. Thanks science! Number two: Disc brakes. You know, I wanted that extra stopping power in the wintertime. There was some concern with disc
brakes that when they get too cold or wet that they won’t stop as well. But I
had no problems. You know, those disc brakes held up
really well all winter long. The third element was that overall
weather proof, weather hardiness. And this is where the bike has
done OK, but not perfectly, I would say. The fenders were great, they held up
really well. There’s little bits and pieces here and there, little spots
of rust. It’s hard to have an entire bike withstand the rust, not everything
can’t be made of aluminum, so it’s a bit of a problem. Still, overall not bad. OK,
what about the belt drive? So this bike is equipped with a Gates belt drive
system, so it doesn’t have a typical chain. What powers the drivetrain is this
carbon belt, and this was one of the things that attracted me to it because I
was tired of rusting out chains and replacing them all of the time. So
far, this has worked out really well. I like the smoothness of it, it’s quiet and I’ve had no problems this winter. I have heard some concern about
the longevity of these things. They should last a long time but I’ve kind of
heard mixed reviews, and replacing one is a lot more expensive than, you know, the
12 or 15 bucks for a new chain. So, the jury’s a bit out on that one. But I should say after the first year, everything’s looking good. Now, for the gears. The drivetrain. The important part the part that makes you go. So this bike came equipped with a
nine-speed NuVinci hub and internal-gear system. That was a bit of a question mark
for me. Now the system’s a bit different than others. It doesn’t click into each
gear, it’s sort of based on tension, so you can shift by, sort of, tightening and
loosening based on how you turn it. There was some concern about how it
would hold up in the cold. It’s a pretty slick system. It’s super smooth and super
quiet, but I will admit on those -25 Celsius days, it was a little tight. It was a little reluctant to shift. But, after I pedaled a while, it seemed
like the friction started to warm it up a bi,t and then it would start to move.
But it was a little dodgy on some of those day. But on the normal winter days,
it was great. What was best for me was the lack of maintenance. I didn’t have to do anything to clean it. I probably should have cleaned it
more than I did, but that’s one of the things I needed — I wanted a low-maintenance bike and this certainly delivered on that. So of those five
factors that went into my perfect winter bike, they’re all holding up pretty well.
But yes there’s a but. I hate to say it, but it’s not the the sexiest bike in the world. It’s got one of those hybrid commuter frames that’s not all that fast and not all that comfortable. Plus that NuVinci hub on the back is
pretty heavy and the gear ratio is a little sluggish so it’s not the fastest
bike in the world. Also, Priority is an online retailer, and buying a bike online
comes with some risks especially if you don’t have the support of your local
bike shop. So should you go out and buy a a Priority Continuum right now? Actually,
I’d say probably not. I mean it’s worked really well for me, but my winter is very
specific and my challenges were very specific to the conditions I have. You’re
winter might be different. You know, rust is a problem for me, snow might be a
problem for you. So my recommendation? Figure out what you need, go talk to your
local bike shop, and ask some good questions. That’s the place to get
started, and if you’re really just getting going on winter biking, I’m going
back to my old advice pick up an old POS, get out there, experiment a bit and
figure out what works for you. See you in the snow.

Stephen Childs

20 Comments

  1. How's the Nuvinci holding up? I've not had much luck with them, and now that they've gone bankrupt I don't think they'll be honouring warranties for much longer.

  2. I have one of these in the all black (Onyx) version. I did not buy it for winter cycling as I am reluctant to ride any bicycle that expensive in bad weather conditions. The only negative thing is the added weight in the rear which makes the bicycle pretty unbalanced. But then you have to remind yourself that this was made for commuting, not racing. The black version of this bicycle is better looking than the original silver model, my opinion. Priority customer service is second to none. I do not regret purchasing it. However, it is rather unsettling to realize that NuVinci has gone bankrupt!!! I didn't see that one coming. I doubt if Priority did either.

  3. I'm very happy you got the Priority Continuum thats a great bike. I have the original Priority Eight and it's held up for the last 2 years since the pre-launch. I understand all that your saying its not a sexy bike. Specialized had a belt driven bike back in 2008 I think and that only lasted a year or two around the $4000 price tag and some other bikes out there do have the belt drive with the nuvinchi hub. I believe Priority can and should step up their game with better colors. more aerodynamic body styles and looks and its not that hard to do with the right engineer. Will they? time will tell. I think they are following suit like with Tesla's model. Set a foundation for the company then come out with better things as the company can grow and afford too. Its hard to keep up with the demands especially with the kids bikes. I've missed out on their bikes and just gave up and went with Specialized. Other than that the only issue I have with my bike is the bottom bracket making noise and Dave has told me it might need to be greased or tighten but it if not the replacement part is about $15 bucks. belts are around $50 but I've not replaced mine yet until a tooth breaks off

  4. Have you seen the Priority 600 with pinion gears? I read that it weighs 30 lbs. How does that compare with the Continuum? Just wondering, which tires did you use in the snow and ice, and how well did they perform?

  5. Just get a Dutch bike and you don't need to do anything other than stay on your bike. 😁😉

  6. Thanks for introducing me to this bike. Giving one some thought. It is a continuously variable transmission right? So it doesn't actually have a set number of gears? Just wondering if I missed something.

  7. You review is the only one that does not rate this bike a high. Can you suggest some alternatives to this bike. Need for once in a while riding in a park or trail

  8. You can just remove the brake-pads and discs, spray everything in some oil (drying oils works best) and then re-attach brake pads and discs…

  9. Broo it doesn't matter if it's sexy or not. As long as it works well. Buf the bike is dope

  10. Canadian winter biking is mental alright just don’t and if you do five stars

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