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Old 09-15-19, 01:24 AM
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Anybody else riding a Pinion drive bike?

I'm a old school cyclist with too many bikes to mention, having started in 1985 with a Specialied Allez, then moved on to a bunch of different bikes, including aVitus 979, a custom Landshark, a Trek Postal Service team bike, Kestral Ironman, Orbea, a couple tandems, and finally treated myself to a Giant carbon Defy with Shimano electronic shifting. I thought I was done until I read about the Priority 600 with Pinion drive. What the heck is that? The more I read, the more I knew I was not done. So now I am the new owner of a Priority 600 and I must say, I am impressed. Gates belt drive, sealed gears, gravel tires and wheels, lights and fenders. I started commuting to work and am now thinking of touring across the US as part of impending retirement.

I know Pinion is out of Germany, and have barely scratched the surface here in the US, but I must say, the shifting and Gates belt drive system is sweet. Hope there are others out there liking this new system. Its not light, but at my age and speed, I'm trying to enjoy the journey.
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Old 09-15-19, 03:06 AM
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I have one. (I remember you from another thread, btw). I like how the weight is concentrated around the bottom bracket rather than in the rear wheel. And my go to road ride is mostly gravel road, so those tires work out for me.
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Old 09-15-19, 07:28 AM
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I am really interested in one too. I would like to find a gravel bike or drop bar bike.
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I have one. (I remember you from another thread, btw). I like how the weight is concentrated around the bottom bracket rather than in the rear wheel. And my go to road ride is mostly gravel road, so those tires work out for me.
Yes, a nice touch to have the weight centered at the BB. But the wheels are a bit heavy so I don't notice it as much as I expected. How do you compare it to the other Priority bike you own? I think that one has the CVT gearing? I looked at that at first being a much less expensive alternative....but kept going back to the Pinion and finally pulled the trigger.
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Yes, a nice touch to have the weight centered at the BB. But the wheels are a bit heavy so I don't notice it as much as I expected. How do you compare it to the other Priority bike you own? I think that one has the CVT gearing? I looked at that at first being a much less expensive alternative....but kept going back to the Pinion and finally pulled the trigger.
Where I live the roads are not smooth and many are dirt and gravel. The 600 is better for that. The wider tires provide comfort and traction.

I'm also not in the best of shape, and the wider gearing range on the 600 helps me enjoy the climbs -- at least as much as they can be enjoyed.
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