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Priority Bicycles claims new hardtail is US debut of Pinion C1.12 gearbox

Published July 10, 2023

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Priority Bicycles says its new hardtail, the 600HXT, is the first Pinion Smart.Shift-enabled bicycle offered in the U.S. 

The gearbox motor is paired with a Gates Carbon Drive belt. The 600HXT is priced at $3,999, with a limited-time pre-order launch price of $3,499.

The Priority 600HXT is the third Priority model using the Pinion gearbox platform in the past six years but the first to be made available in the U.S. with the electronic-shifting Pinion Smart.Shift technology.

"The Pinion gearbox offers tremendous benefits for low-maintenance reliability in our 600 commuter, all-road, and 600X bikepacking models," said Eddie Meek, director of product development at Priority Bicycles. "As soon as we developed the 600X, however, we saw 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 to the dynamic riding of modern mountain biking, which came in the form of the Pinion Smart.Shift technology."

The model has a Fox 34 Performance 140mm fork, WTB rims and WTB tires (Vigilante 29x2.5" front and Trail Boss 29x2.6" rear), TRP Slate T4 quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and OneUp Components 180mm dropper post.


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