How to Fix a Flat Tire on the Priority Current

Out of the box, the Priority Current has WTB Horizon 650B x 47 tires. These tires are more popularly used in the gravel terrain and more frequently preferred in triathlon races, so its unique to see it being used in a commuting style bike. These tires have nice slicker tread with a little bit of cycling for areas with water, which makes it fantastic for riding around the city.

Taking out the Front Wheel

For the front wheel, it is very straightforward. There is a thread on the thru axle that makes it easy to take off and put on. To take the front wheel off, we need to unlatch the flange which is located on the left side of the bottom of the fork. After doing so, we can unscrew it to loosen the thru axle. Once unscrewed, the wheel will just fall off and slide right out. After taking it off, we recommend putting the brake chip in for added protection in case you might trigger the brake levers. 

Taking out the Rear Wheel

Compared to the front, the rear wheel is a little more complicated to remove. The belt drive obstructs it and needs to be handled before we can take the wheel off. We need to first loosen the bolts on both sides along with the bottom axle nuts. This would allow the whole unit to slide forward a little bit. Most likely, the cable will need to be pulled out as well before the rear wheel will slot off (or you can undo the band to get the tire).

Taking the Tube Out

After taking the wheel out from the bike, we then need to take out the tube inside it. We will be needing a tire lever for this. We must tuck the tire lever inside and underneath the tire, and then exert a considerable amount of force to give it a good tug so that we can access and pull the tube out.

Checking the Tire Rim

Most likely, getting a flat is due to a puncture during a ride from a thorn, nails, or similar small sharp objects. The last thing we want to do is to replace the tube while there might still be a sharp object lodged on tire tire, or we will just get another flat on the very first ride after. To ensure that this won’t happen, we can use a piece of cloth and drag it inside the tire rim to check for any objects that might still be stuck in it. If there are any, we remove it by using a set of pliers.

Replacing the Tube

After we have checked that there are no longer sharp objects lodged on the tire, we can then install the replacement tube. We recommend putting a little bit of air on the new tube just for the shape. We must align and place the valve in first, and once that is done, we can tuck the tube starting from the valve and all the way around the tire.

Once the tube has been reinstalled, we can then put the desired air pressure on the tires. For these tires, the recommended pressure is 45-65 psi (you can see it stamped on the side).

Reinstalling the Wheels to the Bike

Lastly, we must reinstall the fixed tires back to the bike. We always remember to remove the brake chip out before doing so.

For the front tires, it is the same method as when we assembled (link to assembly article) the bike for the first time. Before placing the front wheel, we must ensure that the fork is facing in the proper direction (with the stem in the front and the brake calipers on the non-drive side). Once that is done, we can slot the wheel to the middle of the fork. The front wheel should be straight and oriented correctly; the rotor and the caliper should be on the left side. We should also be careful and check that the brake rotor goes through the caliper pads. After that, we can then reinsert the axle, threading it through the front wheel, and then screw it tightly by rotating it counterclockwise. Once that is tight enough, we can close the clamp lever to secure it in place (this should line up parallel with the fork).

If you want more information regarding the Priority Current, check out our other articles covering the unboxing, assembly, tune up, maintenance, and full review, where our ebike experts rank the Priority Current on our tower ebike scoring system. 

As a last note, you should always do regular inspections and tune-ups for your eBikes. It is advised to take it to reputable bike mechanics after the initial break-in period of 100 to 200 miles to ensure everything is running smoothly.

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