Priority Current Assembly
The Current is one of the premier bike models from Priority. It is a city hybrid style ebike which ranges from $3,000-$4,000 depending on the build. In this article, we will be detailing the assembly process after unboxing it. We recommend having your bike assemble by a professional mechanic, but should you choose to assemble it yourself, then you’ve come at the right place.
Initial Thoughts and Impressions
Out of the box, the bike is already assembled for the most part. What we ordered is the charcoal colorway of this bike. It has a nice prismatic, glittery, and glossy charcoal look to it. The rear fender is already installed along with an integrated rear light. The kickstand it uses is pretty good as well.
Another good feature of this bike is its adjustable stem which can pivot up and down to give you more fit and comfort. Additionally, it has two water bottle mounts as well (although the lower one is tighter and can only fit a smaller bottle).
However, the most unique feature of this ebike is its carbon internally hub belt drive with the mid drive motor. This is good because it doesn’t need a lot of adjustments mainly because it doesn’t have a traditional derailer, which we don’t need to worry about getting knocked and misaligned. Everything is already inside the hub. This ebike however does not come with a throttle and only has a pedal assist system.
Preparation and Tools
After unboxing (link to unboxing) and taking out all the components and the main frame, we can proceed to prepare for doing the assembly. We would need a pair of snippers to clip the zip ties holding the parts and components. The package already includes the necessary tools (wrenches, fender bolt, allen keys, etc) to do the assembly and they are of decent quality. But should you need the best quality of tools for the job, we recommend using superior quality tools like the Park Tool pedal wrench, torque wrench, and other Park Tool tools. Before starting, always remember to remove all the foams, plastic wraps, and other packaging materials as well as clipping all the zip ties.
As an added note, we must be careful in removing the plastic wraps on the fenders. They are thin sheets of metal, and they might be deformed if forcefully tugged into.
Installing the Fenders
The rear fender is already in place but is only bolted in one bolt and then we would get to support arms bolted down ourselves. As for the front fender, based on our experience, it is more convenient to install the front fender first before the front wheel so that you have enough space to work with.
To install the front fender, we will have to use the long bolt, 5mm allen wrench, and 10mm open wrench. There is a hole in the upper part of the front of the fork where we would need to insert the long bolt to (unscrew the nut first and put a washer). Next, we can attach the front fender in the fork and aligning it with the long bolt and secure it by putting back the nut with a washer. We can hold the nut in place by using the 10mm open wrench while tightening the bolt in front using the 5mm allen wrench.
The fender support arms can be attached to the wheel after the wheel has been installed in place.
Installing the Wheels
The Priority Current uses WTB Horizon 47 tires, which are very good for a nice city street style riding. The rear wheel is already installed, so we only need to do the front wheel.
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). Next, we would have to unscrew and remove the front thru axle (we also must remove the protective packaging of the axle), as well as the pull tab from the brake caliper. Once that is done, we can slot the wheel in the middle of the fork. We must make sure that the front wheel is 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 (this should line up parallel with the fork). The good thing about this axle design is it ensures that you won’t need to worry about dropouts, and it is designed to always make the wheel as solid and straight as it can be.
The next thing we would need to do is attaching the fender support arms to the front wheel, like with what we did with the back fender. We will need to use a 4mm allen wrench to remove the bolts on the sides of the fork where we will attach support arms. We will then thread the bolts (place a washer also) to the supporting arms and tighten it back in place. We must do this on both sides.
Installing the Handlebar and LCD
The handlebar is zip tied to the body of the bike (the keys are also attached in the handlebar, so be sure to not miss that). It already has an integrated head light up mounted at the front, and the LCD screen and the control panel are also installed. However, they do need a little bit of adjustment and tightening.
To install the handlebar, we need to first remove the faceplate on the stem. We will be using a 5mm wrench to remove all the bolts. We would then have to put the faceplate to the handlebar. In our experience, using the 3mm wrench, we also must loosen and move the light and LCD screen to make way for the faceplate (or you completely remove them first, and then reinstall it after). Once we have the faceplate in the handlebar, we can then position it to be attached to the stem. After which, we can put the bolts on and secure the handlebar tightly in place. We have to make sure that our cables wrap around the stem and into the front of the bike are not tangled and crisscrossed.
While tightening the front light, it is noticeable that it can’t pivot at a higher degree. While this may seem like a bad thing, it is actually a good feature because when you are riding in the city, you would want the light hitting the road in front of you so you can see all the obstacles in your path. With that said, although the front light doesn’t have the full range of motion, it is angled appropriately in the right direction.
The Priority Current uses a hydraulic brake system, which is the premium standard for ebikes these days, just like with our own electric cruiser bike.
While there is no installation necessary here, there are some adjustments and tune ups which we need to do before going for a ride. We cover this in our Priority current tune up article as well as our how to adjust the hydraulic brakes on the priority current on the priority current article.
Installing the Pedals
This bike has some nice metal city style pedals and they come labeled “right” and “left”. However, as a general guide to remember which side is which, we can tell one from the other because the left side is always reverse threaded.
Pedals are very simple to install. Once we have threaded them in the hole of the crank arm, we simply would just pedal backwards (counterclockwise), and it will thread right in. We need to do this for the right and left pedals.
Installing the Reflectors
To install the reflectors on this bike, we would need a Philips screwdriver (which is not provided in their package). The reflector for the front is white, while the rear reflector is colored orange.
Although the bike does come stock right out of the box with a headlight and taillight, it's always safe and smart to install reflectors as well just for extra safety purposes.
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.
If you’re local to San Diego, California and you need an ebike unboxed, assembled, repair, or just want to come by and have a look at our eBike showroom stop by our electric bike repair shop located at 3330 Kurtz Street, San Diego, CA. 92110.