Priority Current Maintenance
The Priority Current is a great city, pedal assist only, ebike. We have just finished unboxing, assembling, and tuning a brand-new Priority Current ebike, so we expect it to run smoothly. But, as with all vehicles, performance might deteriorate further down the line. To keep it from doing so, there are things that may need to be adjusted, tuned, and accounted for in this bike. In this article, we will delve into the things you need to do for the maintenance of the Priority Current.
Because this bike has an internal Nexus Shimano hub, a great deal of components do not need much maintenance compared to a regular bike. Additionally, it also uses a hydraulic brake system like our electric cruiser bike, which are relatively maintenance-free compared to the traditional mechanical brakes. However, there are still parts and areas you need to watch out for and give importance to.
Brake Pads Maintenance
The first thing you're going to run into is the brake pads of the hydraulic brakes. We made an article detailing how you can adjust the brake pads on the Priority Current (link to this article) to ensure that your brakes are functioning optimally.
Additionally, eBikes tend to wear out brake pads two times faster than regular bikes because they are used at much higher speeds and are relatively heavier. There are also other factors that come into consideration, such as the temperature where you use it, how you break, how fast you ride. But based on our experience, the brake pads need to be replaced after about a year to a year and a half.
If they are brand new, they should feel nice, tight, and snappy. As they get worn off, they will have a little more give, delayed grip, and feel kind of spongy. We advise having them replaced by a professional mechanic if you don’t have the right experience and tools. You might also want to check that you have an appropriate amount of brake fluid.
Cable Tension Maintenance
Another thing you might need to adjust is the cable tension. However, one of the nice things about this bike having an internal Nexus Shimano hub is that the cable tends to stretch out not nearly as much as on a regular derailleur because there is a lot less tug and force whenever the shifter is twisted. But if the cable tension does need some adjustments, there is a barrel adjuster (better put a photo for reference, because transcription only says “down here’) that you can access to do this.
The Priority Current has a very good quality carbon belt drive. This also takes a lot of maintenance that you would normally do. These kinds of belt drives are very strong, do not snap, and do not need any lubrication.
However, over time, they might stretch out a little bit and lose some tension. To get them back into the right tension, you would need to use a chain tensioner. You must first loosen the bolts on both sides, and this will help once you pull the whole rear wheel set up back to add more tension. If you are installing a new carbon band, there are two bolts holding the frame, and if they are loosened the frame will separate. Once there is enough gap, the band can be slipped and inserted.
Another cool thing about the Gates belt drive is that it has a companion app. What this app does is it can check if the frequency is correct on them or, if it needs adjustments, it will let you know how much tension you would need to adjust it for optimal performance. To do this, you must open the app and put your device right next to the belt drive and give it a little flick. The app will then pick up the current frequency of the belt and give you feedback on whether it is at the appropriate tension or if it needs some adjustments.
Another thing you would need to maintain are the set of tires. On this bike. They are using the WTB Horizon 650B x 47 tires. These are skinny tires that are about equivalent to a 27.5 mountain bike tire. These tires are more popularly used in the gravel terrain and more frequently preferred in triathlon races, so it's 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. However, these tires are not that common compared to other tires used for city riding. Depending on how you ride your priority bike, you may end up having to switch to some other tire designs.
Another interesting detail is that these tires use Schrader valves. It is an interesting choice when designing these wheels, because a lot of 650 B and 700 tires and wheels instead use Presta valves because typically they can handle higher pressure much better than the Schrader valves. Because of this, it may be tough to find replacement tubes further down the line for the priority Current.
Additionally, remember to always check that your tires have the appropriate air pressure on them. For the WTB Horizon 650B x 47, the recommended range is about 45-65 psi to give you a nice and comfortable ride.
Another area you might need to maintain are the electrical components such as the LCD screen, battery, and midriff parts. The Priority Current uses most proprietary parts, so if you need replacements on these, you will need to procure them from Priority as their parts are not the aftermarket types of parts.
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.