Priority e-Classic Plus: Combining Gates Carbon Drive Belt & Front-Hub Motor for Optimal Balance

Elegant, Enduring, Nimble, Efficient, Classic

If you've ever found yourself musing about the ideal daily companion, one that takes the edge off your commute or that sunset cruise around your neighborhood, I might have stumbled upon just the thing.

Imagine turning a tedious 10-mile bike ride into an exhilarating 20-mile adventure. Picture that looming, arduous hill at the tail end of your journey suddenly becoming as effortless as a gentle slope. This is the magic of New York's Priority Bicycles’ newest offering, the e-Classic Plus.

From the heart of New York, where everything moves at the speed of light, Priority Bicycles brings us a tribute to its very first creation. It's a touch nostalgic and a lot forward-thinking, a seamless blend of their Classic's timelessness and the promises of the electric age.

Now, diving into the mechanics of this marvel: it's elegantly designed with a 6061 aluminum-alloy frame, ensuring both strength and rust resistance. But what really caught my eye? The decision to opt for a 250-W front-hub motor instead of the traditional rear-hub. Priority has taken this road less traveled to harmoniously pair it with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive and a 3-speed Shimano Nexus hub at the back. The result? An almost dance-like balance as you cruise, reaching speeds up to 20 mph. It promises not just transportation, but an experience.

Safety, of course, hasn't been sidestepped. Integrated lights come with a brake sensing function that brightens up akin to a car's brake lights. Matched with hydraulic disc brakes that effortlessly cut off power to the motor during stops, it assures a safe journey from dawn to dusk.

For the range wanderers among you, fret not. The e-Classic Plus is designed to combat ‘range anxiety'. With its 374-Wh downtube battery, you're looking at 60 miles of electric boost, depending on the terrain and your own fervor.

Eddie Meek, the mind behind its design, envisioned an e-bike that's both a performer and a looker, one that effortlessly becomes a part of your daily life without the common maintenance woes. And, dare I say, he seems to have hit the nail on the head.

One thing’s clear: the e-Classic Plus isn’t just another e-bike. It's a statement. One of simplicity, efficiency, and elegance. It beckons not just to the committed commuter but to anyone with an itch for a breezy, joy-filled ride. All at a price point that doesn't send your wallet into shock.

It's almost poetic, really, how this bike turns challenges into smooth rides. Hills? They’re mere hiccups. Distances? Only numbers. With the e-Classic Plus, the journey doesn't just matter; it's a joy in itself.

So, whether you're an urbanite navigating the concrete jungle or someone simply seeking the thrill of an effortless cruise, the e-Classic Plus is more than a mode of transport. It's an experience waiting to be had. Give it a whirl, and you might just find that extra bit of magic in your everyday rides. Safe travels!


  1. Versatile Use: Suitable for both casual cruises and light commuting, allowing flexibility in the type of journey one might embark on.
  2. Balanced Design: The use of a 250-W front-hub motor, combined with the Gates Carbon Belt Drive and 3-speed Shimano Nexus hub at the back, offers a balanced and nimble riding experience.
  3. Long Battery Life: With its 374-Wh downtube battery, riders can achieve up to 60 miles on a single charge, reducing the need for frequent recharging.
  4. Safety Features: Integrated brake-sensing lights and hydraulic disc brakes ensure the rider's safety, especially during nighttime or low-visibility conditions.
  5. Low Maintenance: The Gates Carbon Drive Belt requires little to no maintenance, lasting 2-3x longer than a standard chain without the need for lubrication or cleaning.
  6. Comfortable Riding Experience: Its design emphasizes natural ride feel, comfort, and safety. Upright frame geometry, a plush seat, and backswept handlebars enhance the ride's comfort.
  7. Stealthy Look: Despite its electronic components, the e-Classic Plus retains the look of a traditional, unpowered commuter bike, appealing to those who prefer a classic aesthetic.
  8. Competitive Pricing: At US$1,699 (with a $300 launch discount), it offers a feature set often seen in pricier models.


  1. Limited Motor Placement: The decision to opt for a front-hub motor might not appeal to traditionalists or those who prefer the characteristics of a rear or mid-drive motor setup.
  2. Weight: Weighing in at 49lbs, it may be challenging for some to transport without the assistance of a vehicle or specialized bike rack.
  3. Speed Limitation: The top speed is capped at 20 mph. While this is standard for many e-bikes, speed enthusiasts might find it limiting.
  4. Shipping Restrictions: Can only be shipped within the Contiguous US, limiting international or non-mainland US enthusiasts from acquiring it without additional logistics.
  5. Battery Dependency: Despite its long range, once the battery depletes, the rider will miss out on the electric assistance, potentially making longer trips or uphill journeys more challenging.


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