The Priority Continuum Onyx – The Ideal Bike for the Urban Jungle

The Priority Continuum Onyx is the perfect bike for city dwellers looking to get around with ease and style. This bike is built to withstand the hustle and bustle of urban life and looks great. The sleek design and onyx black frame gives it a classic yet modern look, perfect for those wanting to stand out. Whether commuting to work, running errands, or just going for a leisurely ride, the Priority Continuum Onyx is the ideal bike for the urban jungle.

  • Ideal for year-round use with fully-sealed Weatherproof Enviolo rear hub drivetrain and Gates carbon belt
  • Easy assembly
  • Easy maintenance
  • Smooth CVT shifting and suitable 380% gearing range for flat and hills
  • Budget-friendly and well equipped
  • Studded tire upgrade for city winter commuting
  • Built-in lights powered by peddling.

The Design

The Priority Continuum Onyx features a 6061 T6 Aluminum frame and fork, making it light and stiff. The welds on the frame are neat and precise, with no apparent corners cut. This frame is complemented by a wide range of components, which come together to form a complete package that looks as good as it rides.

The Priority Continuum Onyx’s heart is a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain, offering a smooth and reliable ride. The shifters are Shimano 105, while the rear derailleur is an Ultegra model. Both provide crisp shifting and a wide gear range for tackling any terrain.

This bike also has alloy double wall rims, hydraulic disc brakes for confident stopping, and a carbon fiber fork for a responsive and efficient ride. The saddle and handlebars are ergonomically designed to keep you comfortable for long rides, while the choice of color schemes allows you to make the bike your own.

In summary, the Priority Continuum Onyx has been carefully designed to offer an excellent ride and look great. Its combination of performance components and modern styling will turn heads wherever you go.

Studded Snow Tires

The Components

The Priority Continuum Onyx has some excellent components to tackle the urban jungle. The NuVinci N380 CVT drivetrain is one of the most sophisticated pieces of equipments you’ll find on a bike. This drivetrain provides a gear range equivalent to a standard 7-speed chain-driven bike without distinct gears. You can shift using a grip shift, with a smooth progression from easy to difficult. The system also features a carbon belt instead of a chain, and all the shifting components are housed in the rear hub. Plus, it’s silent and requires minimal maintenance – perfect for an urban commuter bike. 

400-lumen front light

The Priority Continuum Onyx also features Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear for superior stopping power. Standard configuration includes WTB 32mm wide slick tires with reflective sidewalls for safety and the option to choose studded snow tires for winter riding. There’s also a red rear light and a 400-lumen front light integrated into the bike to keep you visible at night and reduce theft risk, plus a dynamo front hub that eliminates the need for charging.

Frozen lake test in Estes Park

The Ride

The Priority Continuum Onyx offers a smooth and quiet ride due to its NuVinci belt drive system and CVT gearing. You could change the gear while the bike is stopped, so you don’t have to worry about being caught in the middle of a hill if you don’t anticipate the terrain change. This makes the Priority Continuum Onyx an excellent choice for riders who don’t want to bother shifting gears and simply want to enjoy the ride. The constant lights are also a safety feature that enhances the enjoyment of riding the Priority Continuum Onyx.

The Value

The Priority Continuum Onyx is an exceptional bike. You get a well-thought-out frame, reliable components, and excellent performance at a reasonable price. Built-in lights, fenders, and a reliable drivetrain are perfect for commuter or city bikes. Priority stands by its product, ensuring help and support if needed.

My Minimalist Journey – Vibram FiveFinger V-Trail Review

In 2009, I was introduced to the barefoot movement by a Kansas City based barefoot runner—Barefoot Ted or Barefoot Ned, I can’t remember. It was the same year that Born to Run by Christopher McDougall was published. After my first barefoot running session and feeling those sensations of grass and squishing mud—sensations that I don’t think I felt since I was a child—I ran out and picked up the book, devouring it over the course of a week.

Between runs in modern running shoes, I would try to run barefoot, a little bit at a time. After a particularly scorching summer day on sidewalks, I realized that urban Kansas City wasn’t the best place to embrace the movement. But the core idea of the movement was in the back of my head: how can I get back to a place where my feet were behaving naturally and how can I get more connected with the surfaces I was running on.

Almost a year later, in 2010, I had a running injury that caused me severe pain in my achilles tendon. It didn’t matter what pair of shoes I tried, the modern rigid structure of various brands caused me to almost stop running.

That was when I was first introduced to Vibram FiveFingers. They were preparing for their launch of their Bikilas line, and it was love at first sight.

Prior to their launch, I decided to make my own pair of huarache sandals, so that I could continue running. Imagine the shock of the local cobbler when I came in with instructions to cut 4mm Vibram rubber into the shape of my feet.

After another month, the Bikilas were launched, and I made my first purchase of Vibram FiveFingers. Over the years, I owned two different releases of Bikilas, Spyridon for trail-running, TrekSport, and the V-Run. I would wear them running, on dates with the wife, and to work. There was something magical about those shoes that kept me going back to them.

This past year, I moved to Boulder, Colorado, and was introduced to winter and mountain running. The Spyridon became my go-to for snowy runs up Bear Mountain or on some of the more technical trails in Boulder.

But then Vibram sent me a pair of their FiveFinger V-Trail to review.

The update to their trail-running line up was immediately evident. One of the main differences was in the shape of the heel cup. There was more padding, which made pulling the shoe on and off a lot easier, but also provided more protection which is key in more technical terrain.

The fit is really comfortable too. I felt secure in them, but as I ran over rocks and tree roots, it was the right sense of protection but still having the sense of connection and ground feel. Going up Mount Sanitas in Boulder felt amazing. On the uphill climb, I felt more stable and secure, and was able to push myself harder. Because of the way FiveFingers fit—essentially like a glove for your feet—I was able to grip, dig in with my toes, and push myself up boulders a lot quicker. On the downhill of that particular run I felt more in control, finding myself in an almost meditative pattern over familiar terrain.

I also took the opportunity to take them on a 15-mile trail loop called Dirty Bismark. There isn’t a lot of elevation gain and the trail wasn’t too technical, so it became a speed game—seeing how fast I could go in the shoes before I felt worn out.

But that’s the magical thing about minimalist running: when you do it long enough, you start training your body to use all the bones and muscles in your foot; you’re not just more connected to the ground, your connecting deeper with yourself.

For the fit, if you’re new to Vibram FiveFingers, it definitely something to try out in store, if you have the opportunity. With the various pairs I own—bought over the course of eight years—sizes range from 41-44. If you’re ordering from their site, Vibram’s sizing guide for their FiveFinger line is very handy. You also need to consider whether you’ll be active in them with socks or without, since that will impact sizing. For myself, I go both ways. Usually if I am heading out on short runs, I’ll wear them without socks, but for longer runs, I’ll toss on a pair of Injinji trail socks.

When I headed up Mt Bierstadt and Mt Evans this summer, I ran/hiked in the V-Trail and Injinji combination. It was the perfect shoe for the more technical aspects of Sawtooth Ridge, providing a sense of stability where some of my other minimalist footwear choices wouldn’t. Even though the route was around 12 miles with 4,500 foot in elevation gain, my feet didn’t feel tired—everything else did, but my feet felt great.

All in all, since picking up the Vibram FiveFinger V-Trail, I have put around 200 miles on them and couldn’t be happier. For the mileage, you can’t see any wear and tear. This is another great thing about FiveFingers and minimalist shoes in general—you don’t tear through them as quickly as other shoes. Typical, modern running shoes have a shelf life, depending on the brand, of around 250-500 miles. There’s still FiveFinger shoes in my collection that are 5 years old, with over 500 miles on them that I still wear. With my FiveFingers, the only ones I’ve retired are the ones wear I’ve completely worn through the outsole.

If you’re part of the minimalist movement, you should definitely pick up a pair of the V-Trail and hit some trails with them. If you’re new to minimalism, please keep in mind that transitioning from modern running shoes to minimalist takes time. It took me four months of running in my Bikilas to run a 10K comfortably; you build a little bit at a time, strengthening muscles and bones that haven’t been used in a long time. In this article, you’re only seeing a small slice of my minimalist journey. I started eight years ago, but didn’t start running in minimalist shoes full time until four years ago. I’ll share some additional details in future posts.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions about the V-Trail or any other minimalist shoes. You can reach me at jnelson@huckadventures.com or if you’re in Boulder, feel free to look up one of my upcoming trail running adventures as part of Huck Adventures.