Priority Joker

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Priority Joker. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Joker’s geometry and build are optimized for velodrome track racing.
  • Joker riders appreciate the reliability, smoothness, silence, greaselessness, and low-maintenance requirements of a Gates CDX carbon belt and drivetrain.
  • Owners say this belt retains tension well, even after back-pedaling and skid-stops.
  • At a “heavenly” 16lb, the Joker’s a featherweight.
  • The Joker is shod with lightweight, aero, 60mm-deep carbon fiber rims.
  • The Joker comes fitted with a carbon fiber fork and seatpost.
  • In the velodrome, a tester says the Joker’s double-butted 6061 T6 aluminum frame proves stiff and fast on straights, and stable while cornering.
  • A tester says the Joker’s “gorgeous” track geometry is spot-on for crit and general fixed-gear riding.
  • Riders say the Joker’s ratio is “great for the street”.
  • With this geometry and its compact drop bars, a tester says the Joker is “aggressive but comfortable”.
  • A massive 70-tooth sprocket mates to a fixed 22T cog, giving an 84 gear inch ratio.
  • For attaining and maintaining high speeds, a tester says this ratio is “plenty potent”.
  • A tester says the Joker is “really really ridiculously good-looking”.
  • Let’s be honest, owners get a kick out of folks’ reaction to that 70T sprocket.
  • For this weight, and the carbon parts, owners are chuffed with the price.
  • A tester describes Goodyear Eagle F1 tires as “sleek and grippy”.
  • The Joker’s frame and fork are drilled to attach caliper brakes.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A tester felt challenged on climbs, with the Joker’s geometry and steep ratio.
  • The Joker’s carbon rims can not be used with brakes.
  • There ain’t no mounts to mount nuthin’ on the Joker.
  • For recreational fixed-gear riding, the Joker is expensive.
  • A wise tester notes that descents are complicated, with a fixed cog and no brakes.

Bottom line

Is it April fools – or is this one villain's Gotham City revenge-ride? Riders confirm that the Joker is a high-speed hoot in velodromes and on New York City streets. It’s belt driven, with a 70/22T ratio that, along with the bike’s track-specific geometry, makes it less-than-optimum for climbs. But get out of the saddle and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of momentum.

It weighs only 16lb, as it should. This is a single-speed track bike without brakes (and the carbon rims aren’t brake-compatible), but the frame and fork are drilled to mount calipers. It’s seen as good value for an innovative lightweight track bike, but priced just for the pundits, as a fixed-gear road bike.

Expert Reviews

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Gear Patrol

Like Biking Fast? This 16-Pound Joker’s Speed Is No Laughing Matter

The effect is what happens with any fixie — a desire to ride in a fashion where you never have to, zigging and zagging, strategically skidding, dodging between cars and zipping through lights of all hues — but multiplied. It absolutely rips on the track… it really, really doesn’t want to stop. I wouldn’t dare recommend this bike to most people.

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Gear Patrol

Why Fixie? It’s Not Complicated

Weighing just 16lb, with that monster front sprocket and silky-smooth belt drive, the Joker is an ultra-fast, velodrome-ready beast. Truly bonkers.

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