Priority Cycles – Hand Built Carbon Fiber DH Racer


Damon Madsen (Priority Cycles) shows us a bike like no other at NAHBS. Damon has built a full carbon fiber DH race bike. This is a prototype bike (currently dubbed “Dinero de Almuerzo”) and is Damon’s first full carbon fiber bike. Jerry Vanderpool from Hippie Tech Suspension is the racer and will be racing this across the country this year. We’ll see if Jerry can earn his lunch money!

Full Suspension is Priority Cycle’s specialty and they build with aluminum and steel as well as carbon. If you ever get a chance to meet Damon, ask him about building with Lego!

This bike features:
-hand laid carbon fiber
-internal geared gearbox (8-speed)
-low/centered weight
-floating disc brake
-8.25″ of travel

More info:
“Using the same incredible suspension platform as our Portafortuna our DH frame the Dinero del Almuerzo brings incredible pedaling proficiency to a downhill racing machine.”

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Mike says:

    Reminiscent of the now defunct Lahar bikes made in New Zealand, although they used Rohloff! There is one half way down the page here

  • Rob says:

    One of the worst looking builds I have ever seen. The frame looks like cardboard tubes wrapped in black cheese cloth.

    • david enrico says:

      wow, Rob, didn’t realize we had an expert here. care to share pictures of your attempts? perhaps a website or a blog with one of your success stories and a little advice? some constructive criticism or do you have none. well if you don’t know anything regarding technique or engineering or craftsmanship, perhaps you should just say nothing.
      this man, manned up and went outside his comfort zone (metal frames) and tried something new to him; and then he put it on show for the whole cycling world to see and he didn’t say a thing about what you haven’t done. you. troll.
      as a side, I wanna give Mr. Madsen props for addressing the rear derailleur plague with what looks like the closest thing to whatever-the-heck was going on in the Honda/G-Cross’ frames. Props to you.

  • Jill says:

    Oh please Rob ~ you’re probably just used to to your bicycles being made in china. At least this guy has some gumption. Go fall off a unicycle.
    P.S. Your probably not very thorough either….the article does say it’s a prototype….

    Can’t wait to ride my Portafortuna!

  • henrik says:

    mad props to the builder for building such a bike. I am sure it gets the job done on the trail… HOWEVER, I think it’s rather fugly lookin to the 10th degree. Then again, I am not a fan of many bike designs out there.

  • Dirk says:

    @Jill, David Enrico
    The bike is ugly, and NO, I don’t need to build my own frames to be entitled to that opinion. There are plenty of well made, pretty CF DH frames out there. The Lahar was a great example. I agree with Rob, the frame looks like cardboard wrapped in black cheesecloth and the decals look like someone painted them on with whiteout.

    OK, it’s a prototype- understandable that it isn’t totally polished. But if you are going to show something like that at the NAHBS, don’t expect everyone to tell you it’s pretty if it isn’t.

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