Prime Bicycles Launches with 29" Downhill Bike Tease

Jan 23, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

It's not often a brand comes along and their first bike is a carbon downhill bike but it's certainly a way to grab our attention.

This is the first look at Prime Bicycles, the new brand from former World Cup team manager Peter Siulczynski. Peter used to run the Kenda Morewood, Kenda Tomac and Gravity Group-Turner teams, who supported riders such as Nathan Rennie, Filip Polc, Mitch Delfs, Joost Wichman and, Peter's personal discovery, Sam Blenkinsop. After the Gravity Group team wrapped up in 2008, Peter set his mind to a new project, building a bike brand.


Over a decade on and he's finally ready to bring that dream to fruition with Prime. He describes it as, "a premium bike brand that can easily compete with Santa Cruz or Specialized on the racetrack and in the bike park and even win." It's a lofty ambition but these bikes have been designed with Cesar Rojo, the man behind Mondraker's Zero Geometry, Unno Bikes and the Cero design agency. He's got some serious pedigree in the gravity field and brings a dose of clout to a brand that is currently trading on hype alone.



Peter won't give us too many further details on his bikes at this point other than this carbon downhill bike will be manufactured in Asia and that he intends to race the bikes. Prices, geometry and availability are all being kept under wraps for now but Peter has finalised the designs and is now working towards bringing them to the public.


So for now, enjoy these moody shots and expect further details (including, we suspect, an enduro bike) to come out throughout the year.

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121 Comments

  • 128 0
 Pay yer leccy bill so we can actually see the bike.
  • 1 1
 lololol
  • 89 18
 Looks like a Session
  • 10 6
 Session w/ VPP ?
  • 3 0
 Beat me to it
  • 32 1
 That sender looks like a session
  • 5 0
 That rig will scream downhill like a Banshee!
  • 6 0
 Nope, Unno Strive.
  • 2 0
 Look more carefully....looks like a Summum
  • 1 0
 @rarrity: sessioner?
  • 5 8
 @nanaMEX: i see a horst link not VPP at all.
  • 2 0
 @Mattysville: I see a session mixed with a gambler
  • 2 0
 @Skalloo : It may look like a session but think of how many achievements have been done on a session, countless world cup wins, rampage victories, semenuk edits! It may be copied alot but that's because it works!
  • 4 0
 In real its looks like giant maestro suspension.
  • 2 0
 @nanaMEX: ok so: looks like a glory.
  • 1 2
 Hyper bike launches 29 downhill bike.
  • 2 0
 @nanaMEX: DW/Maestro I think.
  • 2 11
flag will-burr (Jan 23, 2020 at 9:20) (Below Threshold)
 Yawwwwwwnnnnn… 2009-2018... How can people get excited about a Specialized/TREK/Kona/blah/blah/blah 4-bar Horst linkage DH Bike.

High pivot is where its at and Prime is behind the times... Frown
  • 5 0
 @will-burr: I wouldnt say horst link is outdated, horst links feel good in every scenario and they are super predictable, although the high pivot is better when it gets rougher they really struggle while pedaling and trying to pop off features or just get the front off the ground in general. So it comes down to rider preference a bike that does "well but not great" in every scenario (horst link) OR a bike that excels in rough terrain but isnt as playful and bogs while pedaling (high pivot)
  • 1 1
 Looks like a blockier version of the old MARIN Attack Trail rear end. At least it's not a Conspiracy...
  • 2 0
 @will-burr: high pivot bikes are for racers and people who don’t like to leave the ground...????
  • 2 0
 @rarrity: best comment ever , even better than mine Smile )
  • 1 1
 Looks like a Scott
  • 5 1
 Looks like Kona and Canyon had a bastard child
  • 1 0
 @Lukster52: I think you're onto something.
  • 1 1
 Yay!! No the world has like... 4 sessions!!
  • 1 0
 @will-burr: there’s no link on either chainstay or seatstay by the axle, looks like it might be a dual link
  • 3 1
 @rockchomper: there’s a reason none of the Commencal freeride guys ride the supreme...
  • 1 0
 @megatryn: a Konyan?
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk the best...
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: That's a solid triangle; no pivot on the chain stay...VPP
  • 1 0
 @Dropthedebt: senderator
  • 1 0
 @MonEddy: with a Kona link.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking a session mixed with a Sunday....
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: nope. it has to have a virtual pivot at that bottom unless they want the leverage curve to be really regressive in the last 25%. lol. it's more like a marriage of horst and VPP
  • 1 0
 Much more like a Norco Aurum IMO
  • 31 0
 It has to be called the Optimus
  • 2 4
 Prime Optimus? Can't see but why not...
  • 5 0
 Call it Time....Prime Time... Razz
  • 4 0
 or the Amazon. or the Cut.
  • 5 0
 prime rib?
  • 1 0
 @sean-rankin: yes!!!!!
  • 1 1
 Or the Terminator
  • 17 0
 I hate these stupid teaser "updates". Pics are all purposefully unrevealing, no geo data, no real frame data. Just a "look what may be available someday with no info" bunch of fluff.
  • 6 0
 Yup, my first impression of the brand is that there's nothing to see here.
  • 21 3
 Full review tomottow
  • 9 1
 Or maybe this eveving.
  • 7 4
 Holy shit I thought this joke got old after the first couple of times. But. People. Won’t. Stop. Propping. Them.
  • 17 2
 It's an interesting move to have your first bike be such a niche portion of the market.
  • 12 6
 Probably just took pictures of a trek and modified them a bit, so the tubes look different
  • 1 2
 @Juliussebastiankliem: "It's a lofty ambition but these bikes have been designed with Cesar Rojo, the man behind Mondraker's Zero Geometry, Unno Bikes and the Cero design agency."
  • 4 0
 bet their enduro bike will quickly follow
  • 1 0
 Not really. It's common marketing practice to start with a high performance niche offering, then trickle down that tech and consumer lust into other segments of that market.
  • 1 0
 @jimeg: Atherton bike, Unno...
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: all wildly successful too!
  • 15 1
 Looks like a Session and Ever had an illegitimate child and now hide the bastard in the shadows.
  • 12 0
 Looks like a Trek Sender.
  • 6 0
 all bikes look the same in the dark.
  • 5 0
 So it's a Gambler, with a Sender seat tube? Literally bringing nothing to the game here. Look like everything else, manufactured in the far east in the same factories as everything else. No ones test ridden it, no race results, yet already claims to be a premium brand and will probably charge the world for a frame. Pure marketing. Stay woke, people (...How have I turned into such cynic?)
  • 4 0
 The mtb world right now reminds me of the mma world when everyone was opening gyms, and jumping on to the gravy train. Siułczynski may be an exception, of course, but the overall comparison is still there to me.
  • 3 1
 LOL! A lot of bikes will start looking similar because most consumers prefer a certain aesthetic (and probably because there are only a limited amount of designs that work). Design something radical like Marin/Polygon or Trust and despite its merits, people find it revolting. So why go against the grain?

FWIW, that Prime looks great.
  • 5 0
 Obviously a front for something, because he ain't going to make any money.
  • 3 2
 So its an untested bike, it looks sexy, but I cant see that sexy when I am riding it.
How it rides and ultimately how fast it is is all that counts for a DH race machine.

Stick RockShox on it too Smile
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Norco HSP and the New Scott Gambler had a good romp in the sack.
  • 2 0
 i still dont understand the flat brake lever trend. I get that it works for dudes like loris but idk how people ride with their elbows so low. Seems so unstable to me.
  • 1 0
 Wait.... Does it look like a session... or does a session look like it? Or does it look like an aurum or a gambler?... Maybe the gambler and aurum and session look like it............
  • 2 0
 Can't see sh..t from those pics, another one to the party. What's so special about it to stand out vs SC, SPEC or others?
  • 6 2
 Looks like a Unno
  • 2 0
 I thought so too... and seems they are involved somehow
  • 2 1
 Such a sick rig.I hope to be able to swing a leg over one in the near future! The bike looks so sick and you guys really killed it on the build!
  • 2 0
 This must be the bike Bryan Regnier has been teasing.
  • 4 5
 If your bike looks and has the same linkage suspension as a Session, back to the drawing board. Too many bikes with the same design. Why would anyone buy this boutique brand over a leading brand?
  • 2 0
 It looks like a dual link
  • 2 0
 Its not like a session though, no pivot at the rear means its most likely a dual link set up like a giant glory.
  • 2 0
 I thought it would have a Box Prime drivetrain...
  • 2 0
 He needs a sponsorship deal with Amazon
  • 4 3
 Looks like a........downhill bike that I don't need because long travel bikes are so damn capable nowadays.
  • 5 2
 Pretty sure downhill bikes qualify as "long travel"
  • 1 2
 @SleepingAwake:... touchee! Wink
  • 2 0
 Looks like a black session
  • 2 0
 Carbon 29" iron horse Sunday??
  • 1 0
 Scroll through the comments, this bike apparently looks like 20 other bikes.
  • 2 0
 Let's see a battle of the ali express frames @pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 It’s the Konunno Sumcender D3! (Kona-Unno Summum-Cero-Sender Derivative-Downhill-Design)
  • 1 0
 That is clean tup I really like it!!! Looks like it uses some sort of dual linkage like DW-Link or Meastro
  • 1 0
 No website? Where are they based out of?
  • 1 0
 Trek Aurum with a sprinkle of Sender
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Canyon Strive Downhill bike
  • 1 0
 looks like them hyper dh bikes steenbergen had
  • 1 0
 Introducing the Untrekdraker sessime
  • 2 0
 Free one day shipping ?
  • 1 0
 Is he putting in a team this season?
  • 2 0
 Looks like an Aurum
  • 1 0
 Looks like a pretty sweet bike! Nicely done
  • 1 0
 Just when you thought you'd never see a Morpheous DH bike again.....
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Canyon Sender.
  • 1 0
 Looks like an Astro bike's catalog bike
  • 1 0
 as I said in other forums, with photos so my wife is also beautiful
  • 1 0
 Looks like a nice blend of a Norco Aurum and the Scott Gambler. I like it!
  • 1 0
 What’s up with the seat tube tho?
  • 1 0
 I'll take 2, or 3, or 5, or 7, or 11, or 13...
  • 1 0
 Looks like a norco merged with a kona
  • 1 0
 Black bikes with a black background!? C'mon dude....
  • 1 0
 looks like a kona operator with a sender seat tube...
  • 1 0
 Unno Seat Tube Kona Links Montraker front triangle. Lovely Bike
  • 1 0
 Old Aurum, new Gambler, lil bit of sender, all in one
  • 1 0
 Looks like session with sender seat tube
  • 1 0
 Love this one !!
  • 1 0
 Brakes so flat ffs
  • 1 1
 "looks like a trek session"
  • 1 1
 The aurum and sender had a baby I quite like it
  • 1 1
 Norco aurum ctrl C CTRL V
  • 1 1
 Just another cookie cutter, zero imagination DH bike...
  • 1 1
 Looks like an aurum
  • 1 1
 es Trek??
  • 1 1
 looks like a session
  • 1 1
 Canyon total black
  • 1 4
 Looks like a Sendsion

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