Showing posts with label Tern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tern. Show all posts

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tern Link P7i and Swoop D7


Tern is a new folding bike company, which split from Dahon. They now offer a wide range of folding bike designs. Similar to Bike Friday and Brompton folding bikes, there are meant for people who want to travel with their bike, who need to keep a bike in small space, or who have a multi-modal commute which does not allow standard-sized bikes.
Tern Link P7i
The Link P7i, "The equipped one" as they say, comes with almost everything you could want. Dynamo hub and lights, a Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal gear hub, rear rack, fenders, and chainguard  (attached directly to the chain) are included. There is a bracket on the front of the frame to attach a bag or front basket, which does not affect the steering. It is available for $1200 at Clever Cycles and other shops.

Tern also sells the Swoop d7i for $1000. It also has a rear rack and optional dynamo lighting, with a 7-speed hub, and a standard chainguard.
Tern Swoop d7i
And at the high end, they offer an Alfine 11 speed IGH equipped bike with disc brakes and dynamo lighting, the Eclipse S11i:
Tern Eclipse S11i
Reviews: 
NYCEWheels Video - Eclipse S11i
Lovely Bicycle - Swoop d7i
London Cyclist - Link
Turbo Bob - Link

Specifications: 

Link p7i
GENERAL INFO
Color: (Black/Grey)
Wheel Size:20 inch wheels
Speeds:7
Weight:14.2 kg
Folding Time:10 sec
Folding Size:38 x 79 x 72 cm
Frame Sizes:One size
Gear Inches:33" - 81"
Rider Height:142 - 190 cm
Max Rider Weight:110 kg
FRAME
Frame:6061-Alumnium
Fork:Aluminum, 6061-AL
COCKPIT
Handlepost:Physis T-Bar, aluminum, 
Stem:Andro
Headset:cartridge bearings
Handlebar:K6061-AL
Grip/Bars Tape:BioLogic Arx
Saddle:BioLogic Como PRM
Seatpost:BioLogic PostPump 2.0
Seatpost Clamp:Syntace, stainless bushing
BRAKES
Brakes: V-brakes
Brake Levers:BioLogic integrated bell


WHEELS
Front Hub:BioLogic Joule II dynamo
Rear Hub:Shimano Nexus 7 
Spokes and Nipples:Stainless steel, brass nipples
Rims:Kinetix Comp by WTB, doublewall, CNC sidewalls, powder finish
Tires:Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 42-406, RaceGuard puncture protection, Reflex
TRANSMISSION
Shifter(s):Shimano 7 spd twist
Crankset:Kinetix Supra, forged 6061 cranks, 6061 chainring, CNC chainguard
Cassette/Freewheel:SRAM for hub gear
Bottom Bracket:Cartridge, sealed bearings
Chain:RustBlock, GST coated, 3/32"
Pedals:Suntour folding, alloy body


EXTRAS
Chainguard:BioLogic FreeDrive
Kickstand:Premium single, aluminum
Clip System:Magnetix 2.0
Luggage Socket:Yes
Front Light:Valo, HiLux LED with StandLight
Rear Light:Spanninga Premium, LED
Fenders:SKS, stainless hardware
Rack(s):BioLogic Portage 20, tubular aluminum, KlickFix compatible




Eclipse
GENERAL INFO
Color: (Black/Polish)
Wheel Size:24 inch wheels
Speeds:11
Weight:14.7 kg
Folding Time:10 sec
Folding Size:42 x 89 x 76 cm
Frame Sizes:One size
Gear Inches:30" - 120"
Suggested Rider Height:148 - 195 cm
Max Rider Weight:115 kg
FRAME
Frame:7005-AL TIG welded 
Fork:aluminum, 6061-AL
COCKPIT
Handlepost:forged aluminum
Stem:Andros,
Headset:cartridge bearings
Handlebar:double-butted 7050-AL
Grip/Bars Tape:Ergon GP1 BioKork
Saddle:Kore Sola for Tern
Seatpost:7050-AL
Seatpost Clamp:Syntace, stainless bushing
BRAKES
Brakes & Levers:Avid Elixir

WHEELS
Front Hub:BioLogic Joule HG, disc
Rear Hub:Shimano Alfine, 11-speed
Spokes and Nipples:Double-butted 18/10 stainless,
Rims:Kinetix Pro, niobium alloy
Tires:Big Apple 50-507
TRANSMISSION
Shifter(s):Shimano Alfine, 11 spd.
Crankset:FSA Vero, ISIS BB, CNC Guard
Cassette/Freewheel:Shimano for hub gear
Bottom Bracket:American Classic, ISIS
Chain:RustBlock, GST coated, 3/32"
Pedals:MKS EZY QR
Shifter Cable & Housing:Shimano
EXTRAS
Chainguard:BioLogic FreeDrive
Kickstand:Premium single, aluminum
Clip System:Magnetix 2.0
Luggage Socket:Yes
Front Light:Valo, HiLux LED with StandLight
Rear Light:Spanninga Premium, LED
Fenders:SKS, stainless hardware
Rack(s):BioLogic Portage Racks

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Tale of Two Longtails

I had the opportunity to ride two longtail cargo bikes that are both compatible with the Xtracycle standard and both less than $1000. Longtails have an stretched frame to handle huge loads behind the rider.  


The Sun Atlas Cargo is a purpose built longtail like the Surly Big Dummy or the Yuba Mundo.   The Altas Cargo falls below both of these bikes in price while keeping a funky Mixte-Kruisframe geometry and comfortable ride.   

Sun rates the cargo capacity at 400 lbs and the bike feels solid with rails with frame ports to accept Xtracycle accessories.   The 2.1-inch wide tires and BMX bars provide an upright, relaxed ride. 

Most of the time when I ride one-size-fits all bikes I find the reach to be too short, but the Atlas Cargo is surprisingly comfortable reach.  If the Yuba is like riding a pickup truck then the Atlas Cargo is more like an old Jeep Scrambler.   The BMX bars can be rotated to adjust the reach as well. 



The Sun Atlas Cargo was priced at $600 at Bikes@Vienna.  How can they offer it so cheap?  Look at the component list --lots of bottom of the barrel stuff here.  But hey, you can upgrade as things wear out.  The frame is solid and ready to carry whatever you can throw at it.




No one will argue that longtails are not incredibly useful as car replacements.  Storing them is another matter.   It's tough to haul them up stairs or squeeze them into a shed.   Even taking them for a ride in the car is tough. 

Xtracycle teamed up with Tern to offer the Cargo Joe, a folding longtail.   This a great idea who's time has come.   The Tern platform as 26-inch wheels and 21 speeds and comes in two frame sizes.  The Xtracycle bits are a FreeRadical, a HDPE Flightdeck and Freeloader bag set.  You get it all for $1000, which is not bad at all.  At some point down the road you could still repurpose the FreeRadical on an old hardtail mountain bike still have a nice folding bike. 


I felt a little cramped on the Cargo Joe, but I'm not sure what frame size I was riding, I realized.  Like most folding bikes, they adjust easily to fit most riders.  It felt a lot shorter and quicker than the Atlas Cargo, but a bit more flexy with it's higher pressure tires.  Of course the real trick is that you can fold it in half and shove it in the shed or minivan without sacrificing utility.