With their continued popularity on the streets, folding bikes have grown from being a wobbly novelty to a serious alternative for urban transportation. This foldable machine commonly referred as “Foldies” is a compact and versatile companion of daily commuters. There is a diverse selection of folding bikes to choose from but this one brand is walking the talk to reach the top—like a bird, spreading its wings. Opening up a world of convenient biking possibilities, let’s twist and meet Tern.
Established in 2011 at the place helmed as biking paradise in Asia — Taipei, Taiwan. Tern is a diverse mix of personalities and experiences united by a passion for cycling. Led by General Manager Florence Hon, Vice-President Joshua Hon, and a respected team of bicycle professionals. The company is made up by the core people that were responsible for product development, sales, marketing, and distribution.
Tern started its bicycle line-up utilizing 20”, 24”, and 26” tires. The 20” bikes consist of the Link, Verge, and Swoop series, while the 24” models feature the Eclipse and Node bikes. The Joe series are the only Tern bikes to use 26” tires. In August 2014, Tern introduced its first electric bike, the eLink. The eLink weighs 21 kg and folds in under 10 seconds. This electronic bike is equipped with mud guards, rack, chain guard, lights, and engineered with Shimano Nexus 8 internal hub and Schwalbe Big Apple tires. eLink uses a 250W Bafang mid-motor with four levels of power support. The 36V lithium battery with 374Wh expanding the bike’s range of up to 50 kilometers.
The company is based in Taipei, Taiwan and has offices in the US, China, Finland, and the UK. Tern’s primary products include folding bicycles and cycling accessories, which are currently sold in 65 countries. Though founded only in 2011, the company’s bikes have already received a number of international design awards, including iF and Red Dot awards. By that, Tern continues to innovate and improve their bikes to deliver a better ride than any other small-wheeled bike on the market.
Reboot your commute
After three years of product research and development, the urban commuting specialists Tern introduced a new collection of Foldies called the 451 Verge family. Tern’s new Verge bike is all based around in a slightly larger 451mm (22”) wheels, offering 10% higher gearing than 406mm wheels. With this upgrade, the flagship Verge X11 bike can achieve downhill gearing up to 102 gear inches using standard equipment.
Considering the additional size, 451 tires carry more momentum and deliver more comfort than the 406, yet they’re small enough for convenient portability, punchy acceleration, and agile handling. The new wheels also come with an updated geometry to improve stability and overall ride quality, plus the addition of the latest trends in 1x drivetrains.
Another technology at the heart of the 451 Verge family is the addition of hyper-wide cassettes from SRAM and Shimano. With the current generation of 1X, it’s possible to achieve higher and lower gearing for fast rolling and easy climbing with just a single chain ring. Through the 420% gear-range, Verge X11 boasts a wider gear range without any complication or hassle. Folders have always looked to 1x setups as an ideal configuration for small wheeled bikes because it attenuates weight, complexity, and maintenance in a single folding package.
The final advancement of the Verge family is the new T-Tuned geometry that the idea began during the development of Tern’s long-haul Verge Tour. Verge X11 latest design boast a longer wheelbase, tweaks to fork rake and head tube angle, and a slacker seat tube for a fitter and athletic riding position. All these lead to having a small-wheeled bike with remarkably fast and stable performance.