Evans Cycles have recently announced that they will be stocking a range of Tern Bicycles for 2012.

Tern Bikes are specialists in the folding bike arena and have some pretty modern-looking bikes. These bicycles are favoured by city folk who prefer commuting on a bike rather than risking it all on public transport, or dare we even suggest, by driving!

So who are Tern then? According to their website (ternbicycles.com), they are Cyclists. Pretty obvious you might think but it made me think about other suppliers, I wonder what ratio of employees don’t ride a bike.

Anyway, back to Tern. It’s hard to get to know them, yes there is the usual splurge of stuff on their about us page, but let me give you an extract to highlight what I mean;

Our company is a reflection of this diverse new world, a richly chaotic crash of different ethnicities, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, that ensures that our point of view is seasoned by many different kinds of eyes…

As they say themselves, they are diverse.

So onto the bikes. There are five models in the 2012 range with a total of 22 bikes, ranging from the stylish (see above) Verge to the practical Castro, plus the Link, Eclipse and Joe.

Tern Verge

The Tern Verge range is made up of the following bikes;

  • Verge X30h
  • Verge X20
  • Verge X10
  • Verge S11i
  • Verge P18
  • Verge Duo

Tern Link

The Tern Link range is made up of the following bikes;

  • Link Uno
  • Link P9
  • Link P7i
  • Link P24h
  • Link D8
  • Link D7i
  • Link C7

Tern Eclipse

The Tern Eclipse range is made up of the following bikes;

  • Eclipse S11i
  • Eclipse P9
  • Eclipse P7i
  • Eclipse P24h

Tern Castro

The Tern Castro range is made up of the following bikes;

  • Castro P7i
  • Castro Duo

Tern Joe

The Tern Joe range is made up of the following bikes;

  • Joe P24
  • Joe D24
  • Joe C21

Tern Technology

The core design of folding bikes hasn’t changed much over the years, afterall, all they need to do is fold, right? Tern use a technology called N-Fold, which results in a bike that can be folded, or unfolded, in less than ten seconds (according to the Tern website). However, the bike we selected below, quotes a 30 second unfold time.

Their website goes into detail about stiffness, strength and all the various patented technology that goes into make Tern bicycles what they are – it’s all very impressive.

Let’s take a look at the specifications of one of their bikes;

Specifications: Tern Verge X30h

  • Speeds: 30
  • Weight: 10.3 kg (22.7 lb)
  • Folding Time: 30 sec
  • Folding Size: 42 x 79 x 72 cm (16.5″ x 31.1″ x 28.3″)
  • Frame Sizes: One size
  • Gear Inches: 28″ – 121″
  • Distance: Seatpost to Handlebar: Min: 660 mm (26″) Max: 710 mm (28″)
  • Distance: Saddle to Pedal: Min: 660 mm (26″) Max: 930 mm (36.6″)
  • Suggested Rider Height: 142 – 190 cm (4’8″ – 6’3″)
  • Max Rider Weight: 110 kg (243 lb)

The frame is hydroformed aluminium with smooth TIG welding and patented OCL Joint and DoubleTruss technology. The fork is also aluminum.

Handleposts are Physis VRO, 2D forged aluminum (with 4 more patents). This is coupled with a Syntace VRO stem and Flux Pro headset. Handlebars are Kinetix Pro TT which have been double-butted and then wrapped in BioLogic tape.

The Kore Road Performance saddle sits on top of a Syntace Statis seatpost and is fixed using a clamp from the same manufacturer.

Front and rear brakes are both dual pivot calipers by Kinetix and levers are from those lovely people at Shimano, in this instance, they are Shimano Tiagra STI levers. The front hub is provided by Kinetix, whilst the rear comes from SRAM. Rims are Kinetix Pro niobium alloy and tyres are Schwalbe Durano, set at 120 psi.

Shifters and rear derailleur are both supplied by Shimano (STI & Ultegra).