New Mid-Drive Folding Bike from Tern – Now £2300
For 2019 Tern have taken their excellent mid drive folding electric bike – the Tern Vektron S10 and added to the range. This is the version with a Bafang motor. By doing this and a few other small changes, without compromising on the overall quality of the bike, they have managed to bring the price down considerably. It also has the advantage that the motor give a bit more assistance than the Bosch version, so for those living in a hilly area this should certainly be considered.
The Electric System
For this version Tern have chosen the Bafang M400 motor. This is a mid-drive motor, like the Bosch and but with 80 Newton Metres of torque it is even more powerful tham Bosch’s perfomanceline CX motor. This means it is better for hilly areas. The motor has 6 levels of assist – 2 more than Bosch, giving a better choice.
The battery is a 400 watt hour battery. In ideal conditions and using Eco you could get upto 100 miles of range. Assuming average conditions and a mix of assistance levels you can still get a very impressive 40 miles with this combination of battery and motor.
The frame of the bike really stands out amongst the competition of other commuter bikers. Not only is it gorgeous, it’s packed with features to make it easily adjustable, without complicating the ride and very good components.
To start, the gears are 8 speed Shimano Claris. The brakes are Shimano hydraulic disc giving you confidence in the stopping power.
The seatpost system utilises a unique telescopic system, which very unusually for a folding bike means the bike can accommodate someone upto 6′ 5″. The rear rack is also easy to adjust, and the metal pedals, which replace folding bikes typical plastic pedals, can be removed and replaced on the bike when folding. The Vektron S10 rolls on Schwalbe Big Apple tyres, which have a great amount of grip, and smooth out even rough, bumpy roads. These tyres ensure a comfortable yet firm ride and comfort is further enhanced by the padded saddle and the Ergon grips which are molded to fit your hand and prevent your wrist from dropping.
It also has a unique adjustable stem to that you can adjust the handle bars exactly as you want them.
Built for the Commuter
Folding the bike is simple and well thought out. The clasps are easy to open and close but everything about them is reassuringly solid. The front wheel folds back and is held in place by a magnet and a strap. The handle bar is also held in place with a strap. Finally the right side pedal is quick release and slots into a housing at the back of the saddle.
This is a truly beautiful folding bike that is manufactured with every aspect of the commute in mind. It’s easy to fold, equipped with a powerful and reliable motor, and feels smooth and comfortable to ride.
Finally, size: as with many folding bikes the wheel size is 20″ and because of the telescopic seatpost and the adjustable, telescopic stem the bike is suitable for anyone from 4′ 10″ to 6′ 5″!
We stock other, less expensive, folding electric bikes but when you see it and ride it we think you will see that this is worth the extra money.