When I think of Tern and its popular cargo e-bikes, I think of two things: incredible quality and incredibly expensive. But with the launch of its latest model today, the Tern Quick Haul, one of those things is fading away, and it’s not quality.
The new Tern Quick Haul electric bike is the brand’s latest entry into the growing e-bike and electric utility bike market.
The e-bike combines impressive cargo-carrying capabilities with a small form factor to provide a serious car-replacement candidate for urban cyclists.
Rolling on 20″ wheels, it has a smaller footprint than a typical full-size bike, but it can carry more gear or passengers.
And it’s not only smaller in its typical footprint, but it can actually be parked upright on its tail thanks to Tern’s innovative rear rack. It can help it fit in a small elevator (think Parisian apartment) or in the corner of a small room or office.
This rear rack also offers plenty of room to attach gear, add passenger seats, or even use Tern’s pet carrier accessories. It’s the SUV of the e-bike world, but in a conveniently sized package.
Tern’s team captain, Josh Hon, has done a terrific job of summarizing exactly the type of e-bike use the Quick Haul was designed for:
“The Quick Haul is how an e-bike optimized for city life should be designed. It should have a low frame for convenience, it should have plenty of room to carry stuff or even an extra passenger, and it should be built tough, so you can count on it for reliable long-term use. term. And it needs to be compact so it can easily navigate stairwells, elevators, crowded bike parks and busy streets.
The Quick Haul is designed to carry loads up to 150 kg (330 lb). And they sure can’t say it themselves, but you know, if their lawyers let them say it can carry that much, they probably loaded twice that weight in testing.
Tern often shows his electric cargo bikes carrying children, but I can guarantee they can carry adults in the back as well. Josh Hon even took me for a ride on a GSD once, and it was perhaps even more fun (and a lot less responsibility) to watch life go by from the back seat.
In fact, to ensure safety under such heavy loads, Tern even applies its e-bikes to the most rigorous testing standards in the industry.
As Josh continued, Tern places great importance on maintaining a higher standard:
“We put our bikes through some of the toughest tests in the industry, and often we design even tougher tests when we think the existing standards aren’t tough enough.”
You may already be familiar with the Tern HSD and GSD e-bikes, two incredibly well-equipped models that we’ve featured before. But these e-bikes are quite expensive, starting at nearly $4,000 and increasing rapidly Of the.
But the new Tern Quick Haul will start at US$2,999 in the US and €2,999 in Europe when it becomes available in the second quarter of this year.
That’s a pretty low starting price for any Bosch mid-drive e-bike, let alone one from Tern.
It looks like the company was able to hit that low price point by stripping out a few of the more fancy components we’re used to seeing. There is no internally geared hub or electronic shifting on the entry-level Quick Haul D8. Instead, we have a Shimano Acera derailleur with an eight-speed drivetrain connected to Bosch’s more affordable Active Line Plus motor. That means the bike will hit 20 mph (32 km/h) in the US.
Upgrading to the US$3,299 Quick Haul P9 allows riders to reach higher speeds of up to 45 km/h (28 mph) thanks to the inclusion of the Performance Line or Performance Line Sport motor from Bosch (probably depending on location), plus a nine-speed transmission. There will eventually be an even nicer Quick Haul P5i added to the lineup, and this model will feature a Shimano Nexus 5 internally geared hub with a Gates chain or belt drive (likely depending on the specific model chosen on release) .
It should be noted that at its price of US$2,999, the Quick Haul D8 enjoys the best possible tax credit under the E-BIKE Act, which if passed will provide a tax credit of 30% towards the purchase of a new e-bike in the United States, up to $900 profit. Passing luck doesn’t seem as rosy as it once did, but there’s still hope.
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