Last June, after inquiries from our customers, we began selling Tern folding bikes. We began with a selection of models that we thought might sell: the Tern Link with 20″ wheels, the Tern Node & Castro with 24″ wheels, and the Tern Joe with 26″ wheels.
Almost a year later, I realize we haven’t shared much about these bikes. What makes them special, what’s popular, and why.
The Tern Link line remains popular with commuters. Most are equipped with fenders and rack. Some with dynamo lights. All with nicely rigid frame and decent shifting. Most popular? The Tern Link D7i.
The Tern Node & Castro are unique, with their 24″ wheels. They feel almost full size, and fold up very nicely. When folded, they’re the largest size permitted on Amtrak, and fit in the trunk of most sedans. Last year, we sold many Tern Castro D8s, and may be the only dealer with the Castro D8’s still in stock!
The only Node available last year was the Tern Node D8, equipped with 8 speed derailleur. This year, there’s a choice. In addition to the Tern Node D8, there’s the Tern Node D7i (7 speed internal) and the Tern Node D16 (with 2×8 shifting). Most popular? Still the Tern Node D8.
The Tern Eclipse, another 24″ wheeled bike, is typically equipped with an Andros stem; making it easier to adjust for personal comfort. And designed to go fast; with the Kojak tires and 11 speed internal hub gearing. And quite visible with the dynamo hub providing battery-free front & rear lighting.
The Tern Joe line remains an option for those looking for a full size folder to pull out of the trunk. We’ve found the multitude of gearing not necessary, and the posture not very comfortable for our boomer clients. The Tern Joe C21 remains a steal at $400.
One of the best things we like about being a Tern dealer? The great support we receive from Tern USA, which makes it easy to remain Tern dealers.