Portable, Versatile, Durable, Adjustable, Efficient
We all know those days. The ones when you want the wind to whistle past your ears, the open road stretched before you and the world at your fingertips. It's the freedom that calls to us – the freedom found in the simplicity of two wheels, an open path, and the promise of an adventure. If that's what you seek, then allow me to introduce you to your newest partner in crime – the Tern Link D8.
This mechanical marvel isn't your granddad's clunky bike. No, it's a sleek testament to the joy of cycling and the advancement of technology. The Link D8 is designed to be an everyday companion, transforming the drudgery of commuting into a daily adventure. Your ride can be entirely on two wheels or integrated seamlessly with buses, trains, or cars. Consider it a passport to urban exploration – with a little bit of sweat as your visa.
The design of this beast is nothing short of engineering genius. It folds neatly in under 10 seconds and slides right under your desk. How’s that for convenience? Outfitted with the Magnetix 2.0, the bike locks in place when folded. If you’ve ever wrestled with a folding bike before, you know how much of a game-changer this feature can be. It’s got a magnetic pull force of 10-15 Kgf, which keeps it folded even when things get a little rough.
But what about performance, you ask? The Link D8 has got it in spades. Its 8-speed drivetrain is ready for all the range you need, from flat city streets to those daunting hills that have made more than one cyclist quake in their boots. It's got a Shimano Claris rear derailleur, which promises quick and responsive gear shifting. There's no lull in your pace, no hitch in your ride, just smooth, exhilarating speed.
A major highlight for me is the Andros handlebar stem. It allows for tool-free riding position adjustments on the fly. You can go from long and low in a headwind to upright and comfortable for a leisurely ride around town. It's the adaptability you didn't know you needed, and once you've tried it, there's no going back.
Add to this the Schwalbe Big Apple tires which not only assure a quick roll but also offer a comfortable ride. Did I mention that they come with Kevlar puncture protection? Because no one wants to play mechanic on the side of the road.
And for those who always carry more than just themselves, this bike has a smart Luggage Socket. You can fix a Tern Luggage Truss to it and then plug in your choice of front luggage – a rack, a basket, or a bag. Versatility? Check.
It's a beauty, a wonder, and a reliable companion that’s priced at $1,099.00. Considering the quality and features, I'd say it’s a value-packed deal. Plus, it’s as rugged as they come, with a max rider weight of 105 kg (231.5 lb) and a max gross vehicle weight of 120 kg (264.6 lb).
So, for those ready to break free from the shackles of conventional commuting, the Tern Link D8 is waiting. Just remember, adventure isn’t a place on a map, it’s a state of mind. And with this bike, the state of mind is just a ride away.
- Portability: Its folding feature makes it incredibly easy to carry and store, a perfect solution for city dwellers with limited space.
- Versatility: With the 8-speed drivetrain, this bike can handle a variety of terrains and riding conditions, from flat city streets to challenging uphill rides.
- Quality Components: The Shimano Claris rear derailleur ensures quick and smooth gear shifting. Plus, the Schwalbe Big Apple tires offer a blend of speed and comfort with added Kevlar puncture protection.
- Adjustability: The Andros handlebar stem allows you to easily adjust your riding position depending on your needs or comfort, without the need for any tools.
- Extra Features: It includes features like the Magnetix 2.0 that locks the bike in place when folded, and the Luggage Socket for carrying additional items, which add to the bike's overall convenience and utility.
- Durability: With robust OCL+ frame joint technology and a maximum rider weight of 105 kg, the Tern Link D8 is built to last.
- Price: At $1,099.00, this bike might be on the higher end for some budgets, especially for those looking for a basic commuting bike.
- Weight: Although it's designed for portability, the Tern Link D8 weighs 12.1 kg (26.7 lb). While not excessively heavy, there are lighter options on the market.
- Additional Costs: Features like the rear rack, fenders, and integrated lighting are available as options, potentially adding to the overall cost.
- One Size Fits All: While the bike is designed to accommodate a wide range of rider heights, the ‘one size fits all' approach might not be ideal for everyone, particularly for those outside of the suggested rider height range (142 – 190 cm or 55.9 – 74.8 in).