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TAIPEI, Taiwan – Urban transportation specialist Tern Bicycles will debut the GSD at Eurobike. This is an e-bike that, says Tern, “defines a new category: ‘compact utility’.
Bringing utility into compact (electric) bikes means that the GSD is designed to carry two kids, a week’s worth of groceries, or 180 kg of cargo. However, it’s only 180 cm long—shorter than a Dutch city bike.
With Tern’s best-in-class folding technology, it packs down small enough to fit in a VW Touran or an urban apartment. It adjusts to fit riders from 150 – 195 cm. A Bosch Performance motor, with up to two batteries, powers the GSD for up to 250 km. It comes fully equipped with integrated lighting, rack, mudguards, double kickstand, two XL panniers, and even retractable passenger foot pegs – everything needed to shift to a bike-centric lifestyle.
The GSD comes standard with an 80cm integrated rear rack and side panniers with a total capacity of 62L. The GSD fits two children in Thule Maxi child seats or one adult passenger. Additional carrying capacity can be added with lower deck supports, a rear tray, and a front tray. Tern will open source the frame attachment point dimensions so riders with an interest can also design and build their own custom cargo accessories.
To withstand loads up to 180kg the GSD is fitted with robust parts like Magura 4 piston disc brakes, custom 2.4″ Schwalbe Super Moto-X tyres, Boost thru-axle hubs, and custom 36mm width double-joined rims.
The GSD base price of €3,999 (USD 3,999) includes a pair of 62 L Cargo Hold panniers, and a Bosch Performance mid-drive in 400 or 500 watt hour configurations. The US version will be available in 400 or 900 watt hour configurations.
Tern will debut the GSD at the upcoming Eurobike. The bike will be available in stores in the first quarter of 2018.