As you know we love the BOSCH drive system in all its variations and all its bike brands. We are also a fan of folding bicycles and our various brands of electric folders are super popular with commuters and even pleasure riders who want an ebike that they can easily store in a car, RV, at the office or home.
The problem with folding ebikes is always 2-fold- the folding mechanism tends to weaken the rigidity of the frame and therefore the ride experience is effected. And, in the interest of cost and frame design, manufacturers to date have all resorted to the hub drive systems, which make the bike heavy, off balance, less efficient and harder on service.
So we're super happy that Tern has come up with a BOSCH-powered folding bike. It mates two great concepts together utilizing all the advantages of the Tern folding bike design - which is a very sturdy frame design, fully adjustable for very tall and very small riders - with all the power, range and reliability advantages of the BOSCH mid-drive motor system. It rides great too.
We'll be offering the Tern ELEKTRON in our San Francisco and Redwood City stores and the bikes are due out in early 2017.