New: Bike Friday announces pakiT ultralight folding bike

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Bike Friday recently announced the launch of the pakiT, a folding bike that weighs between 15 and 22 pounds and fits in a backpack for easy transport and travel. The pakiT debuted on Kickstarter and surpassed its fundraising goal within seven hours.

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When folded, the pakiT measures 38 x 24 x 10 inches, giving users the ability to store the bike in a closet, under a desk, in a car trunk, in the overhead bin on a train or in a storage locker. It also allows the rider to take their bike inside instead of leaving it vulnerable to theft or the outside elements. Bike Friday claims it only takes three minutes to break the bike down into a standard suitcase for airline travel.

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The pakiT comes in three frame sizes and uses standard bike components, with gearing options from 1-11 speeds, including a Gates belt drive option to eliminate the potential for chain grease stains on clothing and skin. Retail pricing is estimated to be between $1,500 (singlespeed belt drive) and $2,300 (11-speed belt drive).

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Tern teases electric folding bicycle


Tern Bicycles, in honor of its fifth birthday, teased an upcoming project to be released at Eurobike at the end of August: a Bosch-powered electric folding bicycle.

“Riders around the world are increasingly turning to bicycles as their full-service solution to transportation. And that means cargo bikes, dependable daily riders, and electric bikes that can easily tackle 25 km commutes are needed,” said Josh Hon, Tern Bicycles’ founder. “With our expertise in urban cycling, we’re excited to bring fresh design and inspiration to the market.”

Stay tuned for more next month!



Review: Tern Eclipse X22

Photos: Justin Steiner

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All new for 2016, the Tern Bicycles Eclipse X22 is designed to pack a big ride into a foldable package. Thanks to its 26-inch wheels the X22 feels and handles like a “standard” bicycle. That’s something that the best tiny-wheeled folders approach, but never quite attain. The Eclipse is also more adept at rolling over uneven pavement, crossing railroad tracks or grinding through gravel than smaller-wheeled bikes.

Tern designed the X22 for speed. Clues are the slick Schwalbe Kojak tires and the racy paired-spoke wheels. The 22-speed Shimano drivetrain has a huge gear range. When needed, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes keep the speedy X22 in check—with plenty of power and mucho modulation.

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Throwing a leg over the saddle and grabbing the Ergon grips, I found myself in an athletic, heads-up riding position. The cockpit is roomy and comfy. I was more “over the pedals” than on my personal bikes—so I slid the Ergon SMC30 Pro saddle saddle all the way back and felt more at home.

After reeling off a number of multi-hour rides, I came away impressed with the comfort of both the riding position and the contact points. The Eclipse X22 feels energetic, and it’s a lot of fun to ride. Agile handling makes it a breeze to thread through crowded confines with a flick of the wrist, or dodge potholes with a wiggle of the hips. It’s a lot of fun zipping around town on this responsive, but never twitchy, bike.

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The frame and fork have mounts for racks and fenders (offered by Tern, as well as aftermarket brands)—just the ticket for transforming this speedy steed into a workhorse, or packhorse. All-weather daily driver? Check. Light-duty tourer? Go for it.

At a folded size of 16.5 x 35 x 31.9 inches the X22 is not as compact as its smaller-wheeled siblings—something to keep in mind if size and space is a major consideration. The fold/unfold operation is quick and easy via cam-actuated levers on the frame and handlepost. The closure force is adjustable, and the levers feature Tern’s AutoLoc that automatically locks the levers in place to prevent accidental opening (e.g., if the closure force is improperly set too low, or something snags the lever while riding).

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To open the lever, you must first slide back the red AutoLoc button, which releases an internal catch. Which brings me to my one negative experience: I failed to fully release the AutoLoc button the first time I opened the frame lever and managed to break the plastic catch. Tern told me it is considering switching the frame’s AutoLoc design to an aluminum catch at some point in the future. It has already switched to aluminum on the handlepost AutoLoc.

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Despite morphing like a Transformer, the bike feels solid and secure. There’s no undesirable play in the main folding joint or the handlebars. Both the Tern Physis 3D-forged handlepost and Syntace VRO adjustable, double-clamp stem are solidly built. While the VRO stem provides less height adjustment than the telescopic systems on some folders, I had no problem finding a comfortable stem position.

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I’ve ridden a number of folding bikes over the years, but none that has had the chops to deftly dispatch the daily grind, and hold its own in a paceline with pals, as well as the Tern Eclipse X22. I’d love to have this horse in my barn.

  • Price: $2,500
  • Weight: 24.5 pounds
  • Size: One size fits riders from 4’10” to 6’5”
  • More info: Tern Eclipse X22



First Impression: Tern Eclipse X22 Folding Bicycle

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Tern’s all-new Eclipse X22 folding bicycle is scheduled for release in January 2016, with a suggested retail price of $2,500. I’ve had the pleasure of riding several folding bikes over the years, but this is my first time reviewing a folder with full-size wheels.

I’ve already come to appreciate the added feeling of security that the 26-inch wheels provide when rolling over uneven pavement or crossing railroad tracks. The slick Schwalbe Kojak tires are designed roll fast, but they do have puncture protection. I like that.

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Another advantage of the 26-inch bike—compared to tiny-wheeled folders—is speed. The 24.8 pound Eclipse X22 has plenty of zip for fast-paced recreational rides.

Speaking of fast, the wheels roll on Kinetix Pro X Disc hubs front and rear, laced with 20 straight-pull spokes to Kinetix Pro X aluminum rims using the Rolf paired spoke design. Very sweet, svelte wheels. Just as sweet are the Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes. I’m a fan of hydros on street bikes.

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The 22-speed drivetrain ranges between 30 and 112 gear inches. That’s plenty for my style of street riding.

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The Tern Physis 3D handlepost has a large clamp that locks down securely. The Syntace VRO adjustable double-clamp stem is stiff and convenient to use. Overall the bike offers a very solid-feeling control center.

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The fold is quick and easy via cam-actuated levers on the main frame and the handlepost. The folded bike is secured by a magnetic clasp on the frame and a rubber strap keeps the folded handlepost in its place. If you fold the frame but leave the stem erect, you can roll the X22 along on its wheels rather than carry it.

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We’ll have a full review in the next issue of the magazine, Issue #39; hurry up and subscribe if you haven’t yet. In the meantime, you can find more information at the Tern Bicycles website.


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This Just In: 18-pound Allen carbon fiber folding bike

We’ve tested folding bikes from Brompton, Tern and Dahon, and appreciate their portability and versatility for many reasons. Nearly every bike we’ve ridden has been made from steel or aluminum with the occasional titanium thrown in to lighten the load. But our world was rocked a bit when a 18.69-pound, carbon folding bike arrived from Allen Sports USA, a company best known for its innovative automobile racks since the mid 1970s.


“After nearly 50 years of manufacturing rear mounted bicycle carriers, and more recently bicycle trailers and joggers, Allen introduced a full line of folding bicycles in Spring 2014,” said company president Alex Allen. “We partnered with a German-owned folding bicycle manufacturer in Taiwan on the design and development of this line.” There are seven folding models, ranging in price from $499 to $4,999.


The flagship $4,999 Allen UltraX is designed around 20-inch wheels, and when we say there’s plenty of carbon used we’re not kidding: frame, fork, crankset, handlebars, handlebar post, rims, seatpost, brake levers, even the saddle! Allen has placed a 240-pound rider weight limit on the bike, which adjusts to fit riders up to 6-foot-5.

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We’ve taken the UltraX out of the box and monkeyed with opening and closing it to understand the engineering behind the design (we’re still not down to the reported seven seconds it should take to fold it), and plan on a few excursions downtown once the Northern California deluge ends.


Look for a First Impression report soon…



First ride: Tern Eclipse S18


Maybe you know the drill on folding bicycles, a.k.a. folders. Easy to store, easy to transport, and fun to ride! The perfect solution for the urban environment.

Folders come in many configurations, from tiny-wheeled singlespeeds to this one, perhaps the mother of all folders. The Tern Eclipse S18 is the zombie-apocalypse-surviving*, Swiss army knife of folders. It has everything you could want in an ultimate urban-assault vehicle. 18 speeds, fat tires on 24-inch wheels, disc brakes, racks, fenders and generator lighting. And to top it off a stealthy-yet-gorgeous neutral paint scheme.

This leaves very little to think about. I’m ready to go anywhere, with or without cargo, in the rain and/or dark of night. Heck, I could go on an extended tour on this if I wanted. Like Tern says, Zombie-ready.

Take a closer look.


Review: Dahon Formula S18


This bike isn’t like most folding bikes. On first glance, it looks similar to the standard 20-inch-wheeled folder seen on the streets and public transportation in every city. Closer inspection reveals some standout features: disc brakes, high-end Schwalbe road tires, and an 18-speed drivetrain with gearing suited to spirited riding.

The ease with which the Formula folds—a trait of the highest importance—reflects well on Dahon’s three decades of folder manufacturing experience. Within a few attempts I had the Formula folded up in under a minute. A small magnetic clasp keeps the bike closed when carrying it, and when closed, it supports itself upright. High marks all around, particularly for the simple and sturdy metal folding pedals.

Dahon designed the Formula for riders “with tougher commutes that demand speed, portability and endurance.” Claiming to fit riders from 4-foot-8 to 6-foot-4, the handlebar and seat height adjust easily with quick-release levers. I found the handlebar height adjustment particularly useful—slide it up for comfort and a heads-up position for short trips, drop it down for more speed and leverage on longer rides. The frame has mounting points for a rack and fenders, and Dahon sells versions of each designed specifically for 20-inch wheels.

Read the full review here.

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