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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