Tern debuts compact electric utility bike

This week, Tern launched the GSD, a utility e-bike that the company calls “category-defining.”

Tern states that “The GSD can haul two kids, a week’s worth of groceries or 180 kg (almost 400 lbs) of cargo.” But it’s a lot smaller than most cargo bikes, which tend to be highly unwieldy objects. If you have to put the bike in a small apartment or vehicle, forget it.

The GSD is actually no longer than a normal bike, so it fits on standard car or bus bike racks, and folds to reduce its height by one third and its length by 40 percent.

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“One of our guiding insights was that cargo bikes are most useful in city centers, but they’re correspondingly difficult to manage and store,” according to Galen Crout, Communications Manager at Tern. “Dense urban centers bring cargo bikes to life–where groceries, schools and work are all within a bikeable distance–but they’re also where houses are small, and where bike theft is a persistent problem. We’re creating the compact utility e-bike category to let people in cities enjoy the benefits of cargo bikes without the limitations.”

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The GSD is highly adjustable for a variety of different heights and sizes, and it’s meant for the whole family to be able to use. The cockpit and handlebars can be adjusted for reach, and low-step through and a low center of gravity make it easy for smaller riders to ride and handle.

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The frame and components are meant to handle big loads, whether its two adults (one driver, one passenger), an adult and two kids, or plenty of cargo. The GSD rack is 80 cm (31.5 in) long and the included panniers fit a total of 62 liters.

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The bike has room for two batteries that power a Bosch Performance motor, so the GSD can keep rolling for up to 250 km (155 mi) before needing to recharge.

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The GSD comes with integrated lighting, fenders and panniers and will retail for $3,999.

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