Why I love my Tern Vektron folding e-bike

 Tern Vektron Q9 folding electric bike

With Tern’s famous folding bike engineering, the Tern Vektron is much more than ‘just a bike’. For Ross his Vektron is his way to get to work, his shopping vehicle, an extra 'vehicle' for his family, his daily exercise, a source of joy, and his way of taking some action towards a more sustainable life. 

Why I love my Tern Vektron e-bike...

Ross has owned his Tern Vektron Q9 ebike for three months now. His work is 14kms from home and he used to try to ride his bike twice a week and caught the train the other three days. Three months into owning his ebike and he is riding every day now now: 14km to work three times a week (and 14km back) and riding to the train the other two days.

Plus, he rides a lot more on the weekends now as well. Instead of driving, he rides his ebike to the local farmers markets that are that bit further away and also pops down to the local supermarket when he needs to. 

Here is what Ross had to say when asked why he loves his Tern Vektron:  

Rideability Plus 

Tern Vektron Bosch-powered folding ebikes

  • It rides just like a full-sized bike
  • The assistance up a hill, in traffic from lights, or out of a roundabout is a beautiful thing
  • Comfortable on fat wheels and the incorporated electrics and lights are great
  • Can decide on level of assistance depending on appetite and situation, ranging from none to ‘wow’ - still get a good workout
  • Good distance coverage: a single charge gives me three trips in and out 14km each way to work, then recharges in 3 hours; I leave on charge overnight
  • Low centre of gravity feels safe
I now ride every day without using the excuses that regularly landed me on the train to CBD instead: no longer sardined under someone’s armpit, and I can sing if I choose!

Easy to store and take on the train and car

Tern Vektron Q9 folding ebike folded and out of the way

  • Folds to go in the train when I take the train
  • Can ride from the train to work in suit pants without working up a sweat
  • Folds at work: I take it into my office rather than into the bike area and it is not in the way
  • Weekends away: it folds to take in the car and I can easily ride up the big hills near our weekender that are usually too steep for me without walking

Carrying extra weight is no issue

Tern Vektron Q9 ebike loaded up at Farmers Markets

  • Doesn’t matter about weight: I carry my lap top without thinking
  • Big panniers means I can carry big loads and volume and weight isn't an issue; and I don’t have to remove them to fold the bike
  • Large load from Farmer’s market: I now have every Saturday scheduled as to where the local market is, and the morning outing planned. These are further away than I would have ridden to on my non-electric bike, and weight is not an issue for the homeward ride

Interchangeability - A useful family vehicle

  • A useful third vehicle in a family with three teenagers all wanting to get about
  • Easy for family to interchange to use: have recorded their seat preferences and they easily manage
My environmentally-conscious children love it, and it feels pretty good to me too!

What is the Tern Vektron electric bike?

Tern Vektron S10 folding ebike

The Tern Vektron is a high quality, 20" wheel electric bike that can fold down into a neat, compact size in seconds. Tern set out to make it a highly durable, multi-purpose ebike that rides brilliantly, even for longer distances, despite the fact that it folds. They succeeded. It rides beautifully and is so easy to manage. 

The Vektron is the only folding electric bike currently available that is powered by the Bosch mid-drive system. Therefore as well as having the best electric drive system available, it is reliable and easy to service if you plan to travel.

Tern also has a great range of really useful accessories. So, with it being engineered to carry cargo, fold away as well as provide a great riding experience, the Vektron becomes much more than 'just a bike'. It is exceptionally useful and fun and will last over the long term, which makes it an excellent economical choice as well. 

Tern Vektron ebike models - Bosch Mid-Drive

Tern Bicycles offers an excellent selection of mid-drive compact and folding electric bikes which range from long tail cargo carriers to compact folding ebikes such as the Vektron e-bikes. Here are the Tern Vektron ebike models that are powered by the Bosch mid-drive system:  

 

Vektron Q9

Vektron P7i

Vektron S10
(pictured above, ready for touring)

Motor

Bosch Active

Bosch Active

Bosch Active Plus

Gearing

9-speed Shimano Alivio

7-speed Shimano Nexus

10-speed Shimano Deore

Range

50-130km

50-130km

50-130km

Colour

Blue

Grey

Matt Black

Folding Dimensions

 41 x 86 x 68 cm

41 x 86 x 68 cm 

41 x 86 x 68 cm

RRP

$5,320

$5,495

$6,045

 

Full specifications

Full specifications

Full specifications

Go to the full Tern Range, an excellent selection of innovative compact cargo electric bikes. 




Samantha Willis
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