Smash-hit electric cargo bike, the Tern GSD, has now been handed a second generation overhaul that sees the spec sheet upgraded and new versatility added.
“The original GSD was a complete rethink of how an electric bike could be optimized for urban usage,” stated Joshua Hon, Tern Team Captain. “We think we did a pretty good job, but that was only version 1.0. Now that we’ve had tens of thousands of kilometers under the collective belt of the development team, and two years worth of rider feedback, we’ve been able to create a new GSD that does a lot of things even better.”
Upgrades vary depending on the spec, but all centre around a new stronger and stiffer chassis that builds in internally-reinforced tubes, as well as optimized truss work for more stiffness. That now equates to a build that’s rated to a gross vehicle weight of 200 kg (440 lb), all with the same adaptability that sees the bike quickly adjust for riders between 4’11” and 6’5″ in height.
On that note, the new Tern GSD has updated to feature Easy-Step frame geometry, with a slacker seat tube angle and higher handlebars to fit smaller and taller riders better. Easy-Step geometry also allows riders to reach the ground at stops more easily. The addition of a custom suspension fork in all models and a suspension seatpost in specific packages completes the comfort picture.
Adorning the chassis and adding depth to the accessory and spec choice, the following upgrades are also on offer:
The new GSD is fitted with the patented Atlas Lockstand. Wide, strong, and stable, it has an Auto Lock feature when engaged, and a Remote Unlock lever on the handlebars for convenience and safety. With the Atlas Lockstand, loading and unloading cargo or young passengers has never been safer.
All GSD models now feature the best-in-class Bosch Cargo Line (Gen 4) motor that’s designed for heavy loads and hilly roads. The new motor provides e-assist with up to 85 Nm of torque and 400% support, and is also backed by Bosch’s unparalleled warranty and service.
Every GSD is equipped with Tern’s RearStop Brake Light system which stays on day or night, regardless of whether the bike lights are on or off. Select models also receive the Ignis Headlight, which projects an ultra-wide 700-lumen beam and has selectable high and low beams.
The Wish List
Tern GSD S00 and R14 models are equipped with a Gates belt drive for smooth and low-maintenance riding. And for those looking for the very ultimate in bicycle technology, the GSD R14 is equipped with a Rohloff Speedhub and E-14 electronic shifting. Handmade in Germany, the Rohloff offers 14 gears, a massive 526% gear range, Auto Downshift, and the smoothest shifting available.
The GSD already has an incredible ecosystem of accessories to help customize the bike for different cargo and passenger combinations. But new accessories add even more functionality and versatility. The Clubhouse+ provides enough room for a child seat in the rear position and a bigger kid in front; the Captain’s Chair lets older kids or adult passengers enjoy a more laid-back ride; and the new Cargo Hold 52 panniers hold a massive 104 liters of gear or groceries. And beyond these three new accessories, many more are on the way.
Tern has partnered with EFBE Prüftechnik, one of Europe’s leading bicycle testing labs, to test the GSD using the EFBE Tri-Test, which is based on the recently-announced German cargo bike standard. The GSD has passed the Tri-Test up to the claimed load limit of 200 kg, which means the bike not only meets but exceeds the newest German cargo bike standard.
The new GSD lineup includes three models, the GSD S10 starting at €4499/US$4599, GSD S00 starting at €5499/US$5599, and GSD R14 starting at €8299/US$8399. (UK prices to follow). Bikes will start arriving in stores in Q4 2020.
Tern is carried in the UK by Derby distributor Moore Large, contactable on 01332 274200