Tern introduced its new Node bike platform designed around the 507 mm (24”) wheel size. According to the manufacturer, the reason for the new model, named Node, is the possibility to get the best out of the ride quality of a full-size bike while still packing it small for convenient transport and storage.
Node bikes can be folded quite fast and they feature Tern’s N-fold technology, while having the same footprint as most 20” wheel folding bikes. The Node’s larger 24” wheels and stiffer frame better accommodates big and tall riders, the models being aimed at riders of up to 115 kg and 195 cm.
Designed to help connect the transport dots, Node bikes are made for urban transportation and incorporate a lot of useful stuff: fittings for mudguards and racks, dynamo light options, Reflex tires with puncture protection and ergonomic grips. Some models even get the award-winning BioLogic PostPump 2.0 seatpost, a seatpost with an integrated high-capacity floor pump.
Going on to the actual offering, two Node models are available, the Node D7i and Node D8.
The Node D7i uses the Shimano 7-speed internal gear hub for low maintenance and it comes fully equipped with mudguards, rack, chain protection (for trousers or dresses), dynamo lighting with dynamo-powered light and BioLogic PostPump 2.0 seatpost. The model will have a recommended retail price of 800 to 900 euros depending on the options.
The Node D8 is designed for all-purpose urban transport, featuring an eight-speed Neos low-profile derailleur drivetrain and is easily customized for weather protection and cargo capacity. The recommended price is lower, between 650 and 700 euros, depending on options. Both models will be shipping in the fourth quarter of 2013.