Amazing Electric Cargo Bike
This is one of those times when we are truly excited to have a new bike in the shop. This stunning bike from Tern is called the GSD or ‘Get Stuff Done.’ With this bike you really can dispense with the second family car; or even just dispense with the car, end of. The carrying capacity is amazing enabling you to carry 2 adults and one child or one adult and two children. It has a powerful Bosch motor (the PerformanceLine) and has the ability to add an extra battery if you want to cover some really long distances. We really think that this bike is a game-changer. Various cities in the the UK (London, Cambridge, Cardiff etc) are really upping their game. Caargo bikes – increasingly electric are being used for the school run, delivery riders and even the courier companies. It is can only be a question of time before other cities catch on.
The Electric System
The GSD runs the Bosch PerformanceLine motor. This provides plenty of power to get you up that steep hill even with a fully loaded bike. There are 4 levels of assistance and in turbo the assistance level is a massive 275%.
The battery that is standard with the bike is the Bosch 400 watt hour battery. There is a slot on the bike for an additional battery where you can add an additional battery, giving a potential total of 900 watt hours. More than enough to keep you going all day and beyond.
Of course the real beauty of this bike is its amazing carrying potential. The rack on the back is very long enabling you to either just carry loads of luggage or put two seats on the back. A padded seat can easily clip on and the bike comes with side kick foot pegs. An adult or larger child can sit on this. You can also put a child seat on – as pictured; or you can put on 2 child seats. The rack is compatible with the Thule Yepp Maxi Child seats which clamp onto the bike very simply. The total carrying capacity of the bike is 180 kg.
You can also add 6 Ortlieb panniers to the bike – 4 at the back and 2 at the front; see the picture below. Alternatively you can add the great cargo bags that are available which have a load capacity of 34 Litres per bag.
There are a wider variety of accessories for maximising the carrying capability of the bike.
The seatpost system utilises a unique telescopic system, which means the bike can accommodate someone quite small (5′ or so) right upto 6′ 5″. The wheel size is 20″ and the wheels are extra strong. The wheel size gives the bike quite a low profile and lower centre of gravity – much easier for getting kids on and off and more stable when they are on. The tyres are extra wide (62 mm or about 2.5″). This again adds to the stability and comfort of the bike.
The kick stand is a heavy duty, motor bike style double legged stand again making the bike easier to load up with children or luggage.
The gears are the very reliable 10 speed Shimano Deore. Because of the extra weight that you maybe carrying you need good brakes of course and this is provided with the Magura 4 piston hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors.
Size and Colour
Colours are as shown, blue or orange. One of the great things about this bike compared to other cargo bikes is the size. Despite the fact that you can fit 3 people on the bike it is no longer than a standard bike at 180cm with a wheelbase of 124cm.