TERN VERGE P10
“That’s a sick bike, man,” proclaimed a young Bristol urbanite as I rode past during the test period. So is the Terne P10 “sick”? Well, yes, probably – especially if a little extra speed, control and comfort constitutes ‘sickness’. The P10 is one of three new Tern models to sport wheels with a 451mm diameter as opposed to the more usual 406mm. Is size important? Essentially, a 451 wheel is closer to 22in than a traditional folder’s 20 and that isn’t a great deal. However, it does mean that for one pedal revolution on a 451 you’ll – in theory – travel further and faster than on a 406. Certainly, the P10 covered the ground on the same route used for that X10 test a good few minutes quicker and a colleague on a smaller-wheeled folder from a rival struggled to match its pace. The wheels – Kinetix Pro Discs using the paired spoke system patented by Rolf Wheels – also do a marginally better job of soaking up bumps. As for the rest of the bike? The alu frameand-fork mix is solid with – despite the folding mechanism – no discernible flex. The drivetrain is a Shimano Deore 1x10 with a useful 11-40T cassette and sleek Shadow derailleur, and the brakes are excellent Shimano hydraulic units. You also get a kickstand and detachable pedals! And, of course, it folds! Tern’s fold is pretty intuitive and quick – less than 20secs with a little bit of practice. A rubber strap holds the folded bars in; there’s a pad beneath the saddle to aid carrying; and, even with the bigger wheels, the folded size is 38 x 80 x 74. The only real moot point is that the magnets designed to keep the wheels together when folded didn’t hold as well as on previous Terns we’ve tested.
BIKE SPECS Frame Quadric alu / Fork Tern Tarsus, 6061-AI, hydroformed / Wheels Kinetix Pro Transmission Shimano Deore / Brakes Shimano hydraulic disc www.ternbicycles.com