Urban Cyclist - - Bike Test - Words: Rob Sped­ding Pho­tog­ra­phy: Jesse Wild

“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

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