Flying on a feather light folding bike

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Roberto holding the X10As a rider on the smaller side of the spectrum, it can be difficult to find a bicycle that is manageable in terms of weight and size. For that reason I naturally gravitate towards folding bikes. So when given the chance to test ride one of Tern‘s top tier models, the Verge X10, I readily accepted. The first thing I noticed was the color accents of this lightweight folding bike, the stripe of orange is eye catching and really garners attention. In fact, I was barely a block out of the shop when the first a passerby stopped me to comment on the X10′s nice looks!

Feather light folding bike

The weight is the second great feature of this speedy folding bike. I have a history of fumbling with weighty standard bikes and even other folders, so I was delighted to find that the 21 lbs of the Verge X10 required next to no effort at all to deal with. The ease of managing this bike while it was folded brings me to the critical phase of any folding bike foray, the unfolding. Unlike many other older folding bikes, the hinges on the Tern Verge X10 are rounded and fit nicely with the contours of your hands, reducing the strain of locking the appendages into place.

Responsive shifters

Tern Verge X10 folded in the sunlightShifting from lowest gear to top gear was nearly instantaneous and very smooth, which is very helpful when riding NYC streets, where keeping up with traffic and ahead of honking taxis is a must. Despite having to deal with New York’s notorious pitted city streets, the ride quality of the Verge X10 did not suffer as much as I had expected. The well-designed hinges and curved frame really dampen some of the shock that would otherwise be inflicted.

Fastest folding bike

Tern Verge X10 folded in the sunlightAll folding bikes are different – some like the the smooth Link D7i, are great for rough weather riding, others like the well-equipped Eclipse S11i, are loaded with features and make the perfect commuter bicycle. The straightaway is where the Verge X10 shines. The combination of a lightweight frame, high quality rapid fire shifters, and a high gear range, makes this bike incredibly fast and incredibly responsive, able to accelerate to high speeds with very little effort.

It is a perfect fit for avid cyclists and biking neophytes alike, who want something with a sporty aesthetic as well as the portability and convenience of a folder. This Tern is a great compliment to any folding bike enthusiast’s collection.

If you like the sound of an ultralight, super fast folding bike, the Tern Verge X10 is the bike for you!

Until the next ride, happy cycling.

-John