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Tern releases new compact cargo bike

Published June 1, 2022

(BRAIN) — Tern's new Short Haul compact cargo bike is a sister platform to the recently launched Quick Haul e-cargo bikes.

The pedal-powered Short Haul "is our vision of how a bicycle designed for urban transportation should look," said Josh Hon, Tern's team captain. "It's shorter and easier to handle than a regular bike, but it'll carry much more. It's the perfect bike for people who want the function of a quality cargo bike but are working within a budget. It's simple but very capable."

The Short Haul has a max gross vehicle weight of 140 kg (308 pounds) so it can carry an extra passenger and cargo. The bike's extra-long rear rack is rated to carry 50 kg (110 pounds) and can be configured to carry a child in a child seat, an older kid, or even a small adult.

In addition to its rear cargo capacity, the Short Haul can also carry up to 20 kg (44 pounds) with an optional front-mounted rack.

The rear rack design allows the bike to be vertically parked—so it can be rolled into an elevator and taken up stairs. 

The total bike weight is 16.1 kg (35.4 lb). Tern said the Short Haul has been tested to meet Germany's standard for cargo bikes (DIN 79010:2020-02) and additional testing at an independent lab.

The Short Haul is compatible with Tern accessories including Upper Deck System accessories such as the Clubhouse Fort Mini for all-weather riding with a child and the Doghouse Mini for pet parents. The Short Haul also has a water-resistant storage compartment to stash ride essentials. The bike is available for commercial fleet use through Tern Business.

It retails for $1,099 and will start arriving in stores in the third quarter.

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