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Tern releases step-thru e-bike

Published June 29, 2022

(BRAIN) — Tern's new NBD model has a step-thru frame for smaller riders and those with mobility or balance issues that make riding a regular frame difficult. 

"To the average rider, the NBD will be an amazingly easy-to-handle, easy-to-ride bike that fits wonderfully into crowded urban settings," said Josh Hon, Tern's team captain.

"But what gets us really excited about the NBD are the special features we've added for riders that aren't conventionally 'average.' For riders that are smaller in size and have a hard time finding a bike that fits, or older riders who might not have ridden a bike in a while, or riders who might have balance or physical issues, or riders who are just intimidated by the sheer size and weight of the average e-bike, the NBD will be refreshingly easy to hop aboard and ride."

The NBD is designed with a low center of gravity and a longer wheelbase to make it easier to balance and handle. The lowered bottom bracket and motor give the NBD uniquely stable handling, Tern said.

Riders can quickly adjust the NBD seatpost height, cockpit length, and handlebar height. The NBD features Tern's patented Andros Stem that allows for wide adjustment of stem extension and handlebar height.

While the NBD works great for riders up to 6'3", the design of the bike works especially well for riders starting at 4'10", the company said.

Compact 20" wheels reduce the overall length so it's easy to maneuver in tight hallways, bicycle parking stations, or busy train stations. The NBD also folds flat in seconds so it can beloaded into a car. Tern's Vertical Parking feature allows the NBD to stand upright to go into elevators, or to be easily parked indoors. The NBD is rated to a maximum gross vehicle weight of 308 pounds, and can handle up to 59 pounds on the rear rack, and up to 44 pounds on a front rack. With several accessory options, riders can outfit the NBD to suit their specific needs, such as commutes, school drop-offs, and quick grocery runs. The NBD also works with most child seats, and the low position of the rear rack keeps the center of gravity low.

The NBD bike platform includes two models:

● NBD S5i: $4,699 USD / $6,099 CAD in Dark Bronze and Blue

● NBD P8i: $3,899 USD / $5,049 CAD in Red and Silver Blue

Bikes will start arriving in bike shops in the first quarter of next year. More information at

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