You will love the performance of the Joe P24's 26 inch wheels, powerful disc brakes, and smooth refined drivetrain. Disc brakes are really a defining feature of the Joe P24 and offer the stopping power you need for city commuting and weekend exercise rides alike. The fact that this bike folds up for easy storage and transport is the final piece of the puzzle, allowing you to pop your bike into a closet until the next time you need it.
A full size bike like the Joe P24 will be equipped with more standard bicycle components than a 20 inch wheel folding bicycle. That's great if you like to have the heartiest and strongest parts on the market - also parts which are easily replaced or customized. SRAM shifters and derailleurs, WTB rims, Formula hubs, and quality Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires. That all adds up to easily replaceable and easily fixable parts, no matter where you are in the world.
You will tear up the streets with the mountain bike performance of the Joe P24.
|Wheel Size:||26 inch wheels|
|Weight:||13.8 kg (30.4 lb)|
|Folding Time:||30 sec|
|Folding Size:||35 x 92 x 85 cm (13.7 x 36.2 x 33.2 inches)|
|Frame Sizes:||S (16 inch), M (18 inch), L (20 inch)|
|Gear Inches:||18 - 105 inches|
|Distance: Seatpost to Handlebar:||Medium -- Min: 640 mm (25.2 inch) Max: 700 mm (27.6 inch)|
|Distance: Saddle to Pedal:||Medium -- Min: 700 mm (27.6 inch) Max: 930 mm (36.6 inch)|
|Suggested Rider Height:||S: 157 - 167 cm (5'2 inch - 5'6 inch); M: 167 - 183 cm (5'6 inch - 6'); L: 183 - 190 cm (6' - 6'3 inch)|
|Max Rider Weight:||115 kg (254 lb)|
|Frame:||Joe, 6061-AL, FBL Joint, patented DoubleTruss technology|
|Stem:||Axis, 3Djust technology|
|Handlebar:||Riser, double-butted 6061-AL, 31.8mm|
|Grip/Bars Tape:||BioLogic Arx w/ T-Tool|
|Saddle:||WTB Volt Comp|
|Seatpost:||6061-AL, forged clamp|
|Seatpost Clamp:||QR, 6061-AL|
|Front Brake:||Disc, ball bearing|
|Rear Brake:||Disc, ball bearin|
|Brake Levers||Avid FR5|
|Brake Cable & Housing:||LiveWire 7.0, anti-compression housing, slick cables, DuPont L3 lubricant, alloy ferrules|
|Front Hub:||Formula disc, aluminum, QR|
|Rear Hub:||Formula disc, 8 spd. aluminum, QR|
|Spokes and Nipples:||Stainless steel, brass nipples|
|Rims:||WTB Disc, doublewall|
|Tires:||Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 50-559, RaceGuard puncture protection, Reflex|
|Shifter(s):||SRAM X4, 3 x 8 spd.|
|Front Derailleur:||Microshift, forged aluminum, for MTB|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM X7|
|Cassette/Freewheel:||Shimano 8 spd., 11-32T|
|Bottom Bracket:||Cartridge, sealed bearings|
|Chain:||Taya Octo, 8 sp|
|Pedals:||VP alloy cage|
|Shifter Cable & Housing:||LiveWire 7.0, sealed anti-compression housing w/ DuPont L3 lubricant|
|Kickstand:||Aluminum, Dacromet bolt|
|Clip System:||Magnetix 2.0|
|Rear Light:||BioLogic TailLight|
It's always good to do research before buying a folding bike, especially if you don't have a chance to ride it before buying. The best way to get the real story on Tern folding bicycles is by reading this collection of reviews that we've gathered together.
This section covers everything from first impressions reviews of individual Tern bicycles to comparisons between several different models. Read up and learn the real story!
The Verge X20 climbs and descends beautifully. Except for really fast paced or high mile road rides, I can't see missing my road bike. This is more than I ever expected from any commuter bike or, much less, a folding bike. This review covers everything from specs to ride quality. It really is the best Verge X20 review out there.
Last week I borrowed my roommate's Tern Link P9 folding bike and joined him and his father for a 14 mile joy ride around the suburbs of Boston. My roommate, Anthony, and his father are both bike enthusiasts and at first I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the father son duo. I had never ridden a folding bike before and was thinking that it might be hard to keep up with a normal road bike, but... read Jack's Tern Link P9 Review for more.
The Tern Link D8 is probably our most popular Tern folding bike. It has fenders and a rear rack so it's pretty well setup for every day riding. With puddles on the ground you can be assured your clothes will remain dry. The Link D8 is the least expensive Tern which still uses the high quality Tern Bike hinges.
With so many to choose from it can be difficult to figure out which Tern Link folding bike is for you. This line of Tern bikes is meant to be used for commuting, leisure rides, and generally casual riding. Reading this Link bike comparison by Seth Workheiser will help you decide which Tern Link is for you.
We asked Sam Joslin to write an industry insider review of the Tern Bicycle line, comparing it to Dahon Bicycles. What we got back was better than we could have hoped, a real objective look at the two companies and what makes a Tern bike different from a Dahon. If you're curious about the differences give this review a read to learn more.
This first impressions review of the Tern Link P9 doesn't go into technical details, it's from the perspective of someone who's just encountered the folding bike. You'll find no technical references to OCL Joints or whatever (though another review might be good for that too!) - just an honest report of what the reviewer thought of when he wrote this Tern review.
All too often picking out a folding bike is a matter of compromises. You can get a super-fast racing bike that won't stand up well to New York City potholes, or an excellent commuter which weighs way too much to haul up the stairs to your apartment. A folding bike that can handle long distance touring might not do so well with the off road detour you end up taking through a rocky river bed, and even Montague's excellent full-sized folders sacrifice some convenience in their folding mechanism for the sake of accommodating their big 26" and 700c wheels.
As one of the leading manufacturer of bleeding-edge folding bike technology, Tern was well versed in this problem, and one of their newest models directly addresses the issue of compromise. The Tern Joe P24 is the long-awaited folding bike that can perform any--and I mean any--role admirably well. As a jack of all trades, it isn't the absolute best bike for any specific function, but is an awesome bike with as versatile a setup as can be found.
Let's start from the wheels up. The Joe P24 rolls on 26" wheels, the standard size for mountain bikes. These full size wheels are equipped with Schwalbe's excellent, wide Marathon Supreme tires. I was really impressed with the combination, as the tires were wide enough to float over even the nastiest potholes and roughest cobblestone I encountered in my test ride, but the low-key traction pattern on the Marathons allowed the bike to fly quickly over the asphalt with very little resistance. This was a revelation on a bike that feels very much mountain-ready, between its sturdy, sporty frame and extra wide, flat handlebars.
Straddling the line between racing bike-style stiffness and commuting comfort, the Joe P24 can get around at a quick clip. In its top gear you can really fly, so long as the pedestrians stay out of the way, but it was the low end of the gearing that really surprised me. Even though this is a bike designed primarily for urban environments, it packs more than a few mountain bike parts, including a triple chainring up front. This allows for a super low gear of 18 gear inches, making the Tern Joe P24 an excellent folding bike for anyone who needs to content with significant hills on their daily commute, or needs to tow a trailer full of gear or children.
Having charged through a fair amount of flat, paved bike path at the beginning of my ride, I was intrigued by the Joe's mountain bike-like geometry, and couldn't resist taking it over some unpaved, pathless terrain to see how it fared. Again, I was impressed by the breadth of the drive train, as I was easily able to find the perfect gear for handling this new territory. Likewise, the responsive mechanical disc brakes were able to keep me in check as I navigated high top speeds, curbs, dirt knolls, and more on my ride.
A host of clever details round out this fun and useful bike. Although I rode the Joe P24 in a pretty standard, flat configuration, handily adjustable components allow riders to alter the height and angle of the handlebars easily. This makes the Joe a good bike for those looking for a very specific fit, or anyone who might still be growing. Of course, due to its 26" wheels, the Joe P24 is not as compact when folded as the bulk of Tern's line, but it still folds down to an easily-stored package quite quickly and without any dissassembly. Finally, the main hinge lives up to Tern's excellent reputation in that department, featuring a huge amount of surface area where the two halves of the frame meet, making for a highly stable mechanism.
I, for one, am relieved that we are now carrying the Joe P24--no longer do I have to explain the compromises our customers face when picking the out the perfect folding bike! For almost anyone looking to bike almost anywhere, the Tern Joe P24 is an excellent choice as a versatile, affordable folding bike. What are you waiting for? Order yours today!