The Tern Link P9 is a great example of the excellent quality product produced by the Tern Bike team. Aside from the beautiful design, ergonomically designed hinges, and high quality frames that all Tern bikes are known for, the Link P9 features a smooth shifting 9 speed drive train, fast Schwalbe Supreme tires, and a super smooth ride thanks to its precise manufacturing.
The Link P9 is an amazingly smooth ride. We were very impressed when this bike first rolled into our shop. One thing that makes this, and many Tern bikes, such a nice ride is the single piece stem which doesn't flex or turn when you are riding. The construction of the frame is a testament to the high level of manufacturing coming out of the bicycle industry in Taiwan. This lends the Tern an easy riding, confident feeling that you just don't get with lower quality folding bicycles.
All that makes the Link P9 one of the most popular Tern bikes on the market.
|GEAR INCHES||32 - 85|
|DISTANCE: SEAT POST TO HANDLEBAR||Min: 580 mm Max: 640 mm|
|DISTANCE: SADDLE TO PEDAL||Min: 700 mm Max: 960 mm|
|FOLDED SIZE||38 x 79 x 72 cm|
|SUGGESTED RIDER HEIGHT||142 cm - 190 cm|
|MAX RIDER WEIGHT||110 kg|
|FRAME||Link, 6061-AL, patented OCL joint and DoubleTruss technology|
|HANDLEPOST||Physis QR, 2D forged aluminum, 4 patented technologies|
|STEM||Andros, 3Djust technology, Norglide bearings|
|HANDLEBAR||Flat bar, double butted, 6061-AL|
|HEADSET||Flux, cartridge bearings, Tri-seal technology|
|GRIPS||BioLogic ARX with T tool|
|SEAT POST||Syntace, forged clamp|
|SEAT CLAMP QR||Syntace, stainless bushing|
|BRAKES||Kinetix SpeedStop V-brakes, Ashima noodle, stainless hardware|
|BRAKE LEVER||BioLogic Chime, integrated bell|
|BRAKE CABLES & HOUSING||LiveWire 7.0, anti-compression housing, slick cables, DuPont L3 lubricant, alloy ferrules|
|FRONT HUB||74 mm, Kinetix Neutron, cartridge bearings,QR|
|REAR HUB||Kinetix Comp, ground races, 9 speed Cassette QR|
|SPOKES||Stainless steel, brass nipples|
|RIMS||Kinetix Comp by WTB, doublewall, CNC sidewalls, powder finish|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 20in, RaceGuard puncture protection|
|SHIFTER||SRAM Attack custom for Tern, 9 spd.|
|Freewheel||Sunrace 11 - 32 t|
|SHIFTER CABLE||LiveWire 7.0, sealed anti-compression housing w/ DuPont L3 lubricant|
|CRANKSET||Kinetix Supra, forged 6061 cranks, 6061 chainring, CNC chainguard|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Cartridge sealed|
|CHAIN||Taya Nove, 9 spd|
|PEDALS||Alloy folding, non-slip|
|CLIP SYSTEM||Magnetix 2.0|
|FRONT & REAR REFLECTORS||Yes|
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.
Sometimes it seems like folding bikes get lumped into one of two categories--there are bikes that are made to tackle utilitarian projects like hauling cargo and handling slow, short commutes over craggy city streets, and there are bikes designed to fly down a neatly curated track with reckless abandon at well over 30 miles per hour.Well the Link P9 folding bike from Tern deftly disproves that false dichotomy by showing that a durable, straightforward bike can also be refreshingly light, extremely quick, and still be able to take a pounding from inhospitable city streets. Before and after spending 20 miles on the Link P9, I rode two high end folding bikes designed as lean, mean speed machines. These elite racers came with a much bigger price tag than the Tern, but I still came away with the impression of the P9 folder as being on a par with them.
My love affair with this bike starts with its sleek, sloping frame and ink-black paint job, which is accentuated with striking scarlet details. The aesthetic effect is that the bike is capable of being either subtle and stealthy, folded in the corner of a room, or awe-inspiring as it speeds down a thoroughfare.
As a folding bike, the Link P9 is built to Tern's exacting standards, meaning that is one of the quickest, most fool-proof, easy to learn folds in the shop. The main frame joint is reinforced with a super-strong weld, but unlike some folding bikes, the hinge does not leave an ugly, lumpy bulge to mar the bike's silhouette; rather, the curve of the weld waxes and wanes organically with the frame. Likewise, the hinge in Tern's patented Physis handlepost is an extremely stiff and durable piece of technology that is unobtrusive enough to go unnoticed until it is needed. Tern's proprietary "N-fold" technology lives up to its reputation both in speed and simplicity--the Link P9 folds down in about 5 seconds, to an impressively slim 25-pound package.
The Tern Link P9 continues to impress once you hop onto the saddle. It features burly Marathon Supreme tires that are substantially fatter than a standard road racing slick would be, but thin enough to keep contact area at a minimum, allowing for very little drag. The result is a bike that can burn through the proverbial Main Street or pick its way through a bumpy back-alley with equal comfort. Though this is not a bike outfitted with parts from the legendary brands, I found that by and large, the components on the Link P9 more than held their own. The single grip shift on the right side of the handlebar was easy to use, and the brake levers responded with a reassuring quickness. I also liked the single chainring setup, which seemed like a perfect marriage of simplicity and function.
Finally, although this is a no-frills kind of bike, Tern did manage to pack in a couple of smart extra features. I found the lightweight kickstand, which blends into the chainstay until needed, to be extremely handy, and a cleverly designed hex wrench stows away inside one of the handles. The frame also incorporates attachment points for fenders, rear rack, front luggage truss, and a water-bottle cage, so it would be easy to convert the Link P9 to a utility bike with just a few additions.
As someone who loves getting around wherever I happen to be by bike, and as a rider who loves to ride fast, I found the Tern Link P9 folding bike to be a pretty ideal bike. The fact that it can manage urban streets with speed and grace, while keeping its design and operation simple, make it a perfect fit for anyone wanting to get around their city fast.
If you are looking for a simple, lightweight, speedy folding bike designed to take on everything a city can throw at it, go order the Tern Link P9 today!About the Author
Miles Schneider is a folding and electric bike specialist at NYCeWheels in New York City. He plays the 6-string electric violin and loves dogs.