Fresh from the launch at EuroBike 2015, we were privileged to have the first ride on this swift and stunning beauty, Eclipse X22 and the P20, nicknamed ‘Passing Lane’ at the recent KL Car Free Morning.
Both Tern’s Eclipse X22 and P20 are designed to be the fastest folding-bike in the world, and yes, we managed to fold it in 10 seconds.
Hand-built 26” wheels with race-tuned geometry
We’ve been yearning for ‘regular’ sized wheels on the Tern, and the Eclipse X22 the Kinetix Pro X 26″ wheels with straight-pull Sapim spokes, while the P20 runs on patented Rolf Paired Spoke for a blazingly fast ride. You can feel the speed right off from the first push of the pedal.
With custom designed front and rear hubs and precision CNC machined flanges, the aero wheels rolls with perfect spoke alignment. For brakes, the wheels use the IS 6 bolt disc standard so they’re compatible with a wide range of disc systems.
I could definitely keep up with the ‘roadies’ (on road bikes) this time. The Eclipse X22 delivers the ride and specs of a performance road bike, yet effortlessly reconfigures into a commuter or light-tourer. Both the bikes are equipped with high-performance Schwalbe Kojak road tires will keep you rolling for miles, puncture free.
All-new hydraulic disc brakes for stopping power
And blimey, just in time for UCI’s new regulations, both the new Eclipse models comes with a new set of Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes will stop you in a nick of time, if speed gets too much for you. Once modified for cycle-touring use, I can imagine the hydraulic brakes coming in handy for heavy loads and tough terrain.
With its re-engineered Physis 3D handlepost and race-tuned Eclipse frame, it’s amazingly stiff and responsive. Gear shifting with thumb shifters was fast and smooth, with the X22 runnning on the Ultegra/105 drivetrain and the FSA Gossamer Pro 2×11 crankset.
With a stealth black finish, hydroformed fork, red Syntace accents and perfected engineering, the X22 inaugurates a new chapter in Tern design.
BioLogic Arx hand grips with hidden multi-tool
The Eclipse P20 has a hidden feature in stored in the ergonomically designed BioLogic Arx hand grips. It not only supports the palm of your hand and position your wrists, it also has a hidden multi-tool stashed within – an integrated 4/5/6 mm hex key tool – now isn’t that ‘handy’?
These bikes were too swift and nifty, that I quite conveniently forgot I didn’t own this bike and took it on a detour to a small quaint village within KL city limits. Kampung Baru has been lending its flavour to the popular national dish Nasi Lemak, and the ‘Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa’ which originated from this village has spread its wings throughout the city.
As all foldies were meant to be ridden, we took the scenic route throughout Kampung Baru. The Eclipse P20 attracted much attention, looking dapper, cruising through the light Sunday morning traffic like the James Bond of all folding bikes.
Black Bird transforms to Black Beauty
While purist Tern fans might keep it in its original specifications, the modifications possibilities on this Eclipse X22 is endless. I can imagine it galloping with lighter road tyres turning out to be one swift Black Beauty, faster than the Black Bird it was meant to be.
WHERE TO BUY?
All 2015 Tern models are available in the following Premium Dealers and all Rodalink Outlets:
|Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.||No 26, Jalan SS1/22, Kampung Tunku, 47300 Petaling Jaya.||03-7866 0311|
|My Bicycle Shop||Lot G3, BU4, Bandar Utama.||016-632 2599|
|Perniagaan Mewah Jaya||No. 737, Taman Tasik Jaya, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 31400 Ipoh, Perak||05 546 9899|
|KHASS Bicycles||72, Jalan Layang 16, Taman Perling,81200, Johor Bahru||07-2417035|
|PG Cycle Spot||77-G-19, Ground Floor, Penang Times Square, 10150 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang||012-488 9498|
|Rodalink Hartamas – 15, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.||03-6201 0422|
|Rodalink Putrajaya – No 22, Jalan Diplomatik, Presint 15, Putrajaya.||03-8889 2822|
|Rodalink Bangsar – 56, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur.||03-2287 1022|
|Rodalink Bandar Botanic – 93, Jalan Mahogani, 5/KS7 Ambang Botanic, 41200 Klang, Selangor.||03-3325 9403|
|Rodalink Kuching – DE 102, Ground Floor, Batu Kawah New Township, Jalan Batu Kawa, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak.||082-681852 / 019-888 1818|
|Rodalink Sibu – No.32 G/Floor, Jalan Keranji, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak||010 2522898|
For more info, visit Tern Malaysia’s website.