Review: Tern GSD S00 Electric Bike

Review: Tern GSD S00 Electric Bike


– [Karen] Hi, my name is Karen Wiener from
The New Wheel electric bikes, and I’m joined today by Amanda. – [Amanda] Hi. – Thanks for sitting with me. We’re talking today about the GSD S00,
S-double-O, S Infinity bike, which is the new and upgraded GSD. – The 2018 model of of the Tern GSD
gets rave reviews. What improvements have been made in
the 2019? – They had their ear to the ground,
and they were listening to what their riders were enjoying or needed on their
bikes, and they understood that ease of use of the bike and power… …more of that was needed,
and so that’s exactly what they did. They change the motor to a CX Drive Bosch
motor, which is actually a mountain bike motor. And it’s just got phenomenal low-speed
torque, so you can climb anything. And then they upgraded the battery because
if you’ve got a bunch of stuff on your bike, and you’re pooped out,
you don’t wanna have to be in eco, you wanna be in turbo,
and so you want 500 laps, so it uses the Enviolo,
which is an internally geared hub that allows you not have to think about the
technicality of going up or down one gear. You can just make your gears a little bit
harder or a little bit easier with the turn of a grip shifter. They also come standard with bags,
so you don’t have to think about whether you would want panniers or not. They’re just there, so you can load lots
of stuff up. You’re going to the grocery store,
maybe the kids are at school, and it comes with this cool café lock on
the front wheel. I bicycle passed lines of cars outside of
schools like every morning. You could have a turn,
and then you get to the gate of the school, and you lock your little
front wheel lock, run your kid, and run out, and you’re done. – Is it a one-battery bike or… – You can actually add a second battery. – How much further range? Does that provide…
– It will double your range. My experience is that the worst-case
scenario, like a very big dad with two kids climbing up a very steep hill,
with a dual battery setup, you’re looking at 30 to 50 miles per
charge. We’re talking the worst circumstances,
extremely steep hills and burly dads. Burly on the outside,
soft and squishy on the inside. – I was wondering if you could please just
explain some of the possibilities. – Yeah, the bike is built to get stuff
done, which is what GSD stands for. I think what we’ve seen is that most of
the stuff that gets done on GSD is kid-related. So this here is called the turn clubhouse,
and it accommodates either two kids that are out of baby seats or one kid that is
in a baby seat. Now, there’s a company called Cycle Fab
that makes another option, and with that option,
you can fit either two child seat- children aged kids, or one child seat-aged
kid and one older kid in that configuration,
or you can even just have handlebars if you just have one kid who’s gonna be at
the back of that bike, so you’d add a front rack. Well, you rode the bike. – Yes, I have. I have ridden this bike…First thing,
I notice you hop on, and it’s really easy to step over it. It has this nice low step through bar,
seat really comfortable, upright positioning immediately.
You feel at ease. – Did you notice it has a little holder on
the back? – Yeah, right there, the handle. – Yeah. – And then you reach out,
the handlebars are like within perfect range. And you’re able to adjust the distance,
the handlebars are, so you can be sitting in a really upright position or you can
push the handlebars back for a more athletic ride. And when you grab onto the handles,
there’s ergonomic grips on the bike, so it just gives you a sense of, like,
stability and control. The bike also feels very grounded. It has nice weight to it. Also, with the smaller wheel size,
like you feel close to the ground in a wonderful way. You feel like you’re sitting almost in a
bike instead of on top of it. The rear rack even though it’s
substantial, it was a very, like, natural riding experience. – What was it like climbing on it?
– Easy. With the CX motor, I notice the difference
in the bike’s ability to take on those big hills with ease. And you just kind of sit back and peddle
naturally and easily up to the top. – So fun. – How does this bike compare to other
bikes in our lineup? – So Tern is a folding bike company. So this seat post actually telescopes up
with two seat posts so that you can also telescope it down all the way,
so you can fit it in the backseat of a car or a closet. The handlebar folds down so that makes it
more compact, and then lastly, it can actually sit up on its haunches,
which makes it way easier to store in a small garage.
– Karen, who is this bike for? – What I have seen is that this bike and
the sort of utilitarian notes that it hits has inspired so many people whether
they’re carrying cargo, they’re a gardener carrying soil to a
site, or they’re a parent has inspired them to take the plunge and get an ebike
because it makes sense, in terms of like getting it done,
and that’s so cool. – If you’re curious,
the best thing to do is to come on by the shop, and we’ll be happy to talk
through the bike with you and go out for a ride, so you can see for
yourself. Thank you. Yes, we did it. ♪ [music] ♪