Tern Eclipse

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24.9, 26.9, 32.6 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Tern Eclipse. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • The Tern Eclipse is available in three builds: D16, P20, and X22.
  • Reviewers say the 26" wheels roll smoother and faster than the 22" and 24" wheels on other Tern models.
  • The Eclipse fits riders from 4'10" to 6'5" thanks to its spacious cockpit, adjustable stem, and long seatpost.
  • Testers praise the bike's speed, highlighting the frame stiffness that responds well to out-of-the-saddle efforts.
  • All three Eclipse builds demonstrate good braking performance, say owners and testers.
  • Owners appreciate the Eclipse's agile handling, saying it's easy to navigate tight urban areas.
  • Testers enjoy the stable ride thanks in part to the low center of gravity.
  • The P20 (2x10) and X22 (2x11) have ample gearing for steep hills.
  • According to reviewers, the Eclipse handles well on gravel paths.
  • Experts describe the folding mechanism as rock-solid and easy to use.
  • There's padding on the underside of the saddle's nose to shoulder the bike when carrying.
  • The seatpost has numbered lines for quick saddle height adjustments.
  • The Eclipse frame has clearance for 1.75” tires.
  • Owners enjoy the Eclipse's "smooth" ride.
  • Reviewers say the accessory mounting points are well thought out.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Eclipse is considered expensive by reviewers, especially the P20 and X22 builds.
  • Testers find the bike bulky and awkward to carry when folded. The 26" tires also make it hard to fit in car trunks.
  • Owners criticize the Magnetix system for being ineffective at holding the folded bike together and prone to breaking.
  • Experts say there is a limited selection of narrow 26" tires on the market.
  • The included rear light (P20, X22) is “pointless” because the pedal holder behind the saddle covers it. The D16 lacks a rear light.

Bottom line

The Tern Eclipse is a 26" folding commuter bike available in three Shimano-equipped builds: D16, P20, and X22. The D16 has 40mm tires and a steel fork; the higher-end builds get 35mm tires, aluminum forks, and Biologic taillights. Experts praise the fast and agile ride, the comfort, and the stopping power. However, the ineffective Magnetix system bike frustrates testers, and the bike is considered expensive and bulky when folded. Despite these drawbacks, the Tern Eclipse is deemed a capable folding bike.

Expert Reviews

81/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Common Sense Cycles

Tern Eclipse P20 / Link C7 Tern Folding Bikes – In-Depth Review

After a 500km tour of Switzerland and Northern Italy, I think it might just be the best flat-bar road bike I’ve ever ridden and yet one of the most inconvenient folding bikes around…

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Časopis Cykloservis

Test, Tern Eclipse P20

Along with excellent agility and perfect controllability, the rider does not have to get used to anything and worry about any quirks at higher speeds. The bike is stable enough and, at the same time, has the ability to be maximally lively.

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User Ratings

93/100 based on 3 ratings
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