Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the this bike. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
21 reasons to buy
- The Tern HSD can handle a hefty load of 374 lbs.
- The bike is adjustable to fit individuals 4’11” to 6’ 5”.
- Experts agree this bike could easily replace a car in the city.
- Tern uses quiet, reliable and powerful Bosch motors.
- There are four modes of assistance for riding, plus walk assist.
- The same key for the battery locks the wheel.
- The quick release steerer tube, stem and handlebars collapse into the frame, making this bike compact for travel or vertical storage.
- The Andros stem adjusts without a tool.
- This bike can carry a passenger up to 130 lbs.
- Yepp, Thule and Bobike child seats are compatible with the Tern HSD.
- The display shows speed, mode, battery life, trip distance and the odometer.
- The lightweight battery can be charged on or off the bike.
- Higher end models of the Tern HSD have weather resistant belt drive systems.
- A front and rear light come standard on the Tern HSD.
- The Tern HSD can cover a distance of up to 70 miles with one battery charge.
- The 20” wheels make for a low center of gravity and balanced load distribution.
- The suspension fork set up with 2.5” Schwalbe tires absorbs shock, for a smooth ride.
- The S+ model includes a Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post, helping better absorb the impact of the small wheels.
- Automatic shifting for added comfort and safety, is part of the S+ build.
- Experts state the internal hub on the Tern HSD S8i and S+ are easier to maintain compared to a derailleur.
- There are points for attachment for a trailer hitch.
3 reasons not to buy
- Automatic shifting on the S+ model of the Tern HSD does not register on descents.
- The battery is hard to remove when a child seat is mounted on the bike or if you have large hands.
- One cannot mount a second battery on the top tube to extend their travel range.
Expert Reviews82/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Tern HSD S8i
Well, the HSD is, in most ways, a better bike than a standard large-wheeled city bike. It’s smaller and easier to store, it can carry more stuff, and it’s more adaptable to a range of rider sizes.
Review: Tern HSD Series
So many bike manufacturers think that the way to get more people on bikes is to make them bigger and plushier. That might make a bike more comfortable, but it’s a hassle to maneuver those giant things around. The HSD is comfortable without losing its convenience.
Tern HSD+ Test: Compactbike + Longtail = Midtail [German]
The Tern HSD is an interesting mix of longtail cargo bike and compact pedelec.
Tern HSD S8i Review
The Tern HSD S8i is a high-quality midtail electric cargo bike that can stand vertically to save space!
Tern HSD S8i Ebike Review
Mini yet mighty, the Tern HSD S8i is a versatile and comfortable cargo hauler.