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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Tern Link. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- Riders appreciate the gearing range provided by the seven and eight-speed drivetrains.
- A tester says the 20” wheels and wide tires provide plenty of comfort.
- With quick-release adjustment of the seat and handlebars, the Link is easily adjustable and fits riders from 4'8" to 6'3".
- Reviewers like the Andros stem on the D7i and D8 as it allows quick, tool-free changes to handlebar reach and height.
- Several experts and users consider the Link an excellent commuter.
- The easy folding process and small footprint are a hit with reviewers and owners.
- The Link C8, D7i, and D8 include a rack and fenders. This rack fits KLICKfix bags, which one reviewer says are very useful for a commuter bike.
- Riders like how easily you can mount a KLICKfix rack, basket, or bag to the headtube on the Link C8, D7i, and D8, thanks to the Luggage Socket.
- One tester finds the A7 light and maneuverable on urban commutes and able to tackle light off-road terrain.
- Several reviewers are impressed by how fast they can go on the Link.
- Experts and owners praise how solid and stable the Link feels, and its lack of rattling.
- Users enjoy the convenience of being able to transport the Link in a small car.
- The Tern Link can support 264.6lb, higher than average for folding bikes.
- One expert appreciates the D7i's integrated lighting and dynamo hub, which powers the front light.
- According to one reviewer, the V-brakes slow the bike well on steep descents.
5 reasons not to buy
- 20" wheels mean the Link isn't as compact when folded as models with 16" wheels.
- Many testers and owners criticize the Magnetix system, saying the bike's tendency to unfold while being moved makes it challenging to carry safely.
- Two reviewers complain that the N-fold design leaves the drivetrain facing out, so it's easy to stain clothing when carrying the Link.
- One expert says the frame's complex design tends to collect dirt, making it harder to keep clean.
- The Link has rim brakes that don't function as well as disc brakes in wet weather, disappointing one reviewer.
Bottom lineThe Tern Link is a folding commuter bike available in four builds to suit different needs and budgets. Experts and users appreciate the comfortable and agile ride quality, gearing range, KLICKfix compatibility, and easy folding. The Tern Link is not as compact or lightweight, when folded, as a Brompton. However, the Link is much more affordable. Overall, riders agree this is an excellent, high-quality commuter bike, ideal for small homes and multimodal commuting.
Expert Reviews76/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
Tern Link A7 Folding Bike Review
For anyone looking to save money on bus or metro fares who lives an impractical distance from work to ride all the way, a folding bike truly is the answer, and this is a good one.
Review: Tern Link A7
If you’re on the fence about folding bikes, try this one.
Tern Link D8 Review
The Tern Link D8 is certainly an attractive prospect at an attractive price point – under half that of a Brompton – but it’s not without its problems.
Tern Link D8 Tested – Good [German]
We see the Tern D8 as an ideal commuter bike for those who travel to work by train and cannot travel from the train station to the office by public transport.
Tern Link D8—Folding Bike Perfection Anyone Can Afford
Here is a bike you can enjoy and ride as your only bike in the stable. It’s light, stores and secures easily, has many gears and rides great.
How, What and Why of the Tern Link A7
Then I tried out this Tern. I am still not a fan, but I have this certain respect for folding bikes now. Everything that you’d want in a modern bicycle is present in this adjustable ride.
What’s a Folding Bike Good for Anyway? My Summer With a Tern Link D7i
The things I like about this bike, the internal geared hub at the back and the dynamo add some weight… so if you have to carry your bike long distances or up and down stairs, you might want to think about a lighter model.
Should You Buy the Tern Link D8 Folding Bike?
If you guys want a mid-priced, folding bike that performs well, has good Shimano parts, then go for the Tern Link D8.
Ausprobiert: Das Tern Link D7i [German]
Here is the price-performance winner in the test. We have a super package here which is super-easy to transport.
Tern Link D8 Folding Bike Review [Russian]
I have tried several folding bikes. I think the Tern Link D8 is the ideal bike.
How a Folding Bike Works — Tern Link D8 Folding Bike Review
The Minimalist Bike [Spanish]
I think that tells you a lot about the quality of the product. After seven years of constant use, it is still very good. I’m very happy with it, and I recommend it to you if you don’t have one.
Introducing the Tern Link A7 Folding Bicycle [Japanese]
I think this bike is better if you want to go shopping or just go for an easy ride in the city. I’m sorry, but it’s just a little bit too big for me to carry in my bag.
Folding Bike /// Tern Link A7 /// Dogpacking? Travel by Folding Bike? [Spanish]
The truth is that I’m super happy and I highly recommend this, and I think you can travel with this. It’s very well suited to local journeys and also longer cycle touring rides.
My Experience With the Tern Link D8 – The Best Folding Bike? | Review [Spanish]
The D8 is quite comfortable. It is also super practical because it folds…, it is super maneuverable… and besides the beautiful design…, it is super functional.
Tern Link C8 Aluminium 8 Speed | Folding Bike Malaysia Review [Malay – English Subtitles]
This is a good entry-level bike from Tern, but the price is a bit high for the spec.
Tern Link D8 for Serious, Everyday Commuting
This folding bicycle has a lot of amazing features that my 16-inch folding bicycle doesn’t have. Even though it’s not as compact, it still folds up into a small size.
Folding Bike Review: Tern Link D7i
I really am disappointed to find problems with the design and manufacturing quality, given the money we spent. That said, the bike is otherwise incredible. Seriously. We love the ride, we love the look, we love essentially everything else about it.
You Might Be Surprised Where You Can Go on a Folding Bike
As a piece of engineering, the Tern is a marvel. I do have a few quibbles with the bike. Still, those are small complaints for a bike that surprised me with its functionality and rideability and I can see the bike being useful in many situations.
First Impressions: Tern Link D7i
Way I see it, if you want a bike that can be used for commute and even short bikepacking rides around the country, the D7i would be it.
Review: Tern Link D8
Overall, it’s a good starting folding bike. It rides smooth and quiet. The 8 speed is good enough for city riding but you need to upgrade your legs if you want to climb Tagaytay.
Bicycle Origami: Tern Verge D9 and Link A7 Review
If you don’t need the bells and whistles and just want to get from A to B, the Link A7 cannot be faulted. We think it offers a good value for money, even if some folders on market can be had much cheaper.
Tern Link C8 [Spanish]
The main conclusion is, as always when we talk about Tern, congratulate the team.
Tern Link D8 2.0 (2015) [Spanish]
Is the Link D8 still a great bike in terms of quality / price ratio? Well, honestly, I think that now even more than before.
The Bike for Rush Hour in Hamburg [German]
Even if you usually ride a racing bike or mountain bike: it’s simply an ideal city bike, a city bike. Not just for train travel.
Practical Folding Bike [German]
The Tern Link D7i convinces with great driving characteristics and a cool look. It just doesn’t cut such a good figure when folded.
That Works Just Fine [German]
We tested three folding bikes that could hardly be more different. If you look pragmatically at the price and good handling, the Tern Link D7i is definitely a good choice.