A Tern Vergen that is. After months of waiting, I am finally in possession of a Tern Verge Duo.
I had placed an order(and a deposit) for the bike all the way back in March. At the time, the guy told me that the bike would arrive next week. And of course it didn't. The week after that, it still hadn't arrived yet. At which point, the guy loaned me a demo model(which was provided by Tern) to ride while I waited for my bike to arrive. Three months later, my bike has finally arrived!
Since I have been riding the bike for three months already, I guess I could do a mini review. Let me start off by saying that I use my bike purely for commuting purposes. My work is located a very short distance away from my house so 2 speeds is plenty for me. However, one thing I noticed is that I rarely ever hit 2nd gear on my commute. A lot of times I'll be spinning and I feel like I should be in 2nd but it doesn't shift. I guess it's more of a power issue, you have to exert some force to put it into 2nd. My wish is to be able to hit 2nd gear more often which is why I wish the whole gearing set were lower. Maybe lower both speeds by about 5% to 10%, that would be perfect. First gear would be lower so I could start off faster, and 2nd gear would be lower so I could hit it at lower speeds. This would involve replacing the rear cog or chain-ring. I don't really wanna spend extra money and mess with that right now, maybe in the future.
You can manually put it into 2nd by standing up and giving it a short forceful kick. However, this presents it's own minor issue. Sometimes when I stand up to accelerate, it'll mis-shift into 2nd. But that doesn't happen too often so it's not a big deal.
The frame is very stiff so consequently the ride is stiff as well. You can feel the road as you ride but I like that feeling of being one with the machine.
The fold is super fast which is why I love this bike. Fold the bike, fold the stem, and you're done. Snap, snap, it's that quick. The hinges and movements are silky smooth. If the hinges are too tight or too loose, you can actually adjust them by hand.
The bike rolls quite well when folded, you extend the seatpost, tilt the bike back, and push it like a stroller. You really can't feel any unevenness or lopsidedness as the two wheels are almost parallel to each other, I guess that's due to the N-fold? One minor gripe I have is that it doesn't have a bottom bracket which is very annoying. When it's folded, the seatpost has to be all the way down in order for the bike to stand by itself. When you want to roll it, you need to extend the seatpost. Sometimes when you are rolling it, you need to set it down for a few seconds(open a door, grab your wallet, check you phone, etc.) but in order to set it down, you have to put the seatpost down. And then when you're ready to roll again a few seconds later, you need to extend the seatpost again. This is very annoying and inconvenient. This problem could be easily and cheaply resolved with a simple bottom bracket that's standard on many folders. Here's an example on a Citizen, notice the triangular bottom bracket under the frame: http://www.citizenbike.com/images/ci...details_01.jpg
I guess that's about it for the review. I'm not a bike expert nor am I a serious bike rider so I can't get too technical on anything lol.
And finally here are the pics from the day I picked it up. I actually wanted to wait and take pics with Taipei 101 in the background but the weather here has been very uncooperative so we'll have to settle with pics from my ride home that day. The guy in the pics is not me, he's the shopd guy. The bottle holder is not standard equipment, I managed to haggle that. I was actually hoping to get more free stuff like maybe an airpump with a gauge or a front light but I'll settle for a simple bottle holder even though it probably costs them nothing lol. Can't get too greedy.
The pink scheme is a really beautiful color. The black and pink contrast is sexy as hell I think. And it's not only the frame that's pink, but the seat and grips also contain pink coloration. I think I'll be the only guy with this color lol. Pretty in pink(I'm not gay btw lol). Here's a pic from the Tern site: http://cdn.ternbicycles.com/sites/de...k-pink-web.jpg
Notice the fixie hipsters in the 5th pic lol.