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Old 03-07-20, 03:50 PM
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Modifying Tern Link D8

Hey, is it possible to change my tern link d8 wheels to road wheel? Lets say like the verge series wheels? If so will it be hard?

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Old 03-07-20, 06:06 PM
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I do not know what the D8 means but the only difference in road versus off road wheels is the tire tread. Roger
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Old 03-08-20, 12:02 AM
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So..? Has this been done before?
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Old 03-08-20, 02:59 AM
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The Tern Links use 406 standard 20” wheels. Most Tern Verges use 451 standard 20” wheels which have a slightly larger diameter, if that’s what you’re considering using? As the D8 uses v-brakes you will need ones that have a different reach to standard v-brakes - LitePro produce them for this purpose.
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Old 03-08-20, 06:16 AM
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Great to hear, so its possible? Is the frame and all going to be ok with it? Have you heard Anyone attempt this?
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Old 03-08-20, 08:52 AM
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Still don't understand what you are trying to do. What do you want to do?

You want to change from a 406 rim to a 451 rim?
Or you want to switch the tire from a wide tire to a narrow tire?

If you want to switch from 406 rim to 451 rim, you can do a google search and find some blogs or forum threads regarding this. If you don't want to do a google search, then I can give you a couple things to think about. First, you need to find out if your frame has enough clearance to add the extra 45mm of diameter. What tire width do you have now on the 406 rim? What tire width will you have with the 451 rim? If you 're going to use the same width of tire and assuming they both have the exact same cross section, then you have to see if your current tire has 45mm + 3-5mm extra space to the frame. If not, then no, you cannot use a wider rim. If yes, then you can try, but you have to attach a LitePro brake arm extender, but you are adding a lot more torque onto the brake mounting boss.

So why do you want to switch from 406 to 451 rim? You know that tire options are much less on 451 rims because they're less common than 406 rims? 451 rims are also less common.
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Old 03-12-20, 12:16 PM
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Hi in short, its really not worth it. Its all about the knock-on effect. I had a Link C8 and was contemplating the same thing, after pricing out V brake extenders or new extended reach V-brakes (Litepros), new 451 wheels, most likely a short while after you will want to change the crank out for something bigger (my C8 was a 52T and the Verge was 55T) to be able to push through to the speed you now can go. Thats a new chain. Then you will get tired of the shifting and yearn for something better.

It works out cheaper to sell on as-is and buy a used or new Tern Verge P9 or P10 and start from there. I did that and it worked out cheaper for me.
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Old 03-12-20, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Duderman View Post
So..? Has this been done before?
Can't believe it's been 11 years ago, but yes, it's been done before and I was really happy with the end result..

My Dahon Mu Duo - a blend of old an new
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Old 03-16-20, 12:57 AM
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Wow! thats a superb tweak :0

Yeah i guess ill just take it easy...
selling isn't an option now...

How are tern still a legitimate company for bikes? Or are theses cases rare?
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Old 03-22-20, 05:26 PM
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It depends on how heavy you are and how mindful you are when riding I guess. I weigh 74kg and I tend to avoid potholes while riding as I hated the way it would throw me off line.

On the Tern Verge I was able to keep up with some roadies, but it definately takes some more effort. I was dropped waaay earlier using the C8.

Weight is a big difference between the two as well. The C8 was pushing 12kg while the Verge was around 9.5kg so you really need to think about whether you are going for speed (Verge) or touring (st)ability (Link).
Incidentally, my colleagues husband has a Link C7 which he spent way more than the cost of the bike to get it to the similar level of my Verge. Though he regeared it for climbs too. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-22-20, 11:49 PM
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Appreciate it guys thanks 😊
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