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Tern – Swoop D8

The Swoop D8 is your ticket to wherever inspiration takes you. Wide 8-speed gearing gives you the freedom to explore. Strong double-wall rims, DoubleTruss™ frame design and a 3D forged Physis™ handlepost mean your bike is more than sturdy. With the Swoop D8, the best of the journey awaits.

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WHY SHOULD I RIDE THE TERN SWOOP D8?

  • 8-speed drivetrain for all the range you need in the city
  • Neos 1.0 derailleur with a low profile to protect it from knocks and bumps
  • Schwalbe Big Apple tires with Kevlar puncture protection
  • Fully integrated yet detachable rear rack
  • Fenders for rainy days
  • Scuff-guard so you stay clear of grease and grime
  • Folds compactly in 10 seconds for storage and transport
  • Magnetix™ 2.0 lock the bike in place when folded

RIDERS SPOTLIGHT

Review by 'Lovely Bicycle'

Review by 'Lovely Bicycle'

The Tern Swoop is an ultra low step-over model, optimized for commuting in comfort. Specs include an aluminum frame, hi-ten steel fork, 20″ wheels with fat tires, v-brakes, racks and lighting, and a quick and easy fold. The bike I rode was the Di7 model, which features a Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub. There is also a SRAM 2-speed Duo model.
The Swoop is a commuter-ready bike. The low stepover makes it easy to mount and dismount for everyone. The fenders and chainguard will keep clothing clean. The wide tires (Schwalbe Big Apples) make for a cushy ride. The generously sized rear rack and built-in cords allow for easy transport of luggage. In addition to the rear rack, there is a luggage socket into which a klick-fix adapter can be installed. This system works with a variety of front bags and baskets.
The bike also comes equipped with dynamo lighting, powered by the BioLogic Joule 3 generator hub. This hub has an on/off switch on the side, which is said to eliminate drag (“…in the ‘off’ position, the magnets are pulled away from the core of the hub”).
The Swoop’s positioning is relaxed and upright, with the flat, ever-so-slightly curved back handlebars set quite high for all but the tallest riders.
I rode the Swoop around the Outdoor Demo loop a few times, as well as on dirt for a bit. In total this amounted to 2-3 miles, including some uphill stretches. The bike felt comfortable and relaxed, not unlike a full sized European city bike. The fat tires drowned out bumps very nicely. Unlike some of the other non-Brompton folding bikes I’ve tried, the Tern Swoop felt pleasantly un-flimsy. I did not sense any play in the fold joints, nor did I feel flex in the frame while cycling. The ride quality was stable and novice-friendly. The bike cannot be called sporty exactly, but it rode faster than its looks suggest, and the gearing was low enough to make the uphill stretches painless, as well as to handle more serious inclines if need be.
As far as comparing it to my Brompton, the Swoop is a more relaxed and upright bike. It rode a bit slower, and somewhat less maneuverably. Without a front load, the steering felt considerably more “normal” than Brompton’s distinct (some say “twitchy”) steering.
http://lovelybike.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/tern-swoop-commute-ready-folder.html

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