Folding bike speicailst Tern has anounced its "game changing" folding e-bike, the Elektron, ahead of its debut at Eurobike this month.
The Bosch and Shimano-equipped Elektron is set to hit Kickstarter in October and will be released to Tern dealers in Spring 2017.
Details were sparse when the Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer hinted that their imminent folding e-bike represented something that had "never been done before" back in July. However, their recent descriptions of the Elektron being "best-in-class" as well as "the world's most compact Bosch equipped e-bike" are now at least backed up by some details.
Not only is the Elektron the "world's most compact Bosch e-bike" it also has the smallest folded footprint of any bike in Tern's entire line-up - featuring both e-bikes and pedal powered folding bikes.
The bike is the result of Tern's collaboration with Bosch to produce a seriously accessible riding experience. The Elektron features Bosch's Active drivetrain - including a 400Wh battery, a Bosch ActiveLine motor, and three drivetrain sensors to keep the e-assist instantaneous and powerful - and Shimano's Deore groupset.
Tern isn't the only firm to launch a folding e-bike this year; Chinese tech giant Xiaomi launched its super affordable Mi QiCYCLE folding e-bike back in June. Tern, though, has significantly more experience in the folding bike sector, which you would expect to see reflected in the build quality of the bike.
Tern's low-step frame, which can accommodate any rider from 140cm tall to 195cmm, allegedly takes 10 seconds to collapse into the smallest package out of any bike in Tern's range.
It also comes with a number of features that look to set the bike up brilliantly for city riding. Deore hydraulic disc brakes, an integrated 150 lumen Valo 2 light, and Bosch's Purion display will make riding the Elektron safe, comfortable, and incredibly straightforward.
Tern's founder, Josh Hon, explained that partnership between Bosch and Tern has been a happy one in the Elektron press release:
"The Tern Elektron is the happy marriage of everything we love about a Bosch e-bike, and our expertise in folding technology," he said. "By making a quality e-bike truly portable, we've created a product that will convince even more people to ride more regularly.
"For those of us in the bike trade, you might know how hard it is to get your significant other to agree to let you add another bike to the stable.
"It took only a few rides for my wife agree almost immediately to adding the Elektron. It is that good and that fun."
The Elektron will be priced at €2999 across central European countries Germany, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria, while pricing in the rest of Europe will sit at €3300. North Americans will be able to get their hands on the bike for $3500.
The bike will also be accessible to Kickstarter users in October; so keep your eyes peeled for early bird offers via that crowdfunding platform.