Sleek and sturdy, the Tern Eclipse X22 “Blackbird” is a road-racing–inspired commuter/light tourer that rides like a full-sized bike yet folds down in 10 seconds so it can be carried neatly onto an elevator and cozied up right next to your desk. With its sleek design and stealth black paint job, the bike not only looks cool—when we rode it around NYC for testing, we were asked about it twice in the first five minutes—but has the tech to match: hand-built 26" wheels with race-tuned frame geometry as well as Shimano’s 22-speed drive-train and hydraulic disc brakes to make it tight and responsive.
This is what one of our testers had to say about the "Blackbird":
Here comes a review about a modern bike from the sort of retro steel bike grouch who has not two good words to say about anything hitting the bike world since about 1987.
I commute in the city every day on a variety of bikes and was asked to take the Tern out for a while. I’ve ridden a bunch of folders so I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but within the first block I realized this was a whole different animal. This is a scary-fast bike, and nimble enough to jump into the fray of fast city commuting mixing it up in traffic. The shifting is quick and sure, and the hydraulic braking does its job. But the most surprising thing is when you finally get where you’re going and you realize you’re on a folder! Doesn’t seem possible. And then you get to quickly and easily fold it up and take it in the elevator without anyone giving you any sh*t. This is one amazing machine.
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