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Tern Quick Haul modular utility ebike seeks to right-size urban carry

Tern Quick Haul modular utilit...
The Tern Quick Haul can create a fun outing with a cooperative pet
The Tern Quick Haul can create a fun outing with a cooperative pet
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Shown here on the HSD, the
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Shown here on the HSD, the available Cargo Tray lets the Tern Quick Haul handle oversized loads
The Glovebox fits neatly in the frame and holds essentials like a tire repair kit and/or spare tube, wallet and keys
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The Glovebox fits neatly in the frame and holds essentials like a tire repair kit and/or spare tube, wallet and keys
The Glovebox also fits a water bottle quite nicely
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The Glovebox also fits a water bottle quite nicely
Tern Quick Haul with Glovebox
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Tern Quick Haul with Glovebox
The Glovebox also keeps important EDC items close at hand
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The Glovebox also keeps important EDC items close at hand
Available passenger seat with grab handles
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Available passenger seat with grab handles
Extra seat and cary case
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Extra seat and cary case
The Tern Quick Haul can create a fun outing with a cooperative pet
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The Tern Quick Haul can create a fun outing with a cooperative pet
The Quick Haul can replace a car as an everyday commuter for those who don't work too far from home
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The Quick Haul can replace a car as an everyday commuter for those who don't work too far from home
The Quick Haul makes a natural child hauler with the available child seat options, and riders can carry childcare items up front
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The Quick Haul makes a natural child hauler with the available child seat options, and riders can carry childcare items up front
Available front Pack Rack
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Available front Pack Rack
Tern offers several front bag and pack options for the Quick Haul and other modular bikes
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Tern offers several front bag and pack options for the Quick Haul and other modular bikes
The available front rack can carry all kinds of things, too
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The available front rack can carry all kinds of things, too
Attachment points throughout make it easy to accessorize
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Attachment points throughout make it easy to accessorize
The new Tern Quick Haul will launch in Q2 2022 for $2,999
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The new Tern Quick Haul will launch in Q2 2022 for $2,999
The Quick Haul has a "vertical parking" feature designed to make it easier to roll into an elevator or store in a small apartment
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The Quick Haul has a "vertical parking" feature designed to make it easier to roll into an elevator or store in a small apartment
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Tern has developed a real specialty in crafting small but hardworking cargo-carrying ebike solutions, from simple folders with rear racks to ebike tractor trailers. It's continues its mission to find just the right blend of compact sizing and load-hauling utility for every urban-dwelling biped out there, launching the all-new Quick Haul. For those who find the GSD too long-framed and cargo-focused, and the Vektron too simple and foldy, the Quick Haul and its modular front and rear rack systems and in-frame "glovebox" might be just the right tool for transporting kids, pets, groceries, work materials and other cargo around the city.

The Quick Haul reminds us most of the HSD that Tern power-boosted not so long ago, albeit with a rigid steel fork and reconfigured geometry. To our naked eye, the Quick Haul appears to have the stouter frame, but it has a slightly lower maximum weight capacity of 330 lb (150 kg) versus the HSD's 374 lb (170 kg).

Tern Quick Haul with Glovebox
Tern Quick Haul with Glovebox

Perhaps the most substantive difference between the HSD and Quick Haul in terms of cargo, though, is the Quick Haul's larger spacing between the top and down tubes. This area is designed to be filled out with an available carry case Tern calls the "Glovebox." The pack bolts to the frame and looks something like a second battery from afar but includes water-resistant compartments for storing everyday carry items like a wallet, phone, keys, tire repair kit and/or folding bike lock.

That, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the Quick Haul's modular carry capability. The 110-lb (50-kg)-capacity rear rack can be used on its own in securing cargo or outfitted liberally from Tern's ecosystem of add-on accessories. Options include child seats, dog carriers, soft crates and an expanded cargo tray. Similarly, owners can add a front rack or direct-attach accessories like a shoulder bag.

The Quick Haul makes a natural child hauler with the available child seat options, and riders can carry childcare items up front
The Quick Haul makes a natural child hauler with the available child seat options, and riders can carry childcare items up front

Just like existing Tern ebikes, the Quick Haul has a telescoping seat post and stem that easily adjust for a range of rider heights between 4.9 and 6.4 feet (1.5 and 1.95 m). Not only does that adjustability dial in a custom fit for the owner, it's designed so that the owner can readily share the bike with family members, friends or coworkers.

At launch, Tern will offer D8 and P9 Quick Haul models. The D8 will rely on a Bosch Active Line Plus electric mid-drive and 1 x 8-speed Shimano Altus group set to reach assisted speeds up to 20 mph (32 km/h) in the US and 25 km/h (15.5 km/h) in Europe. The 400-Wh battery will keep the motor running for a range between 33 and 65 miles (54 to 105 km).

The P9 brings on a 1 x 9-speed Shimano Alivio group set and a Bosch Performance Line mid-drive with the same top speeds, battery and range. The Performance drive offers up to 300 percent assistance and 48 lb-ft (65 Nm) of torque, whereas the Active Line tops out at 270 percent and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm). Both bike models weigh in just over 50 lb (22.7 kg).

The Quick Haul has a "vertical parking" feature designed to make it easier to roll into an elevator or store in a small apartment
The Quick Haul has a "vertical parking" feature designed to make it easier to roll into an elevator or store in a small apartment

Built on a 6061 aluminum frame, both Quick Haul variants include Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Herrmans front 120-lumen and rear lights, front and rear fenders, Schwalbe Big Apple tires, a chain guard, and a bell to top it all off. Tern plans to launch the bikes during the second quarter of this year for prices starting at US$2,999/€2,999. A P5i model with internally geared Shimano Nexus 5 hub and choice of chain or belt drive will join the D8 and P9 bikes later down the line.

Watch the three women in the photos pedal through their individual stages of urban life in the two-minute clip below.

Meet the E-Bike for everyday life - The Tern Quick Haul

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2 comments
2 comments
BlueOak
…and there it is again, that $3,000 price. When will the volume producer companies do some real economies of scale production to get prices down to reasonable? At these job shop volume prices, these bikes are huge theft targets.
jerryd
There are a good number of these size and really is the best size for an all around commuter, shopping, etc E bike as easy to bring inside and handles very well in tight spaces, becomes an extension of your body. And they are a lot cheaper from top producers at 50% of this one's cost.
I'd suggest a regular 20" wheelbase/shorter and add a bike trailer. Then you can buy a Lectric 28mph one for $1k and add racks as needed.