A reliable bike is a virtual must-have in a crowded urban setting where driving just isn’t an option. Even more useful is a bike you can fold up and carry on the bus with you, or store away in a corner of your apartment when you get home. That’s the idea behind Tern’s folding bike line, including the new Eclipse S11i ($2,300).
Rolling on 24-inch wheels and decked out with a Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub in the rear, the S11i is about as advanced as a folding bike gets. A double-truss frame lends it the solidness other folding bikes tend to lack, and additional features like fenders, a subtle chain guard, wide cork grips and Marco dropouts with built-in chain tensioners give the S11i everything it needs to handle a harsh urban riding environment.
If you’re looking for something to ride fast and hard, stick with a traditional road or mountain frame. But for the everyday commuter who wants a more convenient form of two-wheeled transportation without sacrificing quality of components, the Tern S11i is the solution. Check it out at Tern.