Groundbreaking compact cargo bike

Tern Bicycles just announced three new versions of their great, compact cargo bike, the GSD. We reviewed one a couple of years ago, and we really liked it. It has some amazing innovations, like the overbuilt rear rack that serves as a way to stand the bike vertically for storage or taking up in an elevator.

The new bikes feature a similar low step-through frame, but they’ve made it stiffer and sturdier, and able to carry heavier payloads (max gross vehicle weight is 440 lbs), and a newer, gen 4 Bosch Cargo Line class 1 motor with 85Nm of torque to get you going easier. There’s room for up to two Bosch 400Wh or 500Wh batteries as you can see in the frame, and of course, you can carry more.

Tern GSD S10 LX Dragonfruit compact electric cargo bike with a Bosch Cargo Line gen 4 motor

The geometry has changed a bit, with a slacker seat tube angle and higher handlebars, allowing it to be ridden comfortably by riders from 4’11” to 6’5″. It has a suspension fork and suspension seatpost to take the bumps out.

The GSD SOO and R14 models use a Gates Carbon belt drive, and the R14 comes with a Rohloff Speedhub that offers 14 internal gears and auto-downshift.

All models come equipped with their patented Atlas Lockstand center stand.

Tern GSD R14 Atlas Lockstand kickstand

It has an auto lock feature, and there’s a remote unlock lever on the handlebars.

The rack storage feature is unique to the GSD.

Tern GSD upright storage cargo bike

Definitely a good way to keep it safe indoors at home or office (when we’re allowed to go back to offices).

Integrated lighting includes an Ignis Headlight, which puts out a wide 700 Lux beam which can be set on high or low beam, and a Tern RearStop brake light which stays on even when the bike lights are on or off.


With a cargo bike, you have to customize it to your needs, and they have plenty of accessories, from bags to rails to kid and adult seats, and there’s a “Captain’s Chair” for a more laid-back ride.  Cargo Hold 52 paneers hold 104 liters of gear or groceries, which is significantly more space than most camping backpacks, if you’re thinking about taking a bike camping. There’s even a trailer attachment.

Prices from $4599, and the bikes will arrive in Q4 2020.