Urban transport bike maker Tern certainly took the folding bike market by storm in recent years, and now the company looks to swoop in again, fittingly with its Swoop series of bicycles that will feature an ultra low-step frame design. The Swoop offers a top tube that is only 11-inches (28cm) off the ground, which makes it one of the lowest step bikes on the market.
The design offers the promise of a low center of gravity that enhances stability, especially for less experienced cyclists. It also offers an upright riding geometry because who really needs to “race” to the office or store, and this puts less stress on the arms and neck, while also aiding in the ability to see the road ahead.
The Swoop further features shorter cranks to reduce the angle knees need to bend for pedal rotation, while integrated light and dynamo hub will ensure that the bike can be seen at night. The Tern Swoop will be available in two versions – the Swoop Duo, which features a SRAM automatic hub that automatically shifts gears; and the Swoop D7i, which features a Shimano Nexus 7 integrated hub for wider gear range and low maintenance.
And as with all Tern bikes this one can be folded up in less than 10 seconds so that it doesn’t have to spend the day outside the office in chains waiting for a thief to swoop in!