Tern Bikes is known for selling bikes for all kinds of riders, built for everyday life. From e-bikes to cargo bikes and city commuters, each is designed to make your daily ride a bit more enjoyable – no matter what you’re carrying. The latest option is called the Quick Haul, a simple yet robust ebike that can carry up to 330 pounds.
It’s small and unassuming, yet strong enough to be a daily go-to bike that is capable of getting big jobs done.
A week before its launch date, my family and I had the opportunity to put a Quick Haul through our own daily grind. From daily preschool drop offs, to big grocery buys and around-town errands, we put the carrying capacity to the ultimate test.
From the outset, the bike is super fun and easy to ride. The low step-through along with a simple and toolless way to adjust both the seat and handlebar height made it seamless to switch out riders. With a hefty weight limit of 330 pounds, I was able to carry my 40-pound kid plus a week’s worth of groceries on the back with no problems.
Because I don’t live in a city with subways or elevators, I did not get to test the maneuverability of it, however, I did notice that it was much more nimble and shorter in length than my other cargo bikes. Tern bikes are known for being able to store easily, and the Quick Haul is no different, when I needed to make more room in my garage, it was a one-woman task (rather than multiple people) to stand it up on its end.
Like most cargo bikes, the Quick Haul has a plethora of optional accessories. Tern also puts their bikes through the toughest tests in the industry, and often goes further by making up their own tests when they think existing standards are not stringent enough. So for me, when I put my 2-year-old son on the back, I felt good knowing all the lengthy tests this bike had gone through. So whether you are putting your best furry friend, your kid, or other precious cargo on the back, Tern has many options to keep them safe and comfortable.
Surprisingly, my favorite addition to their accessory arsenal is the glove box. It’s compact and has a perfect capacity for carrying a repair kit, a phone, and a wallet, yet it’s in a place that is hard to take off and steal.
While this bike does not have all the bells and whistles like the GSD and HSD has, Tern says that it was an intentional move on their part. The Quick Haul, also known as the multi-tool of e-bikes, was meant for the middle-class family or college student that needed something to get daily tasks done (and to hopefully replace a car). Even though it is a much simpler bike than my fancier GSD, I found myself opting for the Quick Haul more, especially when I didn’t need to take both kids. The high-powered, reliable, and smooth Bosch motor coupled with a comfortable upright ride, makes it a great daily powerhouse bike.
There will be two models with a third following later on in the year. The D8 model is class 1 with a Bosch Active line battery and a 1×8 drive train.
The P9 comes with a Bosch performance line battery and is a class 3.
- Quick Haul D8: Bosch Active Line Plus, 1 x 8 drivetrain
- Quick Haul P9: Bosch Performance Line or Performance Line Sport (Class 3), 1 x 9 drivetrain
- Quick Haul P5i: Bosch Performance Line, Shimano Nexus 5 hub, Chain orGates belt
The D8 starts at $2999 without accessories. The P5i will initially be launched in Europe, with other markets to follow.
If the recently introduced E-Bike Act passes, this price will qualify users to get up to a 30% tax credit depending on income. In addition to its low price, it will be Tern’s first bike to be locally produced in Europe, a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability!