Cycling Weekly Reviews Tern Verge X11

By: Cycling Weekly | June 10, 2017

Tern Verge X11 frame

Tern’s Verge X11 is built around a 22in wheel size (451mm) – meaning that although it’s a long way off the standard 700c you’d find on a road or hybrid bike, it’s larger than your average folding bike. The result is a greater degree of momentum which means faster rolling, and a ride a bit closer to your average experience on a full-size bike. However, it also means that the folded unit is larger than a traditional folding bike – which often has 16in wheels.

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With the Verge X11, Tern has also tweaked the frame to develop what it calls T-Tuned Geometry. The design boasts a longer wheelbase, tweaks to the fork rake and head tube angle, and a slacker seat tube. These alterations create a riding position that feels sportier when compared with standard designs.

Tern Verge X11 specification

The Tern Verge X11 is shod with hand-built Kinetix Pro X wheels, with just 20 paired, straight-pull spokes per wheel, shod with resilient  Schwalbe Durano tyres.

The crankset is SRAM’s Force 1x, with carbon cranks and a 52-tooth chainring alongside a 10-42 cassette. Upping the wheel size creates a greater gear ratio, which means that there’s enough power to push on descents, yet the large cassette means there are plenty of climbing cogs too.