DISRAELI GEARS

Tern

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Tern is a folding bike manufacturer founded in 2011 by Joshua Hon and Florence Shen. If those two names seem familiar, they are the son and wife of Dr David Hon, the founder of Dahon. There was, of course, no truth in the rumour that Tern was deliberately created to be a direct competitor of Dahon (how dare you even think it!) but it was hard to look at its launch products without feeling that you had seem something similar in a recent Dahon catalogue.

It all sounds like something out of an episode of Dallas, and God only knows what the chat was around the Hon family breakfast table - but suffice it to say that years of litigation followed... and people like to sing the praises of the family business model!

In terms of derailleurs, Tern initially used a derailleur called the Tern Neos, which was essentially a Dahon Neos with no branding on it except a very discreet SR SUNTOUR logo. SR SUNTOUR manufactured this fine object for both companies.


see also Dahon Folding Bikes - First promo video circa 1981

see also Dahon Folding Bikes - First promo video circa 1981

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see also Dahon - TV ad circa 1984

see also Dahon - TV ad circa 1984

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see also SR SUNTOUR web images - 2007? 2004?

see also SR SUNTOUR web images - 2007? 2004?

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see also Dahon web site - 2006

see also Dahon web site - 2006

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see also Dahon - Neos 2.0 instructions 2007?

see also Dahon - Neos 2.0 instructions 2007?

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Tern Bicycles - Life Unfolds 2011

Tern Bicycles - Life Unfolds 2011

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Tern - Service Instructions 2011

Tern - Service Instructions 2011

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Tern - Urban Mobility 2.0 2012 2011

Tern - Urban Mobility 2.0 2012 2011

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see also Dahon - 30 Years Strong 2012

see also Dahon - 30 Years Strong 2012

  • Publisher: Dahon
  • Date: May 2012
  • Derailleur brands: Dahon, Tern
  • Derailleurs: nothing specific
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Tern - Rear Wheel with Neos Derailleur 2014

Tern - Rear Wheel with Neos Derailleur 2014

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Tern - 2015 2014

Tern - 2015 2014

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Tern web site - 2014?

Tern web site - 2014?

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Tern - Owner Briefing - Maintenance 2016

Tern - Owner Briefing - Maintenance 2016

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Tern - 2017 2016

Tern - 2017 2016

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