8th January 2020

Tern HSD

The Tern HSD

The HSD is the latest bike by Tern. What could be described as a younger sibling to the GSD, the HSD is slightly shorter, has a lower price but is still a practical and adaptable electric bike.

To view the full range of accessories and load-bearing options available with the Tern HSD, pop into any of our stores. Find us in Bruntsfield (Edinburgh), Leeds, Newcastle and Aberdeeen.

Key Features of the Tern HSD:

  • Low step frame that adjusts quickly and easily to suit riders from 4’11” to 6’ 5”.
  • 170kg weight limit, 60kg rated rear rack.
  • Custom Suntour suspension fork: 70mm travel, 1.5” tapered steerer, 15mm thru axle and tested/rated to 170kg.
  • Flat folding handlebar to aid storage, transport and allow for vertical storage.
  • Single battery only, 400Wh or 500Wh depending on model.
  • All models use the latest generation Bosch motors, either Active Line Plus or Performance Line Gen 3, model dependent.
  • Variety of accessories to aid load carrying.
The Tern HSD

The Tern HSD stored vertically

Four main differences between the Tern HSD and GSD

  1. Price – the HSD starts at £3,300 while the GSD starts at £4,000.
  2. Weight – the HSD is around 2kg lighter but it also has a 30kg reduction in carrying capacity making the maximum load 170kg (200kg for the GSD).
  3. Size – while the GSD can be fitted with two child seats, the HSD is slightly shorter so can only accommodate one.
  4. Range – the HSD comes with a single battery only which is a consideration if planning longer rides before recharging.

The Tern HSD fitted with a single child seat

The Tern HSD Range

Tern HSD P9

The Tern HSD P9

Price: £3,300

At a glance: Bosch Active Line Plus motor, 400Wh battery and Purion display. It also uses a 1×9 Shimano derailleur gear set up with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes using 180/160mm rotors.

Demo bike available? Yes

Available to purchase? Yes

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Tern HSD S8i

The Tern HSD S8iPrice: £3,900

At a glance: quiet and low maintenance Gates CDX belt drive combined with a Shimano Nexus 8 hub gear (which gives the ability to shift while stationary). It is also fitted with Magura MT4 disc brakes. The S8i shares the same motor system as P9 with the Active Line Plus motor, 400Wh battery and Purion display.

Demo bike available? Yes

Available to purchase? Yes

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Tern HSD S+

The Tern HSD S8i | Electric Cargo BikePrice: £4,500

At a glance: Automatic shifting is the headline with the S+ using an Enviolo Sport 380 hub to offer stepless automatic shifting. This model is also fitted with a Cane Creek Thudbuster ST seatpost (still telescopic with Tern lower post). Along with the drivetrain upgrade this model moves to the latest Performance Line motor, a 500Wh battery and Intuvia display.

Demo bike available? No

Available to purchase? Pre-order available, due May 2020.

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The adaptability of the Tern HSD:

The Tern HSD | Electric Cargo Bike

The HSD is compact so fits in many cars

The Tern HSD | Electric Cargo Bike

The HSD with baskets fitted

The Tern HSD | Electric Cargo Bike

The HSD carrying a passenger with front rack and panniers fitted

Paying for your Tern HSD

Good news! There are a number of ways you can pay for a Tern HSD electric cargo bike.

You can of course, pay for your bike in full at the time of purchase. But for anyone who would rather pay in instalments, there are two options:

An Interest Free Loan from the Energy Saving Trust: If you’re in Scotland you can apply for up to £6,000 for an electric cargo bike like the Tern HSD. Learn more >>

Bike Finance: Spend more than £500 and you can apply for finance on a six to twenty-four month term. We even have interest free options. Learn more >> 


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