|The Tern Link D8 - now Argus Cycle Tour tested|
Having done the Argus a few times on a road bike and a mountain bike, it was an interesting experience to ride the 109km on a 20" folding bike. Team Tern SA did the event on a Tern Link C7 and a Tern Link D8.
Unlike what you would expect from a bike with small wheels what I found was that going up steep hills, like Chapman's Peak and Suikerbossie, was an absolute pleasure. In fact, I felt a bit guilty zooming passed tired riders on massive 29" wheels. The sheer physics of the bicycle with smaller wheels means that you're dragging far less weight up the hills.
I was riding the Tern Link D8 and have to say that the bike didn't miss a beat. Gear changes throughout the tour were crisp and accurate. It almost felt like the bike was equipped with a belt drive and internal hub it was so seamless in its shifting.
What I did find was that going downhill at 50+km/h the D8 did top out out quicker than full-sized bikes - so your top speed is kinda capped at about 55km/h - but other than that minor racing handicap - the bike was fantastic.
|The Tern Link C7 - now Argus Cycle Tour tested|