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A Bosch-powered electric bike that folds in seconds to transform how you get around in the city.
A Bosch-powered electric bike that folds in seconds to transform how you get around in the city.
A Bosch-powered electric bike that folds in seconds to transform how you get around in the city.
89 backers pledged $92,430 to help bring this project to life.

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Reboot Your Commute: Vektron Electric Folding Bike

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Electric bikes let you escape the typical hassles of commuting. They soften hills and headwinds on your 15-mile commute, and leave you with energy to spare.

Still, electric bikes are large and unwieldy. It’s hard to take them on trains, put them in cars, or store them indoors. The Vektron is different. With the world’s leading electric bike system from Bosch, it folds in 10 seconds for easy transport, storage, and theft prevention.

With the Vektron (formerly known as the Elektron), you can...

CONQUER HILLS & LONG DISTANCES

Steep uphills become a thrill, and you'll easily maintain up to 20 mph to cover ground quickly.

AVOID THE SWEAT

Arrive at your destination without having to spend time and energy to shower and change.

OUTSMART BIKE THIEVES

It doesn't matter what kind of lock you use. The only way to maximize the security of your bike is to store it indoors. With the Vektron, you can fold it, roll it into the elevator, and store it under your desk.

GO FURTHER

Take your Vektron on a train or bus to cover those extra-long commutes. Ride to the station, hop on, hop off, and keep riding. Already taking public transport? Complete the first and last leg of your commute faster by riding, instead of walking.

Also...  

  • Change plans at a moment's notice. Last-minute invite? Change of weather? You won’t be stuck wondering what to do with your bike. Just fold it, and put it in a taxi or friend’s car. 
  • Avoid downtown traffic and parking fees. Park your car on the edge of downtown, pull your Vektron out of the trunk, and ride the rest of the way into the office.

We’re passionate about helping people get around cities. Tapping into our expertise in urban cycling and folding technology, we’ve designed our dream commuting bike. 

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We just previewed the Vektron at the world’s largest bicycle trade show in Germany. Here’s what the bike experts had to say about it…

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 And here's what U.S. bike shops are saying...

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There are other folding electric bikes but none ride better. Why?

1) Nobody is better than us at developing stiff and stable folding bikes that ride outstandingly well. 

2) Nobody is better than Bosch at creating powerful, quiet electric drive systems that sync so elegantly with your pedaling. 

Ride quality is always our #1 most important feature. See what our Team Captain says about how the Vektron rides...

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Once you fold your Vektron, it’s easy to move around in roll mode. Just extend the seatpost, and use the saddle as your push handle. We’ve even built in a comfy GripPad™ under the nose of the saddle.

 

The Vektron folds so small that you can fit a few in the back of your car for weekend getaways.

Fast forward to the good part of the ride
Fast forward to the good part of the ride

 

School runs have never been more fun! The Vektron is designed to fit two Yepp child seats: the Yepp Maxi Easyfit (up to 6 yrs and/or 48.4 lb) and the Yepp Junior Easyfit (5+ yrs and weight of 44 to 77 lb).

The Vektron resizes in seconds—no tools required—so you can share the bike with anyone in your family between 4’10” and 6’5”. 

Quickly adjusts to riders of different sizes.
Quickly adjusts to riders of different sizes.

 

Adjust your handlebar position—in seconds—for comfort, aerodynamics, and resizing.
Adjust your handlebar position—in seconds—for comfort, aerodynamics, and resizing.

 

Bosch has the market-leading electric bike system because it charges fast, offers incredible mileage, and has a natural cycling feel. 

DRIVE UNIT

Adapted from Bosch’s automotive applications, the Drive Unit provides pedal assist up to 20 mph. The centered but low positioning on the bike is ideal for power, efficiency, and stability.

CONTROL PANEL

The on-board computer feeds you information such as speed, range, battery level, and distance. And the smart range calculator constantly updates the remaining range, just like a typical German car. 

With the push of a button, you can switch between four riding modes, and add between 50% and 250% of your pedaling power. There’s even a handy walk-assist mode for pushing up driveways and ramps.

BATTERY

This high-energy 400 watt-hour battery drives the Vektron for a whopping 40 - 80 miles.

 

 

With our folding technology and the Bosch system, we’ve created a seriously powerful combination. Back our Kickstarter campaign, and get a Vektron for $300 to $425 under the eventual retail price. Plus, you won't have to worry about sales tax. 

You can change your reward at anytime during the campaign. 

Want to take the kids on your commute? The Yepp Maxi Easyfit seat works seamlessly with the Vektron's rear rack. It normally sells for $199.95 but we'll ship one with your bike if you add $175 to your pledge. (We only have black seats.)

Just back this project and pick a reward. You will essentially be pre-ordering the Vektron at a one-time-only discount. Follow these steps: 

1. Click the “Back this Project” button 

2. Select a reward (Due to Kickstarter restrictions, you can only choose ONE reward.)

3. Increase your pledge amount by $175 to add a Yepp seat (Optional) 

4. Click “Continue” and enter payment information 

5. Click “Pledge”

That’s it. You won’t be charged until the campaign ends, and only if we reach our funding goal. 

 

 

eBikeTips test rode a prototype of the Vektron (formerly known as the Elektron) in August. READ THEIR RAVE REVIEW.

 

The way we get from A to B is changing. With the world on the verge of auto-mobility, driverless cars, ride-sharing, and the mainstream arrival of electric vehicles, it’s an exciting moment for transportation. To help drive this force of change, we developed the Vektron. 

We worked across Finland, Taiwan, and the U.S. to create this project. As a team, we obsess over things like reliability, durability, serviceability, intuitive design, ergonomics and, critically, the feel of the ride. By making a quality electric bike truly portable, we hope to convince even more people to ride more regularly. 

We design our bikes so that you can rely on them over the long haul. But, if there is a problem, we'll get you back on the road as quick and hassle-free as possible. 

You'll get our standard 5-year warranty on the frame, fork, and handlepost, with 1 year on parts. Plus a 2-year Bosch warranty. (Please read the fine print.) And you can upgrade to a 10-year warranty when you sign up for our free Tern Care program.

We have 125+ Tern dealers across the U.S. to provide service for the Vektron, and Bosch has built an extensive service network of certified electric bike technicians throughout North America for servicing your drivetrain; they can even upgrade your bike’s software—just like a Tesla.

The Vektron has undergone a battery of tests by third-party laboratories to ensure it meets U.S. and even more stringent European electric bike standards. In addition to standard vibration and strength tests, the Vektron has also passed Electro Magnetic Compatibility testing. See our testing in action...

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Kickstarter is full of ambitious, creative, and innovative projects, which are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

We're choosing to launch the Vektron here because of the success we had last year with our Cargo Node project. At first, only one of our 70+ distributors planned to stock the trailblazing bike but, thanks to the massive swell of enthusiasm from the Kickstarter community, the Cargo Node is now available in 14 countries across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

If you live near a local Tern dealer, we'll ship your bike there for you to pick up. At no extra fee, the dealer will tune your bike, customize the fit, and show you how to operate it. If there's no nearby Tern dealer, you can nominate a local bike shop.

The more you get to know the Vektron, the more you’re going to love it. Here are some key facts and figures…

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Risks and challenges

We’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to bike manufacturing. In fact, we ship tens of thousands of bikes each year to over to 70 countries. We’re not newcomers to Kickstarter, either. Last fall, we ran a successful campaign for a folding cargo bike, and delivered all rewards by the spring.

Although the Vektron is pretty ground breaking, we’re confident that we’ll ship rewards on time because we’re using our proven, in-market folding technology alongside Bosch’s established electric bike system.

What's more, our long-standing manufacturing partner is one of the world’s largest electric bike factories; the team there has been working with us on the Vektron design since last year. Testing for the Vektron is already complete, and—over the last few months—we’ve given out over 1,000 test rides on our prototypes to bike industry insiders.

We look forward to making the Vektron happen with you. If you share our utopian dream of sustainable transportation, please back this project: http://kck.st/2do5jcd

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FAQ

  • Small rewards will ship in December 2016. The first batch of Vektron bikes (10 only) will ship in February 2017. The second batch (up to 40 bikes) will ship in April 2017. If there’s demand for more bikes, we will look into creating a 3rd batch of bike rewards with a later delivery date.

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  • Small rewards will ship worldwide. Bike rewards will ship to the U.S. only.

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  • $99

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  • In the U.S., we will pay any required taxes on our end. You don’t have to worry about them. Outside the U.S., you’ll be responsible for any duties levied by your government.

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  • If you live near a local Tern dealer, we will ship your bicycle to that dealer for you to pick up. At no extra fee, the dealer will assemble your bike, tune it up, adjust it to your height and riding style, and show you how to operate and fold the bicycle.

    If there’s no Tern dealer near you, you can nominate a nearby bike shop or request that we set everything up and ship directly to your home. When we’re ready to ship, we’ll be in touch to see what works best for you.

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  • We expect the Vektron to be available in Tern dealers, in select markets, by June 2017. Contact your Tern distributor (ternbicycles.com/contact) to see if the Vektron will be available at a Tern dealer near you.

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  • In the U.S., it will retail for $3,400. In Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxemborg, it will retail for €2,999. In the rest of Europe, it will retail for €3,300.

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  • Hub motors are inherently less efficient because you spend energy rotating the extra mass of the motor. That’s why you can ride 40 to 80 miles on the Vektron—on a single charge. There’s no hub motor design that comes even close to that range. Plus, the motor and battery are subject to less vibrational force when they are located center mass rather than in the hubs.

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  • Bosch is, by far, the leading electric bike drivetrain. They lead the market because they are experts at motor design, batteries, power management, and the software to tie it all together. Bike companies don’t have this expertise and even amazing engineering companies like Shimano are playing catch up in these categories.

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  • The electric bike market is going in two different directions: cheap Chinese systems starting around $1,000 and quality systems, which you see in Europe, starting around $2,000. The quality systems are led by Bosch but there’s also Shimano, Yamaha, and Brose. The European electric bike market started many years ago with cheap Chinese systems but, what people have learned is that, when it comes to electronics, daily transportation, and something that is still pretty expensive, you want to go with a quality system where the brand will be around in 2, 5, and 10 years to replace your batteries, diagnose water damage, or replace your screen.

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  • The Vektron fits a wide range of riders thanks to a quick-adjust seatpost, quick-adjust handlebar stem, and a low-step frame. It takes only a few seconds to adjust the bike to resize the bike—without tools—so that it fits you.

    Suggested rider height: 4’10" – 6’5"
    Max load weight (including rider and cargo): 230 lb

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  • The total load capacity is 230 lb, including you and your cargo.

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  • 10 seconds or less

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  • 10 speeds

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  • 48.9 lb

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  • The beauty of the Vektron design is that it rolls easily on its wheels when it is folded.

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  • Bike touring on paved roads is more than okay. However, the Vektron is not made for any kind of off-road riding.

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  • Yes but airlines will not allow you to board with a lithium ion battery of this size. If you'd like to fly with your bike, we suggest you plan ahead and ship your battery separately to your destination.

    Be sure to deflate the tires before packing the bike. If you remove the rear rack, be gentle when removing the rear light wire. Also, flying with your bike could knock the disc brakes out of alignment; if you don't know how to adjust a disc brake, make sure there's a bike mechanic at your destination.

    The bike will fit in our Airporter suitcase with the rack disassembled. To learn more about the Airporter, visit: http://www.ternbicycles.com/us/gear/471/airporter

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  • Absolutely but, if you ride in below 23⁰ F, you’ll get less support from the motor, and it could potentially shut off temporarily. During winter months—particularly on days below 32⁰ F—we recommend charging and storing the battery at room temperature, and then inserting it into the bike immediately before riding. If you plan to ride frequently in extreme cold temperatures, consider purchasing a thermal protective cover for the battery.

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  • Yes, but please make sure you’ve closed all the USB and plug covers on the control panel, motor, and battery.

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  • Yes, we have a few options but we’d recommend the Tern QuickCover, in Size M. You can purchase it at the Tern Store; just visit store.ternbicycles.com/products/quickcover.

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  • Most Tern accessories are compatible with the Vektron. We have a pretty big range of gear… anything from bags & baskets to bottle cages. Check them out on the Tern Store: store.ternbicycles.com/collections/gear. Bosch also has a growing list of accessories, like travel chargers, extra batteries, battery covers, and even a GPS mapping console.

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  • That’s the Yepp Maxi Easyfit seat for kids up to 6 yrs and/or 48.4 lb. The Vektron and its rack were specifically designed to fit this seat, and it mounts directly to the rack—without any adapters. Once it's installed, there's still plenty of heel clearance. For quick installation instructions, watch this video: http://bit.ly/2f9o6bu

    If you want one for your Vektron, just add $175 to your pledge amount and we’ll ship one to you. (We only have black.)

    Note that the Vektron also fits the Yepp Junior Easyfit seat for kids 5+ yrs, weighing 44 to 77 lb. However, we don't have those available as rewards. You can purchase one online.

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  • The seat will interfere with the magnetic clip system that holds the bike wheels together when folded. So, you'll need to remove the seat when folding. The seat is quick to remove; watch this video to see how it goes on and off: http://bit.ly/2f9o6bu

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  • In general, you’ll be able to ride 40 to 80 miles on one charge. However, this answer really depends on many different variables such as the type of terrain, road conditions, your riding speed, the riding mode, your weight, headwinds, etc.

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  • 50% charged: 1.5 hours
    100% charged: 3.5 hours

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  • The Vektron has been designed to be compatible with all 3 models of the Bosch battery – 300 Wh, 400 Wh, and 500 Wh. If you buy a second or replacement battery, you can choose any of these.

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  • Bosch PowerPacks are designed for many tours, miles, and years of service. The intelligent, electronic Bosch Battery Management System (BMS) protects lithium-ion batteries from excessive temperatures, overcharging, and deep discharge. The BMS checks every cell, extending the life of the battery. This makes the time from initial use to the need to replace a PowerPack very long.

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  • By Spring 2017, you’ll be able to purchase Bosch batteries on the Tern Store: store.ternbicycles.com. However, they’re also are available from all authorized Bosch electric bike dealers (bosch-ebike.com/us-en/service/dealer-search/), as well as other online channels.

    We strongly urge you to only use genuine Bosch batteries. The software and hardware of the Bosch system are precisely coordinated to ensure efficiency and, above of all, safety. Using a non-Bosch battery could cause a potentially dangerous malfunction.

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  • A Tern or Bosch dealer will be able to order a replacement key for you BUT ONLY IF you have your key code. After you receive your Vektron bike, you should register your key with Trelock (trelock.de/web/en/service/mytrelock/registrieren.php); this will ensure that you can always retrieve your key code.

    With your key code, you can also order a spare key direct from Trelock: https://www.trelock.de/web/en/service/schluesselservice.php

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  • Yes. In the U.S., you’ll be able to recycle the battery by calling 1-800-822-8837. Outside the U.S., you can bring it back to your dealer, and they’ll take care of it.

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  • The Vektron carries Tern’s standard global warranty, with five years of coverage for the Frame, Handlepost, and Fork and one year of coverage for all other original parts. If you sign up for Tern Care (ternbicycles.com/terncare), we’ll extend the Frame, Handlepost, and Fork warranty to 10 years—for free. Some exclusions for normal wear and tear apply. For the fine print, please read here: http://www.ternbicycles.com/sites/default/files/support/0/files/2014/tn-um-global-web-v08.pdf

    The Bosch electric bike system comes with a two-year warranty after the date of purchase.

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  • Tern and Bosch keep service warehouses fully stocked with parts to service the Vektron. We, as Tern, have a policy of keeping parts available to service bikes for at least five years after we stop manufacturing a certain model. Bosch, as an automotive parts supplier, also has a policy of keeping service parts available for several years after they officially discontinue a part. But the Vektron and Bosch’s current battery form factor will be produced for many years to come so there’s no need to worry about obsolescence.

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  • We’d recommend you visit a Tern dealer. If there are no Tern dealers nearby, reach out to us at north.america@ternbicycles.com, and we’ll work with you to find the best path forward.

    If your Bosch system needs service, our dealers work directly with a Bosch service center to diagnose your system and makes repairs. Whether it’s a replacement battery, a new connector for your motor, or new bearings for your folding joints, all spares are in stock and available.

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  • The Vektron has undergone a battery of tests by third-party laboratories to ensure it meets U.S. standards for electric bicycles, as well as the more stringent European standards for electrically power assisted cycles (EPAC)—as defined by EN 15194. In addition to standard vibration and strength tests, the Vektron has also passed Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing.

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    [EARLY BIRD] 1st Batch Vektron

    Only 10 backers will get an early-delivery Vektron, at $425 below the eventual retail price.

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    2nd Batch Vektron

    Get a Vektron for $300 below the eventual retail price, and we'll make sure you get your new bike in time for plenty of Spring riding.

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    2 Vektrons + 2 Bonus Covers (2nd Batch)

    Get two Vektrons and save $800. We’ll even throw in *TWO BONUS* Tern QuickCovers™.

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