Tern GSD S00 Review

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Updated February 1, 2023
88 Expert Rating

Interested in learning about the best electric bike for cargo? The Tern GSD is among the best electric cargo bikes in its class, with a completely different shifting system in place of traditional gears. With the Bosch performance line, the CX motor on this cargo bike stands out compared to other cargo bikes like the Rad Power Bikes Radwagon.

Why We Like It – Tern GSD S00

The Tern GSD S00 is a great choice for families, thanks to an impressive 400-pound load capacity, incredibly safe 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and a dual battery system that can go more than 120 pounds before needing a recharge.

  • 124 miles on a single charge
  • Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires
  • Magura 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes
  • Headlight is fantastic, but tail light is slightly dim

Durability & Build Quality

It’s as long as the average mountain bike or the Pedego Stretch, which makes it easier to fit in apartments and other small spaces, and since you can fit two kids on the back of the bike, whether in child seats or in the Clubhouse rear rack, the bike offers way more utility on family trips you don’t need to bring six separate bikes to carry six people. It’s designed for the person who lives in a city. For more similar utility bikes, you’ll want to check out the Surly Big Easy Longtail electric cargo bike and the Urban Arrow Shorty electric cargo bike.

First, its size It’s about the same as a “regular” bike. The rack at the back is made to hold your choice of several bags, racks, and seats. And, unlike the Surface Rook 604, the Tern bike’s carrying capacity is 400 pounds, so you can easily carry groceries, kids, and even other adults. The frame is super well-thought-out. The Tern GSD S10 review discusses a bike that can handle 440 pounds.

Performance (Speed & Acceleration)

The Bosch motor and relatively short wheelbase mean that the bike feels fast and maneuverable. The Enviolo gears are easy to use and provide plenty of variability in your shifting with the protection and low service of internal gears. The seat post leaves the rider in an upright position, so it’s safe to say that while the bike can pick up speed, it’s not meant to take part in a competition racing, that being said, the Performance CX motor gives the Tern GSD S10 a high rating in most reviews. Now, if your pal is looking for a pedal-assist mountain bike, you could share with them the Swagtron EB8 review.

Range & Battery

The S00 has an infinitely variable shifting system rather than traditional gears, a stronger, longer-lasting motor, and an integrated wheel lock, and is available with both two batteries in case you need to make a long drive or can’t change where you’re going or one battery. If you choose one, you’ll save yourself a grand. If the Motor Bosch Performance CX motor doesn’t convince you of this bike Tern has made, maybe the Enviolo Cargo Groupset, 380% continuously variable gear range, will.

Safety Features

Though the bike is designed to fit the most popular passenger seat options, including Thule Yepp Maxi seats, these seats need to be purchased separately, they also work well with Enviolo Cargo hold panniers in case you need extra storage over a long distance. Additionally, this cargo bike comes with both front and rear lights pre-installed for safety if you ride on the road and for convenience. A Thru-axle increases the rigidity of the wheel frame interface and allows a more accurate wheel placement. This is particularly important for brake discs, where small pad clearances mean that a slight misalignment will cause rubbing. The last safety feature is a frame lock, which is a built-in piece that can exactly as it says to lock the tires, it’s a lock that goes on the fork of the bike to act similar to a boot on a car tire.


It should be mentioned that the S00 has a sister electric bike, the GSD S10 Electric Cargo Bike, that is at its core an upgraded version, while not cheaper, it does do more. Unfortunately, it comes in at a higher price than even the Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch leaving some to complain.

Tern GSD S00 Wrap Up

The Tern GSD S00 is a delightfully practical e-bike that’s designed for top-notch urban performance. With plenty of accessories available for the rear rack that let you carry everything from groceries to friends and lots of other smart features, this bike is meant to make your commute hassle-free.