With a maximum gross vehicle weight of 440 lbs and a frame-integrated rack that can take up to 220 lbs of that weight, the Tern GSD S10 is a hard hitter in the e-cargo-bike big league. Its dry weight is 74 lbs, meaning you can carry up to 366 lbs including rider and cargo.
Made for regular, high-mileage riding with a serious amount of cargo, this is a machine that’ll hack a lot of abuse. Whether you’re a business with a high volume of daily parcels to deliver or a family looking to ditch the car, this e-bike will work great.
This car-killing cargo e-bike also has a lot of great security features. A locking kickstand and an integrated ABUS lock will deter opportunist thieves. You can even have an optional extra cargo lock, too.
The components here are built with high mileage in mind. Though Tern has higher-spec e-bikes with internal gear hubs, the drivetrain and braking system on the GSD S10 are designed to last. The Magura MT5 eStop brakes will slow you down quickly even with a big load in wet weather. Meanwhile, the Bosch CargoLine mid-drive motor can hurl out as much as 85 Nm of torque, ensuring a great start even on a big hill.
Reasons to Buy
If you’re planning to replace a car or van for regular use with the GSD S10, then we recommend you go for the $6,099, dual-battery version. With 900 Wh of battery on board, you or your couriers can get a realistic 50 miles of high payload riding from this setup. The single 400Wh battery option will get less than half that.
As a car killer, it’ll do the job with glee. Carrying up to 220 lbs of cargo on the integrated rear rack (or one of a number of optional child seats), the e-bike can ferry your child or grocery bags with ease. Riding with the beefy Bosch e-cargo-bike specialized motor means you can get big mileage in without needing the thighs of a linebacker.
Things to Consider
Built like a juggernaut, the GSD S10 is no lightweight at 74 lbs. If (as sometimes happens in high mileage city riding) you drop it, even without cargo, it could be a strain to get back up.
Unlike some of its lower-priced rivals, it lacks a throttle. This makes it less thirsty for battery, but you’ll still have to pedal to get it around.