Pirates are known as the booty-seeking swashbucklers of the high seas. Ninjas are the stealthy warriors, lurking in the shadows until the time is right. Traits of both these larger-than-life characters are featured in the new Pirate Ninja folding bike, also known as the Tern Eclipse X20. Designed as a full-size bicycle, the Eclipse X20 sheds the awkward configuration of most folding bikes for a sleek, nimble frame that will turn heads when cruising, and blow minds when folded.
Folding bikes are great for urban life, where both storage and subway space come at a premium. The only problem is that the basic design of folding bikes hasn’t changed in several decades. Most feature a strange, squat appearance and tiny wheels. Thanks to gears and handlebars they’re still pretty unwieldy, even when folder. Such awkwardness is unbecoming a Pirate Ninja, so Tern decided to invent a more efficient mechanism.
N-Fold Technology results in a faster, and more compact fold. The design includes new frame and handlepost geometries and spins the front wheel by 180 degrees before the central fold, resulting in a package 40 mm (1.5”) shorter. Even though the Eclipse X20 is much larger when fully deployed, this technology are only slightly larger than the typical small wheel folding bicycle when folded. According to the company, this new design also allows for much faster folding–10 seconds or less–which is very helpful when trying to board a bus at rush hour.