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The Tern Orox is an all-terrain, electric cargo bike

Bring anything anywhere with this heavy-duty hauler

The Orox is unlike anything Tern has released before. PHOTO FROM TERN

What happens when you transform a 4×4 overlanding rig into a bicycle? You get the Tern Orox. The mobility company’s latest model takes the utility of a cargo bike and goes off-roading with it, pushing the boundary of what a bicycle can do.

There's no need to bring the camper van with this electric cargo bike. PHOTOS FROM TERN

Being a heavy-duty hauler, the Orox has a maximum system capacity of 210kg on-road and 180kg off-road, with the e-bike itself weighing between 30kg to 34kg depending on the variant.

According to Tern, there aren’t any suspension forks durable enough, which is why it opted for a chromoly-steel rigid fork. With the humongous rear rack, you can load camping equipment, survival gear, and/or a small passenger for your outdoor adventures.

The frame pack insulates the battery in cold conditions. PHOTOS FROM TERN

The heart of any electric bike is its motor. With the Tern Orox, a Bosch Performance Line CX motor provides up to 85Nm of torque for a top speed of up to 25km/h with an 800Wh battery. Even better, the frame can hold two of these—with one on the down-tube and the other on the seat tube—for a total range of up to 300km.

All-terrain tires aren't the fastest, but at least you can go anywhere with them. PHOTOS FROM TERN

Riders have the choice of three wheel sizes for various terrain: 26 inches by 5 inches, 27.5 inches by 4 inches, or 29 inches by 3 inches, with the stock rubber being a pair of 27.5- or 29-inch Schwalbe Johnny Watts all-terrain tires. Stopping power is provided by Magura quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm rotors.

The mechanism of an IGH isn't exposed to the elements. PHOTO FROM TERN
The carbon belt doesn't rust or rattle. PHOTO FROM TERN

The drivetrain comes in two flavors. The Orox S12 has a normal 12-speed Shimano Deore XT. But the highlight is the R14 variant with a 14-speed Rohloff internal gear hub (IGH) and a Gates belt drive system. This is the ultimate low-maintenance setup as the IGH only needs a yearly oil change, while the carbon belt doesn’t even need lubrication.

Go to where no other cargo bike has been before. PHOTOS FROM TERN

If you’re wondering why a company known for folding bikes would make such an outrageous model like the Orox, here’s why. The manufacturer already has the GSD electric cargo bike. However, according to Tern team captain Josh Hon, the company wanted its users to be able to take it to unpaved areas.

#LeaveTheCarAtHome is a hashtag the mobility company uses on social media. And with the Orox, the car it happens to be replacing is an SUV. Tern didn’t hold back with this all-terrain, electric cargo bike. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising that the price starts at $6,499 (P365,000).

The Tern Orox will first arrive in North America and Europe this April before launching in other markets. As for the Philippines, chances are slim considering the GSD isn’t even available locally, sadly.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.