Review: The ‘simply capable’ Tern Quick Haul D8

A mighty little hauler that will help you do more by bike

Tern Quick Haul
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Quick Haul is an impressively versatile, utilitarian and durable e-bike with the potential to replace many car trips for single city dwellers and urban parents alike. With a wealth of accessories available, the Quick haul can be customized to best suit your individual needs. And thanks to its compact frame, nimble handling and smooth electric assist, it’s also plain fun to ride.

Reasons to buy
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    Quiet and smooth Bosch Active Line Plus motor

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    Nimble ride feel

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    Compact one-size-fits-most frame

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    Integrated lights, fenders, chain guard, kickstand and bell

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    Rear rack doubles as a vertical bike stand to save space

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    Versatile and customizable thanks to a wealth of cargo carrying accessories

Reasons to avoid
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    Extra, costly accessories are needed for full utility of the bike

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    Hauling capacity sits at the rear, meaning you can’t keep an eye on the cargo be it little humans or groceries

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    Look to the P9 model for a more powerful, Class 3, motor

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Earlier this year, my colleague Hannah Bussey reviewed the car-replacing Tern GSD S10 Cargo, a bike which, she says, changed her family life. On the other side of the world, I meanwhile spent some time, however brief, on the new and compact Tern Quick Haul D8, and walked away with a similar feeling: with its cargo ability, wide array of utilitarian accessories and capable electric assist, the Quick Haul has the potential to replace many car trips for single city dweller and urban parents alike. 

Now arriving in stores across North America, the Quick Hail D8 is Tern’s take on an everyday electric bicycle. Meaning, it’s a bike that sports all the essentials for everyday riding — durable tires, fenders, lights and a smooth Bosch engine— paired with  153lbs  (70kg) total cargo capacity and all wrapped up in a relatively nimble and compact package. 

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