Tern Bicycles has been recognised by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs with a trio of Taiwan Excellence Awards for innovation and leadership in product design. The awards were for the Verge Tour and the Verge X20, and the space-saving wall mount, the Tern Perch.
"Taiwan is foundational to the success and identity of our company," said Josh Hon, founder and general manager of Tern.
The Verge Tour is Tern's flagship 20" world-touring bike. "With this bike, we're trying to define a new category of transportation, Multi-Modal-Touring," said Joakim Uimonen, Tern's head of product design.
"A long-haul touring bike is the most useful bike you can own. They're built to last. If it folds it's even better, since you can see the world but skip the boring bits."
The Verge X20 featured in Tern's collaboration with EKOCYCLE – a sustainability initiative championed by musician Will.i.am and the Coca-Cola Company. It features a hydroformed frame made from a minimum of 10 percent recycled aluminum. The X20's rims are made by a Taiwanese factory that is solar powered and virtually grid neutral.
"The Verge X20 is an uncompromising road bike, that still folds down small," said Hon. "It encourages sustainable lifestyles, like commuting."