Innovations

The BERNDS toothed-belt drive

Simplicity

Toothed belt drive

Never oil a chain again!

We use the new carbon-reinforced GATES toothed belt - no oil or grease, long-lasting and stands up to power surges.
You can combine our toothed-belt drive with all commonly available hub gears.

The BERNDS folding seatpost

No more adjusting the saddle after folding the bike!

Folding seat post

Unique:

With our folding seatpost, even after unfolding, the saddle position remains unaltered.
No more annoying time-wasting while you adjust the saddle.
What's more, we use standard-sized parts so that you can use the most suitable seatpost.

The BERNDS handlebar stem clamp

Three-fold safe and flexible

Handsbar stemp clamp

Owing to our handlebar stem clamp, the handlebars and the stem adjustment remain unaltered even after folding!
You can mount any handlebar shape the way you want and always fold it in without difficulty.

The BERNDS tandem hinge

Compact and robust

Tandem hinge

Our BERNDS-Folding Tandem Lowstep has the only hinged joint in our range:
unique because of its interlocking blades and particularly robust and safe.
Consequently, the Lowstep tandem fits in the boot of a VW Golf - without even folding the rear seat down!

The BERNDS suspension block

Efficient and maintenance-free

Suspension block

Why make it heavy and complicated, if you can make it light and simple? We build our tried and tested, maintenance-free spring and damper block into all BERNDS bikes. The rubber-based material has ideal characteristics: high self-damping properties and constant suspension characteristics!

The BERNDS mudguard stays

Flexible and with style

Mudguard stays

Just a small BERNDS detail - but it shows our love of perfection:
We have bent our mudguard stays because that way they are especially flexible and stable - and they look elegant into the bargain.

The BERNDS rear sub-frame

Changing the chain without tools

Rear sub-frame

Our BERNDS rear sub-frame is open on the chain side. This method of construction which is also used on motorcycles not only looks good, when it comes to cleaning or a repair, it has a priceless advantage:

you can take the chain off all in one piece without undoing it.

The BERNDS headset construction

safe AND adaptable

Headset construction

Our headset ingeniously combines the advantages of the Ahead method of construction with those of a classic bolted headset.

The BERNDS folding technique

Simple, quick - and safe!

Folding technique

SIMPLE: only 4 steps - the "Usability" test winner!
QUICK: Fold it up or unfold it in just 10 seconds - without adjusting the handlebars or saddle!
SAFE: Even before the quick-release catches are closed, everything is in its right place- no catches have load-bearing functions

The BERNDS cables

extremely reliable

Cabling

Particularly with folding bikes all cables are subject to special loads.

The BERNDS brake booster

always fits, always ready.

Brake booster

For all those who like just that bit more responsiveness:
we have specially developed a modified booster for the hydraulic rim brake (HS33)!

Our front brake …

is placed BEHIND the forks.

Front brake

BERNDS has done some extra thinking on the matter:
When being applied, the front brake is pressed between the forks and is held firmly in place. As a result it doesn't squeak and is easier to modulate and adjust.

The BERNDS rear light bracket

Simple and ingenious

Rear light bracket

One of the little details which make all the difference:
our patented rear light bracket made of spring steel ensures secure and simple mounting of the rear light - even if you happen to be out riding without mudguards or luggage rack, you will still be safe in traffic.

Our innovations at a glance

Press

Here you will find texts and photos concerning BERNDS which you are welcome to use for professional purposes.

Folding bikes by BERNDS

Welcome to our website!

Eurobike Award 2009
Winner of the Eurobike Award 2009

We are delighted that you have visited our internet presentation and hope not only that you will find the information you are looking for, but that we will be able to convey something of the enthusiasm and passion with which we manufacture our products for you.
We wish you lots of riding enjoyment.

Yours,
Michaela Buchholz and Thomas Bernds

P.S.: If you are unable to find something or need further information, if you have any requests or suggestions, please do write to us!

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What makes BERNDS' products stand out

  • The BERNDS design

  • BERNDS has been building folding bikes since 1991. For its minimalist design with the solid single-tube frame, the 20-inch wheels and the elegant, folding rear wheel, BERNDS was awarded the well-known IF Design Prize at the Hanover Industrial Fair in 1991. Starting from this basic design, over the years BERNDS has developed a whole range of remarkable bicycles which, while fulfilling different requirements, nevertheless belong unmistakeably to the BERNDS family.

  • The BERNDS family - intelligent, compact bikes

      20" wheels: smaller, more robust, lighter

      Why is it that nowadays almost only 28" or  26" wheels are in use? If you look at the development of the bicycle towards the end of the 19th century, at first bicycles with enormous wheel diameters predominated because with them it was easier to make progress on the bad roads of the period. It was only the development of pneumatic tyres and the building of better roads which helped the smaller wheel diameter and the bicycle in its present form to take over.
      Nowadays the roads and the tyres available are incomparably better; a few years ago, there was once again a giant leap forward in the development of tyres when the new, easy-running, high-pressure balloon tyres came onto the market.

      This is why BERNDS uses 20" wheels: they are lighter, more robust and of course more compact than 26 or 28-inch wheels.

      BERNDS bikes are the result of consistent re-thinking of seemingly unshakeable tenets of bicycle building. Starting with the idea of a compact, all-round bike arose the foundation, still valid today, on which a BERNDS bike is built:

      Main frame without hinged joints: in order to achieve as stable a ride as possible, BERNDS avoids using a hinged  joint in the main frame. The exception is our Lowstep tandem, whose especially robust, special hinge admittedly implies an increased weight, but on the other hand allows the Lowstep to fit in the boot of a VW Golf.

      Maintenance-free, sprung, rear swingarm: on all our BERNDS bikes we use the same sprung, rear swingarm. The elastomer suspension block is permanently maintenance-free, can be adjusted simply for each individual and makes for a pleasant ride even on bumpy roads.

      BERNDS frame geometry: Compact dimensions combined with stable riding performance  
      BERNDS particular merit lies in having adapted the entire frame geometry to the 20" wheels. Above all, we have consistently designed the dimensions which affect steering to produce consummate riding performance. This, in conjunction with the robust, hingeless main frame, is what gives that special BERNDS feel when riding: on the one hand agile and lively, on the other always stable. To give you an idea: you can ride BERNDS bikes no-hands (by the way,  this is not allowed and serves only as an illustration!).

      High-quality steel frame from our own factory, optionally made to measure: BERNDS steel frames are made of high-quality steels and manufactured by ourselves. They are light and durable. The top tube and bottom bracket heights can be selected individually so that we can fit your requirements exactly.

      For very tall or very short people
      : the adaptability and carrying capacity of our BERNDS bikes is unique: all our bikes are suitable for people from 1.40 m right up to 2.10 m tall. Even the folding bike can take a maximum payload of 140 kg; the tandem and the PACK-BERNDS can even be loaded with up to 260 kg.

      BERNDS bikes - your health above all else!
      Another special feature of BERNDS bikes besides their compactness is their adaptability. BERNDS takes care to design all parts which contribute to an optimum ergonomic position as standard components. This means you can select the right equipment for you, unlike other folding bike manufacturers where your freedom of choice is limited by their special parts.

      BERNDS bikes – riding and taking your bike along for the ride
      We have taken into account the fact that you will be taking your bike with you by other means of transport - by train or by car. This is where a BERNDS shows its compact size to full advantage, because BERNDS bikes even when unfolded are that essential bit more compact than classic 28" wheelers. When folded up they are wonderfully easy to transport.

      In the car: a BERNDS-Folding Bike fits in the car boot, for example, even in a  Smart, and even the folding tandem can be carried inside a VW Golf, without the bother and extra outlay of mounting a bike rack.

      By rail: your BERNDS-Folding Bike travels for free on all trains, including on the high-speed InterCity services. Even when unfolded, our BERNDS-Folding tandems save you the embarrassment of literally holding up the traffic. Because of their half-a-metre shorter length, even when unfolded, they fit no problem into the normal bike racks on the InterCity and Regional trains.

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