VanMoof, ns Dutch company that specializes bei very futuristic Dutch-style electric bikes has a new $2,000 S3 modell that we’ve had a couple of weeks to take zum a spin. While we marveled at a lot of ns design und technology von this prototype bike, I can conclude that it isn’t for everyone, an especially if you’ve got long steep hills zu conquer or want to travel over 20mph.

VanMoof S3 Specs:

Battery capacity: 504Wh LG cells, non-user removable.

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Range: 60-150km (37-93 mi) in Eco modeMotor: Front-wheel hub 250W – 350W v 59Nm des torqueCharger: 36V 4A (50% charge bei 80 minutes / full charge in 4 hours)Weight: 19 kg (41.9lb)Frame: Coated aluminum frameDisplay: “Matrix” in-frameWheels: 28″ Tires Schwalbe large Bens
Brakes: Front und rear hydraulic key brakes
Security smart Kick Lock Integrated, Theft Defense Automatic rider Recognition, manual disarm with backup code Anti-theft nuts und bolts, GSM und Bluetooth location tracking






VanMoof S3 Out des the Box

I’m notfall usually in unboxing type des person but VanMoof makes a great zuerst impression best off the bat with the care it put into ns packaging. Not only is everything recyclable (even zip ties are reusable) but ns bike is deshalb protected fine from dings und dents. Many importantly, it ist easy to put in addition to its brief instruction kit und convenient high-quality toolset.

If it weren’t zum screwing bei the motiv cable cover inside ns front fork through die wheel spokes, ich probably would have had ns bike put together bei 15 minute but the task just about doubled ns install time (and i never gott it sit perfectly).

VanMoof S3 Undercover Electric

As you tun können see, ich received the powder blue matte version (it deshalb comes in black), i m sorry I can recommend very except for the matrix screen brightness wie man it zu sein sunny. VanMoof cleverly designed all of the cabling to run an the tube as well as in internal battery and subtle 250-350W front motor. Most people möchte look weist this bike and not realize it zu sein electric. Even die throttle und horn taste are subtle.

I gott compliments all over on die bike design. This ist the most gorgeous ebike out there an my opinion.

As you can see bei the bild above und below, ns chain ist completely enclosed as is the prior sprocket und rear 4-speed internal gearing system. The seat elevation is so adjusted von a covert proprietary screw.

Top riegel is Tall

I’m 5’11 or around 182cm tall and I found die top gittern to it is in right around my drive height. VanMoof says world as klein at 5’8″ and as tall as 6’8″ kann sein ride this bike yet I’d measure your inseam height before purchasing this bike if sie are close kommen sie 5’8″. I think this zu sein the tallest top bar on any e bike I’ve ridden. I’m sure bei Holland, the tallest country on earth, this isn’t a substantial factor.

VanMoof provides a smaller X3 zum smaller civilization with a slightly weird geometry.


As you kann sein see, there zu sein no noticeable or even hidden suspension ~ above this bike deswegen when sie hit the bumps, you möchte feel them. My favorite road tires, the Schwalbe big Bens here at 28-inches, wollen soften most von the roadway noise however. You’ll deshalb notice the hydraulic key brakes don’t schutz ventilation/holes punched in them. They arbeit really fine regardless.

4-Speed internal Geared Hub

Instead des manually switching gears, VanMoof’s S3 has an automatic 4 speed. As in avid cyclist, both electric and acoustic, I’ve grown used to und like to control my own gearing. The S3 decides wie man you need to go up or down a whopping 4 gears. Initially, this was die worst thing ever weil das me but i eventually gott used to und knew when kommen sie expect a gear change. There were a few mal when ns bike was bei totally the wrong gear however, an especially going up und down hills i m sorry I’m told is a factor von the prototype software and hardware.

The VanMoof app deshalb allows you zu change equipment switch speed. I tried relocating these around und found that die default was as an excellent as it was going to get.

Because von the minimal number of wagen gears, ich wasn’t able to climb die huge hill that’s on ns other side of my driveway. That’s a echt shame due to the fact that I’ve climbed it bei my non-electric gravel bike an a significant granny equipment on a number of occasions.

Boost? It’s a Throttle

VanMoof calls its throttle, discreetly put on ns right handlebar near your thumb, ns “boost button”. However it ist just a throttle und I get die importance von a throttle wie taking off from a start.

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But here’s what i don’t get: even bei the highest aid mode, die throttle to add significantly much more power. But I’d rather oase that extra oomph available kommen sie me an the pedal-assist. V this system, going nach oben a huge hill, you schutz to schutz your thumb on ns throttle die whole time.

250-350W prior Motor

VanMoof ist taking ns unorthodox route of placing the motor at ns front des the bike. It definitely works for the S3 because ns motor ist relatively small und light. Die flipside ist that the motiv isn’t super-powerful und won’t give you a an excellent experience if you don’t choose pedaling or expect a lot of help going nach oben steep hills. You can ride that throttle trost to fünfzehn mph or deshalb on flat ground yet that’s no way kommen sie live.

As ich mentioned above, it was easy kommen sie pop die front wheel on und off (with defense lug nuts) however getting the cable cover screwed in made me insane. That would so make taking the front wheel turn off a hassle, but doable.

The motiv itself is quiet however you kann certainly hear wie it engages.

VanMoof S3 modern technology Sets the Apart

As much as e-bike hardware goes, die S3 zu sein a gorgeous, well-designed but mediocre-powered e-bike. What sets it far apart indigenous its peers zu sein the technology bei here. Ns well-hidden speaker on ns bottom side von the oberteil tube space loud and when her Bluetooth connected smartphone comes in ~ reach, it transforms on ns bike with a loud futuristic noise. When you leaving its Bluetooth range, it claims goodbye in a comparable fashion.

I’m notfall sure why freundin can’t play music from her phone v these speakers und annoy anyone around sie but the would absolutely be a doable software application update.

Also, die smartphone anwendung is von far the best I’ve ever seen for bei ebike. This zu sein where freundin adjust your gearing and can also track ns location of your bike und remotely lock it nach oben – other fun zu do while her friends shot out the bike.

You can also lock out the bike und set an alarm through a kick to the rear. I can’t imagine needing this but i live bei the suburbs und don’t even use a lock. When i lived in LA, ich had a bike i chained to a fence stolen, follow me with die fence. In NYC, i had a bike lock reduced within 10 feet of bei NYU security guard desk. Deswegen I get it.

The left-side button, which counters die throttle button on ns right side, acts together a horn and you kann sein currently set 3 different loud horn sounds consisting of one that makes you sound favor a barge. Vehicle drivers love it!

Speaking des fixes, die matrix screen on the top riegel is super cool — wie man you tun können see it. Ns powder blue matte paint blended with sunlight makes it practically unreadable yet VanMoof states that they are adjusting die paint kommen sie make it less reflective bei the sun. In the videos above you kann sein see ns difference between dusk visibility und sunny visibility.’s Take

If freundin can’t currently tell von now, I’ve gott mixed feelings about this bike. ~ above one hand, the price, technology, and design space all exceptionally good. The technology direction ist far out in front des any other ebike bei the world.

But in reality using the bike day kommen sie day teases out part drawbacks, specifically around power und the “more jene to fail” type von complexity. My biggest problem was the auto-gearing. In theory, ich could acquire used to auto gearing and after about a week ich was ok with the – wie man it was working. But then when the gearing was wrong, prefer opposite high/low gear going up/down hills, I’d oase to run off ns bike or usage throttle only. Prefer all software issues, VanMoof claimed they were ausblüten updating die software on die gearing and the final version of the bicycle would have the belästigung worked out.

If ich didn’t live in the mountains, i would schutz loved this bike. Not nur the look und feel but deshalb as a techie, i think die company is doing part revolutionary things.

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But ns bottom line zum me zu sein that heading out to my like the mountain commute, ich didn’t want to take die VanMoof over a dumb ebike, that i had kommen sie gear myself, and that just worked.