VanMoof’s new 5-Series electric bikes were unveiled today following a teaser released last month, which provided some clues to upcoming updates. The company describes the new Vanmoof S5 and Vanmoof A5 electric bikes as “still very easy and accessible to ride Vanmoof e-bikes”.
The Amsterdam-based electric bicycle manufacturer is known for its technology-intensive e-bikes that combine bold designs with the latest technology.
The latest e-bikes released as part of the 5-Series further elevate the brand with new technology and upgraded designs, fully embracing that gown.
While the Vanmoof S5 updates the company’s straight frame design, the new Vanmoof A5 introduces a new angle frame, which is described as a “step-in” design. This is very similar to the many mid-step frames we have seen. The design makes it easy to load without fully descending into the entire step area.
On bikes Vanmoof’s new General 5 front wheel motor features 250W continuous-rated power. The drive system integrates electronic transmission from the internally geared rear hub, to a torque sensor and an integrated battery pack inside the frame. Although the bike does not have the traditional throttle, it has a “boost” button for extra power to increase torque up to 68 Nm. It comes in handy when riders have to deal with a mountain or overtake another vehicle on the road.
Both bikes have the brand’s updated smart kick lock, which locks the rear wheel with a kick of the button on the rear dropout. That action also activates the bike’s vibration alarm. The bike will do its best to prevent theft, but if the loud alarm does not prevent a thief from throwing himself into the back of a van and fleeing with it, there is another solution. After a rider reports that his bike has been stolen from a smartphone app, Van Moof’s bike hunters will chase it down or replace it if they can not. Includes Apple Find My technology, anti-theft nuts and bolt and automatic rider authentication feature. Kick-Lock now has a much stronger design and automatic retrieval feature.
The bikes feature an automatic transmission with a three-speed internally geared rear hub, reworked high-visibility lights, one-piece adjustable handlebars and rods and an SP Connect phone mount designed in conjunction with VanMoof with a USB-C charging port. The VanMoof processor allows riders to use their phones directly from the app for GPS-based navigation.
The 5-Series introduces VanMoof’s new Hollow Ring interface, which is a circular LED light on the handlebar that provides information on speed, battery sizes and connectivity for quick viewing without cluttering the bike’s streamlined design. It replaces the previous dot-matrix display on the top tube, which was a love-it-or-hate-it feature, enough riders to fall into the rear column to guarantee the update.
VanMoof S5 electric bike
The VanMoof S5 is designed for riders 162 to 210cm (5’4 ″ to 6’10 “) and offers a higher riding level than the A5.
The 487 Wh battery is permanently attached to the frame and, unlike removable batteries, is designed to pop in and out with one key. Although the bike needs to be charged, it also allows VanMoof to explore sleek designs like this.
The company claims that the battery is capable of 60 km (36 miles) in full power mode or 150 km (93 miles) in economy mode.
The 23 kg (50.7 lb) electric bike features 27.5 ″ inch wheels with Vanmofin General 5 tires and a fully integrated drivetrain with an automatic chain tensioning system. This bike also has sensors that detect air quality, temperature, humidity and light levels.
VanMoof A5 electric bike
The brand has been described by Van Moof A5 founder Dice Carlier as the “first one-size-fits-all frame” and is designed for 155-200 cm (5’1 ″ to 6’6 ‘) riders.
The 22kg (48.5 lb) bike has smaller 24 ″ wheels and a slightly smaller 463 Wh battery, although VanMoof’s press documents list the S5 as limited.
Also good for the 55-140km (34-87 miles) range, and to add 463 Wh battery capacity, it shares the same technology as the S5, including the ability to install VanMoof’s upcoming “click-on” range extender battery.
Like the S5, the A5 includes integrated lights, locks and lights for a very low maintenance design.
Both bikes come with a 2A charger, which can be upgraded to a faster 5A charger. They each have their own front and rear racks, with secondary heavy racks to carry larger loads.
VanMoof has stores in 50 cities around the world, and the bikes will be available online starting today. Both the S5 and A5 are priced at $ 2,998 in the US.
VanMoof continues to impress me with both its design chops and its technological infusion.
Some “smart” bikes come first with unnecessary features, but Vanmouf is keen to develop the right technology without overloading riders with useless tricks. The kick lock they use is an impressive extra step (although it does not replace a nice lock or two to keep the bike from moving), and it also makes setting up a vibration alarm easier. The built-in lights are nice and reduce the chance of breakage compared to the bolt-on lights that are stuck on the bike racks. Also the auto-shifting three-speed hub is a master class in neatly concealed drivetrain bike design, not to mention frames.
That A5 is very interesting to me. Not to mention a 24 ″ wheel, which makes it lighter, faster and more suitable for tight urban riding, taking up slightly less space when parked.
I’m not a big fan of front hub motors, but the front hub motors do not make much sense for a normal performance e-bike with speeds of 25 km / h in Europe and 20 mph in the US. A straight line is different than rear center motors. High-powered e-bikes may have traction issues on the front motors, but I suspect this will be a problem on these models.
The $ 3K price is definitely not cheap, but you pay more than an e-bike here. So if you are on a budget, this is not the e-bike for you. But if you have the money and want to pack better and more effective technology, this may be the one. It seems to me that Vanmoof is maintaining its position at the top of the pack for smart e-bikes.
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