The new VanMoof 5th Series electric bikes just launched today after a teaser released last month that gave some hints for upcoming updates. The new VanMoof S5 and VanMoof A5 electric bikes are described by the company as “the easiest and most affordable to ride on VanMoof electronic bikes”.
The Amsterdam-based electric bike manufacturer is known for its technological electronic bikes that combine bold design with modern technology.
The latest electronic bikes introduced in the 5-Series have fully embraced this mantle, advancing the brand further with new technology and updated design.
While the VanMoof S5 updates the company’s straight frame design, the new VanMoof A5 introduces a new angled frame that is described as an “arrival” design. This is more similar to the few mid-range shots we’ve seen. The design facilitates installation without entering the full passage area.
The bikes are equipped with a new 5th generation VanMoof front-wheel drive engine with a continuous rated power of 250 watts. The drive system combines an electronic switch from the rear hub with an internal mechanism, a torque sensor and a built-in battery located in the frame. Although the motorcycle does not have a traditional choke, it includes a “Boost” button for extra power to increase torque to 68 Nm. This will most likely come in handy if riders need to get off a hill or overtake another car on the road.
Both motorcycles included an updated smart Kick Lock brand that locks the rear wheel at the touch of a button on the rear dropout. This action also activates the vibrating alarm of the bike. The bike will do its best to prevent it from being stolen, but there is another solution available in case the loud alarm doesn’t stop the thief from throwing it in the back of the van and running away with it. Once a rider marks their bike as stolen in a smartphone app, VanMoof bike hunters chase it and return it or replace it if they can’t. Other measures to help prevent this include the inclusion of Apple Find My technology, anti-theft nuts and bolts and an automatic driver recognition feature. Kick-lock also now has a more robust design and automatic retraction function.
The bikes feature automatic shifting with a three-speed internal rear hub, redesigned high-visibility headlights, one-piece adjustable handlebars and stems, and a VanMoof-designed SP CONNECT phone mount with a USB-C charging port. The VanMoof app also allows riders to use their phones to navigate GPS-based directly from the app itself.
The 5-Series debuts VanMoof’s new Halo Ring interface, which is a round LED backlight on the handlebars that offers riders information on speed, battery levels and connectivity at a glance without cluttering up the streamlined bike design. It replaces the previous matrix display on the top tube, which was a function of love or hate, with enough riders that seem to fall into the last column to justify the update.
VanMoof S5 electric bike
The VanMoof S5 is designed for riders 162 to 210 cm tall (5’4 ″ to 6’10 inches) and offers a higher riding position than the A5.
The battery with a capacity of 487 W / h is always in the frame, unlike removable batteries, which are designed for getting up and out with a key. Although this requires charging on the bike, it also allows VanMoof to study such exquisite designs.
The company says the battery is capable of lasting 60 km (36 miles) in full power mode or 150 km (93 miles) in economy mode.
The 23kg (50.7 lb) electric bike has a pair of 27.5-inch wheels with VanMoof Gen 5 tires and has a fully enclosed transmission with an automatic chain tensioning system. The bike also includes sensors to detect air quality, temperature, humidity and light.
VanMoof A5 electric bike
VanMoof A5 is described by the founders of Ties Carlier as “the first universal frame for all” and is designed for riders with a height of 155-200 cm (5’1 ″ to 6’6 ″).
The 22kg (48.5lb) bike has smaller 24-inch wheels and a slightly smaller battery with a capacity of 463W · h, although VanMoof press reports say it has the same range as the S5.
The bike has the same technology as the S5, including the ability to install a future VanMoof “Click-On” battery to increase the range, to add another 463 W · h of battery capacity, which is good for another 55-140 km (34-87 miles) ).
Just like the S5, the A5 includes built-in lights, locks and lighting for extremely low maintenance.
Both bikes come with a 2 A charger that can be upgraded to a faster 5 A charger. Each has its own front and rear racks, and secondary racks for heavier loads are available to carry large loads.
VanMoof has stores in more than 50 cities around the world, and as of today bikes are also available online. The S5 and A5 cost $ 2,998 in the US.
VanMoof constantly impresses me with both its design prints and technological infusions.
Some “smart” bikes may be overdone with unnecessary features, but VanMoof has a keen eye for developing the right technology without overloading riders with useless tricks. The Kick Lock they use is an impressive extra step (though it doesn’t replace a good lock or two to keep the bike out), and it makes it easy to set a vibrating alert. Built-in lighting looks great and has a lower chance of breakage compared to headlights that get caught on bike racks. A purely hidden transmission with a three-speed hub with automatic shifting – this is also a master class on bicycle design, not to mention the frames themselves.
This A5 seems especially interesting to me. The 24-inch wheel will make it lighter, agile and more suitable for city driving, not to mention that it takes up a little less space when parking.
I’m not a big fan of front hub engines, but for such a modest-performance electronic motorcycle that is limited to 25 km / h in Europe and 20 mph in the US, the front hub engines don’t feel particularly different from the rear hub engines in a straight line. Strong electronic bikes may have problems with traction with the front engines, but I doubt that will be a problem with these models.
The price of 3 thousand dollars, of course, is not cheap, but here you pay not only for an electronic bike. So if you have a limited budget, this is probably not for you an electronic bike. But if you have the money and want something better and with more useful technology, this may be it. It seems to me that VanMoof maintains its position at the top of the package for smart electronic bikes.
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