Cycling used to be for dads that donned a little too much lycra to cycle around country lanes after watching the Tour de France. Nowadays, with people refusing to pay the extortionate fees to travel to work on an overcrowded bus/tram/tube/train are exploring two wheeled options.
Cities around the world are implementing more cycle lanes meaning cyclists are safer and potentially can even get to work faster… but nobody really wants to get to the office needing a shower, do they?
That’s where e-bikes come in. Some may say it’s cheating but who doesn’t like a little boost when that morning coffee hasn’t kicked in?
The VanMoof S3, winner of the Best of the best Red Dot Design Award 2020 is just that. A stylish electric bike that will take you to and from the office with ease. At 19kg, it may not be the lightest bike to lug around, but then again your legs are assisted by a 250W front electric hub motor with a range of 60km or 150km if left in Economy mode.
Built with VanMoof’s updated straight-tube shape the S3 is ideal for riders that are between 170 – 210cm tall. Featuring a matrix display of 166 LEDs fitted in the top tube, riders are able to toggle between displays showing current speed, battery charge status, power assist level and current gear.
The front-wheel smart hub electric motor now has a more compact housing whilst amplifying the rider’s pedal power by four times it makes cruising a delight. And if you need a quick squirt to get away from the traffic lights safely, there is a turbo boost button to give full torque instantaneously. And when it runs out of battery, it can be charged to 50% in 80 minutes or full in four hours.
With that in mind, the need to change gears becomes ever apparent with the added boost so the team at VanMoof have come up with an electronic gear shifter for seamless riding. Four gears have been meticulously set up to tackle any urban incline you may face with ease.
Every piece of new tech comes with an app and the S3 is no different, letting riders unlock their bikes with a simple one-touch as well as setting custom gear shifting, locking the bike down remotely, tracking rides and location if stolen and customising the light, unlock and alarm settings.
Leaving an expensive bike locked up everyday in the same place week in week out can be quite worrying for many, so VanMoof have come up with ingenious defence mechanisms to ensure your bike doesn’t get stolen. Fitted with a multi-phase alarm to ward off potential thieves, the ability to remotely lock down the bike, the innovative kick lock integrated in the rear hub lets you block the rear wheel and can disengaged when the bike recognises you via Bluetooth connectivity to your phone. If all that fails and your bike still gets stolen, VanMoof has its very own bike hunters, which will return your bike to you within two weeks or replace it and over 70% of thefts have been returned so far.
Get your hands on a VanMoof S3 for £1,798 here and ride in peace knowing that it’s protected from theft and you will get to work smelling fresh.