VanMoof S3 review-Realizing the unique advantages of VanMoof S3 as a simple,
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How much does the VanMoof S3 cost?
The Electrified S3 I tested costs €1,998 in Europe, £1,750 in the United Kingdom,
and $1,998 in the United States. The S2, for comparison, had a recommended launch price of £3,198 in the UK.
So how has VanMoof managed to slash more than a grand off of the price whilst upgraded it at the same time?
The Dutch company has essentially acquired its supply chain, cutting out the middle-man,
and has passed on those savings to the consumer. Almost everything on this is now proprietary,
including the screws. I wouldn’t say that VanMoof has gotten the price down to what you could call a bargain.
We are still looking at the best part of two-thousand of your local currency,
but the S3 is what I would classify as a ‘premium but fair’ price.
Great about the VanMoof S3 e-bike
I was excited about the new automatic four-gear system ahead of this launch.
When I reviewed the S2 last summer, I longed for a higher third gear for longer periods of sustained straight-road cycling,
so I was delighted to discover that the S3 came with four gears.
They shift automatically, and electronically. The system works well,
but only once you have tweaked the settings in the app (see my optimal settings below)
and re-learned how to ride a bicycle.
I say re-learn, because the S3’s gear system works backwards,
with the resistance getting lighter as you move up through the gears.
The motor itself is a 250W in Europe. In The States, you can have up to 350W.
Boost torque comes in at 59Nm and there are still four assist levels in the app.
The drop-off from assist level 4, the highest, to assist level 3 is quite a big jump in my opinion.
Leave at level 4, you’ll have more fun, trust me
VanMoof S3 review
the range is around 60km. A full charge takes four hours.
I rode more than 100km during my week testing the VanMoof S3 and only charged it one.
The boost button was one of my highlights of the S2 and it has gotten even better on the S3.
VanMoof has revamped the Turbo Boost so that it delivers full torque at the press of a button.
Press and hold the small button on the right handle to essentially put the motor into full power mode until you release it.
It’s perfect for pulling away at traffic lights, flattening out hills and slopes,
or just giving the e-bike a little kick up the backside when the gears
and motor are slow to react to the road. It’s incredibly addictive.
There is also now a new ride tracking section in the VanMoof app for smartphones.
This seemed like a logical inclusion given the bike was already cable of location tracking for security.
The interface is nice and the tracking worked pretty well during my testing.
You also get this feature on your S2 as an app update.
Also new are hydraulic brakes that have been integrated into the frame.
This is the first bike on the market with a fully integrated handlebar and brake assembly.
Despite looking super clean and minimalistic, the brakes provide powerful stopping power.
What does the S3 look like?
It’s clear as soon as you see the clever, tactile packaging
(which shouts 21st-century tech start-up rather than bicycle brand) that this is something out of the ordinary.
In matte black (the only other color option resembles Farrow & Ball’s posh “Lulworth Blue”),
the S3 is a stealthy, futuristic machine with a respectful nod to a traditional upright Dutch bone-shaker,
mostly visible in the mustache-shaped, cafe-style handlebar.
Think Batman on an Amsterdam mini-break.
There’s a pleasingly uncluttered exterior; wires, cogs
and electrical components are all hidden from view. Unlike most ebikes,
which have a plug-ugly external battery (or oversized tubes if the battery is inside the frame,
which isn’t fooling anyone), you wouldn’t know it was an electric bicycle at all at first glance.
Look closer, and there are lots of satisfying details.
The matte finish on the mudguards matches the frame perfectly;
there are hardly any of the messy welding marks you find on most bike frames,
and even the clear plastic dust caps on the tire valves show that imagination has gone into even the most mundane parts.