- Elegant city style ebike with minimalist design features but lots of utility features
- Uses an automatically shifting two speed rear hub and dynamo powered lights by Philips
- Stiffer than some other ebikes, weaker 250 watt motor, no bottle cage mounting points
The Vanmoof Electrified 3 is a city style electric bike that’s super simple, elegant and stealth. It’s quiet, clean and fairly efficient combining a front mounted hub motor and rear mounted internal gearing system. The batteries live inside the top tube and aren’t removable like some bikes but also aren’t obvious (and they are replaceable with a bit of effort). Ultimately, you’ll need to take the bike inside to charge or use an extension cord. The aluminum frame is light and well balanced but a bit stiff for my liking, even with the larger Schwalbe Big Apple tires and bumper style seat. The bike is firm and best suited for urban riding on streets or smooth sidewalks. I love the integrated fenders, chain guard, lights, ergo grips and rear rack which add utility but match beautifully.
The motor powering the Vanmoof Electrified Three is a basic 250 watt geared hub design that’s popular in Europe. In the US I’d call this a weaker system but the benefit is efficiency and reduced noise. It will get you up to 20mph on the flats if the wind isn’t blowing and works well with the pedal assist design. There’s no throttle and only two modes to choose from (low or hi) for the motor. Complimenting this is a two speed automatically shifting rear hub that senses the speed of the bike and shifts for you. Ultimately, the front drive motor adds some weight for steering but isn’t bad and the internally geared rear hub works well for city riding… it’s not the best climber or a racer by any means but it is durable.
The battery pack on this bike is actually hidden inside the top tube. As mentioned before, it’s not designed to be taken out regularly but is replaceable. The cells use Lithium-ion which is light weight, long lasting and fairly stable. I believe you get 24 volts of power and 8.7 amp hours of capacity but the website doesn’t list the specs and I haven’t confirmed this with the manufacturer. I guessed based on the listed 209Wh capacity and what I’ve seen used with other 250 watt motors. It would have been nice to have the battery integrated into the downtube because that keeps weight lower for balance but all in all, I think this is a pretty nice design that looks good and keeps the image more bike than electric-bike.
To activate this bike you use a little remote key fob thing and then a touch sensitive display integrated right into the top tube (just behind the stem). A blue pulsing light lets you know the system is active and you get to choose from low or high power and on or off for the lights. It’s neat and appears to be very well sealed against water. There’s no speed, range or battery capacity listing which is kind of a bummer but it’s elegant and fits with the whole minimalism thing. The real bummer for me about the design is the lack of a water bottle cage mounting point.
While this isn’t my favorite electric bike I certainly appreciate the utility and beautiful aesthetic. People probably won’t even realize you’re on an ebike and I’m sure it will hold up well over the years given the integrated systems and simplistic drive system. It’s a well thought out city style bike that doesn’t weigh too much and is fairly custom (though expensive). If you like the way it looks and are okay with a more upright seating position that supports relaxed pedaling (remember, only two gears) then this could be a great choice. Other similar ebikes include the Faraday Porteur and Riide V1.
- Unique display uses touch technology and seems well protected against water
- One of the simplest ebikes to ride that I’ve ever experienced, no shifters, no throttle, no real display… just handle bars, brakes and a bell
- Integrated front and rear LED lights by Philips are bright and run off of a dynamo (so they’ll work even if your battery dies)
- GPS feature helps you keep track of the bike for security purposes
- Oversized Schwalbe Big Apple tires add some comfort, are thorn resistant and have a nice reflective sidewall stripe for safer riding at night
- Shimano Automatix internally geared two speed hub is clean, quiet and easy to use
- Stylish fenders, bumper seat, rear rack, ergo grips and pedals add to the aesthetic
- Simple drive system and limited gears make the bike durable and reduce maintenance, fancy enclosed chain guard reduces rust and noise
- Integrated battery design keeps the bike beautiful and make it easier to mount on cars and other rack systems
- A bit stiffer than some other ebikes I’ve tried, no front suspension, rigid aluminum frame
- Brake levers don’t cut power to the motor, if you’re pedaling and braking at the same time you’ll be fighting with the motor
- Unique seat post design threw me off, not sure if it’s compatible with normal seat posts or suspension seat posts?
- Battery isn’t easily removable (but is replaceable with some time and effort)
- Limited speed and climbing ability with the two speed Shimano Automatix rear hub
- Not the most powerful ebike I’ve tried with small 250 watt geared front hub motor, also adds weight when steering
- Batteries are mounted in the top tube vs. downtube (which would keep weight lower for better balance)
- Despite the large open space in the frame there are no water bottle braze on mounts. Consider an add-on clamp accessory, here are some ideas.
- No display showing speed, range, battery capacity or other details about the ride
- Official Site: http://vanmoof.com/electrified/23-electrified-3.html
- More Pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/7DQEJ2nAofiPj6pT6