VanMoof S3 Ebike Review: Ultra Techy, Ultra Smooth

You may have noticed that e-bikes are popping up on bike paths with increasing frequency, and among them, VanMoof’s sleek offerings are increasingly common. Designed with the intention of creating “the iPhone of e-bikes”, the VanMoof S3 certainly looks like it. But how does it actually work? Here is our review of the VanMoof S3 electric bike.

Our tester put the S3 through rigorous testing alongside a host of the most talked about e-bikes in the industry, so you can rest assured this is a true first-hand assessment. The S3 was tested in a variety of road conditions, on some fairly significant hills, and ridden extensively to push the battery to its limits. Our conclusion: This is a smooth and incredibly technical bike.

VanMoof S3 Electric Bike Review: Performance

Before we dig into the specific tech tools, let’s take a look at the performance of the VanMoof S3. Simply put, it’s awesome.

The S3 delivers an extremely smooth driving experience, whether on flat straights or in uphill and downhill corners. Boasting the industry’s first automatic electronic shifters, it shifts through its four gears with creamy smoothness, for a silky-smooth ride. It also cruises uphill without hesitation.

Although its throttle doesn’t accelerate as quickly as some similarly priced bikes, and its 20mph top speed doesn’t match the 28mph offered by some competitors, it’s still a fast bike, and once it gets going has reached its speed, it sails right away. Our tester reports that while the quality of his riding experience wasn’t as evident as on other bikes—like the Juiced RipCurrent S, for example—the S3 grew on him, ultimately ranking among the best.

VanMoof S3 e-bike technology

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the VanMoof S3 involves its sophisticated technology. Linked to an app, the S3 has remote locking (which can also be achieved by pressing a peg at the rear wheel), an alarm system, adjustable speed profiles (including flat, hilly and personalized), a customizable electronic ringtone and an advanced tracking system. If you misplace your S3 – or if it’s stolen – you can track it through Apple’s Find My app or the VanMoof app itself. And if you can’t find it, the company’s Bike Hunters will find it for you.

The VanMoof S3 electric bike and its navigation technology.

Until there. there’s no e-bike that’s as tech-savvy as the VanMoof S3.

VanMoof S3 Range and Battery Life

Another big aspect of the S3 is its range. With a range ranging from 37 miles to 93 miles (depending on road conditions and how hard you push it), it offers one of the highest ranges in its price segment. Attach the company’s battery extender, and it’ll go up to 65 extra miles. This means that under ideal conditions. it can travel over 150 miles.

VanMoof S3 design and accessories

Plus, the VanMoof S3 looks great. Sleek and futuristic, it unquestionably fulfills its mission of being at the cutting edge of technology. It can also be customized with a bunch of nifty accessories, like front and rear racks and baskets, saddlebags and special saddles. The built-in lighting is also super bright, providing plenty of illumination for navigation and safety.

VanMoof S3 Electric Bike Review: Conclusion

Ultimately, the VanMoof S3 is an extremely functional and extremely cool e-bike. It offers cutting-edge tech features, a silky smooth ride, and it looks great. Beyond all that, thanks to its substantial range and solid performance, it’s one of the best urban commuters out there.

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Wiley C. Thompson