VanMoof has just announced the new generation of its S2 and X2 electric bikes. Logically baptized S3 and X3, the brand launches them on its site at a price of 1,998 euros, a price far below their predecessors.
This is also the lowest price ever offered by VanMoof, which placed the S2 at 2,590 euros for pre-order, then at 3,390 euros.
A framework to stand out
At first glance, the two models seem to look a lot like the old models. But the brand's chief designer, Job Stehmann warns that " under the hood, everything is different ", Adding:" I think 90% of the pieces are different "
However, it is essentially the framework that distinguishes the S3 from the X3. The first, more bulky, is cut for users measuring between 170 and 210 centimeters. The more compact X3 is for people between 155 and 200 centimeters. It adopts a “cross” frame and 24-inch wheels, where the S3 prefers a more conventional frame and 28-inch wheels.
The VanMoof X3 © VanMoof
The X3 also has a small specificity: a small accessory located at the front and intended for hanging a basket or small objects. However, both have front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, a matrix screen allowing in particular the monitoring of the battery and LED lighting at the front. Despite their slight differences, the X3 and the S3 also share the same weight (19 kilos) as well as the same black and white colors.
On the technical side, the two VanMoof models display identical characteristics. The S3 and X3 have the same 250-350W motor delivering 59 Nm of torque. Through a four-speed electronic change gearbox and two operating modes (maximum or economic power), these electric bikes can reach 25 km / h.
The power supply for this engine is based on a 504 Wh battery allowing a range of between 60 and 150 kilometers depending on the mode chosen by the cyclist. Both bikes are sold with a 36 V 4A charger allowing 50% charge in 80 minutes and a full charge in 4 hours.
Both models have a lock mounted on the rear hub. Controllable on the handlebars or via a smartphone, this system blocks the rear wheel. In the event of manipulation, a progressive alarm is triggered while a skull-shaped logo appears on the frame and on the screen. This should deter thieves, but does not prevent them from just lifting the bike. In this case, it can be geolocated: the owner can then try to recover his vehicle himself or have recourse to VanMoof's “Peace of Mind” program. Available in Paris, he promises to find the vehicle within two weeks, or to provide a new copy. In addition to the subscription, the service also charges additional costs from the second flight.
The S3 and X3, meanwhile, have one last thing in common: they are both offered at a price of 1,998 euros. Deliveries of the S3 should start on July 3, while those of the X3 will not start until July 31.
Sources: Engadget, VanMoof