— Urban Transport
VANMOOF 10 Electrified bike has GPS tracking and smart power systems
VANMOOF believes it's created a smarter commuter bike
In its mission to "shake the unshakeable," Dutch bike manufacturer VANMOOF has created what it calls the world's first intelligent commuter bike. The VANMOOF 10 Electrified combines GPS navigation, smart power control, and electric motivation underpinned by a lightweight battery pack.
Aimed squarely at urban commuters, the 10 Electrified uses what VANMOOF calls "smart power assistance" technology. With the help of a crank-mounted sensor, the onboard computer system measures the rider's pedaling output and seamlessly adjusts motor output accordingly. The system is designed to deliver just the right amount of motor assistance. The front wheel-mounted 250-watt motor can add up to 80 percent to the cyclist's own pedaling power. The bike can be ridden with or without motor assistance.
The Electrified is rider-controlled with a combination of a small dashboard interface on the front of the top tube and a remote control. The owner can turn the bike on and off with the remote control and view battery life and motor power on the dashboard.
Other interesting features of this fully-wired bike include a GPS tracking system and built-in Philips lighting system. The anti-theft GPS tracking feature works similarly to standalone tracking systems like the BikeSpike
, letting the owner find and recover a stolen bike. Along with the battery, the lighting system is integrated into the top tube, which employs extended ends that house front and rear lights. The system uses LED lights and puts out 40 lux up front.
VANMOOF's power system is integrated into an aluminum-framed bike that weighs 42 lb (19 kg). The bike uses a SRAM drivetrain with enclosed anti-rust chain and front and rear mechanical disc brakes. The 209-Wh Panasonic battery provides between 19 and 37 miles (30 and 60 km) of power, depending upon mode, rider weight and conditions, and takes three hours to charge from empty.
VANMOOF is still developing the Electrified with plans to release a limited-run first edition in November. Early adopters can pre-order the bike for the "pioneer preferential rate" of US$2,598. Only 200 first editions will be built and the pioneers buying them are being recruited to provide feedback and engage with the product development team. Regular sales are scheduled to begin next April.
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That top tube looks just big enough for a bunch of "D" cells. Better looking than some electric bikes though.
It's thoughtfully designed, but as always, the price will be the big issue.
A reasonable quality commuting bike costs $250 - $400. The question is whether enough people think that the battery, the motor and the associated software are adding $2200 worth of value?
Ah, a bike only for the wealthy.
At current levels of development and production 2K+ for battery, motor & controls is probably about right and yet still pricey for the majority of consumers. And as the last year or so of articles just in GIZMAG alone should show the next evolution of lithium based batteries should be 5-10 times denser in power, charge & discharge rapidly with zero heating, little-to-zero anode & cathode aging issues, have far better ion mobility, and finally, they may well be cheaper to make than any current battery.
As this happens manufacturers who can stay on their feet in this consumer product space can produce millions of bikes, mini-E car-bikes, and vespa-like skooters as battery production rises. Along the way the control electronics which are currently pricey will condense into a few singular digital devices and their prices will drop as production rises.
$250 - $400 for a quality commuting bike?
Completely disagree. There is a lot of bikes in the market that look cute and will last you a season or 2 for this price. Nothing quality about it.
Is $2600 a lot of money, sure, but I would leave my car at home on bike-able days. No gas, no parking issues and damn will I be good looking on this!! They also have non-electric versions of this bike. Less money but more work...
Unless "electronic motivation" means they flash messages at you encouraging you to pedal faster all of the pictures; they are showing is for the manual bike. There is no place for the battery pack to power this sucker nor is there a drive train. What I think we are looking at is their $900 manual bike.
It would be really nice if the author had of spent some time doing some research and gave us a comparison, especially price and weight, to the other electric bikes both on the market currently and those announced like the Smart bike.
I'd also be interested to know for the US market isn't the theft of something like this covered under homeowners insurance so the lojack benefits the insurance company more than the owner. Can the lojack be disabled, and if so how easily? If the thieves are smart enough to steal these bikes aren't they also smart enough to get around this system?
That IS the electric bike. See the front hub motor?
Hey Charlie G,
The front hub motor is black and is most likely a Bafang or Cute motor.
The controller is hidden in the triangle of metal, where the top tube and downtube meet.
The batteries are located inside the top tube.
At 250w which is the european limit for electric bikes, this bike would be considered underpowered in the US as electric motor restrictions are set at 750w. The main drawcard of this particular model is its aesthetics, it was able to trick you into thinking it was the regular unpowered bicycle which is the point, and is why you pay a premium for this model.
Hope this helps.
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