Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Cynthia Shahan


Vanmoof 10 May Be The Smartest Bike On The Market

August 20th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Bikocity.

Redefining is the catchword for our progressive bicycle landscape. It is not lip service. As part of that, companies are rapidly redefining bicycles, and consumers now have a grand wave of bicycles to choose from. Gliding over and around the entire globe has never before been so diversely accommodating. The electrifying Vanmoof “intelligent” bicycle, Vanmoof 10 Electrified, is the latest innovation. The bicycle has intelligent electric assist, GPS, and more. I love this captivating video sparking with Vanmoof’s new electric activity:


The distinctive-looking traditional Dutch bikes of Vanmoof have a fine and elegant quality. This is quite a bit more. Its latest innovation combines smart sensors, an on-board computer, GPS tracking, and an electric assist system capable of boosting the power you put into the pedals by 80%. Sleekly styled, it is the “smartest bike in the city.”

Derek Markham of TreeHugger points out how ambitious this design is:

“The Vanmoof frames are anodized aluminum, and the Electrified has an integrated 209Wh battery system built into the top tube, as well as a dashboard with a battery meter and power indicator (which also functions as a remote control).”

© Vanmoof

© Vanmoof

The bike is driven by a 250W electrical motor on the front hub, which has a range of 30km to 60km, depending on riding conditions. According to Vanmoof, it takes just three hours for the battery system to be fully charged from an empty condition, and the bike is said to be easy to pedal in freewheeling mode as a traditional non-electric-assist bike.”

“Specifically developed to address the demands of urban commuting, the bike’s onboard computer monitors your cycling behavior via a sensor, adjusting the bike’s electric power – supplied via the small, lightweight motor in the bike’s front wheel – accordingly.” – Vanmoof

© Vanmoof

© Vanmoof

Looking like wings from an aerial view, the handles fly over electrified disk brakes on the front and rear, using a two-speed automatic drivetrain that includes a fully-enclosed chain. (No more gears and grease on your pants from the chain.) Illumination is part of the deal with a 40-lux-bright LED headlight and tail light for better visibility.

Forget where you parked last night? (Probably not with this baby.) What if you do forget or if someone decides to move and park it in a nether-world without your knowledge? Vanmoof 10 has an innovative feature to help you find her. Vanmoof 10 has a built-in GPS tracking system that allows owners to trace the location of their bikes.

Derek adds: “Vanmoof initially opened up sales of the bike during a pre-production period, but because all 200 of those are already pre-sold (at a cost of €1998 (~ $2598 USD)), the rest of us will need to wait until April of 2014, when the Vanmoof 10 Electrified will be available at select bike dealers.”

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  • beernotwar

    This is terrific. Almost anyone could use a bike like this to commute. Cities need to begin developing bike-only transit corridors to support people who are willing and able to ride, but don’t want to get crushed by a truck. I’m convinced millions more would ride to work this way if it were safe and not so physically demanding.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I agree. Take a street 2, 3, 4 blocks off the main drag and convert it to a bike freeway.

      Use automatically retracting barricades so that people living on each block can park but traffic can’t flow through. By using angled ‘nose in’ parking the number of parking spots could be increased and still leave plenty of bike space.

      Even put in a low curb to keep cars from backing into the bike space.

      Make all cross streets into stop streets for vehicles.

      • beernotwar


        • Bob_Wallace

          Thinking a bit more.

          Forget the barricades. Install cameras and motion sensors.

          Make speeds within the block very slow and photograph cars that speed.

          Make it illegal to drive from one “bike freeway” block to the next, require a left or right turn at the end of the block. Photograph offenders.

          Use motion sensors to warn bike riders of cars approaching from a side street at a speed which makes it likely they will drive into the bike freeway without stopping. Photograph offenders.

          A few cheap radar chips, a few flashing LEDs, a bit of computing power. Shouldn’t cost a lot of money.

          Traffic fines would probably more than pay for the system. Some knuckleheads would violate the ‘only one block’ rule or run a stop sign. And bike riders would be alerted to knucklehead in zone.

          Pick a residential street. I would think the residents would love it. More parking spaces. Less traffic noise. No one speeding on their street.

          One of our towns has a speed controlled stop sign that looks like a normal stop sign until you approach it a bit fast. Then a number of red LEDs around the edge of the sign start blinking.

          • CaptD

            I’d suggest that these bike ways (I live on one and am an avid cyclist) be designed to be one way only, that way those living along them still can access at least half of the parking on the street, especially in areas where the bike way was “installed” after the original neighborhood was built. In most cases, one lane or two if it is really crowded is plenty of room for a bikeway.

            In new neighborhood, those home owners favoring little to no parking for vehicles could all populate both sides of the road way, along with businesses catering to non-vehiclular traffic.

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