VanMoof introduces the A5 and S5 and improves its designer electric bike recipe

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VanMoof introduced its new generation of urban electric bikes, the S5 and A5. These two models are in keeping with the Dutch brand’s philosophy and enhance the design recipe and connected electric bike.

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The fifth generation of electric bikes from VanMoof offers its share of novelties. The S5, which takes the emblematic lines of the Dutch brand’s clean tires – far from a “Dutch bike”, paradoxically – is accompanied this year by an A5 with a lower tyre, but with a similarly practical look. It takes its place from the X3 which introduced a straight frame, but is slightly lower than the S3. A way to conquer a wider group of cyclists. With single-size tires, the VanMoof S5 and A5 can accommodate riders from 1.65m to 2.10m and 1.55m to 2m respectively. There is no change on the side of the wheels which still display 28 inches for the S5 and 24 inches for the A5.

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The rigid frame of these two models will significantly limit their use on paved tracks. The lack of suspension will be felt in the cobbled driveways. The tires, which will hopefully be as comfortable as the Schwalbe of previous generations, will have a lot to do with it.

More powerful motor and torque sensor

VanMoof did not want to change his recipe, which is very effective in terms of design. This assembly of harmonious tubes remains undisturbed by the 250W motor, which remains located in the front wheel hub. An option that has always seemed to us the least interesting on an electric bike, but it tempted us past generations with the well-controlled management of the power provided. This management should be better with this fifth generation because the engine is now accompanied by a torque sensor that should stop to help better support the rider on the pedals.

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This choice of front positioning is always explained by the desire not to distort the appearance of the bike with a central drive in the crankset. The rear wheel, for its part, is already engaged to the axle with gears integrated for automatic transmissions and transparent between the three gears – versus four in the S3. VanMoof still offers a Boost mode that provides a surplus of power to help especially when starting out. Maximum torque increases to 68 Nm versus 59 Nm in the VanMoof S3. The S5 and A5 both offer four assist modes. The Dutch brand still promises to be able to drive more than 25 km / h without assistance.

Weight gain and stagnant autonomy

The battery is in the tubes of the frame. It displays slightly lower capacity in the S5 compared to the S3, with 487 watts versus 504 watts. This does not prevent VanMoof from promising the same range of autonomy as the previous generation, that is, from 60 km to 150 km. For the A5, the 463W battery promises an endurance of 55-140 kilometers on a single charge. To recharge, VanMoof is reviewing its claims down to using a 48V 2A charger which takes 6 hours 30 minutes to fully recharge the S5 battery and 2 hours 30 minutes to restore it to 50% of its capacity. The Dutch manufacturer offers an optional fast charger that cuts the full recharge down to 4 hours 30 minutes and only 1 hour for a 50% recovery. The battery cannot be removed from the frame of the S5 and A5, which could hinder users who don’t have access to a jack in their garage or who can’t ride their bike to their apartment. Design comes at a cost…

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As for the brakes, these are hydraulic disc brakes that work. VanMoof doesn’t go into much detail on the braking system that it’s advertising as a fifth generation. The brand excites perforated discs, which promises better thermal behaviour. It should also be noted that the VanMoof S5 weighs 23 kg, or 2 kg more than its predecessor. The extra weight is contained more in the A5 than in the X3, the new 22kg baby on the scale.

Safety at the heart of cycling

VanMoof remains aware that bikes – electric or not – are targets for thieves, especially when they are eye-catching like the S5 and A5. So the brand has reintroduced the Kick Lock system that locks the rear wheel by simply pressing a pin located near the hub. The novelty here lies in the fact that it can now automatically unlock when the legitimate driver of the device comes to the handlebars with their smartphone.

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The smartphone finds a favorite place on the trunk of the VanMoof S5 and A5. The Dutch manufacturer’s app provides a great deal of information about the bike and its condition. It is also a unique entry point for locating the bike in the event of a disappearance. VanMoof e-bikes integrate NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The S3’s horizontal tube LED display has been swapped out with a system called the Halo Ring. Light rings placed on the handlebars now provide information on speed, battery level and assistance level. Mudguards that reach low enough to protect the bottoms of trousers are fitted as standard. Lighting built into the frame allows you to see, but you should always find limits for effective road lighting outside built-up areas and urban lighting.

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Rising prices

In the accessories department, VanMoof offers front and rear shelves for the S5 and A5. The Dutch brand reports that the front basket is under development. An additional 441W battery is also available as an option and offers a range of 55km to 140km.

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The VanMoof S5 and A5 are now available on the brand’s website, with the first delivery scheduled for July 2022. After a sharp drop in the selling price of the S3 and X3 compared to the previous generation, VanMoof is taking the opposite direction. S5 and A5. It is offered at €2498, which is a clear increase over the €1998 claimed for the S3.

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