New VanMoof e-bikes come with a host of smart features

In-built anti-theft devices and an app that remembers where you’ve left you machine

VanMoof says that the range of its latest e-bikes is up to 150km in economy mode and 60km at maximum assist level. You can quick charge to 50% in 80 minutes, adding an extra 75km range. A full charge from empty takes four hours.

According to Ties Carlier, VanMoof Co-founder: "With the new Electrified, we’ve created a bike that replaces the car for city commuting. We see Tesla and BMW as competition, not other bike companies. To compete at that level, we had to make everything better, faster, simpler, and more convenient."

The Electrified S2 has a conventional frame design, while the X2 has a unisex frame with a lowered top tube designed to fit riders between 155cm and 200cm in height.

VanMoof offers its e-bikes in off-white or dark grey

VanMoof has focussed on e-bike security, with a keyless lock system that stops the wheels from turning when you leave the bike. It uses secure Bluetooth technology to automatically unlock when you return to your bike. There is also a three phase alarm system, a back wheel blocking system and anti-theft tracking built into VanMoof’s bikes. VanMoof quotes a bike weight of 19kg.

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We’ve previously covered its bike hunters who will track down a stolen bike and the story of how it found a warehouse full of stolen bikes in Morocco when searching for a missing machine. It's also the brand which printed an image of a TV on its boxes to cut down in-transit damage.

Electrified X2 is designed for lower stand-over than the Electrified S2

Other features of the new e-bikes include a turbo boost button, allowing US riders to accelerate rapidly up to 32kph – European riders are speed limited to the legal assistance limit of 25kph.

The e-bike is powered by a front hub motor. There’s an in-built matrix display of speed, battery level and power assist level. VanMoof also has a companion app that remembers where you’ve left your bike, controls the in-built lights and manages power and anti-theft system settings.

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Van Moof has registered over 6000 pre-production orders for the Electrified S2 and X2 e-bikes on its site. It says that deliveries began last week and are scheduled to continue into early 2019, to meet its pre-orders.

You can reserve a VanMoof Electrified S2 or X2 for £100 and, if you fulfil the conditions, VanMoof is currently offering a discount of £800 on the bikes’ list price of £3198.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.