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Commuting to work with an motorised bike

One week (240KM) on the VanMoof Electrified S

Dec. 2, 2017 - Willem L. Middelkoop

For a few years now, I commute to work using a bicycle. I have lost more than 15KG since I stopped using my scooter. This week I tested a VanMoof Electrified S, an electric bike with an industrial, minimal design. Is it any good? How does it compare to a normal bike? Will an electric bike make you lazy? Read along to find out!

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Front hub electric motor
Front hub electric motor
ILU integrated light on the Sensa Cintura Belt Drive bike - it doesn't get blocked by rear luggage, child seats or a long jacket
ILU integrated light on the Sensa Cintura Belt Drive bike - it doesn't get blocked by rear luggage, child seats or a long jacket
Lock chain inside a small luggage compartment
Lock chain inside a small luggage compartment
The mechanical disc brakes have no trouble stopping you
The mechanical disc brakes have no trouble stopping you
Chain guard made from flexible plastic is resilient to damage
Chain guard made from flexible plastic is resilient to damage
The inners of the Electrified S: the battery and electronics are cleverly hidden inside the bike's frame
The inners of the Electrified S: the battery and electronics are cleverly hidden inside the bike's frame

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