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Is an e-bike any good?

One week (240KM) on the VanMoof Electrified S

Dec. 2, 2017 -

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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Normal (non-electrified) vs Electrified bike
Normal (non-electrified) vs Electrified bike
The booster button, conveniently positioned near the left thumb
The booster button, conveniently positioned near the left thumb
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
Unlocking the bike using a smartphone
Unlocking the bike using a smartphone

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