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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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Rain radar image during test riding the Electrified S (source: knmi.nl)
Rain radar image during test riding the Electrified S (source: knmi.nl)
Normal (non-electrified) vs Electrified bike
Normal (non-electrified) vs Electrified bike
The charing port is hidden behind a rubber flap.
The charing port is hidden behind a rubber flap.
The optional
The optional "bambooman" front carrier can be quite handy (photo from another bike, my VanMoof S5)
Unlocking the bike using a smartphone
Unlocking the bike using a smartphone
The dashboard indicates current speed, battery level and engine performance
The dashboard indicates current speed, battery level and engine performance

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