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Is an electrical bicycle 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)
VanMoof Electrified S - an e-bike with secret superpowers - a rocket disguised as bike
VanMoof Electrified S - an e-bike with secret superpowers - a rocket disguised as bike
The booster button, conveniently positioned near the left thumb
The booster button, conveniently positioned near the left thumb
Using the Cyclemeter Pro and a Wahoo Tickr I measured speed and performance during the test
Using the Cyclemeter Pro and a Wahoo Tickr I measured speed and performance during the test
The charing port is hidden behind a rubber flap.
The charing port is hidden behind a rubber flap.
The mechanical disc brakes have no trouble stopping you
The mechanical disc brakes have no trouble stopping you

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