This ebike 🚲 is all you need in the city: VanMoof S3

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I am writing the same things over and over again. How I saw that advertisement online, there were no photos but renders. Yes, just some renders and text about the features. I was amazed it was really like a Tesla on two wheels, gave the order. I am riding this bicycle for 3 years now and it’s a VanMoof.

I am living in a hilly town, even has a song about being hilly, called “Tübingen, warum bist du so hügelig”. Yes, live in a hilly town and have a constant fad to commute to work by bike. The only problem was to ride up the hills early mornings and down the hills in the evenings. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind getting sweaty arriving home but not the other way around.

To find it out you need to try it. So did I and it wasn’t fun. The hardest part was going up an altitude of 155 meters in about 1500 meters ride.

Therefore I ordered my first eBike. A piece of tech. Design masterpiece. Whole package! No need to buy extra lights, fenders, a bell, or a lock. So during the time between the order and the delivery, I was continuously raising my hopes and expectations higher and higher.

It was January 2019 when I greeted the UPS guy. Well, UPS wasn’t that famous in European VM communities at that time, but the VanMoof bike boxes with the TV on them. Those boxes were pretty famous, and I had one of them. A bike box with a TV picture on. You can read the story here TV, or not TV? A year later, UPS caught a trend yet the vibes were negative.

Unboxing Electrified S2
Unboxing S3
Attaching the Motor Cable of S3

The bike was delivered in one piece, with no hassle like the front wheel installation (Just check the videos above, you’ll understand what I mean). I aligned the handlebar, put the pedals on, registered the bike, made the adjustments while charging it. The whole unpack and set up experience was like: wow! iPhone App, wow! registration, cool! it also has speed and light settings, wow! Matrix display, yeah! kicklock & touch unlock.

Long story short, I had zero hesitation, no regrets. My expectations were already fulfilled, right after I took my first spin. I told myself I should show this bicycle to the world. So mouth a GoPro on the top tube and started to make videos like this.

The song in this video was picked by VanMoof

Using the Electrified S2, I can go anywhere in my town and within the 30–40 km vicinity. Up and down, back and forth, summer, winter, spring or autumn. Without breaking a sweat. I continued to experiment on every possible hill and road. Conclusion was Electrified S2 is more than sufficient for my town.

S3 and Electrified S2 side by side

When VanMoof S3 came out in April 2020. I pre-ordered it. I planned to sell the Electrified S2. I used them both for 3 months long, compared them every day, and at the end kept the Electrified S2. A year VanMoof refreshed the S3 and X3with features like;  Apple’s Find My integration, Powerbank, e-Shifter, pedals, buttons and convinced me to order a refreshed S3. This time my plan is to keep them both.

VanMoof S3 Refresh 2021 has a lot of (hidden) power! 🔥

I am getting a lot of questions, especially about VanMoof S3’s performance on tacking hills. I don’t know any other bicycle which looks so good, comes with everything you (toolbox, pump, lights, lock, alarm, mudguards, etc) need out of the box and has a longer range with a lot of power.

VanMoof S3 Tacking the Hills of Stuttgart @ Weinsteige

If you live in the city and want to have a bicycle to commute to work or daily cycling, and weekend tours then all you need is a VanMoof. S3/X3 is stronger and faster, tech-wise offers more also allows you to extend your ride using the Powerbank but S2/X2 is still sufficient and helps you avoid sweating while keeping you fitter. You can still attach an AirTag and use Find My to locate your Electrifie S2/X2.

How to use retrofit an AirTag & use Find My with other VanMoof models?

If you can order a VanMoof in your country then you have will 14 days to test it out and if you are still not satisfied, you can return it for a full refund and get your money back within 14 days after it is returned. Check returns for more information.

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VanMoof S4/X4. Will VanMoof reinvent the matrix display?

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More and more bicycle producers are bringing e-bike versions out and making their products compatible with the Internet of Things.

VanMoof is one of the frontiers, starting with the smart bikes, now and then they are implementing newer features in their lineup of bicycles, like their recently refreshed S3 and X3 models, with Apple Find My integration .

VanMoof S3 Refresh 2021

Integrating the latest technologies points the focus on the interfaces the bicycles are offering to the users. Most people still prefer, jump and ride rather than dealing with complications.

Simplest example; buttons.

The bell button should ring the bell. One button, one feature, nothing more, nothing less. On the other hand, tech-oriented riders may wish to have additional intuitive approaches, like the long press, double press.

How about the feedback you receive? Do you wish to receive sounds, tones, haptic or visual feedback? When we increase the features, we increase the complexity, therefore the complexity in usability.

The best practice is to address the essential senses of the user while interacting with the device. In this decade the best user experience is through displays, displays with a proper user interfaces.

Let’s take a quick look at the current options out there with respect to the displays and apps the bicycle manufacturers are offering.

Angell offers a dedicated display, which is integrated into the handlebar.

Angell app, together with the integrated display is quite nice. The app connects to the bicycle and works with the integrated display in harmony. Users can start the music on the phone then control it via the integrated display. Similarly, add a destination in the navigation and follow the instructions over the display. The integrated display also serves as a gym bike display if you like, so you can say burn 300 calories or ride for 30 minutes and watch the progress over the display.

Cowboy 4 offers a phone dock with wireless charging integrated into the handlebar.

Cowboy 3 is equipped with a battery indicator on the top tube but no display, the company wants their riders to download their official app.

Cowboy App Illustration

The Cowboy app supports the bike with features like on/off, lights, assist levels, cockpit view (speed, battery %, distance, duration), and navigation. The illustration above is from Cowboy 4 (available in September), seems like they redesigned the stem and moved the battery indicator also introduced a built-in quad lock with a wireless charging unit. Just like it’s shown the user will put their phone on the bike and also use it as a control center. Controls, navigation, activity, connections, leaderboards. Sounds like seamless integration and people will love it.

VanMoof offers a matrix display integrated into the top tube.

VanMoof, how about VanMoof? The top tube indicator was there since smart bikes. Battery indicator combined with speedometer. S2/X2 models are the first time the matrix display was introduced, an seamless integrated unique design with S3/X3 they improved it.

The matrix display indicates different states of the bike such as on/off, lock/unlock/alarm, connected/disconnected, assist levels, localization selections, gear, battery indicator, and last but not least the speed. The latest VanMoofs models also have speakers which support the visual interaction with sound effects.

VanMoof App Illustartion

There is also an official iOS and Android app, for displaying the current location of the bike (this is misleading since the bike’s location is the location of the phone when connected to the bike), rides (this is pretty inaccurate), settings (assist, local, alarm, unlock, light), help (FAQs, error codes, video tutorials), and bikes (switch between other VMs). However no navigation, activity integration, social options like leaderboards, etc.

Extending VanMoof’s Matrix Display

Matrix display is a unique feature of the VanMoof bicycles and with refresh models, it is also readable under direct sunlight. However, while staring at the top tube the rider may lose focus. Matrix display should stay but should be relocated, especially if VanMoof decides to extend the app into a dashboard.

Relocating the Matrix Display to the handle bar ?

If the mobile phone will serve as the main display with VM or 3rd party apps, maybe having the matrix display next to the handles/buttons integrated into the handlebar would be a good idea. In the example below, matrix displays show relevant button function while the dashboard is attached.

Mobile phone as the dashboard, matrix display divided between handles.

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VanMoof S4/X4. Wird VanMoof das Matrix-Display neu erfinden?

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Immer mehr Fahrradhersteller bringen E-Bike-Versionen auf den Markt und machen ihre Produkte mit dem Internet der Dinge kompatibel.

VanMoof ist Vorreiter, angefangen bei den Smartbikes. Ab und zu implementieren sie mit  Apple Find My Integration neuere Funktionen in ihre Fahrradpalette, wie z. B. die kürzlich aktualisierten S3- und X3-Modelle.

VanMoof S3 Refresh 2021

Die Integration neuester Technologien lenkt den Fokus auf die Schnittstellen, die die Fahrräder den Nutzern bieten. Die meisten Leute ziehen es immer noch vor, direkt loszufahren, anstatt sich mit Komplikationen zu befassen.

Einfachstes Beispiel: Tasten.

Der Klingelknopf sollte klingeln. Eine Taste, eine Funktion, nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Auf der anderen Seite möchten technikorientierte Fahrer möglicherweise zusätzliche intuitive Ansätze wie langes Drücken und doppeltes Drücken.

Wie sieht es mit dem Feedback aus, das Sie erhalten? Möchten Sie Klänge, Töne, haptisches oder visuelles Feedback erhalten? Wenn wir die Funktionen erhöhen, erhöhen wir die Komplexität, also die Komplexität der Benutzerfreundlichkeit.

Die beste Vorgehensweise besteht darin, die wesentlichen Sinne des Benutzers bei der Interaktion mit dem Gerät anzusprechen. In diesem Jahrzehnt ist die beste Benutzererfahrung durch Anzeigen, Anzeigen mit geeigneten Benutzeroberflächen.

Werfen wir einen kurzen Blick auf die aktuellen Optionen in Bezug auf die Displays und Apps, die die Fahrradhersteller anbieten.

Angell bietet ein eigenes Display, das in den Lenker integriert ist.

Angell App zusammen mit dem integrierten Display ist ganz nett. Die App verbindet sich mit dem Fahrrad und arbeitet mit dem integrierten Display harmonisch zusammen. Nutzer können die Musik am Telefon starten und dann über das integrierte Display steuern. Fügen Sie in ähnlicher Weise ein Ziel in der Navigation hinzu und folgen Sie den Anweisungen über das Display. Das integrierte Display dient auf Wunsch auch als Fitnessbike-Display, so dass man sagen kann 300 Kalorien verbrennen oder 30 Minuten fahren und den Fortschritt über das Display verfolgen.

Cowboy 4 bietet ein in den Lenker integriertes Telefondock mit kabelloser Aufladung.

Cowboy 3 ist mit einer Batterieanzeige am Oberrohr, aber ohne Display ausgestattet. Das Unternehmen möchte, dass seine Fahrer ihre offizielle App herunterladen.


Die Cowboy-App unterstützt das Fahrrad mit Funktionen wie Ein/Aus, Lichter, Unterstützungsstufen, Cockpitansicht (Geschwindigkeit, Batterieprozentsatz, Distanz, Dauer) und Navigation. Die obige Abbildung stammt von Cowboy 4 (erhältlich im September), scheint den Vorbau neu gestaltet und die Batterieanzeige verschoben zu haben, außerdem wurde ein integriertes Quad-Lock mit einer drahtlosen Ladeeinheit eingeführt. Wie abgebildet kann der Benutzer sein Telefon auf das Fahrrad legen und es auch als Kontrollzentrum verwenden. Kontrollen, Navigation, Aktivität, Verbindungen, Bestenlisten. Klingt nach nahtloser Integration, die die Leute lieben.

VanMoof bietet ein im Oberrohr integriertes Matrix-Display.

VanMoof, wie wäre es mit VanMoof? Die Oberrohranzeige gab es schon seit Smart Bikes. Batterieanzeige kombiniert mit Tachometer. S2/X2-Modelle sind die ersten, die mit Matrix-Display eingeführt wurden. Ein nahtlos integriertes einzigartiges Design mit einem verbesserten S3/X3.

Das Matrix-Display zeigt verschiedene Zustände des Fahrrads wie Ein/Aus, Sperren/Entsperren/Alarm, Verbunden/Getrennt, Unterstützungsstufen, Lokalisierungsauswahl, Gang, Batterieanzeige und nicht zuletzt die Geschwindigkeit an. Die neuesten VanMoofs-Modelle verfügen außerdem über Lautsprecher, die die visuelle Interaktion mit Soundeffekten unterstützen.

VanMoof App-Illustartion

Es gibt auch eine offizielle iOS- und Android-App, um den aktuellen Standort des Fahrrads anzuzeigen (dies ist irreführend, da der Standort des Fahrrads der Standort des Telefons ist, wenn es mit dem Fahrrad verbunden ist), Fahrten (dies ist ziemlich ungenau), Einstellungen (Hilfe) , local, alarm, unlock, light), Hilfe (FAQs, Fehlercodes, Video-Tutorials) und Fahrräder (zwischen anderen VMs wechseln). Allerdings keine Navigation, Aktivitätsintegration, soziale Optionen wie Bestenlisten usw.

Erweiterung des Matrix-Displays von VanMoof

Das Matrix-Display ist ein einzigartiges Merkmal der VanMoof-Fahrräder und bei den Refresh-Modellen auch bei direkter Sonneneinstrahlung lesbar. Beim Blick auf das Oberrohr kann der Fahrer jedoch den Fokus verlieren. Die Matrixanzeige sollte erhalten bleiben, aber verschoben werden, insbesondere wenn VanMoof beschließt, die App in ein Dashboard zu erweitern.

Matrix-Display an den Lenker verlegen?

Wenn das Mobiltelefon als Hauptdisplay bei VM- oder 3rd-Party-Apps dient, wäre es vielleicht eine gute Idee, das Matrix-Display neben den Griffen/Tasten in den Lenker zu integrieren. Im folgenden Beispiel zeigen die Matrixanzeigen diejenige Tastenfunktion.

Handy als Dashboard, Matrix-Display zwischen Griffen aufgeteilt.

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Charging & Discharging
“Sonos Roam”

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Sonos Roam is out! The smallest speaker Sonos ever released, also really portable, unlike Sonos Move, you can take Roam anywhere with you.

Sonos Roam Unboxing in 4K

Roam comes in two matt colors, shadow black and lunar white. 168 x 62 x 60 mm (6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches) big and 0.43 kg (0.95 lb) heavy. It’s waterproof with IP67 standard (meaning can stay 30 Minutes long under 1-meter deep water). So rain or dropping it into the water won’t stop your music listening experience.

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Sonos Roam behaves like part of your Sonos network over a wifi connection to the other Sonos components while you are at home. If you have two, you can also stereo pair them.

Check this out! 👇

Thanks to the built-in microphone, it’s also possible to add Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant as the voice assistant. Built-in seamless feature, Auto Trueplay tunes your speaker to perform its best sound depending on the environment you are listening to music.

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If you want to continue listening to music outside your home, with awesome Sonos quality then no worries. Roam supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Airplay 2, according to you can enjoy continuous listening for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Sonos Roam Battery, Charging and Port Specs are as follows:

18Wh battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, charges with the included USB-C cable and any 5V/1.5A or 2.1A USB power adapter, a Qi-certified wireless charger, or the custom-designed Sonos Wireless Charger (which is sold separately) and the speaker has a USB-Port with specs 15 W, 5 V/3 A USB-C. For more technical details click here.

Charging 🔼
from 12% to 82%

The sound, design, and functionality are fine but how about the charging experience? 

So we’ve made a small experiment: using an 18W iPad charging adapter, tried to charge the Sonos Roam while playing the following Spotify playlist.

Charging curve using 18W iPad USB Charger

As you can also read from the chart above, while the speaker was playing music at a level of 60% volume and charging, for some reason after min 82, at 38% battery, it started to discharge instead. After min 103, we lowered the volume to 25% and charging continued normally. During min 150, the playlist was over so music cut off and charging continued a little faster.

Once the charger showed a value of over 80%, we removed the charging cable and started to play the same playlist from the beginning with a volume of 50% to observe the discharging. The overall charging from 12% t0 82% took around 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Discharging 🔽
from 82% to 52%

Sonos claims that Roam has up to 10 hours of play time.

Listening to the following Spotify playlist at 50% volume on Sonos Roam over the Sonos wifi network gave us 2 hours and 30 minutes of playtime for 30% battery.

Discharging was constant and reliable, didn’t experience any sudden drops in battery percentage.

We concluded applying simple math to the data and as a result, we may say that Sonos Roam would provide 8 hours and 20 minutes of playtime if the speaker is playing music at 50% volume.

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Sonos Roam discharging from 82% to %52 in 2 hours and 30 minutes

If we would decrease the volume, we believe that 10 hours of playtime would also be possible to achieve. So thanks to Sonos for the precise accuracy in battery life.

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understanding Sonos better during the Super Bowl XLVIII

I wish I could post this earlier but I couldn’t cause life sometimes sucks hard.

Anyways, Sonos was one another company who reserved a spot during the Super Bowl 2014 for showing the world this commercial. Why don’t you take a quick look?

While the advert was on air, viewers started to post on twitter about the commercial and about the brand and its products. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to listen the tweets and find out people are actually talking about during that period. I randomly collected around 5000 unique tweets (no retweets or shitty text).

I found out that people who own a Sonos system which they can connect to their TVs were feeling like they were actually watching the game live. The listening experience of the Sonos Playbar and other components (Sonos Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Connect) which you can pair with is awesome.

Some people heard about Sonos for the first time and they were amazed by the idea of Hi-Fi in wireless form.

The rest who already knew about the brand and the products were either showing their interest on how nice the commercial is or their desire to get one in there houses.

I also clustered the most relevant tweets and their contents and found out interesting patterns. With respect to the relevance of the words and the frequencies, I rank them in a descending order, with the mostly used keywords.

Rank. Keyword : My Comment
1. Sonos : No surprise why 😉
2. I : people show their personal desire by emphasizing their own
3. commercial: I believe this is also not a surprise
4. want: Yes people really want it
5. that: I believe we can sum this up with #1
6. house: One place where a Sonos product belows to 🙂 people want it in their houses
7. system: It’s the whole package
8. speaker: Yes thats what Sonos does and they do it the best!
9. music: All started for music, Hi-Fi
10. like: this is what you feel at first sight
11. love: and this is what you feel when you use it
12. cool: and thats how it looks from outside