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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Every VanMoofer’s Must Have, Accessories Shop for your VanMoof

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All VanMoof riders share one thing in common, the passion for design. Here are some must-have items for VanMoof owners and it doesn’t matter if you have an S3 or X3. Here are my picks.

Better safe than sorry, take a look at the Abus Folding Lock with a safety level of 15 out of 15. A proper helmet for an e-bike/pedelec is essential Abus Pedelec Helmet is a good choice. If you want a more fashionable and compact option take a look at the foldable Closca Fuga Helmet with integrated headphones. The Closca Bottle needs no explanation, what a great design. If you use your mobile phone all the time while riding your VanMoof then Quadlock Bike Mount & Quadlock Universal Adapter is a good option. Your VanMoof needs minimal maintenance, so you are pretty lucky. However, cleaning the brake disks and pads once a month is a good habit so WD-40 Specialist Break Cleaner will take care of them (please don’t mix this with standard WD-40). The timeless VanMoof design can take hits, bends, scratches in time, to keep its beauty consider wrapping your bike with Kaliwa Paint Protection Film. Rear carrier, is a great help to keep your back sweat-free and let you ride hands-free, Basil Bags Miles single or double options are nice to have. Tires are also important VanMoof comes with Schwalbe Big Ben, so if it’s old replace it with Schwalbe Big Ben Plus. Ring ring, the ring sounds of the S3/X3 are cool or hilarious but sometimes annoying too, so Owl Vision Retro Ring makes sure that people will hear you without being annoyed. Design bicycles of VanMoof, have most of the things in order but pedals, so time to replace them with better grip, cooler look Moto Urban Reflex, many options pick your favorite. No, any other saddles are more friendly to your popo but Brooks Saddle, you will love its comfort. You need a quick fix? Brooks Multitool is all you need. Last but not least, your protector under the rain, bicycle-friendly rain poncho by Alpenmüller.


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VanMoof refreshes S3 and X3 with Apple Find My network integration  + 🔋


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VanMoof S3 Refresh 2021 is here!

There is already an article about the rumors going around regarding the S3/X3 refresh or a possible S4/X4 introduction. Check the previous articles in German and English.

On April 7th, it turned out to be a refresh on the existing S3 and X3 models. So what has been changed, what kind of evolution the humble bike had?

Credits: VanMoof

The major improvements VanMoof implied in the official email received by some of the S3/X3 order owners are:

  • A more accurate E-shifter
  • A more visible Matrix Display (and an improved color)
  • Precise location tracking using the Apple Find My Network
the email from VanMoof

Last but not least there are other improvements on the refresh models such as:

  • improved cabling and new buttons
  • mudguards and flaps
  • body-colored, new design pedals

VanMoof also sent a new firmware update which indicated that there will be a second battery. The refresh model hardware supports the attachment of a second external battery as a range extender. The version history of the Firmware V. 0.1.07-BMS indicates:

  • fixes back EMF issue
  • prepares for the second battery

VanMoof revealed the PowerBank / Second Battery / Range Extender
on YouTube but by mistake. 😅 
We don’t know exactly if it can charge during the ride or only while the bicycle is in park position.

VanMoof PowerBank revealed on 15.04.21 — Source: VanMoof YouTube
The design of the PowerBank reminds the S1 chain bag — Source: FB

Apple published an article about Find My network now offers new third-party finding experiences.

Apple Find My Network on different Apple devices — Credits: Apple

Until today, Apple FindMy was supporting to add and locate Apple Devices and Persons using Apple devices. Starting from April 2021, 3rd party hardware also became part of the network.

There are already some vendors like VanMoof, Chipolo, and Belkin, integrating the U1 (supports Ultra-Wideband Technology) into their devices.

How it’s going to work with VanMoof, watch the video below.Connecting the VanMoof S3 or X3 with the Apple Find My app — Credits: VanMoof

As far as we know, this upgrade is not a replacement for the VanMoof’s Peace of Mind service, but an additional layer of security and an easy way to precisely locate your bicycle.

VanMoof S3 and Apple Find My network — Credits: Apple

Sadly, VanMoof customer support made it clear (over the official Instagram and Twitter social media accounts) that older S3/X3 models are not suitable to have the Find My feature as an upgrade. We don’t know yet, whether it will be the same for the second battery extension.

Instagram post about the Apple Find My integration

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VanMoof S4/X4 ? refresh ist da! Jetzt mit Apple Find My Netzwerk Kompatibel 

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VanMoof S3 Refresh 2021

Nach der Kapitalbeschaffung von 40 Mio. USD erreichte VanMoof während der Pandemie erfolgreich den Meilenstein von 100 Mio. USD Umsatz (vollständiger Artikel).

Der in Amsterdam ansässige Fahrradhersteller entwickelt sich schneller als je zuvor zu einer weltweiten Marke. Das auffällige minimalistische Design der Fahrräder und die nahtlose Integration der Technologie in das Fahrrad-Ökosystem ziehen immer mehr Menschen auf der ganzen Welt an.

Der (von einer Pandemie ausgelöste) Boom in der Fahrradindustrie gab VanMoof ein großes Stück vom Kuchen ab. Besonders nach der Einführung der neuen Modelle S3 und X3 im April 2020. Die Nachfrage war überwältigend, die Wartezeiten stiegen sofort auf 4 bis 6 Monate und sie erreichten Rekordverkäufe.

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Mit der Zeit klopften einige Kunden mit Beschwerden an die Tür des Unternehmens, und genau wie die Verkaufszahlen nahmen die Fälle plötzlich zu. Die Kunden wurden ungeduldig und zeigten ihre Beschwerden auf sozialen Plattformen an. Diese Herausforderungen veranlassten VanMoof, richtige Entscheidungen zu treffen, und das Unternehmen begann schneller zu wachsen, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf Produktqualität und Kundenbetreuung lag.

Es begann sich auszuzahlen. Die Probleme, die sie behoben haben, haben sich positiv auf die Produktverbesserung ausgewirkt. Der erste S3, den sie im April 2020 verkauften, wurde durch jedes Kundenfeedback ausgereift und wurde mit der Zeit zur besten Version.

Innerhalb eines Jahres verbesserte VanMoof blitzschnell die Qualität, die internen Strukturen und den Kundensupport und gab sich selbst die Marke „ “City Cycling Utopia (vollständiger Artikel)” und nach dem Motto “Gemeinsam die Zukunft fahren”.

Jetzt ist es Mitte März und der Frühling steht vor der Tür. Es gibt bereits Gerüchte, die sich schneller verbreiten als beim S3 / X3 (mit entferntem Entwicklermodus). Fans, die Fragen zum S4 / X4 stellten, erhielten Antworten oder Vorschläge vom Kundensupport und den Vertriebsmitarbeitern des Unternehmens. Seattle USA, Amsterdam NL, Berlin DE, Tokio JP:

“Wir können diese Informationen nicht bestätigen, aber vielleicht können Sie sich noch einen Monat gedulden.”

“In diesem Jahr wird es keine S4 / X4-Einführung geben, aber wir nehmen den Kundenfeedback ernst, sodass es möglicherweise bald ein Update geben wird.”

Die Nachrichten deuten auf eine aktualisierte Version von S3 / X3 hin:

  • verbesserte Verkabelung und neue Tasten (bestätigt am 06.04.21)
  • abnehmbarer Akku (siehe Hinweise zum Firmware-Update v.0.1.07)
  • neue Farbe (n) (noch nicht bestätigt)
  • Wagenfarbenpedale (bestätigt am 06.04.21)
  • eine neue Matrix- (oder LCD-) Anzeige (bestätigt am 06.04.21)
  • Verbesserte Smart Cartridge (bestätigt am 07.04.21) 
    mit  Apple Find My Feature Integration
  • benutzerfreundliche Kabelabdeckung (bestätigt am 06.04.21)
  • Kotflügel und Klappen (bestätigt am 06.04.21)
  • Navigation (noch nicht bestätigt)
  • genauerer E-Shifter (bestätigt am 08.04.21)

sind einige der Erwartungen, die über den VanMoof-Newsletter bekannt gegeben werden.

🚨 Update 21.03.2021
VanMoof hat ein S3-Foto auf Instagram geteilt, das darauf hinweist, dass es sich noch weiterentwickelt.

VanMoof Instagram am 21.03.21

🚨 Update 06.04.2021
VanMoof hat ein neues Video des S3 / X3 auf YouTube geteilt. Es scheint so, dass es neue Pedale geben wird, das Display der hellen Modelle scheint ein dunkleres Finish zu haben, die Kotflügel und Klappen sind ebenfalls anders.

VanMoof S3 (2020) vs S3 Refresh (2021)

🚨 Update 07.04.2021
Es ist endlich raus! #Apple Find My Integration ist nur für die Modelle S3 und X3 2021 verfügbar. Schau dir den Link unter dem Bild an.

Bildnachweis und Neuigkeiten: Apple Newsroom

Zusätzliche aktuelle Nachrichten:

VanMoof Firmware V. 0.1.07 BMS am 07.04.21

Anscheinend “eine zweite Batterie”, vermutlich eine externe Batterie wie ein Range Extender, muss noch angekündigt werden, die mit den Refresh Modellen 2021 S3 und X3 kompatibel sein werden. 🎉

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VanMoof S4/X4 ? maybe an updated S3/X3 version is on the horizon

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After raising $40m capital, VanMoof successfully reached the milestone of $100m in revenue during the pandemic (full article).

Amsterdam-based bicycle manufacturer is becoming a worldwide brand faster than ever. The eye-catching minimalist design of the bicycles and seamless integration of technology into the bicycle ecosystem is continuously attracting more and more people around the world.

The (pandemic triggered) boom in the bicycle industry gave VanMoof a big slice of the cake. Especially after the introduction of the new models S3 and X3 in April 2020. The demand was mind-blowing, waiting times increased instantly up to 4–6 months and they’ve reached record sales numbers.

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In time, some customers started to knock on the company’s door with complaints and just like the sales numbers, the cases faced sudden increase. Customers began to be impatient and started to show their complaints on social platforms. Such challenges guided VanMoof to take proper decisions and the company started to grow faster with a focus on product quality and customer support.

It started to pay off. The cases they’ve solved and the problems they’ve fixed, reflected positively on the product improvement. The first S3 they sold in April 2020 got mature by every customer feedback and in time became its best version.

Within 1 year, VanMoof at a lightning speed, improved the quality, internal structures, customer support, and even branded itself with “city cycling utopia” (full article) and the motto “ride the future together”, while working from home.

Now it’s mid-March and April is around the corner, there are already rumors spreading around faster than the S3/X3 (with removed developer mode). Fans who were raising the questions regarding the S4/X4 starting to get some answers or suggestions from the company’s customer support and sales agents. Seattle USA, Amsterdam NL, Berlin DE, Tokio JP:

“ We can’t share such information but maybe you can wait another month.”

“ There won’t be an S4/X4 introduction this year but we listened to our customers/riders and there may be an update soon.”

The rumors/news indicate an updated version of S3/X3:

  • improved cabling and new buttons (confirmed on 06.04.21)
  • detachable battery (seen on Firmware update v.0.1.07 notes)
  • new color(s) (not confirmed yet)
  • body-color pedals (confirmed on 06.04.21)
  • a new matrix (or LCD) display (confirmed on 06.04.21)
  • improved smart cartridge (confirmed on 07.04.21)
    with  Apple Find My feature integration
  • user-friendly cable cover (confirmed on 06.04.21)
  • mud guards and flaps (confirmed on 06.04.21)
  • navigation (not confirmed yet)
  • more accurate e-shifter (confirmed on 08.04.21)

are some of the expectations.

🚨 Update 21.03.2021
VanMoof posted another S3 photo on Instagram hinting that its still evolving.

VanMoof Instagram on 21.03.21

🚨 Update 06.04.2021
VanMoof posted a new video of the S3/X3 on YouTube. Seams like there are new pedals on the bikes, the displays on the light models seams to have a darker finish, the mudguards and flaps are also different.

However, there is still something yet to be released in April. 🤞 Stay tuned.

🚨 Update 07.04.2021
It’s finally out, and this is the big news. #Apple Find My integration is only available on 2021 Model S3 and X3. Check the link below the image.

Image credits and news: Apple Newsroom

Additional Breaking News

VanMoof Firmware V. 0.1.07 BMS on 07.04.21

Apparently “a second battery” assumably an external battery like a range extender is yet to be announced which will be compatible with the refresh 2021 S3 and X3 models. 🎉 So if you ordered one today, you should be safe and sound.


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