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The Morning After: VanMoof's two new different, but stylish, e-bikes

One's built for longer rides.

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Mat Smith
April 6, 2022 7:15 AM
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VanMoof S5 and A5 e-bikes with feature descriptions

If I ever take the plunge on an electric bike, I hope it’s a slick VanMoof. The company has unveiled two new models that are, unfortunately, slightly more expensive than their predecessors, but pack in a bunch of upgrades alongside impressive anti-theft technology. The S5 and A5 will each cost $2,998, but VanMoof hasn’t shared a release date just yet.

The new S5 is for longer rides. VanMoof reworked the straight frame to increase the height of the riding position and changed to larger 27.5-inch wheels for a smoother experience. Meanwhile, the A5 is more for shorter trips. It has an angled frame with a lower step-in and 24-inch wheels. There's support for both rear and front carriers as well. Both bikes weigh over 44 pounds.


The new models have an updated 250W motor, slightly different battery layouts (the S5 will cover up to 150 km (93 miles)), while the A5 has a range of up to 140 km (87 miles) and, gasp, a built-in phone charger.

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Now, living in a big city, the biggest impasse for me is the fear of getting my new expensive e-bike stolen. Both the S5 and A5 include a Gen 5 kick lock you can arm with a tap of your foot. It'll unlock automatically when you return. VanMoof is working on certification for Apple’s Find My network and will continue to employ its Bike Hunters. If that team can't find and recover your premium e-bike within two weeks of it being lost or stolen, it'll send you a replacement. The service still requires the company’s Peace of Mind insurance, however.

— Mat Smith

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