The S4 and X4 are two new electric bikes from VanMoof that try to be in the middle of the range. The company is trying to offer its best features and build quality at a much lower price. At $2,498, they cost $1,000 less than the company’s top-of-the-line S5 and X5 bikes, but they’re still not cheap.
In a news statement, VanMoof co-founder Ties Carlier said that this was an attempt to make an e-bike that was “more simple, more accessible, and more reliable.” One big change is the switch to a two-speed gear hub and adjustable motor support. The SX5 series had a three-speed gear system, and it had a torque gauge to help.
However, these cheaper e-bikes are the first ones to have adjustable motor support. Even though the gear system might be different, the company thinks the range will be the same as the SA5 and older SX3 e-bikes, which is between 60 and 150 km based on the rider and conditions. Turbo-boost is still on board, and there is a button for it on each side of the handlebars.
When it comes to security, which is an area where VanMoof has done well in the past, there is an integrated fourth-generation Kick Lock (Gen 5 on SA5 e-bikes) that locks the back wheel with a tap. It still has a lot of anti-theft features, such as onboard alarms and location tracking, but Apple’s Find My Item tracking is not built in.
The style hasn’t changed a lot, but there are a few changes that are worth pointing out. The SX4 doesn’t have the halo ring lights or the USB-C charge port. The frame also looks and is the same height as the older SX3 e-bikes. The SX4 will come in brighter colours like Evergreen, Sunbeam Yellow, Purple Fog, and Foam Green. This is a big change from previous rides, which were mostly black and white, and shows different styles to compete with Cowboy’s latest e-bike designs.
On VanMoof’s main website, you can now pre-order both the S4 and the X4. In Europe, the Evergreen model goes on sale today. In the US, it won’t be available until late May, and then it will come in other colours. Stay tuned for our thoughts after we try it out.
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