Quick update on the 2021 model VanMoof S3 after 2 weeks of ownership
Quick update on the #VanMoof #S3 Dark 2021 after 2 weeks of ownership. The bicycle came out of the box almost perfect (check the video as proof 😉), the front wheel and motor cable connection were again a bit of a struggle but I was the winner in the end.
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Tip for the new owners; turn the bicycle upside down and apply some WD40 before pushing the cable into the frame. After the first full charge, I could ride more than 75 km. Great range when you consider a lot of boost and the hills of the town.
Sustainable top speeds of different modes are like: 🇪🇺 mode 27 km/h, 🇺🇸mode 34 km/h and 💨 mode 37 km/h. Maybe a bit slower than the 2020 model S3. However, I managed to ride with 43 km/h (insane) on a flat private road using the 💨 mode.
The odometer is currently at 160 km. The motor is quieter than any other S3 that I had. I hear almost no swoosh. E-shifter is alike, there is also no buzz except when it shifts from 4 to 1. However, from time to time I am experiencing a kinda cracky up or downshift between 2 and 3, sometimes between 3 and 4. I contacted VanMoof support via chat regarding this issue, took about 5–10 mins waiting and another 10 minutes to come up with a solution. Well done, VanMoof support.
They decided to send me the new firmware v.1.7 for manual shifting then I got it installed. I need to wait a few weeks to get the VM App update for enabling the manual shifting. An upshift is a double tap on the boost button, a downshift is a hold bell button + double tap on the boost button. The bike also shifts down to 1 automatically when it comes to a full stop. I will give you another piece of feedback after I test it.
The light sensor works like a charm. The matrix display is clear and sharp, visible at any time during any light condition. I know that VanMoof removed the word ‘premium’ for the tires under the bike specs on the website after they switched to Maxxis tires. However, I like the look more than the Schwalbe tires, not sure about the endurance yet. It was easy peasy to put more than 2000 km on Schwalbe tires without any problem.
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Manual Shifting is officially available with app v3.14 (iphone).
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