Urban Velo

Vanmoof No. 5

The Vanmoof No. 5 may be what many people are after in a no frills commuter with everything built in. Besides the unique looks and construction, the bike houses a hardened steel ABUS developed chain lock that retracts into the frame, and front and rear built in LED lights. Even better, the LED lights are rechargeable through the built in solar panels are with via a USB port at the home or office. Full fenders and a single speed drivetrain with a coaster brake keeps it simple, low maintenance and gives it that Dutch feel. Pricing works out to about $750, with a 3-speed internal hub and roller brake front available for a bit more.

8 Comments

  1. GargoylJanuary 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Really usefull, but with a old school chaincase in metal it would be more classy and long living. And look at the ladys version. This is realy beautiful!!1

  2. ErikJanuary 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

    great looks! where to buy?

  3. jazperJanuary 27, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Dope. i found their site http://www.vanmoof.com … check out the videos… they so funny!

  4. Chrissy JJanuary 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Oh man, that’s as ugly as a bucket of rusty Whitworth bolts. Looks like the top tube and down tube are make from scaffolding poles…

    Fair play to the developers, for trying to integrate bike security and lighting, though.

  5. NYC_cyclsitJanuary 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Very nice! Two things, though: the front brake should really be a standard feature, and charging system for the lights is way too complicated and impractical. Otherwise, I like the idea.

  6. carfreepvdJanuary 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I agree about the charging system. You’d think that a hub generator would be much more robust. If it’s designed to be an urban transport bike, then it really needs a rack and/or basket at least as an option.

  7. NYC_cyclistJanuary 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    carfreepvd,

    they do have a rack specifically designed for those bikes, but it is an optional accessory:
    http://www.vanmoof.com/vanmoof-accessoires

  8. carfreepvdJanuary 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Whoops, my bad. I made the classic mistake of commenting before fully exploring the site. The rack doesn’t look like it would be so great for hooking a pannier, but it’s hard to say for sure, since they don’t have a picture of it installed on a bike. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much since it does come with fenders.

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