Gears: 3 Speed
On all VANMOOF bikes you will only find complete integrated gearing solutions. We believe the outside gearing solutions are absolutely not suitable for a commuting bicycle, as they require maintenance and get damaged too easily. The integrated gear (internal gear hubs) is situated in the rear wheel, where it’s well protected. It’s a simple solution and it gives us the opportunity to completely cover the chain as well, making the whole drive train maintenance free. The most important aspect of the gear hub is not the amount of gears, but the total range (difference between first and last gear) of the gear hub. If the hub has a very big range it’s better to have more steps in between (gears). For example; the B series with a range of 177% is works best with 3 gears, but the S-series with a total range of 307% (!) needs 8 gears to cover the big range and to be sure you find the perfect gear for any situation. The bike you’ve selected uses a Sturmey-Archer hub with a range of 177% and 3 gears to choose from. This type of gearing hub uses a rotary shifting system, meaning the gearing cable can stay inside the frame, where it is extra well protected.
powder coated aluminium The bicycle you’ve selected has an aluminium frame with an extra hard powder coated layer. On top of the powder coated paint is another layer of transparent paint, to give it a better finish and to get an even better protection against color fading or damage. The material we’ve select for this frame is very high quality aluminium 6061 alloy. A bike frame has a lot of forces to work with, and we want ours to stay in great shape for its whole life. Every VANMOOF frame is hand welded by the best skilled workers. After all the welding is done, and every possible measurement is performed, the frame gets a heat treatment to make the aluminium even stronger from the inside out.
Brakes: front and rear disc-brakes
The type of brake system on your bike actually determines the character and purpose of the bike. For our VANMOOF bicycles we’ve selected a small collection of different brakes, one is not necessarily better than the other, but suits a different usage of the bicycle. We believe that brakes for an urban commuter must be light weight, low maintenance and most importantly: should not make your clothes dirty. The bike you selected uses a mechanical disc-brake system with 140mm discs on the front and rear. The disc brake system is light weight and has amazing braking power in any weather condition. There will be no brake pad dirt on your wheels or bike (unlike a rim brake system). It is not 100% maintenance free; it requires an easy adjustment every 6 months when used daily. At VANMOOF we believe the small sized disc brakes are the most suitable brake system for a commuter bike, they’re clean, light, and low on maintenance and can be used on every road and in every weather condition.
Saddle: vanmoof x commute
A commuter’s saddle has many different requirements compared to a normal bicycle saddle. It needs to be very strong to prevent being damaged, needs to be weather resistant, and on top of that, it always needs to be elegant and shiny to impress its owner. On all VANMOOF bikes you will find a saddle from the brand COMMUTE. The saddles with air suspension are made for long distance riding, giving more comfort to the user. The air suspension works great in filtering the heavy shocks and vibrations, without losing the advantage of having a harder saddle top. To keep things simple and affordable we also have the option of using a saddle without air suspension on our F series.