If this urban bike gets stolen, its makers will hunt it down for you

VanMoof takes anti-theft efforts up a notch with the SmartBike

Bike thieves are terrible people – fact. Their lives could soon become a lot harder though thanks to a new urban bike from Dutch brand VanMoof, which comes with anti-theft parts and tracking technology that apparently makes it "terrifying" to bike thieves.

We suspect that may be a slight exaggeration, but there is one more intriguing promise for the SmartBike. If it’s stolen, VanMoof's Rescue Team promises to hunt it down and return it within two weeks. It’s called their Peace of Mind Service, and every SmartBike gets this for free for the first two years.

This little fellow will go hunt your stolen bike down within two weeks and bring it back: this little fellow will go hunt your stolen bike down within two weeks and bring it back
This little fellow will go hunt your stolen bike down within two weeks and bring it back: this little fellow will go hunt your stolen bike down within two weeks and bring it back

Be afraid, bike thieves. Be very afraid

Integrated technology

There's a dedicated smartphone app (of course), which enables keyless unlock, personalised weather alerts and auto-updates: there's a dedicated smartphone app (of course), which enables keyless unlock, personalised weather alerts and auto-updates
There's a dedicated smartphone app (of course), which enables keyless unlock, personalised weather alerts and auto-updates: there's a dedicated smartphone app (of course), which enables keyless unlock, personalised weather alerts and auto-updates

The dedicated smartphone app enables keyless unlock and more

There’s lots of technology crammed into the SmartBike’s frame: an integrated bike lock that can be unlocked with the tap of a finger on the dedicated smartphone app, integrated LED lighting, smartphone weather notifications personalised to your commute, Bluetooth connectivity, and GSM anti-theft tracking.

It's got an integrated cable lock, anti-theft parts, and gms tracking technology:
It's got an integrated cable lock, anti-theft parts, and gms tracking technology:

The integrated bike lock hides neatly into the frame

Plus there are some very appealing features that are less high-tech, but welcome all the same, like front and rear disc brakes, high puncture-protection tyres, a fully enclosed anti-rust chain, and an internal gear hub with twist shifters.

VanMoof SmartBike: price and versions

The SmartBike comes in 3-speed and 8-speed variants, and two colours (grey and black). It weighs 14.3kg for the 3-speed version, and 14.9kg for the 8-speed version, which we think is a respectable weight for an urban bike, considering all the built-in extras. 

Oh, and it's available from the end of today (31 May 2016) with prices starting at £840 and shipping free of charge. For more info visit Van Moof's website.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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