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Why We Ride: Boost Button

What makes a VanMoof a VanMoof? We asked our international riders about their favorite Electrified S2 & X2 features – to discover what it really means to Ride the Future.

“With a normal bike, I’d have to stop and walk.”

Martin couldn’t imagine living anywhere other than his native Stockholm. But his city’s serious inclines often lead him to question his mode of transport. In his pre-Electrified days, Martin would have to get off his bike and push it up the last leg of his commute – the last thing you want when you’re in a rush. Now, it’s just a matter of pushing a button, and his S2 does the hard work for him.

“It’s not a question of speed, it’s a question of safety.”

Parisian Paul’s daily A-to-B involves navigating the French capital’s notorious boulevards. With famously fast traffic light changeovers, a slower cyclist can find themselves caught in the middle of the street as traffic pours in from the left and right. But as an Electrified rider, Paul knows he’s always got that extra burst of instant acceleration at his fingertips. It’s perfect for blasting across those boulevards, keeping him safe on his commute.

“I’m going to pull out my magic trick… you wait.”

You wouldn’t know it from looking at her, but Nathalie is fiercely competitive. She’s already taken to Copenhagen’s cycle scene like a duck to water – now she wants to be the fastest in the city. The Electrified’s Boost Button is her secret performance-enhancer, zipping her to the front of the pack in the city’s busy bike lanes. Traditional cyclists might call it cheating, but Nathalie’s having too much fun to care.

“I hate slow… I ride like a good delivery guy.”

David is completely unashamed of his love for speed – and we don’t blame him. Weaving through the city on an Electrified, passing lines of gridlocked traffic, is a thrill that’s hard to beat. Paul even sold his collection of luxury cars when he picked up his Electrified S2. You can have all the horsepower in the world, but when you’re dealing with inner-city congestion, an Electrified will be faster every time.

The Electrified S2 & X2 are already seriously quick. But push that little button on the handlebar, and they kick into warp speed. The fan-favorite Boost Button delivers on-demand max acceleration – perfect for tackling hills, nipping away from traffic lights, or just going really, really fast.

Peter Gigg

About this author

Peter Gigg is VanMoof's resident Brit. He enjoys writing, running, and remaining in the EU.