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Van Moof

Post by Dauntless » Sep 16 2020 2:24pm

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Re: Van Moof

Post by Tommm » Sep 16 2020 2:41pm

So... same reason the scam Theranos and the $500 juice squeezer Juicero landed $100m++ VC money... :lol: :lol:

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Re: Van Moof

Post by Balmorhea » Sep 16 2020 2:55pm

Tommm wrote:
Sep 16 2020 2:41pm
So... same reason the scam Theranos and the $500 juice squeezer Juicero landed $100m++ VC money... :lol: :lol:
No kidding. Van Moof bikes are a time-release curse on whoever buys one. They're treacherous, fussy, fragile and complicated to work on, and unbelievably time-consuming to do jobs that would be quick and easy on any normal bike or e-bike.

If you gotta be that vain about wires and batteries, you're going to pay dearly for it. But you'll have to find another shop, because my shop won't touch them anymore.

I'll be happy when I read they've gone bankrupt.
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Re: Van Moof

Post by MadRhino » Sep 16 2020 3:24pm

Van Moof (Carlier brothers) started with a thief recovery system. They posted vids of their stolen bikes recovery expeditions on YouTube, and had a big success.

Their ebike is a continuity, surfing on their popularity. It is too expansive and has design flaws that we, DIY builders, are finding ridiculous, but their target customer is far from those concerns. They have sold some 150000 expansive ebikes already. Van Moof has the money now, to improve their bike and launch a solid marketing campaign. Even if they fail with the new bikes ultimately, their success is already achieved.
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Re: Van Moof

Post by Tommm » Sep 16 2020 3:48pm

Balmorhea wrote:
Sep 16 2020 2:55pm
Tommm wrote:
Sep 16 2020 2:41pm
So... same reason the scam Theranos and the $500 juice squeezer Juicero landed $100m++ VC money... :lol: :lol:
No kidding. Van Moof bikes are a time-release curse on whoever buys one. They're treacherous, fussy, fragile and complicated to work on, and unbelievably time-consuming to do jobs that would be quick and easy on any normal bike or e-bike.
The reason they give the "Get it stolen get one free" policy is because of the $2000 they ask for them, then can ship you 4 of them from china... Whenever it is too good to be true, do the maths. :lol:

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Re: Van Moof

Post by dogman dan » Sep 16 2020 4:12pm

I wondered how they carried the generators for the chargers in the middle of the desert. Camels.. of course. I was thinking they had used one of those 2 gallons per mile utility trucks.

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Re: Van Moof

Post by Davidcroatia » Sep 17 2020 6:05am

Sorry im not a van moof lover

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Re: Van Moof

Post by Dauntless » Sep 17 2020 4:31pm

Davidcroatia wrote:
Sep 17 2020 6:05am
Sorry im not a van moof lover
Oh, but they just gave you so many reasons to be talked into it.
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Re: Van Moof

Post by Returnformer » Sep 18 2020 1:42pm

they had an ad on facebook that called them "unstoppable" or something.

i replied "why, do they not have brakes...?"




theyre ugly imo.

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