Van Moof launch new urban bike

A functional aluminium workhorse with a Nexus hub

by Mat Brett   December 13, 2012  

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Van Moof call the Noir a “homage to the archetypical Dutch workhorse.” It’s built around a 6061 aluminium frame with a big old top tube that extends right through the head tube and the seat tube.

You get an LED system integrated in this tube – with lights at both ends. The LED is solar powered although you can also charge it through the micro USB port on your phone.

The Noir features a Shimano Nexus 7-speed integrated hub gear, roller brakes and an anti-rust chain, so it should cope okay with all-weather riding or getting locked outside with the need for minimal maintenance. 

The idea behind all of Van Moof’s bikes is that they’re minimalist and functional, so you get strong wheels, for example, durable Schwalbe Road Cruiser tyres and mudguards. You also have the choice of either a flat or a riser handlebar. You’re looking at a weight of around 13kg (28.6lb).

The Noir is priced at £688 and is available in the UK through Leftfield Bikes.

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Exercising my rights by taking them cycling

posted by pedalingparamedic [92 posts]
13th December 2012 - 15:50


where's the basket on the front?

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [55 posts]
14th December 2012 - 1:33


That design only makes any sense when the top tube is extended rearwards over the wheel as a mudguard. Fitting 'close' mudguards mean it's pointless.

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [1119 posts]
14th December 2012 - 11:25


More like homage to an archetypal bit of scaffold pole! Man, that's an ugly bike...

posted by pwake [346 posts]
14th December 2012 - 16:01