You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

This sleek $1,100 bike is impossible to steal

Tech Insider Tech Insider 1/06/2016 Leanna Garfield

vanmoof smartbike 5 © Provided by Business Insider Inc vanmoof smartbike 5 Even with the strongest lock available, there's always a possibility that a thief could steal your bike.

But if you ride VanMoof's SmartBike, you may no longer need to worry about that.

Available for preorders starting May 31, the new $1,100 bike has an embedded GPS tracker that lets an owner monitor where it is at all times, VanMoof's CEO, Taco Carlier, tells Tech Insider. If the SmartBike gets stolen, the Brooklyn-based company will replace it — free of charge.

vanmoof smartbike 3 © Provided by Business Insider Inc vanmoof smartbike 3 The bike syncs with VanMoof's smartphone app using Bluetooth technology. To lock the SmartBike, riders just need to tap "lock" on the app, and its automatic chain will do the rest.

If someone disables or breaks the lock without using the app, the user will receive a notification. In that case, VanMoof will track the bike's location using the integrated GPS. The owner won't be able to see exactly where their bike has been taken, though, because the company doesn't want SmartBike riders to track down thieves themselves. Instead, Carlier says the company will work with the police to recover stolen bikes.

"We don't believe it is safe or fair for our riders to have to do this themselves," he says.

Carlier hopes that the SmartBike will ease urban commuters' worries about investing in a nicer bike, and eliminate the need to settle for a $100 clunker.

vanmoof smartbike 6 © Provided by Business Insider Inc vanmoof smartbike 6 In addition to its GPS tracker, the app also tells bike owners how far and fast they've ridden. Lights are built into the front and rear as well. A battery located on the frame by the front wheel harnesses energy from the bike's motion and uses it to power all of its smart features.

Weighing less than 33 pounds, the SmartBike is one of VanMoof's lightest internet-connected bikes. In 2015, the company released a smart electric bike that unlocks by fingerprint and costs $3,000, called . 

These are just two of the many smart bikes entering the market. Ford recently introduced  that can track your heart rate and plan routes, called the MoDe:Flex eBike. There's also , which folds up in one second and auto-locks when a rider is 15 feet away.

The SmartBike comes in two models (3-speed and 8-speed), two colors (gray and black), and a wide range of sizes. Those who have  the bike can expect delivery in early June.

More from Tech Insider

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon