Looking for new bike? It can be a daunting task in a city where there are more bikes than people. No matter, I’m here to make the search easier in this list of the top ten bikes in Amsterdam.
Narrowing down a number to just ten in a city with over a million bikes is of course subjective. There are dozens of brands and just about every kind of style imaginable. Electric bikes continue to make their mark, easily outselling traditional bikes on the market.
Here is list of the top ten bicycles in Amsterdam in 2023.
1. Swapfiets Original
The most popular bike in Amsterdam is the Swapfiets. The single speed “Original” with their signature blue front tire is so common that they’re beginning to form clusters in the city. Based on the design of the Omafiets (a.k.a. granny or ladies bike.) It’s suited for cruising around town in an upright posture. They can take a beating and are easy to maintain.
However, you can’t buy a Swapfiets. They are leased on contract starting around € 20 per month for the single speed. The company offers top service as they will either repair your bike or “swap” it within 48 hours. Bonus marks for using magnetic induction lights, making them always visible while saving millions of batteries over time.
2. Swapfiets Deluxe 7
The second Swapfiets to make the list is the Deluxe 7. It’s a solid, low-entry and low maintenance bike equipped with a 7 speed rotary shifter. It also comes with LED lights powered by a dynamo.
But what sets it apart is the hand and coaster brake. This is the ideal setup for biking in Amsterdam since it allows you to cycle with one hand in all situations.
But since going fully electric, the VanMoof has become the king of the road. Marquee companies have begun offering them as a fringe benefit for their employees. The new S5 and A5 are unrivalled technological marvels with superb performance and has become the measuring stick for all E-bikes.
Cowboy is successful startup based out of Belgium. It’s made huge strides in refinement and advancements in technology with software updates like AdaptivePower.
The Cowboy has a clean design and is the main competitor against VanMoof. Popular across Europe, Amsterdam is the top city with over 600,000 trips taken on the Cowboy in 2022.
6. Urban Arrow
The electric Urban Arrow has dethroned the traditional Bakfiets as the most desirable cargo bike in the Netherlands. They offer a range of models which include a 400Wh or 500Wh battery. Popular with both families and businesses, they have become a staple within Amsterdam and a leader in urban mobility.
The Phatfour is the most sought after fatbike in Amsterdam. It’s a Dutch crafted E-bike based on the 1906 Simplex motorcycle.
The focus has been on the electric Ace and Ivy. Continued refinements and updates propel them in both urban design and performance. The mid-engine is powerful and silent and offers arguably the best, natural riding experience thanks to the smooth automatic shifting.