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The First VinFast You’ll Want To Buy Is A $2,800 E-Bike With 63 Miles Of Range

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To say that Vietnamese electric carmaker VinFast hasn’t had the most graceful arrival to the American market would be an understatement. Its debut product, the VF8 crossover, broke on us during its media drive, and is weirdly expensive at $46,000. Making cars is hard, but cars aren’t the only form of electric transportation. At CES 2024, VinFast dropped an e-bike called the DrgnFly, which is coming to America sporting some truly competitive specs.

Let’s start with the big one — The VinFast DrgnFly claims to offer 63 miles of range, although e-bike range isn’t federally tested. If the real-world results end up anywhere close to that, this could be one serious courier-duty e-bike, or appeal to commuters who don’t want to haul a battery pack up to their apartment every single evening. Since Class 3 e-bikes are limited to 28 mph by law in most states and are generally used for urban transport, more range than a 2018 smart EQ fortwo is hilarious overkill in the best way possible.

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Of course, big range usually comes with big costs, but $2,800 doesn’t seem that awful for a long-range e-bike with a two-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. The little Honda Motocompacto scooter is roughly $1,000 for something that can go 15 miles, and a Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X Step-Through has a range of 65 miles, an MSRP of $1,999, but just a one-year warranty. Oh, and it doesn’t look nearly as cool as the DrgnFly.

Motocompacto And Juiced

That’s the Honda Motocompacto on the left and the Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X Step-Through on the right, if you’re curious.

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Yep, VinFast’s aluminum-framed two-wheeler is properly stylish, with the same sort of focus on design we’re seeing from more expensive e-bikes like the Super73-R. That’s what hiring Red Dot-awarded Danish studio Eskild Hansen will do for you. VinFast claims its e-bike is “reminiscent of the image of a flying dragon – “Thang Long,”” and I’ll certainly admit that it’s striking.

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Unusually, this e-bike is a connected vehicle, which is sure to induce groans from the peanut gallery. However, let’s hold off judgement for now, because the digital connection allows for a rather interesting perk. Emphasis mine.

Beyond its striking design and advanced features, the DrgnFly is a connected and smart electric bike. With an embedded 4G connection and a feature-rich companion app, riders can enjoy a range of smart features, including riding modes, remote locking/bike locator (GPS), ride statistics records, and remote diagnostics. Notably, over-the-air (OTA) updates will make sure riders have a consistently optimized vehicle that delivers an amazing experience.

Bike theft is a serious problem, and being able to lock down a stolen e-bike and locate it could make it easier to get a stolen e-bike back. When you’re spending four figures on transportation, you probably want some sort of insurance, and this is as close as you’ll get on an e-bike. Now, there is a flipside to this, because I imagine it would be incredibly aggravating if your bike started updating before a journey, but we’ll just have to see how VinFast approaches connectivity and how well it works.

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VinFast plans on bringing the DrgnFly to America first, with roll-out in other markets coming later. Mind you, no official timing has been mentioned, so when it shows up is anyone’s guess.

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It would be neat if this thing made it to showrooms soon, as it seems like a reasonable, fashion-forward e-bike for urban commuters and couriers. The office worker would only have to haul this thing’s battery pack up several flights of grimy NYC borough apartment building stairs once in a while, while someone delivering for DoorDash could take some fairly long shifts between charging. While 60 miles takes a long time to complete on something capable of 28 mph flat-out, there are still use cases for a long-range e-bike.

(Photo credits: VinFast, Honda, Juiced Bikes)

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Col Lingus
Col Lingus
4 months ago

For $2,800 I will just pay Kramer and Newman to pull me around in the rickshaw.
YMMV

Bobblehead
Bobblehead
4 months ago

Is the battery in the seat?

Do not want thermal runaway in my underbits.

Phuzz
Phuzz
4 months ago
Reply to  Bobblehead

Think of it as an early warning system. As soon as your arse starts getting toasty, it’s time to jump off. 😉

D M
D M
4 months ago

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Last edited 4 months ago by D M
HowintheNameofZeus
HowintheNameofZeus
4 months ago

I had an e-bike with GPS/remote-locking ability. After a few years, the company stopped supporting it, and I suddenly had an e-bike that was no longer able to unlock itself.

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
4 months ago

I have also read so many anecdotes of people with GPS on their stolen bikes, going to the police, with current location in hand, only for the cops to say there is nothing they can/will do about it.

D-dub
D-dub
4 months ago

I know they had to cut some corners to make that price, but are vowels really that expensive to produce?

Data
Data
4 months ago
Reply to  D-dub

Yur mney fr nthing and yur chicks fr free.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
4 months ago
Reply to  D-dub

Gree.

Dogisbadob
Dogisbadob
4 months ago
Reply to  D-dub

$250 each

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
4 months ago

The concept work, but the stolen thing. You can trace something stolen down to the house or see the person with it. Many police will come back with “Nothing we can do”. If you take action to get your property back, now you are the criminal.

Maybe this solution 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U4ZYOBzEEs&ab_channel=Stormcab

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
4 months ago
Reply to  Arrest-me Red

That or a signal to trigger a sudden, complete front brake lockup at high speed. Alternatively trigger a catastrophic thermal runaway on its next charge.

Ohhh so sorry you stole a defective bike. Now you get to spend a few months in the hospital.

B P
B P
4 months ago

Is it UL listed?

Sklooner
Sklooner
4 months ago
Reply to  B P

Certified by Ulaanbaatar Labs

Chronometric
Chronometric
4 months ago

I got to ride a MotoCompacto the other day. It looked fantastic in red. It was smooth and fun in a nice parking lot but I’d hate to take it across a city.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wfQuwT6F4BzhRqvb8

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
4 months ago

Why are the TopShot folks wearing skateboarding helmets instead of bike helmets? Did VinFast do a presser with the wrong safety gear? That would track for VinFast.

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
4 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

It wasn’t called a Testicle-Remover, the technical term was Scrotum-Slicer.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
4 months ago

As an early genXer, this appeals to me. It looks a bit like my 3-speed Schwinn with the convenient Testicle-Removing shifter on the cross bar. Much bigger tires, though.
-and no slick out back: boo!

Last edited 4 months ago by TOSSABL
Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
4 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

It wasn’t called a Testicle-Remover, the technical term was Scrotum-Slicer.

(Oops above, clearly clicked the wrong reply)

Rabob Rabob
Rabob Rabob
4 months ago

Is this anything other than just another white label e-moped from Alibaba?

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Super-Super73-Super-Off-Road-Z_1600824595276.html?spm=a2700.galleryofferlist.p_offer.d_title.3eeb555eFBIJ6X&s=p

You’d figure if they were going to stick their name on something they’d at least go with one of the full suspension ones and reenforce the frame since the generic ones are known to crumple occasionally.

Drew
Drew
4 months ago
Reply to  Rabob Rabob

That shows a range of 40-60 km, so VinFast would need to lie about range or somehow increase it to make this be that. And they have the production capability to make these. I think things just look similar because there are really only so many ways to efficiently build an e-bike.

Rabob Rabob
Rabob Rabob
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

There’s a bunch of factories making identical ones, this was just an example. If you’ve ever ordered anything from Alibaba, you can spec them however you want. You can claim anything for mileage, it’s a useless metric since you can pedal and add your own range.

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Vinfast is lying about range. The battery size does not look even remotely close to being able to accomplish that range.

Their excuse is like many, its based off of a woman weighing 100 lbs on level 1 pedal assist and pedaling a lot which is not how anyone rides these types of bikes like the DRGNFLY.

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
4 months ago
Reply to  Rabob Rabob

That’s actually a clone of a Super73…but you’re probably not far off.

Rabob Rabob
Rabob Rabob
4 months ago

Seems like that design studio ordered some Alibaba e-mopeds, switched the Chinese stock app font to Helvetica and drop shipped them to a few of Vinfast’s dealers. Looks like it even still has the generic ebike battery that slides under the seat. Hopefully they at least got UL & TUV certs. Probably why they didn’t post any specs – if it’s got a zoom fork and Shimano 7 speed tourney stuff well then you know…

Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
4 months ago
Reply to  Rabob Rabob

At least that one has a “duel battery” so you can go drag racing with it 😉

Brett Goelz
Brett Goelz
4 months ago

I assumed it converted to a musket pistol suited for shooting at ten paces.

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