The box arrived, and I immediately put it together and was amazed by the improvements Woom has made in the bike over a year:
- The bike was now 3 pounds lighter than the Woom 2, despite being a bigger frame with bigger wheels! The weight savings were done by substituting an aluminum fork for a steel fork, and by reducing the size of the tubes used in the bike.
- Assembly is also dramatically improved. The Woom 2 came with V-brakes that were mal-adjusted, and Pardo and I had to adjust them quite a bit from the "out of the box" condition. If you've ever adjusted V-brakes you know that's a pain because they have too many degrees of freedom. Well, this year, the Woom 3 came with brakes that were adjusted correctly!
- No more coaster brake option! All Woom bikes now come with 2 hand brakes and a freewheel! This is so obviously the correct design that you would think the bicycle industry would adopt it as standard. But that would be way too sensible, like building a waterproof phone or something, so practically nobody does it. It also means that if Amazon is your preferred vendor, you can buy it from Amazon as there's no need to order a separate freewheel rear wheel, etc.
- Bikes now come with a kickstand and bell. The kickstand is dramatically improved from the 2015 version, and Bowen can now actuate and de-activate it at will.