Yamaha has finally removed the veil from its new Yamaha YDX MORO electric mountain bike line. The new models feature Yamaha’s latest mid-drive electric motor and a brand new frame design unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The Yamaha YDX MORO electric mountain bike line shows the new hanging design of the Yamaha double pair frame, which has a dividing frame on both the upper and lower tube.
The split upper tube allows the saddle to rest lower, making more room for the rear impact. This offers a lower standing height and helps to lower the saddle on difficult, technical terrain, where riders will stand on the pedals, no saddle is needed.
The split spide tube stores the 500 Wh battery and protects it in a cell-like structure. This not only helps prevent damage during drops or torsion during a crash, but also makes it easier to replace the battery than other frames that obscure the battery at the bottom. The design of the Yamaha YDX MORO also uses a steeper than the typical descent angle, which leads to moving the battery further back and better centering the weight of the engine.
As Yamaha further explains:
“Within this exclusive frame design, the drive element rotates according to the angle of the pipe down – better according to the path of the axles and the ground. The drive module simply fits better into the frame than competing models. Placed more vertically in the frame, the flexibility is reduced, the clearance is increased and the measurement of the rear center section is shortened, while maintaining a short chain stand. Because the drive unit is in a fixed position in the frame, it is retracted and monitored with the frame during a turn. “
Together, the split upper tube and lower tube give a new sleek look that just puts the top of the list of innovations in the Yamaha YDX MORO e-bike line.
Then the new electric mountain bikes feature Yamaha’s latest mid-wheel drive, the Yamaha PW-X2.
The PW-X2 Medium Drive System uses a unique four-sensor setting that detects pedal speed, pedal torque, engine speed and tilt angle to more accurately calculate the output required to support the pedal. How well does it work? We will have to wait for this answer until we receive a test unit for review. But marketing probably sounds great, right ?!
The new spiral gears used in the PW-X2 obviously help reduce motor noise, which is especially welcome with electric mountain bikes that run away from city noise, which masks the sound of switching motorcycles.
The PW-X2 also has an automatic mode. No, unfortunately there is no automatic shifting in terms of engine gears, but rather through the pedal assistance levels. When engaged, he can intelligently switch between Eco, Standard and High mode. This sounds like another system that is hard to judge without actually trying, but I can see the merit. There’s nothing worse than climbing a valley and then hitting a hard climb back to the bottom, only to realize that you’re still at the lowest level of pedal assistance.
The engine also has a new EXPW mode, which adds assistance to a pedal cadence of 170 rpm. With this high pedal cadence, this mode can be useful for technical sections or steep climbs, where a rider can throw speeds and turn the pedal with everything he has, or even when starting when the pedals need to be turned quickly, to get up to speed up.
Unfortunately, we still do not have details on prices, as they will have to wait until the Yamaha YDX MORO is closer to production. We don’t even have too many technical specifications.
We know that the bike will be a Class 1 model with assistance up to 20 mph (32 km / h), but we are still in the dark for many other details.
Yamaha representatives tell me that “Full specifications, prices and availability will be announced in the coming weeks”, so at least we have something to look forward to. I’m already a fan of Yamaha e-bikes, so I’m excited to see what else this e-bike will pack. The enlargement of the photos from the press shows a decent high-end suspension, including a RockShox Yari fork and Super Deluxe Select + rear shock of the Pro model. And these Magura brakes also look quite nice. But we will have to wait and see which parts make the final cut.
Tell me what you think of Yamaha’s first full-suspension electric mountain bike in the comments below. And what the hell, let’s start a game of knowing how much this thing will cost! I’ll be shocked if they get it under $ 4k, although this may be possible for the non-professional model, which looks sports with slightly lower suspension characteristics, perhaps among other trade-offs. But let’s hear what you think in the comments section below!
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