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Yamaha’s First Full Suspension e-MTBs are Here

While Yamaha might not exactly be a household name in the bicycle world, it probably should be. Back in 1989, they were already prototyping e-bikes, and in 1993, they introduced the first commercially-produced power-assisted bicycle (PAS), which debuted in Japan. Often when new technology is introduced, it can take a while to catch on, and in the case of the e-bike, we’re finally seeing offerings in most major manufacturer’s lineups. Electric bikes are now available across the spectrum, from commuters to road bikes and even mountain bikes. Yamaha’s newest offering, the YDX Moro and YDX Moro pro are their first full-suspension e-MTBs, and both feature a new motor, quad sensor system, five riding modes, and a dual twin frame.

 

The All-Mountain YDX Moro and YDX Moro Pro Feature new Yamaha Tech

Thanks to the new PW-X2 drive unit that is paired with a quad-sensor system, the YDX Moro and Moro Pro e-bikes promise to deliver a natural-feeling, pedal-assisted riding experience. A 500-watt-hour lithium battery that is integrated into the dual twin frame design provides five levels of pedal-assisted riding at up to 20 mph.

 

 

“This is the bike that Yamaha fans have been asking for, a full-suspension e-Bike crafted through a collaboration of Yamaha designers and engineers to create the best handling, best assist-feeling all-mountain e-Bike on the market, hands down,” said Drew Engelmann, Yamaha’s Power Assist Bicycle group sales and marketing manager. “Yamaha has designed a frame like no one else before, developed a new drive unit with all-new features, and, true to Yamaha’s engineering legacy, put together a total package that works so well together, it’s going to raise the bar for the all-mountain e-Bike segment from here forward. Yamaha just redefined the ‘all-mountain’ category – to ‘every mountain.’”

 

YDX Moro and YDX Moro Pro Power-Assisted Riding

One of the biggest concerns for mountain bikers, when it comes to pedal-assisted bikes, is the loss of the “pure” riding experience. This is where Yamaha’s Moro and Moro Pro shine. Thanks to the quad-sensor system in these e-bikes, which measures riding angle, pedaling torque, cadence, and rolling speed of the bicycle, the PW-X2 drive unit can adjust pedal-assisted riding modes on-the-fly to deliver the appropriate power based on changing riding conditions. There is even a walk-assist mode that provides a small amount of power to help riders push their bikes over obstacles that are outside of their riding ability.

In the end, riding an e-bike isn’t about shredding the trails effortlessly – it’s about going longer and farther than you could on a standard mountain bike. It’s about seeing more, doing more, and having a blast.

“The all-new YDX-MORO models represent the forward-thinking, design capability, legendary performance, and manufacturing quality the Yamaha brand is known for delivering across multiple outdoor recreation segments in the U.S. and around the world,” said Rob Trester, who leads the Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle group in the U.S. “The all-mountain category is one of the fastest-growing segments in e-Bikes, and the YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro are ready to capture the excitement and passion of riders and Yamaha’s bicycle retail partners.”

 

 

Interested? Learn more about the YDX-Moro and Moro Pro e-bikes here.

When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.