Yamaha has been teasing a full-suspension e-mountain bike for a while now. Just now, they officially announce the YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro. Both bikes feature a unique, patent-pending “Dual Twin frame” that splits the top tube for mounting the Horst link rear suspension and the down tube for mounting the battery, allowing for a lower center of gravity, lower standover height, and better traction throughout.
The motor, Yamaha’s latest PW-X2, is mounted in-line with the down tube, offering a stiffer frame and shorter rear center measurement. The motor itself has several improvements over the original PWX, including a new mode. It has Eco, Standard, High, a new MTB mode, and EXPW (full power). All modes get you to 20 mph, and provide assist up to 120 rpm, except EXPW has been tweaked to allow assistance at up to 170 rpm. It sounds ridiculous, because who would ever spin that fast? The truth is, they did this to provide better support at middle- to high rpms (90-120) to help with really steep, technical climbs.
The motor has a new helical gear design to reduce noise.
The YDX-MORO will be available in Desert Yellow and the YDX-MORO Pro will be available in Podium Blue/Nickel.
Yamaha has an online giveaway going right now at https://www.yamahabicycles.com/future-ebikes/.