Yamaha Bicycles Adds Two All-New YDX-MORO e-MTBs with PW-X3. Yamaha mountain bike

Yamaha Bicycles Adds Two All-New YDX-MORO e-MTBs with PW-X3 Drive

The Yamaha YDX-MORO 05. Photo c. Yamaha

Yamaha’s long history with pedal assist bikes continues with the introduction of two new full-suspension e-mountain bikes. The YDX-MORO 07 and YDX-MORO 05 both come with Yamaha-specific features like the PW-X3 center-mounted drive unit, dual twin frame, and quad sensor system.

Yamaha claims the bikes deliver the “smoothest assist delivery ever felt on a power assist bicycle in a lighter and more powerful complete package.”

“As the company that created the world’s first electrically power-assisted bicycle nearly 30 years ago, Yamaha is recognized as one of the world’s leading innovators in e-Bike technology,” said Rob Trester, Manager of Yamaha’s Smart Power Vehicle Division and the Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle group in the U.S. “We’re doubling down on the growing e-MTB market with the new MORO 07 and MORO 05 and offer our ‘Pure Ride’ feeling and race proven innovation to even more e-MTB riders.”

YDX-MORO features

The YDX-MORO bikes use Yamaha’s “lightest, smallest, most powerful drive unit to date,” according to the company. The PW-X3’s torque runs up to 85Nm. It delivers 250 watts of nominal assist and 500 watts of maximum assist. The PW-X3 has seven assist modes: ECO, Standard, High, MTB, Extra-Power, Automatic-Mode, and Walk Assist.

“The PW-X3 drive unit is 10% lighter and 20% smaller while producing more torque and the most ‘Pure Ride’ feeling of any e-MTB on the market,” said Drew Engelmann, Sales and Marketing Manager at Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles. “Yamaha’s passion for performance is driven by our racing heritage, and the YDX-MORO 07 and YDX-MORO 05 are true thoroughbreds for the next generation of e-MTB riders.”

Yamaha utilized a minimalist-style interface to control the electric components on the two bikes, with the aim of decreasing distractions that might lead to mishaps. The assist control switch is simple and partners with a 3-color LED interface to indicate which mode the rider is using. The electronics also connect via Bluetooth to Garmin Edge cycling computers.

YDX-MORO 07 Specs

We know why you are here. Check the specs on the YDX-MORO 07.

  • RockShox Lyrik Select front fork with 160mm of travel, 35mm stanchions, Charger RC damper with Low-speed Compression and Rebound adjust.
  • RockShox Super Deluxe Select rear shocks custom tuned for the Yamaha YDX-MORO 07 with 150mm travel, 210 x 55mm DebonAir air spring with 15 clicks of rebound adjustment, and 2-position compression adjustment.
  • TranzX 30.9 diameter dropper post with 125mm travel (small), 150mm (medium), and 170mm (large).
  • Shimano XT SL-M8100-R shifters, Shimano XT RD-M8100-SGS rear derailleur, and Shimano XT CS-M8100-12 12-spd (10-51T) cassette.
  • Magura MT5 4-piston brakes, with 203mm center lock rotor and single-finger lever.
  • Maxxis 27.5×2.6 tubeless Minion DHF (front) and REKON (rear).

YDX-MORO 05 Specs

And here’s the lowdown on the YDX-MORO 05.

  • RockShox Revelation RC front fork with 160mm of travel, 35mm Stanchion e-MTB rated, and Motion Control damping with low-speed compression adjustment, and DebonAir air spring.
  • RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock with 150mm travel, 210x55mm DebonAir air spring with 15 clicks of rebound adjustment, and 2-position compression adjustment.
  • TranzX 30.9 diameter dropper post with 125mm travel (small), 150mm (medium), and 170mm (large).
  • Shimano DEORE SL-M6100-R shifters, Shimano DEORE RD-M6100-SGS rear derailleur, and Shimano SLX CS-M7100-12 12-spd (10-51T) cassette.
  • Magura MT30 4-PISTON (front) 2-PISTON (rear) brakes with 203mm Centerlock Rotors (front/rear) and a two-finger lever.
  • Maxxis 27.5×2.6 tubeless Minion DHF (front) and REKON (rear

When to buy

Both bikes have a three-year warranty on the frame, motor, and battery. Both will come in small, medium, and large frame sizes.

The YDX-MORO 07 will retail for 6,400 starting on Dec. 22. It will be available in Dual Blue and Raven with Silver. The YDX-MORO 05 will come in Forest Green and cost 5,800, with availability starting in early 2023.

Yamaha launches new e-bikes range covering mountain, urban and gravel sectors

Yamaha was one of the pioneers of electric-assist bicycles back in the 1990s when it launched its PAS.

Over the last 30 years, Yamaha has built its own e-bikes, as well as develop powertrains for third parties. Now, the Iwata brands is taking its own e-bike range further with three new models.

Moro 07

First, we have the Yamaha Moro 07 e-mountain bike, which is powered by “Yamaha’s smallest, lightest and most powerful drive unit,” Yamaha says, that weighs 2.75kg(the Moro 07 weighs 23.9kg in total), produces 85Nm of torque, and is called the PW-X3.

Yamaha says “A key feature of the PW-X3 is its Zero Cadence technology that gives instant power delivery at the slightest pedal input, giving its rider a real advantage in the tightest situations.”

The Moro 07 also features newly developed freewheels and gears “that reduce mechanical loss,” according to Yamaha, and ensure a lightweight feel at speeds over 25kph.

Wabash RT

The Wabash RT is Yamaha’s new gravel bike featuring “new school,” as Yamaha puts it, geometry, and a healthy 70Nm of torque from its PW-ST drive unit that features the same Zero Cadence technology as found the in the aforementioned PW-X3 of the Moro 07.

Furthermore, the Wabash RT features an adjustable chassis and suspension so that the bike can be tailored to each individual’s body shape and dimensions. This is in addition to the bike’s three different size options.

CrossCore RC

Yamaha describes the CrossCore RC as a “real alternative to the car.” They would like to say so, of course. Honda makes cars, and Yamaha doesn’t, but the CrossCore is the urban model in Yamaha’s new e-bike range, so strange as it seems it’s competition is in some ways small hatchbacks.

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Also benefiting from Zero Cadence as the other two bikes, Yamaha says the CrossCore is equippable with accessories to make it appropriate for extra-urban journeys and longer rides. Despite this, it is designed primarily for the city, where its 70Nm of torque from the PW-ST drive unit should prove an advantage in navigating city traffic.

For motorcycle fans, there is not much to be immediately excited by with Yamaha’s latest electric announcement. However, the manufacturer’s commitment to electric two-wheelers is clear, and the twisting potential of its new PW-X3 drive unit undoubtedly impressive.

Once again, as motorcycle fans, we look a the new e-bikes. as we have done in the past with Ducati. and wonder what the manufacturer is learning from the development of these drivetrains that can be transferred from bicycle to motorcycle. Surely, we are nearing the answer.

Yamaha Showcases Its 2023 E-Mountain Bike Lineup: The YDX-MORO 07 and 05

Just when you though 2023 could not get any more exciting, Yamaha announced its Electric Mountain Bike Lineup. The YDX-MORO 07 and 05 are here to take your adventures to the next level.

Nearing the end of 2022, Yamaha announced its Electric Mountain Bike Lineup for 2023 and the reveal has got us so excited. The YDX-MORO 07 and 05 will join the company’s full-suspension electric mountain bike range. These bikes will be a powerhouse when they launch, simply because they will be featuring the new PW-X3 center-mounted drive unit, this will take your adventures to the next level.

What’s So Special About The PW-X3 Drive Unit?

With so much advancement in technology, we cannot even bring to understand where the next invention might take us. Yamaha has done it again by introducing its PW-X3 drive unit, it is the smallest, lightest but also the most powerful drive unit ever, we were in awe to see these e-mountain bikes in action.

This drive unit has a claimed torque of 62.6 lb-ft, all of this is done while maintaining a 250W nominal assist, with 500W maximum assist, and 20 mph power assist, this is still very impressive.

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There are plenty of other assist modes too, such as the ECO, Standard, High, MTB, Extra-Power, Automatic Mode, and Walk Assist. You can choose between any of the modes that you like without problems.

The interface control is going to surprise users the most, with this setting they can take in the information they want and manage settings simultaneously. These bikes also have the necessary features such as a battery capacity indicator, BlueTooth connectivity, LED support-mode level light indicator, and much more.

What Are The Differences Between These Bikes?

The YDX-MORO 07 and 05 may look the same, they even have some common components but there are still some differences between them. After all, these changes in these bikes make up for the 600 difference.

Suspension Differences

Let’s talk about the suspension differences between these two bikes. The YDX-MORO 07 has the Rockshox Lyrik Select front fork (160mm Travel). The YDX-MORO 05 has the Rockshox Revelation RC (160mm Travel).

Things are a bit different in the rear too, the YDX-MORO 07 has Super Deluxe Select shock (150mm Travel), and the YDX-MORO 05 also has the same one attached in the rear. There is another thing that is common in these bikes, both of them feature the 210x55mm DebonAir spring with 15 clicks of rebound adjustment and 2-position compression adjustment.

Brake Differences

Apart from the suspension differences, there is also a difference in the braking structure of these two bikes. The YDX-MORO 07 is equipped with Magura MT5 4-piston brakes with a 203mm center lock rotor and a single-finger lever.

The YDX-MORO 05 has Magura MT30 4-piston brake in the front, and for the rear, it has a 2-piston brake with 203mm center lock rotors and a two-finger lever.

How Do They Feel To Ride?

Powered by the new drive unit, both the YDX-MORO 07 and 05 are an absolute delight to use. These bikes are going to take your mountain biking adventures to the next level. As Yamaha states, both of these bikes will be offering a “Pure Experience” but that is entirely up to the user to find out and differentiate.

Available Fall 2022

Users will be able to enjoy Christmas fully as the YDX-MORO 07 will be launching in December for 6,399.99. The available colors will be Dual Blue and Raven with Silver. Although if you are looking for the YDX-MORO 05, you will have to wait a bit longer as it will be available in early 2023 and priced at 5,799.99. You can expect both of these bikes to be in different sizes.

Featured Image Via YouTube/Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles

Yamaha’s 8,999 YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB offers a well spec’d 90 per cent performer

Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB

By Russell Downie, Images iKapture

As an avid mountain biker since almost the day I could walk, and an avid motorcyclist in almost all forms since I obtained a licence at 16 – a mountain bike with an electric motor and battery added seems almost too good to be true… The perfect harmony between my two hobbies.

Since my first ride on a Specialized Turbo Levo Electric Mountain Bike (E-MTB) in 2016 (one of the first major brand, integrated, hub-drive bikes available in Australia), I have taken every opportunity to throw a leg over one, as the ride has proven just as much fun as it sounds!

Which brings us to today, the Australian Launch of the Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB, held in sunny conditions at the Wylde MTB Park in Sydney’s South West.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, picture a regular mountain bike, with a battery mounted in the frame, and a small electric motor mounted where the traditional bottom bracket would be (in-between your feet).

To access the power on offer, you simply pedal. The more you pedal, the more electrical assistance the motor provides you.

There is no throttle, and the assistance cuts out at 25 km/h, as per Australian regulations. So, the Moro, like all E-MTB’s sold in Australia, is closer to a mountain bike than a dirt bike.

However, the extra speed you can carry, and the extra grip and stability offered by a chassis with a phenomenally lower centre of gravity than a normal pushy, does feel a little like a dirt bike in certain circumstances.

There are switches on the left-side of the handlebar which allow you to cycle through five different power modes, so you can choose more go – less battery life, or vice versa.

Meeting the Moro in person, it’s a neater and more slender package than the pre-event photos and 160 mm front/150 mm rear suspension travel had me expecting. The ‘twin split’ alloy frame design certainly won’t have people confusing this model with anything else on the market!

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The gap between the two beams also makes the battery charging port and rear shock adjuster easier to access. The visible welds on the frame are chunky, and exude a heavy-duty vibe. The paint has a nice glossy finish.

The drivetrain, suspension, tyres and braking system are well known and respected MTB products from Shimano, RockShox, Maxxis and Magura respectively, and do a great job of adding a touch of class to the package.

At 8,999 ride away, it sits right in the middle of the crowded all mountain E-MTB class in Australia. That said, some competitors at this price point do have slightly lower specification components. Plus the transferrable frame and motor warranty (three years), and battery (two years), is quite respectable.

Yamaha have been making electric motors for bicycles of various types for decades, but only recently have they started making their own frames, choosing their own components and creating a complete package. And this is the first time any of their bicycles have landed down under.

Apart from the bespoke frame, the Moro differs from other Yamaha Powered E-MTB’s in that the software controlling the power is all of their own making. The Moro even takes data from an inclination sensor, along with the ubiquitous wheel speed, rider torque and RPM, enabling the software to modify motor output as steepness increases, when the rider selects automatic support mode.

Yamaha have chosen to sell the Moro through its existing Land Mobility dealer network in Australia (well, the 55 dealers so far who have chosen to purchase a point-of-sale set up, and have workshop staff completing training).

Their main target market is existing Yamaha dirt bike riders, who want to add one more arrow to their quiver of toys. They have not built or specced this bike to take on the existing heavy hitters in the Australian E-MTB landscape.

However, the big brand components, smooth high-torque motor and easy to ride nature may have some customers buying a Yamaha for the first time. The other interesting aspect of selling a mountain bike through motorcycle and powersport dealers, is that it gives customers access to Yamaha Motor Finance (YMF), which definitely could sway buyers to go blue on the back of the ease that process offers.

Combined with the impressive range of genuine accessories, clothing and cleaning products, this makes buying or financing a Moro and almost all the kit required a one-stop process.

There was a mix of motorcyclists, cyclists and Yamaha Team MX and Superbike riders in attendance, and everyone got along with the bike and had some fun. Which is absolutely what this bike is about.

The geometry is conservative, meaning the bike is more suited to mellower flow and intermediate trails than it is super-fast, super-technical descents at warp speed. The key numbers are a 66.2 degree head angle, a 70.2 degree seat tube angle and reach numbers of 392 mm, 436 mm and 482 mm across the range.

27.5 inch diameter wheels front and back are used, with good quality and high grip Maxxis 27.5 x 2.6 inch tyres fitted as standard to the unbranded 40 mm internal wheelset.

However, the Moro is only available in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large. That means that this testers’ lanky 192 cm 100 kg carcass was not well catered for.

The unbranded 170 mm dropper post was at minimum insertion, and I slid the Velo lock on grips 10 mm off the end of the bars to try and give me some room in the cockpit, with the stem above all the supplied headset spacers.

However the small frame didn’t help me get the most from the bike, especially early on in the day. The geometry, sizing and suspension performance on offer continues to confirm the theme that this is a “90 per cent” bike. It will suit 90 per cent of riders for 90 per cent of the time, and doesn’t pretend to be everything for everyone.

Riding the bike around the relatively smooth, hardpacked and not particularly steep test ride loop was a tale of two halves. Leaving the trailhead, I made the mistake of trying to keep the invited professional Yamaha racers in sight, and was pushing beyond where my fitness and skills are truly comfortable.

Combined with the small frame size, slack seat tube angle and small cockpit (unbranded 40 mm stem and 780 mm handlebars), I was regularly running wide on corner exits – especially up hill, and generally feeling like I couldn’t get the tyres to bite the ground.

I also struggled to have the motor assist me smoothly, cycling through all of the higher assist modes – as I wasn’t concerned about battery life. There were often moments where a big gulp of torque unsettled the 150/160 mm travel platform. It also meant arriving at some features faster than they were designed to be ridden, causing a few jumps to be landed too flat!

En route back to the trailhead I was starting to enjoy myself more. As the trail headed downhill I started to FOCUS more on correct cornering technique, and learnt how to weight the tyres in the way the chassis wanted.

Pausing the loop for some sessioning of the drops and jumps on offer was a good chance to hit a few berms and features over and over, and I started to genuinely enjoy what the Moro has on offer.

The jumping session also demonstrated that the OEM rear wheel is well and truly capable of withstanding a few decent cases and some sideways landings, as those present tested the limits!

After lunch I left for a solo lap of the 12km loop, and with a fresh mind, and riding to my own pace, the bike came alive. I was no longer struggling for mid corner grip, the software was giving me just about the exact torque I wanted – in all of the three highest power modes – and the supple RockShox Lyric Select fork and Super Deluxe Select shock were far more comfortable providing support at this more suitable trail speed.

Although sag was set to the recommended 20 per cent front and 30 per cent rear for the day, I write this review with a swollen left ankle, as the shock was pretty keen to blow through travel if I landed anywhere close to flat, or mistimed unweighting over obstacles.

Once the suspension had bottomed out, the force was up to my body to deal with! I’m sure the shock could be tuned to suit me better, but as previously mentioned, I believe I am outside the genuine window for the size Large bike, and the supplied tune should match someone within the window well.

By the time the second lap reached the descent, the Magura MT5 four piston brakes, with 203 mm rotors and radial master cylinders had bedded in nicely, and I was really enjoying the very smooth predicable power on offer.

Weighting the bike correctly in the centre of the 1254 mm wheelbase, I was starting to carve turns up with decent lean angle and confidence. The Maxxis Minion DHF / Rekon tyre combo is well proven, and was well up to the task.

A last run down the jump line was extreme fun, the compact frame dimensions, 27.5 inch wheels and quality components giving me the confidence to throw a few shapes into the equation. I reached the end of the 30 km ride with almost no thought about the Shimano XT 1×12 speed drivetrain, which is always a good sign that a product is doing the job required with a minimum of fuss. And this brought a post ride conclusion of “balance”.

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It seems like the whole package is doing exactly what it was intended to do. There is no one component or feature that really stands out, either positively or negatively. And while it may not have the amazing performance that some modern long, low and slack E-MTB’s do, it does what it does well.

As an experienced rider who was pushing the envelope of what the design team intended, the only things I would change if I owned one were touch points and size related items (dropper seatpost, handlebars, stem, grips and saddle). That is extremely commendable on a bike which sits far closer to the cheapest in class, rather than the most expensive.

Post ride the only problems encountered for the assembled group was several riders dropping chains, seemingly due to the excellent M8100 XT derailleurs not having the clutch feature activated pre ride. There was also some noticeable scuffing of the paint around the headtube, where the cables had rubbed.

I’m not sure if this could be sorted with careful cable routing, but I would definitely be sourcing some clear paint protection film for the area if I was to own one, as the flat rub marks were immediately obvious next to the glossy black paint up front.

Meanwhile, the display which indicates power mode selected and battery life showed only 1 of 4 bars remaining after my 30 odd km. Now, this is hardly a precise scientific experiment of battery range, but it does indicate that a larger or heavier rider, using the higher power modes, may struggle to do more than 40 or 50 km between charges.

Yamaha claim the battery will charge to 80 per cent capacity in one hour though, so a lunch time charge before more shredding could be an option. Or, purchase a second 500 Wh battery (price to be confirmed for Australia), and with a multitool and 10 mins work, be ready to send again.

The display is one slight disappointment. Some competitors with similar sized displays will show trip data – like km travelled, time taken, average speed etc – this does not. Other drawbacks were the cockpit ergonomics, I found the dropper post lever awkward to reach, and many times bumped the power mode buttons unintentionally.

Just like the cable routing and the inactive rear derailleur clutch, I can’t help but wonder if experienced MTB specific mechanics may have found solutions quicker than the re-trained Motorcycle techs present on test did?

Also of note is that there is no space within the main triangle for a traditional water bottle, so riders on longer loops will need a hydration pack or similar.

To conclude, the new Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB is a well-appointed, competitively priced and capable E-MTB. Its ease of purchase/finance, good quality components and balanced ride will appeal to a large cross section of riders – particularly at the beginner and intermediate end of the spectrum.

With a little time spent tidying up the cockpit ergonomics, and with suspension dialled in to suit the rider, the bike will be able to handle 90 per cent of riding that 90 per cent of riders tackle in Australia. Sounds like the team at Yamaha have done exactly what they set out to do, Bravo.

For Cru Halliday and Mike Jones’s thoughts on the Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 check out: YRT’s Jones Halliday get on the YDX-Moro 07 pedals

Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB Specifications

Yamaha YDX-Moro 07 E-MTB Specifications
Price 8,999 Ride-Away
Riding Type All Mountain
Colours Icon Blue
Size Small, Medium, Large
Drive Unit Yamaha PW-X3, 85 Nm
Battery Yamaha Lithium Ion 500 Wh, 36 V, 13.4 Ah
Display Yamaha Interface X
Max Speed with Assist 25 km/h
Frame Yamaha Dual Twin alloy frame
Fork RockShox Lyrick Select RC, 160 mm travel, 37 mm offset
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select RT 210×55 Debonair Yamaha tuning, 150mm travel
Headset Integrated tapered with 30 mm steerer spacers
Handlebar Alloy 780 mm wide, 35.0 mm dia. 30 mm rise
Stem Alloy 4-bolt faceplate, 40 mm length, 35.0 mm dia.
Grip Velo lock on grip
Saddle Yamaha Off-Road Cro-Mo Rail, antislip
Seat Post Alloy 30.9 mm dia. dropper post. (S) 125 mm travel, (M) 150 mm travel, (L) 170 mm travel
Shifters Shimano SL-M8100-R, XT, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-M8100, XT, SGS 12-speed
Crankarm Praxis AL6000 w/bolts 165 mm
Chainrings Praxis 36T
Chain KMC e12 TURBO EPT 12-speed
Cassette Shimano XT CS-M8100-12, 12-speed (10-51T)
Brakes (F/R) Magura MT5 with 203 mm Storm CenterLock rotors, 4-piston
Wheels 27.5 alloy, 40 mm inner rim width
Tyre Front Minion DHF New EXO /3C MaxxTerra 27.5×2.6
Type Rear Rekon New EXO /3C MaxxTerra 27.5×2.6

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