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Yamaha's first dual-suspension ebike, the innovative YDX-Moro

Yamaha's first dual-suspension...
Yamaha's first full-suspension ebike: the attractive and innovative YDX-Moro
Yamaha's first full-suspension ebike: the attractive and innovative YDX-Moro
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Yamaha's first dual-suspension ebike: the YDX-Moro
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Yamaha's first dual-suspension ebike: the YDX-Moro
Simple mode controller and dropper post lever
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Simple mode controller and dropper post lever
The split frame allows a unique rear shock mount that keeps the whole frame low and compact
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The split frame allows a unique rear shock mount that keeps the whole frame low and compact
A low top tube makes for an easy standover
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A low top tube makes for an easy standover
Yamaha's own PW-X2 500-Watt motor
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Yamaha's own PW-X2 500-Watt motor
Yamaha's first full-suspension ebike: the attractive and innovative YDX-Moro
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Yamaha's first full-suspension ebike: the attractive and innovative YDX-Moro
Blue frame denotes the YDX-Moro Pro
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Blue frame denotes the YDX-Moro Pro
A large dual-suspension offroad bike with a frame compact enough to work for a wide range of rider heights
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A large dual-suspension offroad bike with a frame compact enough to work for a wide range of rider heights
Goes down hills
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Goes down hills
Goes up hills too
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Goes up hills too
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Yamaha has built its first full suspension ebike, and it looks like a beauty. The YDX-Moro and Moro Pro feature the world's first bicycle frame with split top and down tubes, as well as an angle sensor to allow next-level automatic riding.

The split frame allows Yamaha to run the rear shock almost parallel to the top frame tube, and that in turn lets the YDX-Moro run a very compact frame, making the seat height hugely adjustable for shorter riders, helping the hydraulic dropper seat post get right out of the way when you drop it down, and making it easy to pop off the front of your seat and get a foot down when you need to.

The motor is a 500-watt PW-X2 of Yamaha's own design, and features sensors for pedal torque, cadence, rolling speed and pitch angle. This means the bike can easily work out when you're riding up or down a hill, and adjust its assistance level accordingly; a great idea that will make the process of riding these things even more seamless and take some button presses out of the ride.

The 500 Wh battery is a little more tucked away than most, living sandwiched between the split downtube frame rails in a fashion that Yamaha says prevents it from twisting better than other systems. It's removable and can be quickly swapped out if you're running a spare.

The split frame allows a unique rear shock mount that keeps the whole frame low and compact
The split frame allows a unique rear shock mount that keeps the whole frame low and compact

Yamaha appears to have partnered with Rockshox for suspension, with different levels of specification depending on whether you're going for the YDX-Moro or the YDX-Moro Pro. Tires are chunky Maxxis enduro hoops. There's not a ton more detail at the moment in terms of weight, shift systems, prices and the like; full specs won't drop until next month. But to us, this looks like a beautifully designed and well thought-out little monster that should be a ton of fun on or off the street.

Update August 6th 2020: Details on pricing and specs for the YDX-Moro and Moro Pro are available here.

Source: Yamaha

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
That looks VERY nice. I love my Giant e-bike. I would love to see Yamaha build a competitor to the Zero FX someday...
JasonStanton
The Moros are Filipino Muslims which the american military fought 1901-13. What was their marketing department thinking?