YAMAHA CIVANTE FIRST LOOK

Yamaha’s drop-bar e-road bike allows assist up to 28 mph, putting it into the Class 3 category. It features a Yamaha mid-drive unit with 70 N/m of torque and an easy-to-remove 500Wh battery. A Yamaha PWSeries SE motor provides the power, though it’s not easy to get up to max speed. With its 70 N/m of torque, you end up accelerating quickly and needing to shift up the gears pretty quickly when you take off but at speed the power fades.

The 500-Wh battery is the same externally mounted version that Yamaha has been using for several years now. It works fine, but we’d love to see a more contemporary spec of a internally mounted option or even a semi-internally mounted one, like on the new YDX-Moro. The high-speed charger can charge the battery from 0–80 percent in just one hour, but a full charge will still take nearly four hours if the battery is fully spent.

FULL REVIEW

Price: $3399

Motor: Yamaha PWSeries SE, 250W (nominal), 500W (Peak), 70 N/m

Battery: 500 Wh with charge-life indicator and self-diagnosis display

Charge time: 3–4 hours

Top speed: 28 mph (Class 3)

Range: 40–60 miles (tested)

Drive: Shimano Tiagra GS 10-speed

Brakes: Shimano Tiagra Hydraulic Disc 160mm Centerlock disc

Controls: Yamaha

Fork: Alloy, 12mm thru-axle, fender compatible

Frame: Yamaha hydro-formed and butted aluminum

Rims: 700c alloy aero rim, 27mm depth

Hubs: Front hub 12 x 100 TA, rear hub 12 x 142 Shimano freehub and Yamaha Bicycles Speed Sensor

Tires: CST Xpedium Ampero 700 x 35mm

Weight: 43.11 lbs

Color choice: Polar White/Suede Gray

Sizes: 53cm (S), 55cm (M), 58cm (L)

www.yamahabicycles.com 

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