Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles announced its first full-suspension electric mountain bikes, the Class 1 YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro, this summer. With 160 millimeters of Horst Link rear suspension, the eMTBs feature a new patent-pending Dual Twin Frame design, boasting split tubes for both the toptube and downtube housing the rear shock mount and battery, respectively. Yamaha says the design reduces standover and saddle height while also increasing the aluminum frame’s rigidity. In addition, the manufacturer says the frame’s steep downtube moves the battery rearward to keep weight centered under the rider and improve the handling of the bike.
At Cycle Volta we’re currently putting our test sample of the top-end YDX-MORO Pro through its paces. Here, Cycle Volta contributor Justin Dawes—executive editor of CV sibling title Cycle World—takes the bike for a couple of runs and shares his initial thoughts on its performance. Look for our full review in the coming weeks.