The build that keeps Brian flyin'

Lopes loves how the Yamaha e-bike gives him more riding time every day.


Frame: Yamaha YDX-Moro 07, alloy, LG 150mm rear travel
“The geo of this bike has really changed my thinking on the direction modern-day bikes are heading. It’s not as slack as most bikes and the chainstays are long, but the weight is distributed very well. The front never feels like it will push, which I think super-slack-head-angle bikes often do on any trail that isn’t steep, and with the long rear end I never feel like I have to get over the back end of the bike. Sliding the rear is very controllable.”

Motor: Yamaha PW-X3

“This is a Class 1 motor with 500 watts of max power and 85 N/m of max torque. There are five modes, plus an automatic mode. The mode I like best is the MTB mode, as it has the highest output of power while delivering it in a way that most closely simulates the power you are putting into the pedals.”

Battery: Yamaha 500 Wh

“It weighs 6.61 pounds and has a recharge time of one hour to 80 percent and four hours to 100 percent.”

Fork: DVO Onyx E1, set at 160mm travel
“This fork is specifically designed for the added weight of ebikes, with 67 percent more bushing overlap. Of course, it has high- and low-speed compression adjusters and DVO’s OTT (Off the Top) adjuster, which really allows you to get the suppleness at the beginning of the stroke.”

Tires: Kenda 2.45 AGC front, Kenda 2.6 Pinner AGC rear
“Up front I’m running a new prototype tire by Kenda that I’m loving. It’s a 2.45 AGC, and usually I’m running between 21–23 psi up front. In the rear I’m running a Kenda 2.6 Pinner AGC, usually at 24–27 psi, depending on the terrain. I like the little bigger tire in the rear with the added weight of the ebike. It provides a bit more damping, and I like the added traction it often provides also. Being that I have the assist of the motor, the added weight and resistance aren’t something that concerns me as much.”

Tubeless sealant: Peaty’s sealant
“I am usually changing tires every month or two, so I’m just changing sealant at that time. Peaty’s tubeless valves are also on the bike.”

Rims: Crankbrothers Carbon Synthesis

Hubs: Shimano XT

Brakes: Shimano XT w/ XTR 203mm rotors front and rear



Handlebars: Renthal Carbon 35s w/ 40mm rise, cut to 760mm width

Grips: ODI Ruffian XL

Pedals: Shimano XTR Trail

Cranks: Praxis 170mm

Chainring: 36t

Shifter: Shimano XT 11-speed Linkglide

Rear derailleur: Shimano XT 11-speed Linkglide

Rear cassette: Shimano Linkglide 11-50t

Chain: Shimano 11-speed Linkglide

Chain lube: Peaty’s LinkLube dry


The Yamaha motor and battery let Brian get in hours of riding time each day.


Saddle: DVO

Seatpost: Reverb AXS

Headset: Chris King

Shock: DVO Topaz Gen 3, 210×55

Stem: Renthal APEX, 33mm length

Hardware: Titanium Better Bolts
“Titanium Better Bolts everywhere. Not that I’m worried about weight savings so much on my ebike, but Better Bolts are not only the best-quality bolts on the market, but there is no denying the added bling factor.”

Head angle: 66.3 degrees

Seat tube angle: 70.3 degrees

Weight of complete bike: 52 pounds

Estimated retail cost of bike, as equipped: “Around $10–$11k built up as is, but the stock version retails for $6399.”

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