As likely as it is that many MBA readers may be familiar with the name Yamaha, it’s really something more readily found in the pages of our sister zine Motocross Action. But now, for good reason, Yamaha has a place in the pages of MBA with the release of their YDX-Moro e-bike.
Owing to the radical aluminum frame with a unique split top tube design, the YDX-Moro is Yamaha’s head-turning fat-tire effort in the pedal-assist segment. Two models are available—a standard version (pictured) and a higher-spec’d Pro model.
The standard model uses a 1x Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain with an 11-46 cassette. For suspension duties you’ll find the pairing of a 160mm-travel RockShox Revelation fork and a 150 mm-travel RockShox Deluxe Select + shock. Slowing the Moro down are a pair of Magura MT30 brakes with 203mm rotors.
Both bikes use Yamaha’s own PW-X2 motor that’s integrated into the downtube with five power modes and a 500-Wh battery.
The bumblebee-yellow Moro is priced at $4500, while the higher-end-spec’d Pro sells for $5500.