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Gravel or Hybrid? Yamaha Wabash RT & Crosscore RC e-bikes land new integrated frames & motors

When you think of Yamaha, there’s a good chance that motorcycles or musical instruments spring to mind. But did you know that they claim to…

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When you think of Yamaha, there’s a good chance that motorcycles or musical instruments spring to mind. But did you know that they claim to have invented the first electronic pedal-assist bicycle system in 1993? Since then, Yamaha has sold more than 2.5 million e-bikes and 4.5 million drive units worldwide. That’s a roundabout way of stating that Yamaha isn’t a newcomer to the e-bike world.

The latest additions to their e-bike empire are the new Wabash RT and Crosscore RC e-bikes. One is geared towards gravel and adventure, the other to fitness and commuting. Both feature an all-new frame with an integrated battery and the first use of Yamaha’s PWSeries ST drive unit in the U.S. New Frame & Motor Design

Compared to the Yamaha Civante , which was their first Class-3 e-bike in the U.S., the Wabash RT and Crosscore RC get a big improvement in frame design. The hydroformed aluminum frame now features an internal 500 Wh battery stored inside the downtube and a mid-drive Yamaha PWSeries ST motor at the bottom bracket. That motor relies on Yamaha’s proprietary Quad Sensor System which is said to better respond to high-cadence pedaling. While many e-bikes have torque, speed, and cadence sensors, the Yamaha system adds in an angle sensor that measures the incline of the bike while climbing or descending. The result is reportedly a more natural feeling power assist system, which can quickly adapt to the four different power-assist modes: ECO+, ECO, STANDARD, and HIGH.

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