Yamaha has announced two all-new, class 3, power assist bikes for the US market called the Wabash RT and the CrossCore RC, which feature the Japanese company’s all new PWSeries ST drive unit, frame and internally integrated batteries.
The Wabash RT is a performance drop-bar gravel bike designed for long hauls both on and off-road, while the CrossCore RC is a versatile lifestyle and fitness-focused bike with a flat handlebar, ergonomic grips and a riding position made for extended fitness, commuting and any journey one desires.
“Both of our new models are stylish performance e-Bikes that bring rider and machine together as one for adventures right out of the garage,” said Drew Engelmann, Yamaha’s Power Assist Bicycle group sales and marketing manager. “Built on Yamaha’s heritage as a pioneering leader in e-Bikes, the Wabash RT is made for paved and unpaved exploration and adventure, while the CrossCore RC redefines ‘commuting by bicycle’ and serves the growing fitness and transit e-Bike market, which grew by approximately 50% in the last year.”
The Wabash RT and CrossCore RC integrate 500-watt-hour lithium-ion batteries into their downtubes, thanks to Yamaha’s all-new frame designs which optimize geometry, frame rigidity and weight balance for each bike’s specific purpose. They are also the first U.S. models to be powered by the company’s new PWSeries ST drive unit, which has four assist modes and an intuitive automatic mode, and provides speed support up to 28 mph with maximum power of 500 watts.
“The PWSeries ST is the most natural feeling power assist system on the market because of our proprietary Quad Sensor System, which also supports high cadence pedaling. It adapts immediately and with great efficiency to ride conditions, maintaining smooth transitions through the power assist levels based on data from each of four sensors,” boasts Yamaha.
Additionally, the Wabash RT and CrossCore RC have four levels of power assist, ECO+, ECO, STANDARD, and HIGH. The bikes also feature Automatic mode, which gives riders a smooth and seamless experience of the power assist system adjusting automatically between ECO, STANDARD, and HIGH for optimal performance.
The Wabash RT combines traditional road bike design elements with key off-road performance features including:
The CrossCore RC features commuter and city-specific ergonomics and geometry with flat handlebars and an upright position. Its specifications include:
“These new models will offer great riding experiences to bicyclists for all of the three fastest-growing segments in cycling: electric bicycles, gravel riding, and bicycle commuting. They’re versatile, do-anything bikes with 28-mph class 3 speed assist,” said Rob Trester, who leads the Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle group in the U.S. “Yamaha’s pioneering experience, quality and reliability will give riders both the performance and the confidence that they’re on the best e-bikes available.”
The all-new Yamaha Wabash RT in a sharp Blue Steel color scheme sells for $4,099, while the CrossCore RC costs $3,099, which will be offered in three color schemes, Shiver White, Painted Desert, and Urban Sage. Both models will be available this summer, and come with Yamaha’s three-year warranty on the drive unit, 500-watt-hour battery, and frame.
Yamaha launched the world’s first electrically power-assisted bicycle in 1993 and has since produced more than 4.5 million drive units and sold more than 2.5 million of its power assist bicycles worldwide. YMC also supplies Yamaha’s class-leading e-Bike Systems to select OEM partners worldwide.
Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles is part of the Smart Power Vehicle Division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA.
The Yamaha Bicycles lineup includes a variety of power assist bicycles for fitness, fun, commuting and serious mountain bike and gravel off-road performance. View Yamaha’s full line of Power Assist Bicycles at www.YamahaBicycles.com and find a local retailer at Yamaha’s dealer locator. See future Yamaha Bicycle models at: www.YamahaBicycles.com/future-ebikes.
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