For most people, the word Yamaha calls to mind one of two very different types of products: pianos and motorcycles. But there is also a bicycle division, one that has quietly been making power-assisted bikes since (wait for it) 1993. This week, the brand rolled out its first Class 3 U.S. model, the Civante, and it looks pretty flippin’ sweet.
The new road bike isn't carbon-framed or ultralight, but it is priced more reasonably than most models in that class at $3,399, and it boasts a few features that catch our attention. Tops among them is the center-mounted PWSeries SE motor delivering four levels of power assist up to 28 miles per hour, with cadence support up to 110 rpm. The 500-watt-hour battery charges from 0 to 80 percent in about an hour, while an LCD display keeps you aware of such key info as assist mode, speed, mileage and battery life.
An integrated front headlight, prewiring for Yamaha’s rear rack with integrated taillight and hydraulic disc brakes optimize your ability to ride this aluminum-framed beast safely. Meanwhile, the drop bars, internal cable routing, 10-speed drivetrain and Shimano STI shifters signify this bike’s true intent: to go as fast and far as you’re willing to take it.