A Surprising Brand Just Launched a Promising E-Bike

Meet Yamaha's new Civante, a powered-up road ride that won't break the bank.

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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.

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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.

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