Yamaha, a Japanese brand known mainly for pianos and motorcycles, has been selling e-bikes in the Us for less than two years,media reported. Now, the company plans to expand the product line even further, and it has recently added an electric bike called Civante, which focuses on fitness. Civante is Yamaha’s first Class 3 electric bike in the United States. This means that it has only pedal assist without throttle and a top speed of up to 28 mph.
While this is sure to unsettle throttle enthusiasts, Yamaha cites market research showing that the 3-stage electric bike is expected to grow fastest in the market because of faster speeds and the likely to replace cars in commuting and other everyday travel.
But this is already a very high speed for an electric bike, so Yamaha hopes Civante will attract more experienced riders. Think tight shorts, bike sweatshirts and expensive helmets. The design of low-bar tackles and high pedal frames also seems to suit experienced cyclists. And the $3,399 price tag may make the bike a little beyond the reach of the average shopper.
Civante is undoubtedly a gorgeous-looking bike – although the battery is fixed – but its configuration is also impressive. Yamaha’s proprietary PWSeries SE drives the motor with a maximum output torque of 70 Nm and a maximum speed of 110 rpm. The 500W lithium-ion battery can charge from zero to 80% in an hour. The 10-speed drivetrain, double-chain ring, Shimano STI shifter and hydraulic disc brakes should provide adequate assistance when the bike is climbing.
On top of that, Civante weighs only 43.4 pounds, which is almost a featherweight for an electric bike. For many people, a heavy electric bike is a serious obstacle, especially for those who live in the city. For most people living in an apartment, it’s not a good thing to climb several flights of stairs with a 70-80-pound behemoth. But Civante is still heavier and more expensive than cheap e-bike brands such as Swagtron.