Yamaha wants to once again become the leader of engine equipment manufacturers for electric bicycle manufacturers with the PW-X3, an engine that is intended more for electric-assisted mountain bikes.
Yamaha has brought its PW-X2 engine up to date with a new, more efficient and smaller model: the PW-X3 is indeed 20% less bulky than the previous version. Manufacturers will thus be able to integrate this more discreet engine more easily into their bikes, which also loses weight: 2.75 kg instead of 3.1 kg for the old reference. Apart from this welcome compactness, the new engine also displays interesting performance.
More powerful and more compact
The PW-X3 thus offers a torque of 85 Nm (10 more than the PW-X2), the same maximum power as its two main competitors: the EP8 from Shimano and Performance Line CX from Bosch. Two rivals who were beginning to overshadow Yamaha in this sector, and which pushed the company to level up.
The equipment manufacturer adds a very simple interface to its new engine: an LED display for the battery and assistance level, and that’s about it. There is still an ANT + connection to connect a GPS. Cyclists who do not want to be disturbed during their rides will be happy. Others can opt for a more complete interface that Yamaha also offers manufacturers.
Yamaha is not stopping there: the group has also launched a new Crossover 400 battery, just as light as the engine (2.8 kg) and which offers a capacity of 410 Wh. It recharges in about 3 hours 30 minutes. The first bikes and mountain bikes integrating the Yamaha solution are expected on the roads in the course of next year.