Yamaha is far from new when it comes to e-bikes. They first designed frames and motor systems back in 1993. 27 years later, they’ve announced their first-ever class 3 e-road bike for the U.S. market. The Civante speeds in with the Yamaha PWSeries SE motor for road riders…

Civante details

Yamaha Civante profile
photo c. Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

The Civante is built as a do-it-all road bike. It’s something for the commuter and another thing for performance riders. Commuters will enjoy the fender, rack and kickstand compatibility. While performance riders will appreciate the aero wheelset, 43.4lb weight, and geometry designed to offer confident handling. Internal cable routing keeps the aluminum frame and fork clean, and thru-axles front and rear keep it laterally stiff.

Yamaha Civante crankYamaha Civante Rear Drive

The Civante has a 2×10 Shimano Tiagra drivetrain with 50/34T chainrings up front. Stopping power is provided by flat-mount Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes. And it rolls on 700x50c CST XPedium Ampero e-bike rated tires.

Drive system inspection

Yamaha Civante MotorYamaha Civante Battery

The PWSeries SE motor assists up to 28mph which is what makes it a Class 3, and offers up to 70Nm of torque and registers up to 110rpm cadence. The frame-mounted 500Wh lithium-ion battery charges from 0 to 80% in about 1 hour and locks to the bike. Key benefits of the PWSeries SE are smooth transitions between the motor engaging and disengaging and smooth pedaling while riding.

Yamaha CivanteYamaha Civante controllerYamaha Civante Light

There’s a lot going on at the front of the bike with an LCD display for the control panel, Bluetooth app connectivity, diagnostics and ride stats. Mode selection is done on the paddle shifter seen here just below the flats, left of the stem. There’s also an included LED headlight and internal wiring for the Yamaha rack and taillight. The $3,400 Civante is expected to hit roads this summer with a 3 year warranty on all of the electronic components and is only available in the while color scheme seen above.

The Civante will be offered in three sizes, which roughly translate to a 53, 55, and 58cm frame. For more details check out the Yamaha site below.



  1. Aluminum frame, hideous external battery pack and 10 speed Tiagra, all for $3400. You would think by now there would be better integration between these elements and not look hobbled together in someone’s garage.

    • 8-speed offers the highest durability for drivetrains, but we just could not do that on this model given its performance geometry and handling. We felt that 10-speed was as thin of a chain as we could go. Sure, external batteries are a polarizing discussion, we get it. We anticipate more riders using the Civante for commuting to work, so we wanted to offer an easy-on, easy-off, battery for those that are re-charging at the desk while leaving the bike on the rack. Yes, many are working from home now. Ourselves, too. We felt that the Civante could help riders re-center their mental health and find a fun way to get home after a day of work and get back home more quickly.

    • Joenomad, there is better integration. For twice the price. From manufacturers who use Yamaha’s motor. For someone who wants the performance without that price, this is perfect.

  2. GP, Looking at developing a new placement of the control switch for future models. Would you prefer left side shifter or right side shifter? Given that we find a tremendous value in offering a headlight and safety bell accessory, would you prefer to mount them off of the bar? Where would you prefer? Thanks for the feedback!

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