Giant makes the full suspension Trance E+ line of models and I just bought the 1 model version - Trance E+1 pro. It is based on the highly successful and tested Trance All-Mountain geometry, and it features a Fox 36 Performance EVOL suspension fork - possibly the best all-mountain fork model line in production today. Tuned right, it smooths out most small bumps and gives you outstanding traction, without giving up support on bigger hits. The fork is soft on smaller bumps, and supportive for bigger bumps - truly a revelation. It also features Giant's Maestro rear suspension, widely lauded in MTB circles.The closest competitor I could find to the XM-D2 was a Ducati eBike that hasn't been released yet. That is a bit more expensive, but looks cooler, and probably has a more powerful motor. It would probably be difficult and expensive to import though, so I'll go with the XM-D2 myself.
If the XM-D2 does sell out like the XM-1 did, I think we can expect Yamaha to announce a copycat once again.
So... anything with over 250 watts of power or over 200% assist or any assist over 24 kph is not considered a bicycle in Japan. As soon as you break one of those rules, it needs to be registered as a moped or motorcycle. That means license plate, insurance, helmet, and some other trappings like brake lights, turn signal lights, and mirror are required.@shiruba , what is the Japanese law like regarding speed pedelecs (electric supported bicycles up to 45km/h)
A Japanese friend of mine would like to use one to commute from Yokohama into Tokyo, but hasn't seen one yet.
This type of e-bikes is rapidly becoming popular in my country (Belgium) and some other parts of Europe, but so far I haven't seen one in Japan.
I was surprised by how widespread they became in between the last two visits (2015年10月 and 2019年4月), but most of them were mamachari-type like you said.
For reference, my current speed pedelec is a Stromer ST1X
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