Yamaha Urban Rush Reviews

RickyBikes

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USA
The Yamaha Urban Rush is an electric commuter/road bike from one of the most recognized names in motorsports. This is a class-one electric bike, meaning pedal assist only up to 20mph. The Urban Rush is a high-step road bike trainer available in three sizes and one color (onyx). It retails at $3,299 (3 year warranty - battery included) and is available at select dealers nationwide. Yamaha utilizes a 250W mid-mounted geared motor and 36v battery with estimated 80 mile range. Yamaha uses pretty advanced systems for a mid-market product to create performance with some value; they’ve created a bike that feels pure to biking, compared to some eBikes.


Here's Yamaha’s official website for the Urban Rush; I'd love to hear your thoughts below, especially if you own the Urban Rush or plan to buy them!






While I haven't reviewed this electric bike myself, I have covered similar eBikes and I wanted to provide some insights and open things up for your feedback. I hope providing several sources, with varying perspectives, allows everyone to come to their own conclusions. Sometimes short reviews and those created by shops only cover the good aspects and can come off like a commercial, so I've tried to be neutral and objective with these insights:

Pros - things that stood out as good:
  • The quiet, efficient mid-drive PW-SE mid-gear motor is proven and reliable technology from one of the premium names in motorsports. Its lightweight creates a natural feel, complimented by the protected display. The PW SE is capable of measuring rear wheel speed, cadence, and torque; it is rated at 60nm and 250-500w of power with 110rpm cadence support. This is a quality mid-drive just below a Bosch in quality..
  • It uses entry-level 10-speed Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and brakes, which is the next step up above Sora. The front and rear derailleurs make a total of 20 gearing combinations on top of the motor assist levels. The brakes are standard Shimano Tiagra hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors; they’re low maintenance, adequately suited for this type of bike, and easy to adjust.
  • Most companies offer warranties for one or two years; Yamaha is a big name, so for them to offer a competitive three-year warranty shows they stand behind their product.
  • This bike appears to be a great balance between price, performance, and efficiency; this seems like a bike that is pure to cycling. It’s lightweight and a good value considering the 500w battery.
  • The reflective striping on the tires and the quality headlight and taillight provide handy safety features for evening commutes.


Cons - tradeoffs, or things that stood out as bad:
  • Considering this bike is a commuter, an available rear rack, fenders, and a bosses would have been nice to see. There’s room to add, but with a premium name like Yamaha, one expects some of these additions.The lack of shocks is an area of improvement, but the thick tires make up for some of it.
  • This seems to be a road bike trainer, as some of the videos suggested. Given the road bike style alloy drop handlebars, this is going to put riders in a pretty aggressive riding position. If you’re familiar with road bikes or are starting off to eventually get into road biking, this is of no consequence, but for commuters looking for a more comfortable ride, this is not the bike for them.
  • Two derailleurs mean added weight and could be more maintenance and tuneups, similarly, there is no chain cover (although the second ring can act as a chain guide), so be careful with pants.
  • Yamaha’s standard battery charger is nice and quick because it’s 4amps, but it is on the bulky side and has fixed long wires, making portability a minor issue.
  • Yamaha did well with frame integrated wiring and they seem to be going for a minimalist, traditional road bike look, which I love the idea of. This may just be personal taste, but the lack of mount and battery integration leaves it looking like a pretty road bike with a thick battery slapped on it. Yamaha is a premium brand, so I expected a bit sharper integration and design.

As always, I welcome feedback and additions to these pros and cons, especially from people who have tried or own the bike. If you see other great video reviews for the Yamaha Urban Rush, please share them and I may update this post ongoing so we can get the best perspectives and insights.
 

WattsUpDude

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Region
USA
City
San Francisco, Bay Area
Hi Ricky. Good write up.
A 2019 UR owner here. I’ll offer a few clarifications and some comments. The motor outputs up to 70 Nm according to Yamaha’s site. There are mounts for racks and fenders just like the Cross Connect, Cross Core, Wabash and Civante. The lower eyelet on the seat stay is a bit hidden. It’s covered with a metal piece that can be taken off by loosening a screw from the inside of the stay. It’s much easier to install a rack with the wheel off and it’s necessary to do so when installing fenders. I don’t believe that lack of shocks is a negative; especially since this is an all-road bike that’s expected to be efficient. If a rider wants a commuter with shocks, the Cross Connect covers that base. I’ve read a lot of comments about riders not needing the small chainring since the motor offers a good amount of torque. I personally find that it’s a necessity since I ride in hilly SF Bay Area; especially when I’m pulling the kids in their Burley trailer. I absolutely agree with your comments on the charger. It’s not often that I need to pack it in my pannier but some disconnecting cables would save so much room. Overall, I really like this bike. It’s heavier than I’d like but it also feels like it has more power than I need in most situations. I’ve modded mine a bit so that it’s a very comfortable commuter that is also capable on gravel, fire roads and some single track. If I were to buy currently, I’d likely spend the hundred dollars more on the Class 3 Civante. I’m lucky enough to snag my 2019 for a closeout price so I’m not disappointed at all.

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