Yamaha Wabash Review

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Updated February 1, 2023
94 Expert Rating

This is one of the best gravel E bikes and with a wide range of high-end features, including a proprietary center-mounted motor that allows for a low center of gravity and SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes. Yamaha’s new speed sensor with zero power assist provided power from the first pedal stroke without any lag. It’s also cleanly integrated into the bike, improving the appearance and eliminating the all too common issue of lost function due to the wheel magnet getting knocked out of place. If this is your first bike, you would easily rate it as the best electric bike.

Why We Like It – Yamaha Wabash

The Yamaha Wabash is likely the best electric gravel bike, thanks to a number of unique functionalities that combine to make this model an absolute beast on a variety of terrain types. For hill climbing, go for the bike in the Wallke x3 review.

  • Yamaha PW Series SE center-mounted motor
  • Maxxis Speed Terrane tires provide good mix of speed and traction
  • SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes
  • No twist throttle

Durability & Build Quality

Parts of this bike like the fork made of one piece of aluminum rather than the structurally weaker method of forging and welding multiple tubes together like other electric bikes such as the Specialized Turbo Creo SL. On another note, you might want to experience a different bike, like the African-inspired Boda Boda taxi. If you want to learn more about this option, open the Yuba Boda Boda review.

And, if you want more bikes like this, check out our review of the Macwheel Wrangler and the Vtuvia fat tire bike.

Performance (Speed & Acceleration)

Though the 500-watt motor is extremely powerful and suitable for both gravelly paths and steep inclines, it only engages via pedal assist, as there is no twist throttle here. Like the Giant Revolt E+ Pro it has a custom-built center-mounted motor, which offers a low center of gravity, and the inclusion of ultra-safe SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes. The Maxxis Speed Terrane tires are also of great benefit, as they offer a fantastic mix of flat-out speed and traction. The Yamaha Wabash electric gravel bike can traverse a single track simply and easily. For a list of more bikes like this, check out our list of the top-rated gravel e-bikes. Additionally, you’ll want to learn about electric bicycle laws by state, so you don’t get fined.

Range & Battery

The Wabash is a gravel bike that blends off-road and on-road bike elements to allow for the versatility to handle paved and unpaved roads, unlike other gravel bikes, even mountain bikes can’t perform quite as well on the street as the Wabash Gravel Bike can.

Safety features

The seat post is a simple pipe Alloy 2-bolt 35.0mm with an alloy Alloy 2-bolt 35.0mm clamp to hold the seat. The brakes are a series of SRAM APEX Hydraulic 160mm Center Lock Rotors that will bring the bike from the drive unit max speed of 20mph and able to stop in only the fraction of the time that the Cannondale Synapse NEO SE will take.


The light aluminum body of the bike pairs well with the 3-year warranty as the Yamaha Wabash has a lower weight for higher speeds and riding the bike is a little harder but that could cause the bike to break more quickly.

Yamaha Wabash Wrap Up

All in all the lack of a twist to the throttle shouldn’t be a deal breaker as it’s cheaper than most other bikes in its class and offers almost every other function of them with probably the only shortcoming being its speed as even some cargo bikes will hit speeds higher than it can.

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