We got a chance to ride the The Yamaha CrossCore RC on a beautiful morning in Southern California. The Yamaha CrossCore RC is a Class 3 rated bike with pedal assist up to 28mph. It is a versatile lifestyle and fitness bike with an upright seating position and flat ergonomic handlebars. This makes it a great bike for commuting, just going for a spin on the neighborhood, or running errands.

The CrossCore RC features Yamaha’s 500 watt hour battery integrated into the frame. The battery is removable so you can charge the battery on or off the frame. Charge time for the battery is just 4 hours so you can get going on the road quicker. Having the battery integrated into the frame helps keep the silhouette of the bike sleek and balance out the weight of the bike.

This powers Yamahas all new PWseries ST drive unit. The mid drive PWSeries ST drive unit delivers a natural feeling power assist using Yamaha’s quad sensor system. This features a new Automatic mode along with 4 manual modes you can choose from. Yamaha’s Proprietary Quad Sensor System features torque, speed, crank, and angle sensors to adapt immediately to the riding conditions and deliver a natural power assist. The automatic mode uses all these sensors to adjust between ECO, Standard, and High for optimal performance and efficiency. I opted to use the automatic mode for most of our ride today and was impressed with the smooth transition between assist levels. It worked super well when transitioning from getting to the top of the hill to the flat part of the road and it was very nice to not have to think about toggling through modes.

On the bars is a new display to access your bike’s information. From this display you can access a ton of information from your speed, mode, battery capacity, trip distance and so much more. There is also a LED headlight standard on the bike that has a  dedicated button on the display for easy access. Speaking of the bars, the Crosscore RC comes with flat alloy bars with ergonomic grips. The upright sitting position is comfortable and natural and these grips give nice support on your hands.

The Shimano 9 speed thumb shifter is easy to access on these bars, and having the choice of 9 speeds lets you have plenty of choices to keep you pedaling with ease on the flats or up a hill. It is equipped with Shimano hydraulic brakes front and rear to bring you smooth and dependable stopping power. All these levers are easily accessible on the ergonomic flat bars.

To add to the comfort of the bike there is a SR Suntour NEX E25 front suspension fork with 63mm of travel. This helps smooth out bumpy or rough roads when they become rough. Even with the added cushion up front it does not affect the handling of the bike in a negative way. Adding to the comfort of the bike is the 27.5 inch wheels mounted with 2 inch tires. These large volume tires help dampen out rough roads, and with the suspension fork give you a smooth ride. The tires also have a reflective strip to help with visibility of the bike in low light. We had a chance to take a packed dirt path and the tread on the tires had no problem with grip. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s an off road bike, but it can hold its own when the road ends and the dirt starts.

The Crosscore RC is fender and rack compatible to give you some options to make the bike work best for you. It would be very nice to have add rack to carry some cargo, which the bike can definitely handle.  The bike is also equipped with an integrated kickstand for easy parking and storing. It comes in three colors, Painted Desert, Shiver White, and Urban Sage. The Yamaha CrossCore RC weighs in at 52.2 for the small, 52.4 for the medium, and 52.6 for the large.

The comfortable upright riding position and the smooth ride makes this a really great bike for the casual rider looking to go further and get a boost from Yamahas great motor technology. The bike handled great and you can tell Yamaha went through great lengths to consider the comfort of ride while maintaining good looks with the integrated battery. It is available now in the US and Japan for $3,099 and it comes with Yamaha’s three-year warranty on the drive unit, 500-watt-hour battery, and frame.

Available now in the USA and Japan only.

Price: $3,099
Sizes: 54cm (S) / 57cm (M) / 60cm (L)
Weights: 52.2 lbs (S) / 52.4 lbs (M) / 52.6 lbs (L)
Website: Yamahabicycles.com

SUGGESTED USE: Casual, Pavement, Adventure, Fitness
COLORS: Painted Desert, Shiver White, Urban Sage
SIZE: 54cm (S), 57cm (M), 60cm (L)

MOTOR: Yamaha PWSeries | ST 3-bolt Mount | Square Taper Spindle | Quad Sensor System with rear hub speed sensor
Weight: 7.71lb
Rated power: 250W (Nominal), 500W (Max.)
Max. torque: 70Nm
Max. speed support: 28mph
Support modes: AUTO, ECO+, ECO, STANDARD, HIGH

Computer control functions include: (4) Power-level control switch, stop watch, distance units, power-level LED on/off, Bluetooth™ connectivity, USB power, USB connectivity, cycling function display items, time adjustment, LED headlamp power on/off, 3-color LED power assist level light indicator

Cycling function display include: speed, average speed, maximum speed, trip distance, odometer, cadence, battery capacity (%)

BATTERY: Yamaha 500Wh with Charge-life indicator and Self-diagnosis display. Side-exiting dock station with anti-vibration mounting plate.
Weight: 6.61lb | 500Wh 36V | 4-hour charge time

FRAME: Yamaha Hydroformed Aluminum | Integrated battery | Water bottle boss | Tapered Headtube | Internal shift/brake hose routing
FORK: Fork One-Piece Aluminum | 2 x 100mm Thru-Axle | Fender and rack compatible | Internal brake hose routing

HEADSET: Integrated bearing with 30mm of spacers
STEM: Yamaha Alloy 4-bolt faceplate | 31.8 diameter | 80mm length (53cm, 55cm)
100mm length (58cm)
HANDLEBAR: Alloy flat bar zero degree rise| 31.8mm diameter | 640mm width
GRIPS/TAPE: Two-tone ergonomic locking
SEATPOST/SADDLE CLAMP: Alloy 30.9 x 295mm (S), 345mm (M L) with 2-bolt adjustable tilt saddle rail clamp
SADDLE: Yamaha Urban Comfort Cro-Mo Rail

SHIFTERS: Shimano M2010 9-speed | Gear selection window

FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Sora (2 x 9) Braze-on
CRANK ARM: Square taper | 165mm (S), 170mm (M L)
CHAIN: KMC e11 118 links
CASSETTE:SHIMANO HG400 | 11-36t | 9-Speed
BRAKES/ROTORS: Shimano MT200 front/rear | Shimano SM RT21, 180mm front, 160mm rear

RIMS: 27.5” 32-Hole Dual Channel Welded Pin w/ Eyeleted Spoke
SPOKES: SUS304 14g
HUBS: Front: 12x100mm Quick-Release Thru-Axle (QRTA) | Rear: 12x142mm QRTA with integrated speed sensor
TIRES/TUBES: CST C1996 27.5×2.0”

ACCESSORIES: Included Kickstand | Yamaha battery charger | Bell | LED Headlight
WARRANTY: 3-Year on Frame, Drive Unit, Battery

TOP TUBE (mm) 535 565 595
REACH LENGTH (mm) 368 382 402
STACK HEIGHT (mm) 595 607 617
HEAD TUBE LENGTH (mm) 121 131 142
HEAD TUBE ANGLE 71.1° 71.8° 71.9°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE 74.4° 73.3° 72.6°
STANDOVER HEIGHT (mm) 781 818 852
HANDLEBAR WIDTH (cm) 44 44 44
CRANK ARM LENGTH (mm) 172.5 172.5 172.5
SEAT POST LENGTH (mm) 340 395 440
STEM LENGTH (mm) 70 70 70
BB DROP (mm) 73 73 73
REAR CENTER (mm) 464 464 464
WHEELBASE (mm) 1,057 1,068 1,090
SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm) 429 490 551