Daymak EC1 Review

Daymak Ec1 Electric Bike Review
Daymak Ec1
Daymak Ec1 250 Watt Planetary Geared Front Hub Motor
Daymak Ec1 36 Volt Samsung Battery Pack
Daymak Ec1 Multifunction Lcd Display Panel
Daymak Ec1 Wheel Comparison
Daymak Ec1 Prototype Ebike
Daymak Ec1 Prototype Vs Kickstarter Production Model
Daymak Ec1 Electric Bike Review
Daymak Ec1
Daymak Ec1 250 Watt Planetary Geared Front Hub Motor
Daymak Ec1 36 Volt Samsung Battery Pack
Daymak Ec1 Multifunction Lcd Display Panel
Daymak Ec1 Wheel Comparison
Daymak Ec1 Prototype Ebike
Daymak Ec1 Prototype Vs Kickstarter Production Model

Summary

  • A light weight, value priced carbon fiber electric bike available in three flavors: Standard, Advance and Pro with larger batteries and more carbon parts on the higher models (including drop bars on the pro!)
  • More modest 250 watt planetary geared hub motor drives all three models, paired with the wider 700c wheelset this motor is on the weaker side but also weighs less, it's a "active" setup
  • Delivers five levels of pedal assist and a trigger throttle with override so you can pass fellow riders or top hills without changing gears (though it does have 21 gears which is nice)
  • Value level components including Shimano Tourney TX derailleur, extra shipping charges for the US, only one frame size ~22 inch, decent one year warranty on frame but only 6 month on the battery and motor

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Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Daymak

Model:

EC1

Price:

$1,899

Body Position:

Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Urban, Road

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
Learn more about Ebike classes

Warranty:

1 Year Frame and Motor, 6 Month Components and Battery

Availability:

Canada, United States, Worldwide

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

38 lbs ( 17.23 kg )

Battery Weight:

6 lbs ( 2.72 kg )

Motor Weight:

8 lbs ( 3.62 kg )

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Sizes:

22 in ( 55.88 cm )

Frame Material:

Unidirectional Carbon Fiber, Frame Weight: 2.53 lbs (1.15 kg)

Frame Colors:

Matte Black

Frame Fork Details:

Basic Aluminum Alloy Suspension with Lockout, Optional Carbon Fiber Rigid

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

21 Speed 3x7 Shimano Tourney TX, 1800 mm Front, 2055 mm Rear

Shifter Details:

Shimano EZ Fire on Left and Right

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

Neco

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, 6 degrees, 31 mm x 2.6 mm x 620 mm, 26.7

Brake Details:

Mechanical Disc Brakes with 180 mm Rotors

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Drops with Grip Tape

Saddle:

Active, Optional Carbon Fiber on Pro Model

Seat Post:

Optional Carbon Fiber on Pro Model

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Optional Carbon Fiber (Deep Dish) on Pro Model

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 36 Hole Front, 24 Hole Rear

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 40-622 (700 x 38c)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in ( 71.12 cm )

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Optional 36 Volt 7.8 Amp Hour Samsung Battery on the EC1 Advanced and Pro Model, Optional Carbon Fiber Wheelset on Pro Model, Optional Carbon Fiber Fork on Pro Model, Optional Carbon Fiber Seat Post and Handlebar Extensions on Pro Model

Other:

130 mm Dropout Width, Quick Release Front and Rear, Maximum Load: 265 lbs (120 kg), Locking Removable Battery with LED Power and Diagnostic Indicator, 110 Volt / 220 Volt Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
Learn more about Ebike motors

Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Battery Brand:

GEB

Battery Voltage:

24 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

249.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

10 miles ( 16 km )

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles ( 40 km )

Display Type:

Fixed Backlit Monochrome LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Current, Assist (0-5), Odometer, Battery Charge Level

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Sensor Disc)

Top Speed:

20 mph ( 32 kph )

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Written Review

The Daymake EC1 (electric, carbon, first edition) is an affordable, light weight ebike built around a carbon fiber frame. It debuted on Kickstarter in late 2015 for $899 and met its funding goal with $70k+ in sales but the standard product has since jumped in price to $1,899. There is a bit of confusing linking going on from Kickstarter back to the official site and then back to Kickstarter again… so here’s the official order page if you’re interested. Price point is a major consideration with any purchase but especially at the $1k+ level for a semi-discretionary purchase. It’s so important in fact, that it’s one of the three core tenants that went into designing the EC1 which were highlighted by its designer Mike Chow in their Kickstarter video (along with light weight and easy convertibility into a traditional bike). At the low end, the EC1 is now $1,899 but you can spend up to $3,499 for the pro model which features a carbon wheelset, carbon fork, carbon bars and carbon seat post along with a larger and more powerful 36 volt 7.8 amp hour battery pack with premium Samsung cells. There’s a lot to digest here… which model is right for your needs? Is it worth the higher price point? When can I expect to have it delivered? I’m going to work through some of these details but the units I saw and tested in Toronto at Daymak’s headquarters were pre-production so even my best insights may fall short or be misleading in the face of the post-Kickstarter edition. Overall, what I rode was a light weight, cool looking road bike with a modest geared hub motor on the front wheel and a generic LCD display panel. At the ~$1,000 price point it felt like a great deal but given the weaker 24 volt battery found on the Standard EC1 I think I’d be more inclined to upgrade to the Advance and get more power with the 36 volt pack as well as lighter, smoother carbon rims.

250 watts is not considered large in the US when it comes to motor ratings. It’s light weight, efficient and affordable… it’s the standard in parts of Europe where more restrictive electric bike laws have been adopted and it’s more energy than competitive cyclists produce over long rides so it’s nothing to scoff at. For an ebike like the Daymak EC1 it’s pretty solid and because this motor is mounted in the front wheel vs. the rear, I appreciate the lighter weight build because that reduces the impact it has on steering. Because the Standard and Advance EC1 feature suspension forks, there is also an increase in the unsprung weight of the front wheel based on this motor design but it’s not enough to break the fork in my opinion. I’m not sure on the fork brand but what I saw was a more generic aluminum alloy build that adds comfort when paired with the carbon fiber frame.

The battery pack options are also rated on the modest side in my view. The Standard pack only delivers 24 volts of power with 10.4 amp hours of capacity and is made by GEB. It offers enough to get around town on paved relatively flat terrain but probably won’t pull you up steeper hills without a bit of rider input. When you upgrade to the Advance or Pro models you get a more standard 36 volt pack but it only offers 7.8 amp hours of capacity which I would consider low. Daymak estimates the EC1’s range to be between 15 and 20 miles and this matches what I’ve seen and experienced on other electric bikes. The larger 700c wheels, hybrid/slick tires and overall light weight of the bike contribute to improved efficiency. I would normally complain about the physical discomfort of road style ebikes traveling at higher speeds over longer distances but the suspension fork, carbon fork (on the Pro model) and carbon frame really improve the ride quality here. It’s not a mountain bike and I would still avoid cobblestone roads but it’s a big step up from Aluminum alloy.

With the EC1 you get pedal assist (five levels), a trigger throttle and a removable battery that truly deliver a bicycle + electric bicycle experience. You don’t need to ride in power mode to have a good time and as a medium-weight sort of guy I appreciate how easy it is to lift and transport when you remove the pack and take off the wheels using quick release. While I’m a bit bummed about the huge price increases after the Kickstarter campaign, I do understand that the materials involved here aren’t free. This isn’t a premium ebike however as the derailleur used is a Shimano Tourney TX (the lowest rated derailleur Shimano makes). You get 21 speeds overall and that’s great for city and road cycling but this isn’t truly a road bike. If price were no issue I’d be super excited for the Pro model because it’s one of the only electric bikes I know of that offers drop bars and I love the multiple positions they enable. The other model with drops is the Haibike XDURO Race (though it costs $6,700 vs. $3,400 here and it weighs more) and Haibike also makes a carbon frame model along with Easy Motion called the Neo Carbon. Daymak is creating something truly unique here and I do appreciate the effort, just like their solar powered kick scooter and Beast off-road cycle this is a product that stands out from the crowd.

Pros:

  • Carbon fiber frame keeps the EC1 light weight and help to reduce jitter and vibration while riding over rough terrain (it feels better than Aluminum alloy frames in my opinion)
  • The battery pack has been mounted with four screws verses just two as I see on many Steel and Aluminum frames, this is to improve strength and reduce point pressure which can crack Carbon more easily
  • Value priced at ~1,000 when it first launched on Kickstarter… now retailing between $1,899, 2,399 and $3,499 depending on the options and setup you choose (Standard, Advance or Pro)
  • If you upgrade to the EC1 Advance model you get deep dish carbon fiber rims along with a more powerful 36 volt 7.8 amp hour battery pack with Samsung cells, and if you upgrade to the EC1 Pro model you get carbon rims, a carbon rigid fork, a carbon seat post, carbon handlebar extensions and a drop bar setup and the same upgraded 36 volt 7.8 amp hour battery with Samsung cells (the EC1 Pro model weighs roughly eight pounds less than the Standard)
  • Very few electric bicycles offer drop bars like you would see on road bikes, these allow you to lean forward further and become more aerodynamic as a rider while also swapping to the hoods for a upright body position or standard flat across like you’d find on a city bike, this drop bar is only available on the EC1 Pro model, the only other ebike I know of that offers drops as of this review is the Haibike Race
  • By removing the battery pack you reduce the overall weight by around seven pounds and can ride the EC1 with pedal power fairly easily, it’s more like a standard bicycle in this sense, removing the battery also makes it easier to load onto a rack or car
  • The frame is purpose-built to work with an electric drive system so the cables are all run through and it looks fantastic vs. cluttered and piece-meal
  • The trigger throttle can override pedal assist which is great for maximizing range and getting a workout but still being able to pass fellow riders or top a hill without changing gears
  • I believe the final frame features rear rack bosses so you can add a carry rack and use this bike for commuting or other utility based rides like grocery shopping

Cons:

  • The motor only offers 250 watts nominal which is a bit lower than most of the ebikes I test in the US at 350+ but this reduces overall weight, complimenting the carbon fiber frame, the motor is also mounted in the front wheel vs. rear which can impact steering (not as big of a deal with such a small and light motor here), given the larger diameter 700c wheelset used on the EC1 the weaker motor also suffers from a mechanical disadvantage though it did perform alright during my test rides on flat paved roads
  • Lower-end drivetrain components including Shimano Tourney TX derailleur (the lowest rated “Basic” level derailleur in their line), also lower-end suspension fork (basic Aluminum alloy)
  • Only one frame size available for each of the three versions of this bike at ~22 in it’s on the large side (good for a more aggressive body position), it features a high-step diamond design which could be difficult to mount for some
  • The official website is out of date, still advertising a $899 price (ending December 3rd 2015… and now it’s January 3rd 2016) that really stings considering the price has jumped up $1,000 to $1,899
  • These are very minor gripes but pairing a front mounted hub motor with a suspension fork can sometimes impact travel (due to perpendicular forces pulling forward vs. the fork traveling up and down) and there are moments when loose terrain may cause the wheel to spin out due to less weight being applied to the front wheel vs. rear
  • The EC1 along with many of Daymak’s other electric bikes are sold predominantly online (especially for US based customers) so test rides, returns and warranty work may be more difficult, there may also be some assembly involved
  • Shipping for this ebike in Canada is ~$200 and ~$300+ for the US, they have a bunch of resellers in Canada and a handful in the US so this could be a way to save money, try to find it in person
  • The saddle is a bit more firm and designed for active riding… the carbon seat post on the Pro model probably helps but that saddle is also labeled as “carbon” so I’m not sure how hard it is?
  • The viewing angle on the LCD panel I tested can be limited, If you look at it straight on at a 90 degree angle it appears faded… I’ve had better look viewing it tipped forward
  • No integrated bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and the downtube is completely covered by the battery pack, consider a saddle rail adapter like this

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Jack
1 year ago

Interesting product, Court, altho' the pricing design goal now seems diminished. The first thing I thought of when watching your video review was Justin's (Grin Tech) assertion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxB2j-egWcQ - that if rider's replaced their theorizing with measurable data, they would find no reason to avoid a front hub motor. And he was speaking about larger/heavier DD motors! That general assertion seemed like a bit of a stretch...but then, he's the engineer. The simplification of a front hub approach sure seems appealing, especially given the EC1's light weight and 'convertibility' to a regular bike with a wheel swap, if that was important to the rider. Thanks for getting all the way to Toronto for this review, Court...altho' those short sleeves tells me you weren't there this winter!

Court Rye
1 year ago

It was quite the flight getting out there! I drove a couple years back and that was fun... got to visit Montreal. I still don't love front hub motors but I agree they are the easiest and most affordable option. For something like the EC1 it makes a lot of sense :)

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Ivan Zhong
4 months ago

Is it power on demand

inferno4001
1 year ago

Great review man! I followed this bike on kickstarter, but I'm not too
familiar with that concept.... Looking at their increased price, I doubt if
it is such a better option than the cube reaction hybrid models for
instance.. (and to all people that are interested in getting a similar
bike, if you are not willing or able to spend at least 2000 euro, than
forget it...).

Jay Gurung
1 year ago

Hey Mr. Court when is new BH easy motion EasyGo race review coming? Thanks
in advance.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Jay Gurung I'm in touch with a shop and hope to check it out soon! Still
laboring on the website, trying to get things stable for the new year and
also cleaning up a few more videos from 2015 :)

Pixel dirt
1 year ago

If you have a motor on the front wheel you will have awd on snow :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Pixel dirt Yeah, that seems very cool! Easy Motion did a model like this
called the EVO Snow but I wasn't able to find one for review. I think Blue
Monkey Bicycles has a video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FwBmgHVL6k

vibe2light
1 year ago

Is lighter stronger enzyme batteries the future with Mtn-ebikes Court ?,
and what's your prediction for "off road multi-day back country
Fat-Mtn-Tour ebikes (design & types) in future? I heard that a "multi day
luggage loaded fatbike tyre needs to be 6-inches wide in order to not sink
in the softest sand, do you agree with that estimate ? Take care an "cycle
on brother".

Torian “TJ” Allen
1 year ago

once I build my house next year, your site will be my north star when it
comes to finding my main mode of transportation.

Torian “TJ” Allen
1 year ago

My wife and I are going Tiny. We are thinking the bay area, but since we're
going to be tiny it doesn't matter what we pick.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Torian “TJ” Allen Awesome! Glad to help man, where are you planning to
build? Did you come up with the design yourself? Sounds like a cool project
:D

Koalazzz
1 year ago

What is your favourite bosch powered Bike out of all that you reviewed?

Koalazzz
1 year ago

thanks

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Koalazzz I really like the FSRX from Haibike because it offers full
suspension but also has adjustments and lockout for on-road. It's cheaper
than the highest end models but still delivers a ton of quality
http://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-fs-rx-27-5/ my Uncle got one
and talks about it in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSKCSFuxdY

Flo Mo
1 year ago

Pretty cool. I think like you. ^^

kamehamewhat
1 year ago

is there a reason why you use a selfie stick instead of a helmet cam?

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+kamehamewhat Yeah, I can get closer up with the selfie stick and point to
parts of the bike that I'm trying to explain like the motor or the gears. I
tried a helmet cam but it was so high up and wide angle that most of the
bike couldn't be seen. I do some frame shots (mount the camera to the bike)
to capture speed and suspension and stuff but I don't always have time for
that :)

DrZarkloff
1 year ago

you had it sold until you gave out the nonkickstarter price.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+DrZarkloff I'm not here to sell anything, just trying to help people
understand the electric bike industry better and find the product that
suits their lifestyle and budget (if one exists). I still really like
normal bicycles too :D

eric jones
1 year ago

under $1,000 I could possibly consider the investment

Alex Nexus
1 year ago

I dont understand the idea behind an electric bike!!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Kobbetop Yeah, there are some great paths around! Each city is different
and it depends on where you work and stuff but if you notice my path wasn't
direct, if you go a bit off the major roads it can really be awesome :D

Kobbetop
1 year ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com That was cool to see, such a nice and safe commute.
I was on the impression that American cities have almost no bike paths but
that looked very nice.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Alireza Nexus I wasn't interested until I hurt my knee but still wanted to
commute to work by bike. Towards the end of each day the commute turned
from fun to pain. Here's a short video I shot introducing ebikes and
showing my commute to work that you might enjoy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5BY_ko3sI4

MotorheadRedo
1 year ago

+Alireza Nexus Its about transportation, exercise, cleaner energy, having
fun, etc. ebikes give people the option of not having to pedal or pedal as
hard. Older people who allowed their bodies to give out, and people with
injuries find ebikes to be a great alternative to traditional pedal power
only bikes. ebikes are quite and emit no pollution. Hippies are whipped
into a spastic, joyful, love-fest at the idea of electric powered bicycles.
Couch potatoes who wouldnt get off the couch to ride a normal bicycles
think "hey, maybe I can stomach 20 minutes of activity on an ebike." People
with long commutes find electric power helpful with the long drive to and
from work. And than there are those who just want to go out and have fun
without the physical demands of pedal powered only bicycles.

Kobbetop
1 year ago

After 1700km and 12kg weight loss I can understand the concept very well
;-) This is with pedal assist e-bike, it gives a nice workout too.

LUIZ FELIPE MENDONÇA RIBEIRO
1 year ago

perfect your video!!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+LUIZ FELIPE MENDONÇA RIBEIRO Thanks for the positive feedback Luiz! I
think it could have been better to be honest but the product wasn't out yet
so I was testing a prototype that could change... I put a lot more detail
into the full writeup (linked in the description above). My other reviews
will be much more complete :)

Shreds1620
1 year ago

Oh yeah, btw- Keep up the great job making these videos! Ebikes are the
future!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Shreds1620 Thanks! Doing my best, just redesigned the website and have a
lot of bugs to fix but the 2016 reviews are coming and I can't wait to
share all of the new bikes and technology :D

Shreds1620
1 year ago

Hey buddy, I am a Colorado resident who watches your videos, because I am
in the market for a e-assist kit or bike. I currently own a Surly Krampus
(29+) that I am either going to sell, so I can purchase either the Volt
Yukon 500 watt ($1350), the Ohm 27.5 plus($3500) with the Bionx D500, or
just keep the Krampus and install the D500 ($2700)myself. If you were in my
shoes, and lived in a mountainous area where I would probably mostly
commute, but would also like to ride some packed snow trails and
singletrack from time to time which would you lean towards? Any suggestions
or insight on which direction I should proceed would be most appreciated
kind sir.

Shreds1620
1 year ago

+aj wood I emailed you about the kit. No reply? How much you asking?

Jonathan
1 year ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com Well I am impressed then, and thanks for the
response. I'll edit mine to be less aggressive. Keep up the good work, but
maybe try and be a bit more critical of things like drastic price
changes....particularly on kickstarter bikes. Thanks!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

I feel ya, it's a lot to pay for that feature but I've heard a lot about
worn and broken chains as well as sprockets and derailleur issues from
people who ride regularly. I don't stick with any one model for very long
most of the time due to the nature of my lifestyle so I rely on this kind
of anecdotal feedback when answering questions and comments but my forums
are very open as well. I travel around a lot to do my "reviews" which are
really more like informed overviews. Sorry they have fallen short for you.
I do not take any sort of kickback and am careful to keep advertising
relationships transparent and separate from my videos and articles. I get
paid from putting banners up or promoting a review to the top of the list
but it's always labeled as such and this is how I afford to do new content.
To make it work financially I sleep in my car or at friend's houses most of
the time.

Shreds1620
1 year ago

Okay cool. Thanks for all the suggestions! I will make a decision based
on my next couple of paychecks. I will probably install the E-RAD if I
choose to go centerdrive retrofit. Still haven't decided on hub or
centerdrive. If I do get a purpose built ebike, it's most likely going to
be the Ohm 750bplus with the Bionx.

Jonathan
1 year ago

+Shreds1620 +ElectricBikeReview.com Sorry I don't consider paying $400
for a shift sensor to be any where near reasonable of a charge. No offense,
but do you get kick backs from certain vendors? I find your information to
be kind of strange when it comes to recommendations, and I wouldn't
identify the videos from this channel as reviews, so much as just
information. I've just noticed this lately, and it kind of irks me.
**edit** He responded to this unkind question below, I am impressed!. Dude
does go all out for this channel.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Hey guys! I highly recommend reading the written review for this one if
you're considering a purchase because a few things have changed since I
shot the video. One major difference is an increase in price from when it
was on Kickstarter, it is now $1,899 vs. just $899 for the standard base
model http://electricbikereview.com/daymak/ec1/ I do like that they offer a
more refined pro model with drop bars! It's one of the fe electric bikes
around with that option but it costs $3,499.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

+Van Voyager Yeah, I was amazed it jumped that high... Still maybe a good
deal, the other carbon fiber ebike I know about is from Easy Motion and
it's still over $2k but it has a better warranty and larger battery more
like the "Advance" model from Daymak.