- Ultra-affordable, low power electric bike that's great for neighborhood and urban riding, top speed limited to 15.5 mph
- Great accessories including fenders, chain guard and side mirrors, you also get three color choices (red, white and black)
- Entry level drivetrain but you get six speeds and the bike offers both pedal assist and throttle mode with override and throttle shutoff... you also get a twelve magnet cadence sensor for smooth motor activation and integrated motor cutoff switches on the brake levers
- Average warranty with six months on the battery but decent dealer selection in Canada, shipping is $200 to $400 extra
The Daymak Paris 24V (and Vermont 24V) are the two most affordable products in Daymak’s electric bicycle lineup. Each model is about one thousand dollars and you get quite a few extras for this price… though many of the components are base level. Indeed, this is a cheaply made ebike but in my experience it performed well enough and included the necessary safety systems. You get both pedal assist (with three power levels) and a twist throttle mode (that can override assist at any time). Surprisingly, and thankfully, this bike includes brake levers with motor inhibitors that improve safety by cutting power to the motor when activated, something that the more expensive and more powerful 48 volt Vermont model seemed to be missing.
I focused this review on the Paris 24 volt model because it seemed to have a more refined battery and display panel but it’s very similar to the Vermont 24V, the primary difference being a step-thru frame vs. high-step. The big advantage of a lower step frame style is ease of mounting, you don’t have to swing your leg over the rear rack or lift it high over the top tube. There are trade-offs with this frame however and one is strength and stiffness. The Paris is a cool bike, though a bit on the smallish-medium and only available in one size. You get three color choices including red, white and black with sparkles… and in my opinion the sparkles aren’t so feminine as to not appeal to guys.
The drivetrain on the Paris electric bike offers six chainrings and a basic Shimano Tourney derailleur. On the electric side, you get a 250 watt motor running off of a 24 volt battery which is compared to most of the other electric bikes I’ve tested in North America. But don’t forget the low price and relatively low weight (considering all of the extras like fenders and a rack). In Europe the highest specced e-bikes are all limited to 250 watts and that’s about equivalent to what a professional distance cyclists puts out so you’re definitely better off than if there was no motor at all, but way worse off if your battery runs out of juice before you get home because it weighs ~50 lbs total. Note that the top speed of this electric bike is also 15.5 mph vs. 20 mph on most others in Canada and the US.
Depending on how you use the throttle and which level of assist you prefer this bike might only get 10 miles of range per charge but you can always bring along the portable charger and take the removable battery pack inside for a quick top-off. It only takes a couple hours to add ~5 miles and a full charge should complete in under four. The battery consists of Lithium-ion cells that should hold up over time but you’d do well to store them away from extreme heat or cold. I wasn’t told what brand the cells are but you do get a six month warranty and Daymak stocks lots of replacement parts so that’s reassuring. All things considered, this product is a step up from no-name electric bikes sold through Amazon and possibly even those available through Walmart, Sams and Costco. Daymak actually has dealers that will let you test ride the bike and they’ve been around as a company for many years. The big downside for most buyers who don’t live near one of these dealers is that shipping can be $200 in Canada and up to $400 in the USA which eats into the relatively low starting price. A couple of other gripes for me were the lack of bottle cage mounts (though the rack could be used with a bag to solve this) and the odd quick release lever on the seat tube that took more time to unscrew. There’s no suspension on this bike but it won’t feel so jarring at lower speeds anyway.
- For ~$1k you get a lot of nice extras with this ebike including plastic fenders, chain guard, derailleur guard, side mirrors, a bell and adjustable kickstand
- Considering the low price it’s nice that the battery isn’t mounted to the rear rack, this is still a purpose built frame made specifically for electric bike applications
- I love that get both pedal assist and twist throttle mode and that the throttle overrides assist to add power and speed for passing or climbing AND that you can disable the throttle if you want
- Pedal assist is actually very responsive on the Paris ebike because it uses a 12 magnet pedelec disc vs. just 5 or 6 on a lot of other affordable electric bikes
- The low-step frame is easier to mount without having to swing your leg over the rack on the back but tends to be a bit less stiff than a traditional diamond frame and it might also not work on hanging style car racks or bus racks without a cross bar adapter
- No suspension fork to add cushion but the medium-sized tires and oversized sprung saddle helps to smooth out the bumps
- The quick release lever for the seat tube is kind of old-school and wasn’t as easy to use as newer designs, also there’s no adjustability in the stem here as it’s all one piece
- Two steps to start the bike, first you turn on the battery pack using an on/off toggle switch down by the cranks and then you press on using the LED console up near the left grip, this takes extra time and either bending down or hopping off
- This is a much less powerful ebike than average with a 250 watt motor and 24 volt battery, it’s capable of reaching a top speed of 15.5 mph (25 kph) vs. 20 mph (35 kph) so it might not be ideal for larger riders or those hoping to ascending steeper terrain
- No bottle cage mounting points on the seat tube or downtube so you might have to wear a backpack or use a bag like this with a bottle slot on the rack
- This bike is only available in one standard “medium / small” frame size so it might not work for taller riders
- Unless you live close to a Daymak outlet (which are mostly located in Canada) there will be extra shipping charges ranging from $200 to $400 and you’ll have to tune up the bike on arrival
- Somewhat limited gear selection with just six speeds, it’s enough for neighborhood, urban riding and commute sorts of rides