Daymak EC1Carbon Fiber Electric Bike Video

Ann M.

Well-Known Member
One of the few electric bikes with a carbon fiber frame, the Daymak EC1 is super lightweight at 39 lbs and comes in 3 models depending upon your ride needs and pocketbook. Cool carbon rims, too! Note that the bike that Court reviews here is a prototype so looks a little rough compared to the finished production model. Also, the prices have changed (gone up!) since he did the review, so be sure to check out his written review for the most recent components on the EC1.


The Daymak EC1 is a carbon fiber electric bike available in three flavors: Standard, Advance and Pro ranging from $1,899 to $3,499. 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.
 

JoePah

Well-Known Member
An inexpensive carbon fiber eBike commuter? Why?

A CF frame is maybe 4 lbs lighter than an indestructible chrome moly frame.

A cheap CF frame is probably not going to hold up on the streets,curbs potholes, curbs stubs and so on... hence their one year warranty on the frame.
 

Jim123

Member
I saw a review of carbon rims. And cheap carbon rims from China can be longer lasting than name brand carbon rims. That shows me that the potential is there for a whole bike based on carbon to have great economy and quality. JoePah, a side note about chrome moly, it expands and contracts a lot with temperature change. I had a Mongoose terran from Walmart. In cold weather cleaning it off to store in my apartment after a ride, caused so much expansion and contraction of the chrome moly that the cheap threaded bottom bracket was perpetually getting loose. I returned the bike with no problem giving that as the reason.
 

Jack Tyler

Active Member
There is some commentary about the CF Daymak bike in Court's tour of Daymak with the owner, Aldo. An aside: At one point in the tour, while Court's scanning just one section of one floor of the Daymak facility, he likens it to looking for the Lost Ark after it had been boxed up and socked away in a govt. warehouse. That was like my reaction: 'Good grief, just how many bikes are in this one Toronto distribution center!?'
 

O.a.T.

New Member
Just received my Kickstarter EC1 yesterday; well kind of sort of. You'll see what I mean by that. I'll be providing some first impressions in the next few days, after I get some time/miles on the bike.
 

O.a.T.

New Member
Well, my promised review isn't going to happen as I have discovered some moderate to severe damage of the carbon frame. Now I get to test the warranty service of Daymak. Oh joy!
 

Ann M.

Well-Known Member
Ouch! @O.a.T., sorry to hear that. Did the box appear beat up or like a forklift ran over it? (Yes, I've had a trucking co. deliver an ebike with forklift tracks on it; the bike was toast!) If so, be sure and let Daymak know. Manufacturers sometimes cut corners on the shipping boxes not allowing that the big name shippers chunk these boxes around fairly roughly. Some damage comes from the automated sorters.

Hopefully the warranty issues get worked out quickly; would like to hear your thoughts on the feel of that carbon fiber frame while you're riding.
 

O.a.T.

New Member
Nope; the box was in perfect order. There are so many things wrong, big and little, in the bike that I believe it shows a real lack of quality control at the factory as well as a complete lack of inspection by Daymak before acceptance and shipping. I'm also seeing some other pretty incredible problems being reported with the bike by other buyers on the Kickstarter page under the comments sections. As people in the U.S. are just now receiving these, with Europe and elsewhere probably to come later, it does not seem to bode well for the project.