Look no further than the massive frame or the giant tires, and you’ll quickly realize this isn’t your run-of-the-mill e-bike.
Instead, Toronto-based Daymak focused on building the ultimate off-road two-wheeler that just happens to also have pedals.
Those pedals, which some like to call vestigial pedals, are fully functional yet aren’t likely to get a lot of use. They’re mounted way far back and have the tiniest of crank arms. But they work, and that classifies it as an electric bicycle for all legal intents and purposes.
The Daymak Beast 2.0 is rolling on giant 21 x 7 x 10-inch tires — a size that is normally reserved for ATVs. The rear wheel houses a hub motor that is rated at 500 W, but is almost certainly underrated. The legal limit for e-bikes in Canada is 500 W, but this sucker looks suspiciously like the 1.5 kW motor I put on my 40 mph (64 km/h) electric bicycle. And with its 50 V controller, the Daymak Beast 2.0 would presumably be pulling closer to 3,000 W of peak power. But hey, the spec sheet says “500 W,” so we’ll take them at their word.
Of course that’s even harder to do once you realize that the Daymak Beast 2.0 is also sporting a 60 V battery, which is capable of much more power than the average e-bike battery. The Beast 2.0 actually comes with three different battery options: a 1.8 kWh SLA battery, 2.4 kWh Li-ion battery, or a cutting-edge 1.5 kWh Lithium-titanate (LTO) battery. The last one is a high-tech (and high-price) battery that is capable of lasting up to 20,000 charge cycles. Compare that to the typical 800-1,000 cycles of conventional Li-ion batteries!
Back on the hardware side, the Daymak Beast 2.0 features an inverted suspension fork up front and dual coilover shocks in the rear. For stopping power, the bike is packing front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.
Speed is limited on the road to 20 mph (32 km/h) to meet existing e-bike regulations. But you can put the Daymak Beast 2.0 in off-road mode when you leave the asphalt, and that will bump the speed up to 25 mph (45 km/h). The adjustment can be performed via a smartphone app, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity built into the controller. That Bluetooth connectivity also gives riders the opportunity to fine tune the controller to their liking, and adjust ride and performance parameters.
All of this comes in a 100% street-legal package that is designed to handle the asphalt or the trails equally well. The entry-level SLA-powered model is priced at CAD $2,999 (US $2,280) and comes with a 50 km (31-mile) range. The Li-ion battery model is priced at CAD $4,999 (US $3,800) and has a range of 60 km (37 miles). If you want the LTO model, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. That one doesn’t even have a price yet.
Alright, this thing is a bit ridiculous. And yes, the pedals are just there to keep the Daymak Beast 2.0 legal. But it looks like a seriously fun ride to me. This looks like what would happen if the team that designed the Bird Cruiser was told, “Go nuts!”
The fact that it can handle on- and off-road riding is a big plus, too. You could ride it on the road to your favorite fields or trails, have some fun, then ride it right back home. No need to truck or trailer it!
I sure wish it was capable of a slightly higher speed, but I imagine 25 mph (45 km/h) feels pretty fast when you’re flying down a forest path or through roughly plowed fields.
Micah Toll is a personal electric vehicle enthusiast, battery nerd and author of the Amazon #1 bestselling books Electric Motorcycles 2019, DIY Lithium Batteries, DIY Solar Power and the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide.
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