Daymak’s EC1 Carbon Fiber E-Bike is Surprisingly Lightweight, Affordable, and Converts to a Regular Bike

Daymak’s EC1 Carbon Fiber E-Bike is Surprisingly Lightweight, Affordable, and Converts to a Regular Bike

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe what can be made possible. Recently debuted at Milan, Italy’s EICMA show, the new EC1 is a carbon framed e-bike made by Toronto-based company Daymak. Pushing the boundaries of affordability and light weight, the entry-level build of the EC1 comes in at 34lbs and will retail for less than two grand. Furthermore, the EC1 can be converted into a regular pedal-power bike by swapping out the drive wheel with a non-motorized wheel, which is included with the bike.

Daymak has already produced an electric scooter and an all-terrain electric bike called the Beast, but they’re now targeting the commuter crowd with the sleek new EC1. The bike’s Kickstarter campaign is already fully funded, and I’d bet the unbelievable early bird price of just $799 USD had a lot to do with its success…
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iASUS EAR3 delivers music (and background sounds) to our ears

iASUS EAR3 delivers music (and background sounds) to our ears

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Most audio tech companies have been developing more and better noise cancellation, but Hong Kong-based iASUS has also taken a step in the other direction in the interest of safety for cyclists and runners who want to enjoy music on the go. Their new EAR3 inline micro amp uses a built-in mic that captures what’s going on outside and layers it with your music, so that you can enjoy the tunes and still here the next car rolling up behind you. They’ve got a crowdfunding campaign of sorts going on now, so check out the details after the break, and how to get one in time to hang it on the tree…

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Fortified Invincible Bike is Guaranteed Against Theft – Or They’ll send a new one in 24 Hours

Fortified Invincible Bike is Guaranteed Against Theft – Or They’ll send a new one in 24 Hours

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Launch day for the Fortified Invincible is here, and the real story is the sum of its parts rather than any one individual feature. Fortified set out to create the ultimate city bike. This is a bike that will survive pedaling the mean streets, but more importantly will be there where you locked it up when you come back.

To guarantee that, the bike has some anti-theft features included, but it’s what you can’t see that really makes the Invincible uniquely guaranteed against theft…

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Dash Cycles adds More Affordable, Cut Out Slate Saddle to Expanding Line up

Dash Cycles adds More Affordable, Cut Out Slate Saddle to Expanding Line up

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Recently, Dash Cycles announced that they would be offering a more affordable range of saddles via Indiegogo. Perhaps affordable isn’t the right word for a roughly $200 saddle, but compared to the brand’s uber light saddles that push the $500 mark, these new options are a relative bargain.

Adding to the initial Strike and Stage tri/TT saddles that were part of the campaign, Dash just announced another addition in the Stock Slate. Meant for road bikes, the saddle is a cut out version of their Slate.7 custom with a build that comes in a bit heavier, but quite a bit cheaper…

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Culprit Legend triathlon super bike transitions from wind tunnel to Kickstarter

Culprit Legend triathlon super bike transitions from wind tunnel to Kickstarter

2016 Culprit Legend Triathlon super bike on Kickstarter

Teased at Ironman World Championships in Kona in October, the Culprit Legend triathlon super bike is now live on Kickstarter.

Designed to run either rim or disc brakes equally well on the same frame, it also promises to be the easiest tri bike to service and pack. That’s thanks to a clean design with easily accessible mounting points for all the usual parts that need to be maintained or decoupled for packing.

Even better, it does all this without any aerodynamic compromises. They claim Wind tunnel tests show it’s within 2 watts of drag of the Cervelo P5, even beating it at a few of the yaw angles they tested. And that’s with disc brakes and a standard (read: non-integrated) aero cockpit. But there is integration, using simple magnetic covers to hide a multitool compartment, Di2 wiring inside the stem and direct-mount front brake if so equipped…

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Livall pairs your smartphone with a new smart bike for the masses; integrates helmets, too!

Livall pairs your smartphone with a new smart bike for the masses; integrates helmets, too!

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It’s near impossible to buy a car that somehow doesn’t integrate with your smartphone, so why not a bike? After creating two “smart” helmets (here and here) with features like Bluetooth communication through your phone, crash detection & alert, and turn signals, Livall is taking that integration directly to the bike itself. And they’ve managed to add some unique features for an impressively low price.

Head over the break and see if you could pair yourself with with one of Livall’s new smart bikes…

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The Scike? The Booter? Moox Debuts Their Scooter/Bike Hybrid

The Scike? The Booter? Moox Debuts Their Scooter/Bike Hybrid

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Stepping off a subway train, San Francisco’s Mike Silvestri noticed many commuters using either bikes or scooters instead of walking the rest of the way to work. This inspired Silvestri to ask himself “Why not have the best of both worlds?” so he went home, started cutting up and modifying bike parts and came up with the Moox. Boasting a seven speed drivetrain mounted to a frame with an integrated standing platform, Silvestri calls his creation the first ever ‘ride and glide’ bike and scooter hybrid.

While I doubt the brand’s claim that the Moox ‘allows users to get creative with different riding styles’ will spur a new generation of Moox freestylers, it’s not hard to imagine using one for convenient commuting in big cities. If your daily travels include a mix of walking, riding the bus, and taking the subway, the Moox could make the transitions a little quicker and easier. Silvestri is seeking funding through Kickstarter, and currently the Moox campaign needs a few more investors before it sees production. Glide past the break for all the details…
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A week in review: Tons of gift worthy items, more bike porn from Philly, a bolt on power meter, plus lots more!

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Check out more super cool items from the 2015 Philly Bike Show, one of the more intimate events we get to cover, plus lots of gift ideas for your fellow cyclist…. (or that said cyclists can point to their friends and family). Plus, the new Watteam Powerbeat bolt-on power meter, sub 900g wheels from Spada, Speedplay’s less costly SYZR pedals and Brett Favre’s sick new Project One.

Grab that last piece of pumpkin pie before anybody else notices and delve in to last week’s coverage…..

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FlyFit Puts Activity Tracking on your Ankle for Integrated Cycling Function

FlyFit Puts Activity Tracking on your Ankle for Integrated Cycling Function

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While there is no shortage of options for wearable activity tracking these days, not many solutions take the cyclist into mind. Enter the FlyFit, which solves the cycling dilemma with a simple solution, putting the tracker around your ankle where its on-board sensors can track and decipher leg movement. The ankle tracking allows it to combine the everyday tracking from regular movements throughout your day and sleep tracking to more targeted sport activity data collection from cycling, as well as running and even swimming. Linked together with a powerful smartphone app, Flyfit offers one of the most comprehensive tracking solutions on the market. Check out the details, pricing, and availability after the break…

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