Cruise in comfort (if not style) on Day 6's Behemoth lumbar support e-bike

Cruise in comfort (if not styl...
The Behemoth from Day 6 Bicycles: a thousand-watt, fat-tire comfort cruiser with lumbar support
The Behemoth from Day 6 Bicycles: a thousand-watt, fat-tire comfort cruiser with lumbar support
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The Behemoth from Day 6 Bicycles: a thousand-watt, fat-tire comfort cruiser with lumbar support
The Behemoth from Day 6 Bicycles: a thousand-watt, fat-tire comfort cruiser with lumbar support

E-bike commuting is absolutely stellar for people who don't mind the riding position on a regular bicycle. But that's not everyone. Some folk have back problems that don't let them stretch out over handlebars for long periods. Others aren't enamored of the, ahem, intrusive shape of many bike seats.

That's what makes the Behemoth, by Day 6 Bicycles, an interesting proposition. It's a fat tire, 1000-watt mid-drive electric with up to 17.5 amp hours of 48-volt batteries and a 24 speed drivetrain.

But ergonomically, it sits somewhere between a regular bike and a full-on recumbent. You sit up straight on the Behemoth, on a wide, soft injection-moulded comfort saddle, with your posture assisted by a lumbar support cushion.

The handlebars sit on huge ape hanger-style risers that put your body in a very relaxed position, and the frame is kind of u-shaped to make it easily accessible to a wider range of ages and physical conditions.

There's no suspension as such to take the bumps out of your ride, but then 4-inch fatties tend to soak up a fair bit of shock by themselves, and while they also make it harder to pedal, that's hardly likely to be a problem with the sprightly motor on this thing, which operates via five levels of pedal assist, as well as a thumb throttle.

The Behemoth comes in three sizes, and fits riders from 5'1" up to a hulking 6'10", as exemplified by former Detroit Piston power forward Rick Mahorn in the video below – a guy who's got 18 years' worth of highly physical pro basketball miles on his back and legs.

Rick Mahorn #3

Rick Mahorn was the "Baddest of the Bad Boys" in his NBA days, and not a man to mess with. So we're not going to say too much about the aesthetics of the Behemoth in case he might be listening. Suffice to say it's got a pretty … unique look to it.

But if it gets more people onto e-bikes thanks to its terrific ergonomics, that's a win for everyone. The Behemoth starts shipping this month with retail prices of US$4,329 for the 14.5 amp hour battery and US$4,699 for the larger 17.5 amp hour version.

Source: Day 6 Bikes

Nice except for the price.
Lee Bell
I really like their bikes but I can buy a nice motorcycle for that price. It's about 2x or more than what it should be. That motor sells for about $600 retail and the battery the same. Lets face facts here too. The average steel or aluminum bike frame is worth maybe $150 tops and the hardware about the same. About $2500 would even be a high price. Why do companies think they need to make $1-2000 on a bicycle? They don't take but about and hour max to build and put together in a factory setting. It doesn't take me but just a little longer to build a custom frame at home!
Gregg Eshelman
About time someone put COMFORT first in a bicycle design. Almost every cycle of any sort Gizmag / NewAtlas has showcased has been the crotch basher and back breaker style designed as though everyone on two wheels should be a racer.
This has fine practical style - better than the 'hunched over presenting your clacker to the world' "style" of a regular upright anyway.
so where's the suspension for this comfortable bike. mite as well get a recumbent for that price.
Bill Murray
How can it be 24-speed with the mid-drive motor? That replaces the 3-ring crank on a non-electric with a single fixed ring (you can see there's no front derailleur).
Bill Murray
I have a Day 6 Samson (non-electric) that I love and luckily I was able to buy it used on eBay several years ago for a little more than half the retail price. The Behemoth is nice but even with the 1000W motor seems very expensive. The electric Samson is about $3,200 if you want a slightly different geometry (the top tube has a bit more of a bump out) but that is only a 750W motor. I'm upgrading my Samson to an electric with a Bafang M625 (1000W) mid motor. The proprietary battery that comes with that kit is huge but it fits on the lower tube on the Samson and leaves a second mount on the top tube for an actual bottle cage. Between the original bike cost and the Bafang kit it will end up being just over $2,000 US. I'm not sure the big Bafang battery would fit on the Behemoth because the space between the top tube and down tube is narrower by the front post.