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We are finished with the FAT (Final Acceptance Testing) which was required to have all the electronics together on a bike in order to test and confirm that everything will function together. Of note is that Bafang does not by default include a horn connection on their wiring harness so we needed to create a workaround so that it would function properly. Below you can see some videos of the bike in action including that the fingerprint reader works quickly and disables system power.
We have asked for a slight revision to the cable for the fingerprint reader which will take 10-15 days to complete at which point all the components will be populated the bikes, go through a final QC check and then boxed and shipped to the luck people that have reserved this powerful, fast and one-of-a-kind bike.
We have also upgraded the Torque (thin tire model) Tires from 1.95 inches to 2.35 inches for more traction due to the amount of power that one can harness with the Bafang mid motor that is included on these models.
An update to those that pre ordered one of our limited edition Stark Drive Torque bikes (both Torque and Torque Max (AKA Fat Tire).
The final assembly is progressing as per plan for the torque bikes, here you can see a photo of the components (minus the bafang motor) have been populated to these fat tire bikes which will eventually sport a 1000W bafang Motor. These motors are exceptionally well built and there has been talk on the interwebs of people upgrading these to upwards of 2500W in their stock condition.
There is currently refinement of the electrical systems as we are proud to announce here and now that all models will have the capability to be upgraded to include fingerprint recognition unlocking. Stark Drive is one of the first to add biometrics to the Bafang mid motor bikes so a bit more coordination was necessary with our engineers and those that work at the exceptional company Bafang to ensure that operation works as expected with the proper connections to the motor system and battery which all flow through the motor in order to monitor the battery state so that all the information displays properly on the display which is also supplied by Bafang.
We hope that these are all completed in the coming days so that they can go through their final testing and finally be boxed up and shipped around the world to those lucky enough to snag one of these unique and powerful electric bikes that are sure to turn heads wherever you travel.
We appreciate the patience that has been shown by our customers as these are completely unique bikes that are patented by Stark Drive and as such have taken longer to manufacture compared to several of our competitors which simply use open mold bike frames and add components onto these base units.
If you have any questions we welcome them at email@example.com.
Stark Drive continues in its pursuits to push forward into the VTOL space with the manufacture of the worlds most affordable and safe aircraft which we conservatively expect to have flight times of 30 minutes, will be using non flammable and exceptionally safe solid state batteries as well as an included ballistic parachute as an option for those that want to take the craft up to its planned max 1500m HAGL.
Stark Drive Torque Frames
we are pleased to present a few photos of some of our completed Stark Drive Torque Frames, they have now been painted and are on their way to the assembly factory where all the components that will be added to these handsome frames are ready and waiting.
Stay tuned for more photos and video of assembly and testing this upcoming week.
Looking past the complexities of the Electrical Systems on a Stark Drive Electric Bike, even the painting process is multi-step and complex requiring 9 phases in order to get the durable and beautiful finish that all our bikes arrived to our customers doors:
3 Coats for primer painting, to make the frame to be smooth and neat
2 Coats for top coat, that is the final color of the bike
1 step for transfer our logo
1 step for drying label and finally,
2 coats for a matt finish
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Many people who travel want to be able to bring their electric bikes with them but with the current regulations by the FAA and carriers worldwide they can unfortunately not bring their electric bikes on the flight due to the batteries exceeding the limit of 160WH, a strict limit that is imposed which enables one to bring even a large laptop with equally powerful battery on board (as well as a spare) but this limit generally restricts electric bike owners from bringing their batteries when they travel.
Due to the light weight of Stark Drive Mini and its compact size, its the perfect bike to bring with you anywhere you travel be it by boat, train, bus, subway, or even by air. At Stark Drive we have developed a unique battery pack that stays within the imposed limits for air carriers so that you can bring you batteries on board and stow your bike as checked luggage at the same time.
Having the freedom to use Stark Drive Mini wherever you travel has enabled a lot of our customers to enjoy their surroundings while on vacation and we will continue to develop products that benefit our customers so that they dont have to change their lifestyles no matter where they travel.
A new batch of Airline Compliant Stark Drive Mini Batteries
We pay for Ideas!
If you have any ideas which would make your electric bike better we would love to hear from you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will even pay you for ideas if we decide to implement them in our wide range of electric bikes.
Hello Stark Drive Enthusiasts !
After a long delay due to uncontrollable events we are finally making real headway to shipping Stark Drive Torque. The Process to mass produce (even in boutique quantities) requires the factory that produces our unique and 'design registered' frames requires unique moulds to be produced and regimented tooling so that every frame is designed perfectly to our specifications. with the smaller quantity that we produced for this pre order opportunity, it meant a trade off with time to fit us into an unused factory slot.
Here the frame is positioned for final welding with Tack-welds to hold the frame in the proper position. After this stage the final welding is completed to strengthen all connections on the frame.
Here is a sample of our batch, ready for the final components to be added.
Of course you may be wondering to yourself at this point, how do you get the battery in there? Wasn't this bike supposed to be a folding bike, you would be correct. the folding brackets are added after the frame has been completed as well as all the required holes for access to the inside of the frame
The battery production has gone on concurrently and is way ahead of the manufacturing of the frames at this point which means there will be no delay when the frames are completed. The next step for the frames is several layers of paint and then it heads off to our partners for final assembly. We hope to have video of the assembly process for you soon and of course of the boxing.
Those of you whom have ordered torque will soon be receiving your final invoices to cover the remaining costs for the unique configurations that you have selected. If you have to update your address or other contact information you can do so at this point. We will then be sending them by container ship to your respective addresses with an estimated 30 day travel time to your door all taxes paid.
Torque, like all of our other bikes is designed like lego enabling you to add or remove components as you require them.
This is the first bike that we know of in the world that is a mid motor folding electric bike, it will enable you to easily take your bike on public transport or store it securely in your home fitting into even the tiniest of elevators.
Future Goals and Company Direction
We at Stark Drive believe in ICE free transportation as is quite apparent with our selection of electric bicycles however there are times that you are in an area where a bicycle just won't do and you need some other form of transport, perhaps one that does not require trails or roadways. We look to the sky to enable fast efficient fossil fuel free transport which will not only get you from point a to point b in a straight line but save you time and be the most fun you can have getting there.
Hello Stark Drive Enthusiasts!
We are excited that our Torque Bike frames are nearing completion and final assembly is inevitable. We have a smaller run than normal for this batch of boutique Torque Bikes (Both Regular and Fat tire Variants). As such we have had to wait a little bit longer for frame manufacturing to complete but we are in the home stretch now and expect to be shipping in June.
For those of you lucky enough to secure one of these limited run units, we will be in contact shortly with you to finalize your payment taking into account the deposits that you have already placed.
Also some good news! we have a limited number of fully loaded Torque units available that were produced in excess for us to use in testing and promotion and we are able to offer these to a very lucky few that are interested.
if you are interested in one of these few units, you can place your deposit here and we will be in contact with you shortly.
A review of Stark Drive Torque:
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Stark Drive LLC
we are so excited to be sharing this production, testing and boxing video of our latest batch of Stark Drive Electric bikes.
The new generation of Stark Drive has been upgraded from the ground up with:
Its been a long road to get these bikes out to our customers due to delays that were out of our control however the final result was more than worth it and we are very impressed with the determination and perseverance of our team in China that helped us through these difficult times.
Stark Drive Torque is still undergoing manufacturing, the frames are supposed to be complete this week and we hope to post a similar type of video on these next generation, patented, unique, and powerful bikes.
Note that we have a few extra Stark Drive bikes of all models including Stark Drive Mini as well as accessories available if you want to get your bike ready for the summer season.
Stock bikes ready to ship:
Accessories ready to ship:
Stark Drive Team
Final assembly of Stark Drive (non-torque) is under final assembly and testing.
We expect these to ship by the end of April or early May.
Stark Drive Torque custom frames are being completed and should be in the Assembly phase by early to mid may.
Stark Drive Available
We have a few Units of Stark Drive City, City+ and Advanced available for immediate shipping from excess that we manufactured in this batch.
Stark Drive Torque Available
We have two units of Stark Drive Torque available for immediate purchase as part of that batch, you can pay the deposit here: https://starkdrive.bike/stock/...
Stark Drive Mini
We have 2 units of Stark Drive Mini available for immediate shipping here: https://starkdrive.bike/stock/...
Stark Drive Team
We are happy to announce that manufacturing of Stark Drive and Stark Drive Torque are proceeding for those that ordered late 2021 and early 2022 of this year. The global pandemic has affected all areas of our manufacturing process from sourcing materials, to batteries for our powerpacks as well as final assembly. We are cautiously optimistic as the whole process which we had refined to run like a well oiled machine has become more circumspect due to the issues that have been caused not the least of which is the stringent chinese government policy of 0 covid meaning that entire districts if not cities of millions of people are closed down if a case is detected. at the time of writing this post the latest was shanghai.
Below you can see some content of production and we plan to ship all standard Stark Drive models mid april with all Torque models shipping by the end of April.
Of note is that we have a few extra Torque models that we had ordered for review and demonstration testing for our partners and these are new and ready for sale meaning that if you purchase the 'reservation here: https://starkdrive.bike/stock/... you are able to then have it ship at the same time.
we also have several Stark Drive Mini units ready to go all tested and boxed.