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Don't Consider ONLY The Purchase Price, Think about Replacement Parts

10/16/2018

Hello Everyone,

One thing that many first time electric bike buyers do not fully take into account is the extremely important question of:

'what will things cost to replace if i damage them or need a replacement due to ware'.

We at Stark Drive believe not only in offering the most affordable electric bikes in the world but also in offering the most affordable replacement components in the world. if you look at our competition the prices for replacement parts are several times the cost of what we charge to replace say a replacement or extra battery, controller, or motor. The most expensive components on an electric bike are anything to do with the electrical system with the most costly part on any electric bike being the battery pack. The battery pack is overwhelmingly the most costly part on any electric bike with it costing most time more then all the other components on the bike put together (including the motor etc).


Generally, the battery pack will need to be replaced after a few years whereas the motor will continue to work for many years as all the components for this part are sealed and generally quite durable so long as they are not mistreated. the next most common failure point on an electric bike is the controller which our competition sellers for several times the cost that we charge for the same component.

Other than these parts, the other components, in regards to the electrical system, are easily replaced at a reasonable cost. All non electric components on our electric bikes are not costly to replace and can be done at any bike shop.

We are trying to create an electric bike with a total ownership cost that is miles ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of affordability.

Don't believe me? Take a look at the competition yourself and then come back to our site and check out our accessories.

Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive 1000W & 4000W Models Being Prototyped, EU Legal

10/11/2018

Hello Everyone.We have been closely following developments in the electric bike legislation that is ongoing in the EU and it seems that the forces that be are warming to the idea of electric bikes. Despite imposing a hefty duty charge on all electric bikes that are being imported from China, they are warming to the fact that higher power electric bikes, so long as they are speed limited, should be allowed. I spoke about this issue and the gross misunderstanding at the governmental value in a previous blog post here:

https://starkdrive.bike/blog/australian-new-zealan...

Just as i had written about previously, it seems that it will now be the maximum speed that is what the legislators will look to regulate instead of the maximum power of the motor. We had of course not been resting on our thumbs over here and did manage to get the L1e-A certification for Stark Drive up to 1000W here in europe and have been working on our 750W motor prototype which we can now comment goes crazy fast with an exceptionally powerful acceleration.

The regulators are even warming the idea of a 'throttle' meaning that you will not even have to peddle if you do not want to when using an electric bike so long as the speed does not exceed 25kph.

Furthermore, they are also thinking about cargo and helping to get electric bikes on the road to help replace transportation vehicles for the family or when you are carrying groceries or other goods from point a to b. Regulators are currently looking to also legalize up to 4000W motors on electric bikes so long as they have 3 or more wheels making them the perfect substitute for urban dwellers looking to run the odd errand or transport the family within town.

A perfectly environmentally friendly way to get around.

You can learn more about this at about the 10 minute mark in the video below discussing the issue.


Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

EU Batch 4 Bikes Loaded and Shipped (includes Stark Drive Torque prototypes)

09/22/2018

Super excited to announce that the Batch 4 EU bikes have been loaded and shipped. We will have tracking numbers for all you buyers shortly. Normally it takes about a week to get the tracking numbers as it first must clear chinese customs agents on the way out of china and the carrier does not create a tracking number until they know they will actually be shipping it. This is common in any items manufactured for export in china and the reason that we dont have tracking numbers right now.



The USA/Canada bikes we should also receive the tracking numbers for this coming week and we will update the blog when we have these on your respective accounts.



We will also be receiving 2 prototype Stark Drive Torque units which we hope to launch in 2019. These will be tested enthusiastically by our staff here to ensure they are up to scratch before we go into full production. The design is incredibly clean and the frame is our own (no more open mould frame for this model). You can also see we went to a little extra effort to emboss the Stark Logo in the frame as well as adding some contact information on these prototype bikes. They will eventually be available in both standard and fat tire variants, both of which are different castings and require separate moulds.


Also included here are our STOCK bikes which means that there will no longer be any waiting time for delivery when you get a stock bike (http://www.starkdive.bike/stock). They are shipped in just a few days to anywhere in the EU.



Batch 4 USA and Canada Orders Leave Factory (Tracking Numbers Soon)

09/20/2018

Hello!

we are pleased to announce that the batch 4 bikes for USA and Canada have left the factory. We should have tracking numbers for these bikes soon. we have hidden of course the purcashers addresses from the photos below. Remember that we have batch bikes now available so any purchases from the 'STOCK' Category ship immediately. (www.starkdrive.bike/stock)


Typhoon Delays USA/Canada and Sweden Containers Depature

09/19/2018

Hello backers,

We are super sorry to report that we have learned that an extremely powerful typhoon has caused delays in the shipping of the EU container which contains both batch 3 and batch 4 bikes. Fortunately the USA and Canada are still on track for pickup as planned. You can see more information below:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45543664

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/world/asia/surf...



Many containers have been damaged after winds have pushed them into the ocean and these containers are not water proof.

We are continually following up with our logistics in China to get the very latest information during this disaster.


Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC


Stark Drive at Burning Man 2018

09/07/2018

Burning Man 2018

Stark Drive Mini was represented at Burning Man this year. Mini was tested in the Deserts of Nevada in alien like terrain conditions. A fully loaded version of Mini was tested in these harsh conditions and passed with flying colors.

The ultra light electric bike is the perfect companion at burning man helping you to get around quickly and pick up up and carry it around in a pinch. The battery lasts forever and lets you enjoy speeding along without pedaling or using pedal assist to extend your range even further.

We love that we were able to showcase the most affordable electric bike in the world to the creative crowd and show them whats possible by thinking out of the box.

Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.

ADVANCING TRANSPORT FOR THE MASSES: STARK DRIVE REDEFINES E-BIKE AFFORDABILITY WITH AN INNOVATIVE FOLDING AND CONFIGURABLE BIKE UNDER $300 USD

08/31/2018

ADVANCING TRANSPORT FOR THE MASSES: STARK DRIVE REDEFINES E-BIKE AFFORDABILITY WITH AN INNOVATIVE FOLDING AND CONFIGURABLE BIKE UNDER $300 USD

With the Stark Drive Mini’s low price and high performance, customers previously priced out of the e-bike market will now be able to commute in style and comfort

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (August 29, 2018) – Looking to transcend the current standards of the electric bicycle market, Stark Drive, (https://starkdrive.bike/), introduces a new level of personal conveyance and convenience on two wheels with their Stark Drive Mini e-bike.

Fresh off the self-crowdfunding success of their first e-bike model, the Stockholm-based Stark Drive is introducing an e-bike that has been designed to provide the most optimal experience for the rider, without an exorbitant price tag. Built to be portable and highly customizable, the Stark Drive Mini e-bike will provide you with everything that you desire for your commute and everyday use. The Stark Drive Mini can easily be folded after you’ve arrived at your destination and conveniently carried into the office or classroom. The Stark Drive is also compact enough to be taken on a plane (adhering to FAA & TSA guidelines), giving you increased mobility wherever your travels take you.

Stark Drive’s CEO and Founder, Oscar Stark’s goal is to provide performance in an e-bike that is affordable to the everyday commuter, rather than a select few.

“The Stark Drive Mini is the ultimate city commuter which takes you from point A to point B in style and comfort, with its long battery life allowing for unlimited stops in between if you wish. It is the first e-bike that can be brought on a plane, making your travel experience more convenient and less reliant on other means of transportation,” Stark said.

The team at Stark Drive realizes that for a lot of people, their bike will be the first electric vehicle they will most likely try, and they aim to ensure that it is the best experience they could ever have. They want to push the boundaries of what is cost-effective and achievable in e-bike manufacturing, and their bikes have been built to help you get the most out of your ride through the city. The basic model of the Stark Drive Mini has a range of 14 km on pure electric mode and can cover 40 km with pedal assist. The Stark Drive Mini is en15194 EU certified and will be available for the historic starting price of $299 USD.

The Stark Drive Mini arrives fully assembled, charged, and includes these features:

250w Motor

Stark Drive LCD Display with Speed/ODO

USB Charger

Keyed System Power

Lockable & Hidden Battery Compartment

36V, 7Ah, 252Wh Lithium-Ion Battery (Panasonic)

High Intensity Front Light/ 90db Horn

14” All-terrain Tires

Shimano Gear System

13kg Weight

Various Color options

Worldwide 120V-220V 2A charger

In addition to the components already incorporated into the Stark Drive Mini, you can customize the bike to fulfill your specific needs with several additional features and upgrades, such as Airless Pneumatic Tires, a GPS Tracking System, an Electrically Integrated Rear Light, Improved LCDs, Rack & Rack Bag, and even a 350w Motor upgrade.

Despite all the extraordinary components that can be incorporated into the Stark Drive Mini, Stark Drive wants everyone to have access to the technology at a budget-conscious price. They will be offering a special promotional price as a part of their Kickstarter campaign, (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1510179091/50...), including the SD Mini City, which starts at $299, the SD Mini City + at $499, the SD Air at $599, and the Mini Advanced at $699.

ABOUT STARK DRIVE

Stark Drive has chosen not to 'reinvent the wheel', but to build on readily available molds to reduce the cost of tooling and manufacturing. They have selected the best components designed to work in harmony with one another while keeping total cost at the forefront of their design goals. CEO and Founder, Oscar Stark’s goal is to remove the high-price barrier to entry that comes with all the major manufacturers of electric bikes by using a direct to consumer model. He has leveraged his thoroughly developed network of contacts in the transportation and manufacturing industries to develop affordable electric bikes.

Media Contact:

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Conservaco/The Ignite Agency

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george@conservaco.com

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Stark Drive Mini Launching August 30th

08/17/2018

You can see the teaser launch video for Stark Drive Mini above.

In order to build and ship the most affordable electric bike in the world (again) we relied on tried and true principals of using open mould standardized frame design and building the best bike we could possibly build around it. Developing Mini was a challenge for our enthusiastically ambitious team as we knew what we wanted, an electric bike that would ultimately ship for less than $300 US, one that was light, powerful and could get respectable range in order to become a partner in your daily commute.

To our knowledge this is the first 250W 36V folding electric bike ever for under $300.

With Mini we addressed several shortcomings with our original Stark Drive design which just due to cost, mechanical and weight limitations we could not improve such as:

  • easier to carry
  • compact and portable on public transit
  • ability to take a flight with your bike
  • industry leading weight/power ratio
  • breaking through the $300 barrier to entry
  • better control of system power

Recently while browing the web for the latest in affordable bicycle tranportation i came upon a wired review on:

TERN A7 (Click to see the Review)

At first glance i thought that Stark Drive was finally making some headway with its goals of inspiring our competition to lower the prices of electric bikes but although it looks similar to other electric bike frames on the market, this one was your standard bicycle, no electric to speak of, at a price that matches our base model Stark Drive City (a fully electric pedal assist bicycle). Its clear that there is still a long way to go in order to get the industry to more aggressively pursue a more competitive pricing structure for their products to open the door for those that would otherwise not be in a position to afford an electric bike.

Stark Drive Limited Edition Stock Units Ready for Immediate Shipment

08/12/2018

We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Stock units under: www.starkdrive.bike/stock ready for immediate shipment worldwide.

These are, for the most part, Limited Edition units not available to configure from our web shop and in neon colors.

Check it out now, these are only available in very limited quantities.

Sincerely
Oscar