The original article in Swedish Can be found here:
Not at all an unexpected result and our opinion at Stark Drive is that its fantastic that a green form of commuting is receiving government backing.
We are super excited to announce that we have now hit 1000% of our original funding goal as of a few hours ago! What a ride its been and it nothing makes us happier then to see years of work come together to form a completed product that has and will be making thousands (and hopefully millions) of people around the world happy.
Our company motto was as simple as it was altruistic: Manufacture the most affordable and well equipped electric bike in the world.
Saying this proved to be much easier then actually accomplishing this goal with competitors out there not wanting a product such as ours on the market and trying their best to keep Stark Drive off the market.
Mate.bike Libel Lawsuit in Denmark
We can now confirm that our court date with Mate.bike for them slandering us publicly is set for March 21st 2018. I will personally be heading to Denmark to testify. We have also amended our original lawsuit to include them being FORCED to take down the inaccurate information from their website that they are the most affordable electric bike in the world. In that respect its not even only us that is much more affordable then Mate. There exists other brands such as Sondors, Wave, etc that are all more affordable.
Are there any danes out there(?) that would like to act as my translator as my testimony apparently must be in danish and unfortunately all I can do is Swedish.
Mate.bike DMCA Lawsuit in California
The lawsuit against Mate for Fraudulently filing a DMCA with indiegogo and having our original campaign taken down is also proceeding with a demand letter for compensation sent to Mate last week. They have till the 23rd of October to respond and if they do not accept our generous settlement offer we will be proceeding with forced arbitration as per California Law, which is actually quite good as CA has some very strong Business Competition legislation on their books.
Batch 2 About to Close
for those of you on the fence about Stark Drive, you should make up your minds quickly as we are about to close batch 2 meaning that it would be a significantly longer wait if you decide to back Stark Drive after we close this batch. It would be no earlier then Spring 2018 delivery.
Stark Drive Mini (14'' Tires)
We are going to receive some finished prototypes of Stark Drive Mini with the batch thats headed by boat to Sweden, if all is up to par as we expect it will be we will be producing our promotional launch video and launching early 2018. Anyone out there in Sweden that wants to be part of the video and does not mind heading over to Stockholm? Contact us at email@example.com and you can be a star.
Note in the photo below the upgraded pedals which use a much higher percentage of total pedal weight in metal instead of plastic. Note how well the wiring is routed as well as the protective sleeves they are placed in to protect them from ware and keep them looking neat. These are some of the fine touches we like to add to Stark Drive to not only make it utilitarian and dependable but also beautiful.
As promised here are the videos of Stark Drive Mini in Action. It may be Mini but it totally Maximizes your ability to get around.
If you are one of the lucky backers in the first batch heading to the EU listen up. This will affect your delivery.
For those of you that are going to receive your reward in the coming weeks you will be contacted soon to cover the customs and import costs for your Stark Drive as per our FAQ here:
You need to cover these as fast as possible otherwise your reward will be held at the distribution location and if held long enough, returned or distributed to another backer.
We tried to get around having to do this (as our competitors have, but hey at least your bikes are at the distributor in the EU when we ask for these funds, unlike some competition) and instead having the delivery carrier charge these funds directly to the receiver but apparently that is not going to work for our logistics partners EU based partner.
If you are contacted you should consider this a GOOD thing, it means your bike is about to arrive, you just need to submit the customs fees (which we are going to pay for you in advance) so that your bike is clear to leave the distribution location and come out to your home.
That being said there is some really good news!
Due to our tight relationship with our logistics partner and the fact that they know about the delay we have experienced they have given us a break on the import costs. You see as we have a base in stockholm, they are well within their right to charge SWEDISH import taxes which would be around 31%
we are super excited to report that we have gotten away with about 10% off this amount with some extremely complicated mathematics.
thats right folks you heard it here first, we are getting away with a very modest amount of taxes for your new Stark Drive.
We will be sending out the bills to all the receivers and a paypal account or bank account to send the funds to. You need to pay this immediately in order to not hold up your delivery. we have tied our computer systems to the ones at the distribution center so once we confirm payment they will know about it.
This discount is currently only for the first batch im afraid, mainly due to the delays.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
we are super excited to announce that the Prototype Stark Drive Mini has now been complete and can be seen in testing below. Our aim for Stark Drive mini was four fold.
Stark Drive Mini will be as configurable as Stark Drive is with available upgrades to the motor, battery and a host of accessories that will be available when we launch it on kickstarter early next year (2018).
The starting price will be $299 USD + S&H
The goal is to make electric bikes more available then ever before. We dont know of any purpose built (note: not frakensteined together) electric bike in this price bracket. Especially one that is as handsome as Stark Drive MIni.
It will be available in White, Matte Black, and more exclusively Blue and Red.
Since we are using the same manufacturing partner and there are no longer any chances for lovely competitors to file fraudulent DMCA claims against us, we will hold our schedule for production this time.
See some photos and videos below. (videos coming later)
As always, we are super appreciative of all of our hundreds (soon to be thousands) of backers out there and you should all give yourselves a pat on the back for altruistic attitude on life and helping to bring affordable electric transportation to the masses.
USA / CANADA / SOUTH PACIFIC DELIVERIES
We are waiting on word from our logistics partners for the delivery schedule for these deliveries. If anyone out there knows of an easy way to get our bikes to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands (such as the Cook Islands) we would love to hear from you. Our logistics partner in China has never shipped there before so its hard for them.
We already have a quote for USA and Canada but our logistics partner is waiting on a second which they say could arrive faster and at a better price. We will update our blog as soon as we have news in this respect. Australia is not a problem for us currently.
Batch 2 Deliveries (orders after June 6)
We are getting a lot of questions about when these are going out. As the first batch was a bit delayed (ie going out now) we anticipate that batch 2 will go out end of november. We will convey the latest information to you from the factory as we know it.
A heartfelt ❤ thanks
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Just wanted to write a quick post and alleviate any doubt that the first batch had not in fact left the factory. Here you can see a very short video of hundreds of Stark Drive's boxed and being loaded onto trucks destined for the logistics facilities. Apologies for the slight delay with the delayed posting of this post as this happened last week but we did not receive these images until today.
Right now production is full speed ahead with the Fat Tire bikes the priority as we now have a road tested prototype that passed with flying colors. It has taken a bit longer then expected but considering we have been able to do something that certain lovely competitors said was impossible,
that being: Launching an electric bike starting at 399USD as it was below their purchase price of their smaller bikes from the factory, we feel we maybe be a bit justified in being a little late.
Now our goal is to fine tune the production process and to cut the delivery times by a factor of magnitude. Instead of 3 months delivery we are aiming for 4-5 days delivery time to our backers. We will have an update in an upcoming post about how we are going to do this.
Stark Drive Box Ready Lined up.
Final Checks for Quality
Some Minor Adjustments May Be Required.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
This article has been updated from the original article that was written on March 7th 2017.
what a pleasant surprise today when we were informed by one of our backers that google now rates our website as 1st when searching for 'Cheap Electric Bike' a terms we are not fond of as the bike itself is more affordable then the connotation that the word cheap affords however when searching for 'Affordable Electric Bike' on google we are the first hit that is not a review site! What a nice surprise, this leads us to the conclusion that there is now enough buzz around the inter-web to 'backrub' our company into a high enough ranking to achieve such a status!
We are not done here folks! Next year we are launching a mini version of Stark Drive for an unbelievable starting price of $299. This bike will mainly be geared towards the public transit commuter with a much lighter total weight and a much smaller frame enabling one to easily carry it around instead of rolling it around which is what the majority would be doing with Stark Drive today.
Watch for our new bike on Kickstarter. The prototypes will be arriving to us with the first delivery of Stark Drive which is anticipated sometime mid november.
Thank you for all the Backing, Support, and kind words we have received from our backers, non backers, and the press. We are here to make electric bikes mainstream, not to make a buck.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
We here at Stark Drive are super excited to have been mentioned in the well renowned newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
Although there seems to have been a bit of a conversion error when going from USD to Swedish Crowns as they mentioned our price at 10.000 SEK which equates to about 1250 USD, YOWZERS!
With our base price of 399 USD for a fully functional electric bike and even if one were to include shipping costs and import duties and taxes to Sweden, this is still close to 2X the actual price of Stark Drive's landed cost to Sweden.
Conversely we are super happy to have been mentioned in their Veckans Val (Weekly Choice) Section under their 'Perfect Guide' Insert.
Thank you SvD, from all of us here at Stark Drive, its great to be noticed.
From Stockholm with ❤
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Had a discussion through the help of a translator today with the owner of the factory that we have had the luck of partnering with to make Stark Drive a reality today. This has been a learning experience on both our parts, partly as the concept of custom built (with a lot of different options) for our backers was something that the factory had never attempted before and partially because we here at Stark Drive underestimated some of the massive hold ups that can occur from simple delays at the factory. Then there are the holidays which do not sync with western calendars and seem to last at least a week at a time. Understandable if the people have to commute several hundred km's to see their families.
Either way, super good news for you Fat Bike Backers. The Fat Stark Drive is now done and we want to reveal some photos and videos of its assembly and testing below.
The Fat bike is on schedule now to finish in a couple of weeks and will ship by latest the 26th of October (fingers crossed). Here are a few more photos of the Fat Bike in slightly higher quality then the videos.
Full Stark Drive Glamor Shot.
Stark Drive More Romantic Lighting
Stark Drive with Head Lights
Even though its Fat, it fits really well in the rear hatch
All Batch 1 bikes (minus Fat Tire) going to the EU will have left the factory by friday. They will be transported by iron horse to europe and once they reach the central distribution location (a secret) they will be given to local carriers and then tracking numbers will be provided for all these bikes.
The Swedish Bikes as well as Ireland, Iceland, Norway will be transported by boat leaving china at the end of the month as our order of Stark Drive for our newly opening Showroom location are also included in this batch and the majority of this order is Fat Tire.
We really appreciate the patience of our backers. Your faith and belief in us has really helped to make Stark Drive a reality. Without your support none of this would have been possible.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.