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Batch 2 USA/Canada Bikes have officially left the factory, been handed over to the logistics team and tracking numbers for these bikes will be added to your account as well as Paypal if you used this method for backing by Sunday February 4th. To access your account you go to starkdrive.com and click on rewards at the bottom of the page or click here.
Although we were aware of the torture our bikes can experience during their long journeys from our factory in China to our backers around the world we have learned some lessons from the first batch and how carriers even exceed our own expectations of what can occur in transit. we have made some strategic changes to the packaging as you can see in the photos below to improve the internal structure and localization of the components within the box to prevent jostling and otherwise negative things occurring in transit.
Not only have we improved the packaging on the outside of the bike but we have improved the bike internally as well. Batch 2 bikes have improved circuitry in so much as now any Stark Drive bike can be upgraded to include the optional rear light simply by plugging it in to the spare lead that is included on each and every bike. This was not the default option in the first batch and was only included if the backer chose to include the rear light when backing.
In batch 1 the key was used only as a means of locking the battery within the frame, not overall system power. This was something we thought was not good enough so we worked with our engineers and all batch 2 bikes and also bikes henceforth will have three positions:
OFF - total system power disabled,
LOCK - the battery is locked within the frame but system power is still disabled,
ON - Battery is Locked within the frame as well as total system power is enabled.
All higher capacity lithium batteries have circuitry included to protect the pack in the event of low voltage which can permanently harm the pack. Our circuity has a 27V protection limit enabled on the packs meaning that if the voltage of the pack as a whole drops below this level the protection circuitry is automatically enabled and the included chargers will cease charging the pack if the voltage drops below this level. The packs are still fine and can be charged but a more specialized charger is needed to safely bring the voltage of the entire pack up above the 27V level. These will be provided to backers on loan if ever required however any local battery specialist in your area will also have the same equipment and the process will be significantly faster then if we are to ship these chargers our to backers.
Tracking and UPS
The bikes are being sent via the same method as we used last time as this seemed to work insomuch as the UPS labels are created in China and attached to all the bikes and then they are packed in the shipping container and these numbers remain in the system but inactive until they reach the USA / Canada and clear customs at which point the carrier (UPS) will get the bikes and handle the final leg of the journey to the end backer. The Tracking numbers will only show movement and updates once they clear customs and until then will just show that the label has been created in the system.
Mate Libel Lawsuit Update
We are for the time being suspending our libel lawsuit against our lovely competitor Mate.bike until the arbitration proceedings are complete to prevent any conflict between the libel case and the situation that occurred on Indiegogo where Mate (through their lawyer) submitted a fraudulent DMCA notice to Indiegogo causing Indiegogo to cancel our original crowdfunding campaign a week after launching on February 23rd 2017 after raising just shy of 300.000 USD.
Stark Drive Mini
We are well on our way to launching Stark Drive Mini pictured below in the Spring of 2018. We will be launching on Kickstarter and the starting backing amount to get Stark Drive mini will be 299 USD. Stark Drive Mini will be as configurable as Stark Drive with various upgrades depending on what the backer needs. At approximately 13 KG, it will be the perfect companion for those that are inner city commuters, boat Enthusiasts or RV'ers.
OUR GOAL AT STARK DRIVE IS TO MAKE ELECTRIC BIKES AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE MASSES. AN OBVIOUS TRUISM.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
We are pleased to announce that due to some careful planning, we will be able to upgrade 5 Non USA/Canada backers whom otherwise would be part of batch 3 shipping anticipated end of march to Batch 2 Finishing off now and shipping directly after the Chinese New Year.
These backers will be randomly selected from all new backers that would otherwise be part of batch 3.
There is no need to enter other then backing Stack Drive so get your backing in now to get Stark Drive even faster.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Im pleased to share with you some photos and videos of the Batch 2 USA/Canada bikes that went through their final control check and packaging below.
These have now been sent from the factory, in a short while we will be providing UPS tracking numbers to all these backers which will show up in the UPS System and activate once it makes landfall in the USA and clears customs. Canada backers do not get tracking numbers in the same way and will receive them once UPS gets the bikes in the USA and processes them. That is also after the bikes clear customs in the USA. For batch 1 this process took a fairly substantial amount of time as they first cleared customs once after a holiday delay and then were asked by Customs and Border protection to go through a second screening, hopefully this does not happen again and we will update you when we know more.
Mate.bike / Indiegogo Arbitration
We would like to announce that both Mate and Indiegogo have been served and we will be commencing the arbitration shortly. Once again serving mate took far longer then expected as they did not pick up the registered letters that we sent to them but fortunately as they do have a showroom or working office place now we were able to serve them at this location instead.
If any backers know of any Lawsuits or Arbitrations with Indiegogo that have been published it would be interesting if you could send over the details to us as I cant seem to find anything when doing a search online. This is more for my own personal interest as their Terms do state they can do whatever they want whenever they want in terms of anything posted to their website, this will be a test of these terms. Our lawyer describes this as 'unconscionable'. This was particularly frustrating for me as indiegogo had solicited me when we first posted our campaign on Kickstarter and convinced us to cancel our fundraising there and move to their platform instead, only to eventually kill our campaign on their platform after a week.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
TNT Shipments Complete!
Well for the love of whats good and true, 2 months after actually reaching the EU by train from china, landing in the Netherlands, then to Germany, Then to Poland, then to the Netherlands again, the EU bikes were finally delivered to 98% of the EU backers as of today. This insanity with delivery is one story we are not intent on repeating ever again.
USA Batch 2 Bikes
That being said, Batch 2 USA bikes have left the factory but hold your horses, that does not mean they will arrive to your door in the US tomorrow. From the factory they are transferred to the logistics partner, then from there to the port, from the port they must be loaded onto the container ship (after of course being loaded into a container) and from there they sail to the USA. Its only once they hit the USA that the tracking numbers we are going to provide you with in a few days will become 'active'.
Alexa Website Rankings
What is Alexa? well according to them:
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We did a search on ourselves and some of our competition and discovered some interesting statistics. Check them out for yourself below.
We are super happy to report that the Batch 2 bikes are well on their way to being sent out as promised before the Chinese New Year and hundreds have already been produced as you can see from the images here. We are making improvements to the packaging and there have been several improvements to this batch of bikes enabling our backers even more control over Stark Drive.
-Bikes will now have three key positions and the total system power can be controlled by the key meaning that noone can start your bike without having a key.
-Improvements to the packaging to ensure that the most expensive component, the battery, is better protected as it seems UPS likes to manhandle Stark Drive in the USA.
-We include in this Batch a multipurpose 16 function tool to enable you to put the finishing touches on Stark Drive and simple maintenance free of charge.
-we have a new Seat for Stark Drive which we have tested to be more comfortable then the one used in Batch 1.
-we include better instructions in the box for the final assembly of the front wheel
We keep being reassured by our (soon to be ex) logistics partner that the TNT numbers should work this week, we are very sorry for the long delay here with customs and the holiday season they took much, MUCH longer then we anticipated to reach our non Nordic EU based backers. We thank you for your patience.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
WIN WIN WIN
Now that we have had Stark Drive delivered from the Cook Islands to San Francisco To Oslo all over the world, we felt it might be a good time to hold a contest giving our Original Batch 1 Backers a chance to win a battery pack (always helpful when you are exploring with Stark Drive) as well as a 250 USD credit on a future backing of Stark Drive!
HOW TO WIN?
In order to be entered into the contest it doesn't require any significant effort at all! All you need to do to enter is to take the best photo of you out and about on Stark Drive exploring the beach, countryside, city, or wherever you may find yourself and posting the photo to any social media platform you choose. We prefer Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Post the photo, and copy us by tagging us so that we know you did so and we will go through and review all the photos and make a decision.
The Contest Starts now, as you are reading this and ends March 15th 2018 at Midnight PST.
The winning entry will be announced on our website blog on the 20th of March 2018.
Any questions? email us or send us a chat message through the chat function on our website.
Good luck to everyone and thank you to all of you who believed in us and supported our dream of making electric bikes affordable for everyone!
Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC
We are super happy to report that even more US backers have received Stark Drive. We have seen a smattering of Tweets and Facebook Updates about Stark Drive arriving by UPS. This makes us glad that all the hard work has finally come to fuition.
Note, we will receive the tracking numbers for Canadian backers soon. Once we do, we will post them to your account and/or Paypal. They will take a little longer to get up north as they are transported by UPS from California.
Note we have now added TNT numbers to all EU batch one backers but these will only start to work this Friday as the numbers were from our logistics partner and must be received by TNT and scanned into their system to begin working. They did this as they still needed to pay the final last leg fees to TNT, which of course we had to pay them in advance. These were only calculated once all confirmed duty/tax paid bikes were calculated.
Below you will see a happy Swedish Backer receiving his bike.
Below are also some photos of us loading to the brim a UPS truck with even more units of Stark Drive destined for these exotic locations. They should be with you in a few days. Use them with pride!
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
A quick update for those that don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
UPS has finally received the bikes and the USA tracking numbers will start to work as of this week. Canada backers will get tracking numbers from us this week as UPS first needed to get ahold of the bikes and then assign tracking numbers locally as it could not be done from China. We will be in touch with you once we get these.
We have now added TNT tracking numbers to our website and Paypal (if payment was made by paypal) for all EU batch 1 bikes. These numbers will begin to function this coming week, right now they are working their way into the TNT system as these numbers are provided by our logistics partner.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
This post comes after our experience sending bikes to Australia but this has also effected several of our EU based backers specifically in Germany where they have some very stringent regulations on electric bikes and their motor power rating.
You see the EU has written regulations that govern the total power output of motors that are supplied on electric bikes opting to set this limitation at 250w which on the surface may seem like a reasonable power rating and more then enough for the average user as these bikes are strictly meant to 'assist' the rider in getting from a to b. The problem arises however that this limitation is ill conceived for several reasons for example, if one digs deeper into the entire reasoning behind this limitation its really based in the fact that these electric bikes should not provide assist to any rider past a speed limit of 25kph. That is quite fast and depending on the rider weight, there can be a lot of momentum generated for someone traveling at speed considering that the average electric bike weighs in excess of 20kg plus the rider weight. Assuming an average rider weight of 100kg you are looking at approximately 100KN of force being applied if we measure the stopping distance at about 3 cm. This is a huge amount of energy that is transferred into the opposing object, enough to cause serious injury.
The problem is the following, the average person can pedal (without assist) faster then 25kph for short periods and if you look at the amount of assist versus rider weight, you will find that the average professional biker can easily generate 400w or energy on a normal bike. What ends up happening for heavier riders is that there is a severe performance hindrance even on flat terrain not to mention if there are any hills involved.
As has been the case in several instances in the past, the lawmakers are not looking at the real root causes and solutions in order to make riding safer in that what really should be regulated is the max speed while assisted by the power system. A heavier rider on a 500w bike for example may in fact get the same performance during the acceleration phase as a lighter rider would up hills while only on a 250w equipped electric bike.
The power systems can be regulated with internal electronics or the bike computer and the max speed which can be easily tested (as opposed to trying to figure out what watts the motor on the electric bike installed is, if there are no markings on the motor).
As electric bikes are made more mainstream by such companies such as ours that are enabling people whom may not have seen the value proposition at a price of 1500 USD but can easily see the value when the price costs less then 500 USD, the regulations should reflect the desired final outcome instead of imposing limits that negatively effect the user's experience based on factors that were not taken into account such as rider weight.
All Stark Drive bikes include inbuilt electronics that limit the total final speed when being assisted by the electric motor and/or when riding on pure electric power with the use of the Throttle.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.