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Stark Drive Manufacturing Update October 2020

10/23/2020

Manufacturing Update Oct 2020

We are super excited to see that not only are the first groups of bikes finished and tested (as you can see in the video below) but they are currently being boxed up in preparation to be picked up by our logistics partners to make their way to you all around the world.

The ongoing pandemic has subsided somewhat in our manufacturing facilities with our suppliers more regularly delivering our components in order to get our bikes out the door as fast as possible.

The Most Advanced and Highest Powered Stark Drive to date

Our customers worldwide have asked for more power and we endeavour to deliver, and deliver we have. Our entire range in this batch has shifted to 48V up from 36V meaning less strain on the battery, higher speeds and more torque from our hub motor based bikes.

We have also improved the bike electronics systems across the board with more powerful lighting, improved braking systems and higher capacity batteries which are of course based on the most advanced Panasonic 18650 cells.



Speed and Function Test

Below you can see a quick test of one of our new 1000W variants of Stark Drive achieving nearly 50 kph (31 mph) in testing.

Note that the foam and protective plastics do cause noise as the tire is rubbing against them at insane speeds of approximately 386 RPM with a centrifugal force of 57 Gs


We are excited to be bringing you the next generation of Stark Drive and look forward to our upcoming launch of Stark Drive Torque (www.starkdrive.world) in 2021.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive - Stock - Nearing Completion

10/20/2020

The Pandemic may have slowed us down but Stark Drive Perseveres

Production Back On Track!



We are really excited to finally see our production back on track with our latest batch of bikes. Above you will see a short video on the first in a series of our bikes nearing the finish line in their ultimate destination in the hands of a lucky Stark Drive owner to be enjoyed for thousands of KM's to come.

As we mentioned in previous post, we have upgrade feature across the board on this batch of Stock bikes including UPPING the system voltage to 48V across the line for more power and better electrical components and stronger braking systems to handle the significant improvement in speed.


36 to 48V Is a Big Deal!

The higher the voltage, the lower the necessary current draw for a given output power. For 500W power you draw about 14A from a 36V battery, while you only draw 10.5A from a 48V battery

The 36V system needs 1/3 higher current for the same power. Hence, you put more strain on the batterie cells in a 36V battery.

The less power you draw from a batterie, the less strain you put on the battery and the wiring. Simply put, the battery gets less hot and runs at higher efficiency when you raise the system voltage for a given power output and you can get away with thinner wires (or you use the same wires, but they run cooler with less resistance and again, higher efficiency).

Higher Power Lighting (Front and Rear)

With the higher voltages, we have more powerful front and rear lighting illuminating your journey while you travel further than ever before.

Now Get up to 1000W Of Power!

on our Stock page here www.starkdrive.bike/stock you can now get pre configured Stark Drive and Stark Drive Fat tire bikes up to 1000W as well as our new line of Stark Drive Mini also upgraded to 48V and 350W of power.

We have limited quantities of this batch of bikes and they are selling fast, stock quantities on our Stock page are updated with the actual quantities and once they are gone, it will be a long wait for another batch to be completed with the backlog.

Get your bike Now!

Thank you

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Is Moving to 48V Across Our Lineup!

08/22/2020

Hello Stark Drive Army!

We are super excited to announce that Stark Drive is being upgraded for 2020 in many major ways.

Although much of our staff has been working from home due to the ongoing pandemic, we have still been looking for ways to improve every aspect of Stark Drive and we are pleased to announce those upgrades to you today.

48V versus 36V

When we first launched Stark Drive in 2017, we chose 36V for several reasons. It was more common in the industry and with higher production volumes of 36V bikes worldwide, we were able to secure amazing pricing starting at only $399 for our base model. The battery packs for 36V bikes also require 1/3 less cells to achieve the AH ratings on our packs in comparison to their 48V equivalents of the same capacity however a 36v battery based systemwide voltage requires 1/3 more current for the same amount of power which is a definite downside. This means that riders would be putting more strain on the battery packs which consequently results on diminished total battery life.

However as you increase the voltage of the packs it puts less strain on the battery pack, drawing less current and consequently less strain on the wiring and therefore reducing the heat generated by internal resistance on the battery packs meaning higher efficiency. One can even reduce the diameter of the wiring diameter on the bike.

While you may ask: How do you fit the extra cells in the battery pack when the in-frame hidden battery pack has a fixed size? We actually switched to a larger frame size after generation three of Stark Drive (we are currently in generation 4) in preparation for the switch to 48V.

Our challenge was keeping the same pricing industry leading low pricing while upgrading to a more expensive motor, more expensive battery pack and higher quality controller. The good news is that as 48V bikes become more and more common the bulk pricing has decreased for all these components and as we have always focused on small margins on large volumes, we have been able to negotiate with our suppliers to keep our industry beating pricing while improving the bike from top to bottom.

A 48V bike gives our riders 33% more of everything, longer range, more power and more fun. A higher voltage system is also great for customers that are limited to 250w engines as you are benefiting from the extra power to give you much more assist and acceleration even if the maximum allowable assist is up to 25kph.

Improve Braking System

With the extra power that a 48V system provides we had to upgrade the braking System on Stark Drive to give you more stopping power.

 

Improved Front and Rear Led Lighting System

The new Stark Drive electrically integrated rear light has been upgrade from 4 to 11 LEDs that operate at 48V meaning they will be much brighter and more visible in even sunny conditions. An excellent safety feature for those that you zoom past.

The Front light has been upgraded from 2 standard LEDs to 4 High Illumination LEDs which offer much better visibility in low light conditions illuminating a much greater distance in front of you.

Hub Motors up to 1000W!

Possibly most exciting of all is that we are launching bikes with hub motor power up to 1000W. This combined with the systemwide 48V will deliver unparalleled power and speed for those that want to take Stark Drive off road in even the most challenging terrain.

Stark Drive Mini with Maximum Power

We have also improved Stark Drive Mini by upping the system voltage to 48V as well as increasing the hub motor power to 350W making this city commuter bike even more capable no matter the road conditions wherever you live.

Production Finishing Early September 2020

This new batch of bikes with more power and range are all finishing early September 2020 with many already spoken for. In order to secure your bike you can pre order here: www.starkdrive.bike/stock to ensure that its delivered to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC


Stark Drive Launches 750W & 1000W Variants of Stark Drive Advanced (Regular / Fat Tire)

06/27/2020


If there is one consistent thing our customers have continually asked us for since our launch was MORE POWER and today we are responding with a limited quantity of STOCK 750W and 1000W Models of our popular Stark Drive Advanced. While we have done several one-offs for customers that wanted extra power for their commute these have typically been long lead time items which have taken up to 160 days to manufacture and ship. With the popularity of these models we have done a special run of just this more powerful version of Stark Drive which are available for purchase on the stock section of our website here:

www.starkdrive.bike/stock

There are a variety of colors available as well as your choice of thin or fat tire for each power level.

As we have L1e-A certification for up to 1000W in the EU they are legally allowed to be ridden once registered with your countries relevant authority (there are a variety of different methods of registration required in the EU depending on your country, we can provide you assistance with this on request.

In the USA 750W models are legal for road use in most States with some even allowing up to 1000W on public roads, check with your local authority on which applies to you.

These models are always able to be ridden on private property and/or not on public roads no matter where you are located.

The extra power that these models afford is not for the faint of heart and the exhilaration of accelerating with these power plants propelling you is something that never gets old. We have kitted each of these models out with every option that Stark Drive offers including our largest 17AH battery packs built with the latest Panasonic/LG 18650 cells, throttle, cruise control, and much much more...


Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Electric Bike - Moving Mainstream in Daily Transport

06/09/2020

With the improvement in battery energy density and sleek new designs that mimic the look of traditional bicycles with components hidden in the frame, we at Stark Drive have been working to not only lower the (cost) barrier to entry for electric bikes but also to promote them as viable and indispensable alternatives to private and even public daily transport.

Recent global events have demonstrated now more than ever that electric bikes are note only exceptionally utilitarian but can be a replacement for even the bus or train when commuting within city limits. As battery densities improve so does the range of electric bikes and with a few modifications to your electric bike you can turn it into the cargo carrier that will help you with your groceries, picking up your loved ones and more.

A recently published article on Sun Sentinel highlights the fact that the move to electric bikes, now more than ever, is accelerating and we at Stark Drive look forward to the near future when all bicycles have an electric component inbuilt by default to supplement the energy provided by the rider when needed so that no matter your age or physical ability, you can still take a bicycle to run your daily errands.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/consumer-reviews/sns-nyt-electric-bikes-20200606-itvydrlke5fjdbvr5mycwzxpcu-story.html

Even more evidence to the fact is a fantastic video that was produced by one of our favorite youtubers: JerryRigEverything on his youtube channel already back in 2018 where he custom built an electric bike for his wife resulting in a spectacular electric bike that they have even taken on safari.


Electric bikes used to be perceived as a method of cheating on physical activity however we believe the opposite in that it can not only help you to be even mor physically active but to have a fantastic time while doing so.

So get out, explore your surroundings, enjoy the great outdoors (while paying attention to social distancing if applicable) and get a breath of fresh air leaving your ICE at home.

Sincerely
Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drives New and Improved Users Guide - FINALLY!

06/06/2020

Hello Everyone,

All of us here at Stark Drive hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound during the exceptional times we are experiencing. We have been hard at work here to improve some aspects have been less than optimal in regards to our Stark Drive Users Guide which we had neglected for far too long.

While the final assembly of Stark Drive is not difficult with having to only assemble the front tire and pedals, it is definitely still good to have a reference guide that more clearly explains several of the bikes features as well as how to operate several of the functions which may not be as clear.

Below you will see our users manual as hosted by Scribd. You can download the manual through the link below and it will save as PDF on your desktop or mobile device.

You can find even more information under our FAQ here: https://starkdrive.bike/frequently-asked-questions... under the ASSEMBLY section of the FAQ.

Stark Drive Users Manual by Stark Drive on Scribd


Be sure to check back often as we will continually be improving the users guide based on customer feedback to include any requested information.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Start Spring Off With Stark Drive Advanced (Fully Loaded) and Get Free Shipping!

05/03/2020


Our Spring sale on Stark Drive Advanced Stock is still ongoing with the code STARKEASTER2020 which gets you free shipping on your purchase when you get any color of the following Stock Advanced model here:

https://starkdrive.bike/stock/stark-drive-advanced-500w-fat-tire-17ah-stock/

Simply place the code in the notes section of the order page when placing your order, we will immediately credit back to you all shipping costs when purchasing Stark Drive Advanced here after you make the purchase through our website.

This promotion is valid while supplies last.


The Stark Drive Advanced model we have on promotion here is fully loaded with every feature add on we offer at Stark Drive including our highest capacity 17Ah battery pack, Powerful 500W motor as well as throttle, cruise control, electrically integrated rear lights and much much more.

$75 REFERRAL BONUS

We are also offering $75 to any referrals of Stark Drive from a confirmed existing owner who sends us a referral to a new customer. You can put the referee in the Notes field and we will credit that person via credit card once verified.

We at Stark Drive truly believe that electric bikes are the way of the future and even through these difficult times we are working to innovate and bring high end features to our affordably priced bikes and are working to launch our new and improved Stark Drive Mini as well as Stark Drive Torque in the coming months. More details coming soon.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Happy Earth Day And Ride Stark Drive

04/22/2020

We wanted to wish everyone out there a Happy Earth Day from everyone here at Stark Drive. We have customers of all skill levels that use stark drive from the adventurous rider to the daily commuter. There are several benefits to riding Stark Drive which we wanted to touch on in this Earth Day Entry.

Carbon Minimized Transportation

When you compare the carbon footprint of Stark Drive with its lithium cells as well as fully recyclable bike frame know that the carbon footprint of our bikes is a fraction of that of ICE transportation and on top of that they are considered zero emission transportation. On top of this with the continual development of clean energy generation, you will be charging Stark Drive with clean energy in the near future if not already.

Preventing the Release of COx and Other Pollutants

Since Stark Drive runs on electric power, we release no greenhouse gases while riding our bikes. It is incredible the difference when people turn off their vehicles and travel using their own power or with electric vehicles. There have been satellite maps of late that show the dramatic differences in SMOG and other airborne pollutants in high density city environments. Something that we are normally breathing in which in the long term will lead to health problems.

Sustainable Energy Plants with our Batteries

One of the cool features of Stark Drive is the integrated USB charging on all our bikes and even cooler is the integrated USB output right on the battery pack on our upcoming Stark Drive Torque models. You can therefore use the battery pack as a power station wherever you travel so that you always have a clean sustainable form of energy to ensure you are connected or in cases of emergency.

Specially Selected Ultra-Premium Batteries

There are many different grades of batteries out there and on top of the ones available from manufacturers there are even copies of premium brands that flood the marketplace. We source all of our batteries direct from the manufacturer be it Panasonic (our preferred supplier), Samsung or LG. All our batteries are imported to our factory for the final stages of manufacturing to ensure that we build packs that are not only reliable but have the longevity to last for years.

Stay Healthy and Get to Where Your Going

An understated benefit of Stark Drive that can not be emphasized enough is that by commuting with our bikes you are working out your body, cardiovascular system and above all else keeping in motion. Stark Drive is a fun way to experience the out doors or even to run those errands that need doing on a daily basis, this in turn also releases positivity enhancing chemicals in your brain thereby even enhancing things like your immune system and helping you to be more alert as well as improving your reflexes.

Cycling Infrastructure

Its a common sight now a days to see a grid lock of vehicles on the freeway with each vehicle having one person at the wheel and noone else. this takes up a lot of space and uses a lot of energy to transport that person to where they are going which is why we always try to promote collective transportation and one of the benefits of Stark Drive and their ability to fold is that you can take them with you on the Subway or Bus to ensure that the last mile of your journey is covered. Lets work together to get vehicles off the road.

Stark Drive Launched in 2017

We have been working to push the limits of what we can offer to our customers in terms of features and benefits of the best technology that is available when it comes to electric bikes with the most important point of focus to keep our electric bikes affordable and ensure that the incumbents are challenged so that ultimately the global prices of electric bikes comes down. Stark Drive has sold thousands of bikes worldwide since 2017. Our goal in 2020 is to add 20,000 New riders of Stark Drive with the upcoming launch of Stark Drive Mini and Stark Drive Torque pictured respectively below.

Stark Drive Mini
Stark Drive Torque

(www.starkdrive.world)

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC


Happy Easter - A 'STARK' Bonus On Stark Drive

04/11/2020

Happy Easter to all of our original backers and our customers whom have decided to go electric and be more physically active or even those that decided to commute carbon free and leave your vehicle at home. We are still working hard during this challenging time to help get our production lines up and running again so that we can meet the demand for Stark Drive which had been halted for several months due to the pandemic that has spread worldwide over the last several months.

We are pleased to say that our production lines are now up and running and while we are still facing some challenges on shipping custom made bikes to customers worldwide, our STOCK bikes are ready to ship from our warehouses in North America and the EU. We have stock bikes pre configured in the most popular configurations for

  • Stark Drive City,
  • Stark Drive City+ and,
  • Stark Drive Advanced.

We are also working with our factory to get a production finished for a batch of Stark Drive Advanced with The RAD Power Upgrade at 750W, which we hope to have completed in the coming days.

FREE SHIPPING - STARK DRIVE ADVANCED STOCK

For those of you whom have been trying to make up your mind about Stark Drive and all the advantages that our bikes have compared to the competition we have a special offer for those that read our blog. By mentioning STARKEASTER2020 in the notes section of the order page when placing your order, we will immediately credit back to you all shipping costs when purchasing Stark Drive Advanced here after you make the purchase through our website:

https://starkdrive.bike/stock/stark-drive-advanced-500w-fat-tire-17ah-stock/

This is a savings of several hundred $'s off the cost of our electric bikes (shipping costs vary depending on shipping location).

This sale will last for anyone that reads this blog post and purchases a bike up to May 31st 2020.

STARK DRIVE TORQUE

Once more of our restrictions on movement have been eased we will be taking the second prototype of Stark Drive Torque out and about for testing and we will be posting information about the bike, its improved features, as well as hopefully more independent reviews of the bike. Stark Drive Torque will come in two versions, a regular tire with a fully EU road legal mid drive system provided to us by our partners at BAFANG as well as an off road professional 'MAX' version which will use Bafang's most powerful motor system at 750W. The more powerful version will even have the ability to be modded by the end user to get even more power out of these incredibly robust and well built drive systems with many users reporting up to 2500W of power out of these motors with the right power configuration which we can provide to our backers. It's truly the most powerful and fastest motor available on the market today.

STARK DRIVE MINI

We will be relaunching Mini in the fall with improved features and upgraded power systems (48V). If you would like more information on this launch in order to be one of the early birds where we will be offering several upgrades free of charge you can sign up on our website here: www.starkdrive.world

Thank you from the entire team at Stark Drive!

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Xiaomi Launch Electric Mopeds: A1 and A1 Pro with Pedals?

04/04/2020

We love when companies try new things, especially when it comes to electric transportation and Xiaomi has been an active player in the electric bike and electric moped and scooter market for several years now with unbelievable pricing, although the majority of their products can only be purchased in China. That being said, their newly launched device seems to be an electric scooter with pedals haphazardly attached at the last minute to afford it the title of electric bike, although looking at the specifications, one would not confuse this with anything but a moped style device:

Technical data the A1-mopeds:

  • size: 161 x 68 x 104 cm (length x width x height)
  • weight: 52 kg
  • tires: 16 inch
  • degree of protection: IPX6
  • colors: White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Gray

They have a EU friendly maximum speed of 25kph and claim that they can travel 60km on a charge using a battery that is rated at 16ah on the lower end and 70km with a 20ah battery on the higher end model. The math does not entirely add up with the range offerings based on battery capacity however it may be due to the fact that these devices are heavy, 52kg on the base model and understandably heavier higher end model with a larger battery pack.

Comparing the pricing however is another thing. These moped-bikes are very competitively priced at a starting price of only $420 which is unbelievable value for something of this nature.

You would not be able to bring these on public transport due to the sheer size and weight and of course many public transport systems worldwide have certain requirements such that the device must be able to fold for carriage.

One of the very interesting things with these models are the high quality IPS displays which provides the rider a host of useful information as well as support for touch control, or voice input (somewhat hard to use in more dense traffic conditions we would imagine). they also include wide angle cameras which record all of whats going on around you which is an interesting feature that we have looked into including on our upcoming Stark Drive Torque, both from a safety perspective and to be able to share your rides with family and friends. That being said, they also include GPS navigation but we think with the ubiquity of smart phones, that feature could easily be taken care of by your own mobile device.

Comparing this to our base Stark Drive Mini just based on price and you can see that for $299 you could get a folding full electric bike that weighs in at around 13kg which is less than a third the weight of this device and with Mini you can also bring it on a plane with you as the battery is compliant with IATA regulations on battery capacity. Mini also includes a throttle (if you configure it with one) so that the Xiaomi device although practical in terms of range for continuous city use, think delivery drivers, it does not really compete in terms of convenience if you want to use it for last mile commuting while also using public transport or even your vehicle (which hopefully by now is electric right?). Mini ships worldwide and can be configured with a high capacity battery, carbon belt drive system, and a host of other features depending on the end use case. Did we mention you can get whatever color you like? maybe even a unique pattern using hydrographics?

That being said, it's great to see manufactures trying new things and helping to hone and refine the technology that is out there when it comes to electrified transportation.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC