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New York Legalizes Electric Bikes, Even With A Throttle

04/03/2020

We at Stark Drive are excited for the over 8.5 Million people that live in New York in that they have finally legalized Electric Bikes (both pedal assisted and full electric throttle driven) for all residents of the state. We learned of the news first on a report by The Verge here:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/2/21204232/new-york-legalizes-electric-bikes-scooters

This is excellent news for both commuters and those that have traded in a vehicle and are using electric bikes to make deliveries in metropolitan areas in New York State. In helping get vehicles off the road and more people on two wheels, we are helping not only the environment but also reliving congestion and improving air quality.

There are regulations behind the three classes of electric bikes which include:

Class 1 is pedal-assisted with no throttle,
Class 2 is throttle-assisted with a maximum speed of 20 mph and,
Class 3 is throttle-powered with a maximum speed of 25 mph.

Each come with regulations in regards to safety equipment required. It is our opinion at Stark Drive that no matter what your ebikes stop speed, one should always wear safety equipment to protect yourself when you are riding.

This is a step in the right direction for helping to make downtown centers car free so that both cyclists and pedestrians can safely take advantage of the surroundings.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC


All Stark Drive Models In Stock! 3-5 Days Delivery

03/28/2020


STOCK READY TO SHIP!

With our focus on ensuring that we minimize waiting times for our advanced and ultra affordable electric bikes we have focused on our supply chain and were able to successfully manufacture and ship to our warehouses worldwide our most popular configurations of Stark Drive before the current manufacturing slowdown which has effected our manufacturing partners in China. While it is still true that if you build a custom Stark Drive electric bike the waiting time will be up to 160 days and possibly beyond this figure due to the current situation, we diligently planned ahead removing the main critique about our bikes, that being the delivery times, when we had originally launched Stark Drive in 2017 to ensure that our customers are able to be up and riding in no time when the order from our stock section here:

https://starkdrive.bike/stock/

You can order either the City, City+ or even the Advanced model here in various colors based on your preference. For our EU model bikes, the City, we have all applicable EU taxes included right in the price so you pay no more at checkout. Note that for our imports there is an 80% duty Charge as well as a 21% vat charge based on our country of import. This adds up to over 100% the value of Stark Drive however we have rolled these costs into our pricing as well as working to keep our prices as low as possible on this popular and fully legal EU model with a power 250W motor and generous 9ah battery pack which can easily get you 45 to 60km on a single charge based on your road conditions and level of assist.

OFF ROADING (STARK DRIVE ADVANCED)

For our customers that are interested in taking Stark Drive off public roads, no matter where you are located in the world we have a special on our Stark Drive Advanced Stock bike that, for a limited time, will include not only all applicable taxes but also all shipping costs for an unbelievable $1400 US shipped anywhere in the world. As we expect these to be used off road, we have configured these bikes with our upgraded Fat Tires which can be adjusted to your terrain conditions by inflating or deflating the tires accordingly. This bike includes many of our most popular upgrades and includes our popular 'throttle' option which lets you go full electric when the situation demands it. It also has our custom Stark Drive 500W hub motor system for extra power when needed.

A GREAT WAY TO EXERCISE, AND ENJOY THE SPRING

Take Stark Drive on your next adventure knowing that you will have the power and range that you need. Use our inbuilt USB charge to keep your mobile phone topped up to ensure that when you are off the beaten path, you can find you way back. Take advantage of our 21 gears to ensure that you can traverse any incline. As always, all Stark Drive models include a front light and a horn for safety, a feature that many of our competitors charge extra for or do not even include as an option with their bikes. We have also included unique features that are rarely seen on the market such as 'cruise control' so that you can set your speed and forget it without needing to pedal or use the throttle. All our stock models also now include the rear light per default, again as a safety feature as they illuminate with extra intensity when you are using the brakes to inform those whom are behind you that you are braking, just like a standard vehicle. These are a requirement in several jurisdictions throughout the world.

STARK DRIVE TORQUE

We are looking forward to the (re)launch of Stark Drive Torque with even more improved features from our first prototype and we will be publishing more details on this new model as well as in depth videos in the coming days. Stark Drive Torque includes features such as fingerprint recognition unlocking, wireless charging, a completely redesigned battery pack that can function as a power plant when removed from the bike so that you are never without power no matter how off road you take your bike. With up to 22ah of power and a refined system wide power upgrade on some models to 48V, Torque will give you not only extra power when your ride demands it but also the range that many of our customers are looking for. For Torque we have partnered with BAFANG and have opted to use their ultra powerful Mid Motor drive system with our Torque Max using their famous and ultra powerful M600 engine with an unbelievable 160Nm of torque and many users have configured this motor to run at up to 2500W, although our shipping versions top out at 1000W of power to comply with legislative regulations. These power levels are user configurable and we will provide the hardware to make adjustments after our launch.



Keep safe and ride well

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Now More Than Ever, It's A Great Time To Commute With Stark Drive

03/20/2020

There is a lot of hysteria spreading around the globe right now with COVID-19 (AKA Coronavirus) and this has lead to recommendations that people isolate themselves in their homes. For those of us that can work from home, it is an excellent recommendation in order to stem the transmission of this virulent disease however if your surroundings are anything like what we are experiencing in Stockholm right now, the streets, are empty and there is only so much Netflix that one can ensure before needing to exercise.

In these uncertain times, you can count on Stark Drive to continue to offer unbelievably affordable fully loaded electric bikes at a fraction of our competitions pricing. Furthermore the benefits of our range of electric bikes being able to be folded and brought indoors with you no matter how cramped your accommodation ensures that your bikes will be safe by your side and ready to use when you need them to get around.

While we are in full agreement with social distancing and taking care to wash your hands to ensure good health, however we believe that an excellent way to stay health is to exercise and there is no better way to do that than with an electric bike. No matter if your 5 to 95 years of age, whatever your physical ability or skill level, an electric bike can ensure that you can both exercise and safely get from point a to b no matter what.

Stark Drive is an excellent way to reconnect with nature and your surroundings inspiring positive energy and optimism.

Last week the NYTimes reported a 52% surge in people commuting with their bicycles in order to avoid public transportation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/nyregion/coronavirus-nyc-bike-commute.html?searchResultPosition=1

And from our correspondence with customers around the world, we have noticed the same thinking throughout Europe and Asia.

The benefits of commuting via electric bike are many and include improved health, saving money (a monthly pass for public transport here in the EU for example costs approximately $95), reducing climate change by avoiding oil driven transportation and simply experiencing the world around you instead of being confined to a motor driven vehicle.

Stark Drive's Mission Statement has from the start been to offer ultra affordable electric bikes with the latest features that were fully configurable so that anyone, no matter their income level, could afford to go electric. To that effect we have enabled thousands of people around the world to ditch their gasoline powered transport and travel green and we will continue to refine, and advance the electric bike market to our utmost.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Jeep Releases Eye Wateringly Priced Electric Bike With Less Features Than Stark Drive Torque Fat Tire 3X The Price

03/06/2020

We at Stark Drive are always excited when new electric bikes are released to keep the entire industry on its toes and help to push the technology forward. Competition is important as lack thereof will stifle innovation however companies must have a sense of other similarly configured bikes in the marketplace when releasing new models.

The new Jeep model pictured above uses the same engine as our Stark Drive Torque Fat tire albeit at a price 3x as much. Just as the jeep you can get a lot more power out of the engine and contrary to what was reported by electrek the engine can comfortably handle up to 2500W of power with a properly configured battery pack.

Without knowing much more about the specification we are unsure if you can connect to the engine to change the configuration settings on the motor like you can with our electric bike and furthermore we include such features as:

  • Fingerprint recognition unlocking (leave your keys at home)
  • High Power USB out on the battery pack
  • Wireless charging for your mobile
  • Bafang GO app connectivity being tested, and
  • Worldwide GPS tracking option.

The starting price of Stark Drive Torque Fat tire will be a modest $1999 when we relauch it in Late Spring/Early Summer 2020.

In the mean time we are refining the design and hope to add even more features to this already feature-packed electric bike when we release the first models to our customers.

You can find more information, sign up for launch information as well as 3D views of our two models Stark Drive Torque and Stark Drive Torque Max on our website:

www.starkdrive.world



Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Tips to Increase your Range with Stark Drive (Credits: EbikeSchool.Com)

02/20/2020

So you love your electric bicycle, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could go just a bit farther on a charge? Ebike batteries are constantly being improved as new technology is developed, but it seems that no matter how far you can go, a little more ebike range is always better.

The good news is that there are a number of simple things you can do to improve your ebike range and eek out every last electron from your battery. While you can always upgrade parts on your electric bicycle to increase your range, simple riding behavioral changes can also have a huge impact on your ebike’s range and give you the best bang for your buck!

1. Go easy on the throttle

I know, it’s fun to twist the throttle all the way back and fly off into the sunset, or just tear away from the traffic light. But each time you accelerate you are using comparatively way more energy than just standard cruising. If you have a CycleAnalyst or other watt meter, you’ll see that cruising on flat ground might pull 5 or 10 amps, while accelerating can easily max you out at your controller’s limit, often 20 or 30 amps.

Instead of going full throttle when you want to accelerate, try to ease into the throttle and accelerate a bit slower. By taking a few seconds longer to get up to speed, you keep the amount of power used by your battery much lower. This not only leaves more energy in the battery for a longer ride, it also helps keep the battery cooler, which lets it use that same energy more efficiently. And better efficiency = better ebike range.

2. Try to pedal while you accelerate

Because acceleration is the heaviest single use of battery power on your electric bicycle, if you pedal for even a few seconds as you accelerate you can cut your energy usage during that phase by as much as half. That translates to some pretty big energy savings, especially if you are riding in a lot of stop and go traffic.

A lot of people get addicted to the throttle and don’t like to pedal, but think of it as a few seconds of free exercise that also extends your ebike range (and keeps you from having to pedal later when your battery runs down).

3. Coasting drastically increases your ebike range

When you know you’ll be coming to a stop ahead, such as before a traffic light or stop sign, let off the throttle in advance and coast to the stop. Riding full throttle until the moment you start braking is wasting precious battery energy. You have to come to a stop anyways, why not save your energy by cutting the throttle an extra 50 yards ahead of your stop?

It might add a few more seconds to your total trip time, but if you can’t live without those three or four seconds, perhaps your ebike range isn’t your biggest worry in life.

4. Slow down a bit (and enjoy life)

If you aren’t in a hurry and you aren’t trying to keep up with traffic for safety reasons, try slowing down just a tad. Even a couple miles per hour will make a significant decrease in the amount of energy you are using to maintain that speed.

Energy use vs speed isn’t linear, so dropping your speed by just 5% is actually saving a good deal more than 5% of your energy. In other words, slowing down a couple miles per hour can have a big affect on your ebike range.

5. Keep your tires pumped up

Tires that are kept at their maximum air pressure rating have less rolling resistance, meaning your battery wastes less energy getting you moving. I’m still trying to find a study of bicycle tire pressure vs energy usage, but similar studies conducted using car tires have consistently indicated an increase in range of about 3%.

If this data holds true for bicycles as well, that means if you have a current ebike range of 30 kilometers, keeping your tires maxed out could add an entire kilometer to your range. Who wouldn’t take an extra kilometer for free?

6. Keep your battery fully charged whenever possible

Lithium batteries, like any battery, will obviously get the most range when they are completely topped off at 100% charge. You aren’t going to go as far on half a tank, so to speak.

Some people get by with just charging their battery once a week if they are only making short trips throughout the week. The problem with this method is that the battery sits in a partially discharged state for much of its life. This means that if you suddenly want (or need) to make a long trip, you could be in trouble.

My rule of thumb is “if you used your bike that day, charge it that night”.

When I come home from a ride, my battery generally goes right on the charger. This also helps me not forget to charge the night before and end up waking to a mostly discharged battery in the morning. That feeling isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s close.

7. Keep a second, smaller charger on your ebike

I like to use a powerful charger with a big cooling fan at home (even though my wife hates the noisy fan…) but I sometimes take a smaller charger with me if I know I’ll be out somewhere with a place to charge after a long trip. This just helps me keep my battery topped off. Even putting 10-20% back into your battery during the day will help keep the health of your battery up, not to mention adding 10-20% to your ebike’s range.

All of these tips should help you increase the range of your electric bike without breaking the bank. If you have the money and really want to increase your ebike’s range, there is no substitute for a second battery!

Stark Drive Featured With Our Backend Platform Provider CS-Cart

02/12/2020

Several weeks ago we were contacted by our platform provider inquiring about whether or not we would be interested in being featured on their homepage for the success that Stark Drive has had worldwide with electric bikes. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people behind CS-Cart as their software powers our configuration engine as well as our entire back end solution for Stark Drive. Without it we would not have had the ease to configure our shop so that our customers can configure their bike to their desire with live updates to the totals as well as many other features they provide to make the entire store front process more manageable.

If you are interested in reading about our experience with CS-Cart please follow the link below.


https://www.cs-cart.com/b2b-ecommerce-case-electric-bikes.html


Sincerely
Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

USA Customers: NO MORE 25% Tax on Stark Drive!

01/17/2020

We are super excited at the recent turn of events with US Customs ruling that no longer will our electric bikes have any additional duty imposed on them when we sell them to our fellow countrymen in the USA as our bikes are made in China.

There is more information available here.

https://ww.electrek.co/2020/01/16/us-customs-rules-electric-bicycles-are-motorcycles-granting-tariff-exclusion/#

We have already updated our servers to remove any additional costs when shipping to the USA.

We feel this will be an important event for the mass adoption of electric transportation in the USA especially our ultra affordable electric bikes. Its never made any sense from an environmental standpoint to tax electric transportation no matter the form be it bicycles, or vehicles.

We currently have a special on our Stark Drive Advanced 500W Fat Tire Electric bikes shipping free for only $1400 USD worldwide.

HERE: https://starkdrive.bike/stock/

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC


Dec 26th: Boxing Day Sale: Stark Drive Advanced FREE SHIPPING NO TAX

12/16/2019

ONE DAY ONLY DECEMBER 26TH 2019 BOXING DAY

Get your choice of Stark Drive advanced in one of three brilliant colors for a total price of 1400 USD including all shipping and taxes.

*note, taxes may be charged depending on shipping location however we will immediately credit these fees to you through a refund on the same payment method used to purchase and send proof of refund via email.

Purchase at the link here:

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

Description:


STARK DRIVE ADVANCED - STOCK

We believe that Stark Drive Advanced will totally upend the affordable electric bike market and city transportation as a whole. We have built Stark Drive to be durable, perfect for many usage case scenarios for both that are tight on space or enjoy the open road. We have pre-configured this unit of Stark Drive with the most important upgrades to ensure maximum usability while keeping it 100% legal in the USA as a registration free electric bike. We use the latest advanced Tesla inspired lithium batteries and the most powerful geared motors we could develop and on top of that Stark Drive takes just seconds to fold when storing it in tight spaces or on public transport.

PERFECTLY PRE-CONFIGURED

Above you can see the the pre-configured bike we have custom built for our customers providing an excellent balance of performance with affordability and most importantly complete compliance with all USA regulations for electric bikes. Options such as the Stark Drive Cargo Bag, Custom Built Stark Drive lock, or Warranty Upgrade can be added to this bike if desired in our accessories section.

Take stark drive with you in your vehicle, fitting nicely even in a compact hatchback or even on the bus or train so that you can handle that last mile of travel in style and comfort. Stark Drive is the most affordable electric bike on the market at this price class and configuration bar none. Please contact us if you find anything better and we will reward you.**

STARK DRIVE MOTOR

Stark Drive Advanced includes a 500W motor which is the perfect balance of power and performance for the typical city based commuter with a little bit of extra umph for those coastal travels and light trail riding. The motor is speed limited from the factory at 32kph as per USA regulations. These limitations can be unrestricted after delivery.

STARK DRIVE BIKE COMPUTER

Stark Drive Advanced includes a bike computer which give you a total of 5 levels of pedal assist. This will let you choose a lower level of pedal assist when trying to maximize range or a higher level of assist when in hilly areas or hauling a heavy load for towing capacity. The display also has a battery level indicator, total real time amp draw from the battery in order to gauge how much energy you are using as well as odometer and speed traveled. The bike computer also controls the bikes core functions such as speed limitation, should you choose to install a different diameter tire on Stark Drive etc.

STARK DRIVE FRAME

Stark Drive Advanced uses a 100% aluminum frame for maximum durability, and strength while keeping the total weight at the top of its class. At a weight of approximately 25kg we are ultra competitive in the sector with respect to weight to power ratio.

STARK DRIVE POWER SYSTEM

Stark Drive Advanced includes a 17 Ah battery pack that is unique to Stark Drive. We use Tesla inspired batteries of the highest quality from Japan. The battery is the most important component on Stark Drive and its quality will deliver power for hundreds of charges and in all weather conditions. The battery is perfectly designed for Stark Drive and fits completely hidden with the frame making the bike look, to the untrained eye, just like your average regular pedal bike. The battery is perfect for towing or more challenging terrain terrain. You will get approximately 30-60km of pedal assist from the battery at the lowest setting*

*Note that range estimates are dependent on rider and load total weight, wind speed, terrain, and temperature.

STARK DRIVE TIRES

We have installed what we believe are the perfect tires on Stark Drive. They are classed as all terrain tires and measure in at 10cm x 26cm in diameter.

SHIPPING AND DELIVERY

With the cost calculated, you will get Stark Drive delivered to your door all applicable taxes prepaid. Stark Drive is packaged in ultra durable multilayered, heavy duty grade cardboard. Shipping will only take 3-5 days to your door for most areas within the USA/Europe. Note a surcharge will be applied for shipping to the Non Continental USA. You will be contacted after ordering.

Excellent Introduction On Electric Bikes Corresponding to Stark Drives Development

10/11/2019

There is no shortage of information on the technology behind electric bikes and the two main systems that are most popular in the marketplace today. This being Torque based Mid Motor drives and Hub Motor based electric bikes. The primary determining factor for the average consumer has been the price difference between these two technologies due simply to competition in the (producers) marketplace and the number of manufactures producing these two types of systems.

The most common and widely produced systems currently in production are hub motor drive systems with literally hundreds of manufacturers production these well developed and refined electronic systems which in turn helps to drive prices down on this technology to the benefit of the consumer. Much less competition exists in mid motor drive circles with just a handful of manufacturers that exist and due to the reality that each of these manfuactuers have invested significant R&D capital into their systems these underlying mid motor systems are typically much more restrictive with the manufacturer of a mid motor requiring companies that use their systems to take not only the mid motor but a whole host of other components which work in tandem to ensure the system functions.

For example with a hub motor based motor, typically one can purchase the motor from one manufacture, a controller from an unrelated manufacture and so on to build a finished product which is not the case with mid motor drive manufacturers. Having Built Stark Drive Torque, we know first hand that the only components we had levy to made decisions over were all non electrical components with even the exclusion of the crankset as this was provided from Bafang as set with their mid motor drive.

Ultimately as more manufacturers enter the mid drive motor market and competition escalates in this style of motor drive, prices will naturally fall but the time being the performance gains that exists with this style of motor have historically been for early adopters whom were willing to pay more for the latest available technology.

At Stark Drive we are doing our (small) part to help drive prices down by bringing electric bike technology to the consumer without all the markups typically associated in the e-bike industry and the (up to now) standard practice of middleman after middleman each taking a cut with the eventual consumer having to pay an inflated cost which serves to hinder marketplace adoption and affordability of electric bikes.

We launched Stark Drive in 2017 for an unbelievable starting price of $399 and Stark Drive Mini (Gen1) for only $299. We even worked to launch Stark Drive Torque which was the first torque based bafang mid motor drive for $999 which was a fraction of the average cost in the marketplace.

We plan on relaunching Stark Drive Mini (Gen2) with upgraded specifications, more powerful power system (to 48V) which will give the consumer more hill climbing and towing power and to relaunch Stark Drive Torque once we finish testing the Gen3 prototype which we expect to receive very soon with all the integrated tech that we have discussed on previous blog posts about this very powerful and feature loaded electric bike.

We see 48V as the future of Stark Drive along our entire line and will slowly be making the shift to this power level. In fact for those that ordered our RAD Power Upgrade at 750W they have already experienced the 48V systems on our original Stark Drive and this is available even today when customizing your bike on our website.




Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

How Does Stark Drive Torque Max Compare to the Competition?

08/15/2019

Stark Drive Torque Max - $1999

Vs


The EVELO Aries Mid-Drive is priced at $3,499.

An excellent review on The Evelo Aires Here: https://electricbikereport.com/evelo-aries-mid-drive-electric-bike-review-part-1-pictures-specs/


Stark Drive Torque will be launching on Indiegogo August 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC