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EU Bikes Leave Factory, Excitement Ensues, Yes we Used the Train Again.

04/05/2018

Hello Backers,

Super excited to report that the EU bikes as of a couple days ago left the factory. Below you can see photos of the bikes as they head to the logistics partner for eventual loading on to a train bound for the EU. Last time (which was near christmas 2017) we experienced really long delays during the EU import process and we were very hesitant to send the bikes the same way this time but we were assured that this would not occur now as the christmas rush is over and we are using a different import point. Theoretically, the train should be about 50% faster then the boat for transport to the EU at 2-3 weeks.

Once it arrives to the EU, they will go through import and inspection and then will be sent to the local delivery agents warehouse for final delivery to your respective doors.

Since the delivery will be much faster then time, we dont anticipate any issues with low voltage batteries and we have packed these bikes much better so we anticipate no damage during the shipping process. Further, EU delivery agents generally are much kinder to our bikes then their partners in the USA.

Tracking Numbers for your respective bikes will be sent after they are imported to the EU and once the local delivery agents get the bikes, these will be uploaded to paypal (if you backed us that way) and/or sent to you via email.


Batch 3

We have closed batch 3 and submitted it to the factory, manufacturing will take approximately 1 month and then we will ship. We are moving forward with our MASTER PLAN and have included in this batch 2 units of STARK DRIVE TORQUE which will eventually be the first ever torque based electric bike launching at under $1000 USD as unbelievable as that may seem. (comparable bikes on the market start at around $4000)

Rest of The World Bikes (Non USA/CANADA/EU)

Talk about a logistics nightmare! we have been trying to find the most affordable ways to get bikes to far away places such as Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Kuwait, Mexico India etc) and due to the various import procedures and taxes etc the delivery can vary from Express air shipment to Boat shipment delivered to the port.

Note: we always work to get you the most affordable delivery method but in some cases such its impossible due to local regulations to get a super low price. We have a solution for this however, tell all your friends when you get your bikes so that next time we send a minimum of 150 units to your respective countries and then we just send a container which is ultra affordable.

All of these bikes are going out next week, we should have photos of them as they leave the factory which we will publish when we receive them.

Feedback?

We love feedback and some of our backers have thoughtfully taken the time to send us reviews of their bikes from batch 1 which we appreciate, we want to improve all the time and make Stark Drive the best electric bike in the world. Also if you have the opportunity to review us on Trustpilot, that would be excellent, good or bad it helps us to improve.

Indiegogo/Mate Arbitration in USA

The first meeting regarding this arbitration for tortious interference between Mate/Indiegogo and ourselves has taken over a year since the events took place (February 23 2017) but its finally happening. April 10th is the first meeting between the respective parties. We will of course keep you updated on the events as they transpire as we aim for full transparency.


Thank you

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

EU Bikes / South Pacific / South America / Middle East Taxes Shipping Duty

04/01/2018

Hello Backers,

EU Bikes

The Container for EU bikes are about to leave and you dont want to miss the boat. If you have been contacted about covering duty and taxes for import into europe please cover these fees ASAP by clicking on your individualized link. Note we have fixed the issue we were having with our shipping calculator on our website.

South Pacific

These bikes are going out and there are some instances where we have had to pay our import agency in the local country in order to get the bikes through customs, these fees are passed onto the backer as it ends up saving the backer a significant amount of money from them trying to do this work themselves. If you have been emailed please cover these fees.

South America

A tough nut to crack, shipping to ones home is extraordinarily expensive in some instances such as Brazil. We recommend that our backers in south america act as importers and import their own bikes to save on costs.

Middle East

No significant problems shipping here. Please keep checking your email if we need to pass along any information to you.

Batch 3

We are please to say that batch three has now closed and manufacturing will begin shortly.

Questions? Comments? Recommendations?

we appreciate all comments and queries that we receive from backers. We even more appreciate feedback that we have received on our bikes from some backers and their experience with them. Thank you! These comments will help to improve Stark Drive for the future.


Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

Shipping Update Sweden, Norway Turkey Israel, Bermuda, Iceland

03/26/2018

Hello Backers,

We have started sending out some requests for paying for importation duty and customs fees to our backers in the south pacific, asia, middle east, and south america. you may have received an email regarding this if you have backed an email from these locations. Note that these fees are a real bargain as we learned in our first batch of bikes to the same, sending it via LCL (less then a container load) incurs many extra fees not to mention the fact that the backer is required to act as the import agent which in itself takes a long period and incurs storage fees at the port. None of these additional funds to go us rather they to go the logistics company.

All the EU bikes will have customs and duty fees sent to the backers and must be paid before they leave the factory. These will be coming in the next few days.

Below you will see photos of the full container for the above titled locations. Once these get to Sweden we will send customs payment requests and then send them out via UPS or DHL to your homes. We expect it to take about 4 weeks for the bikes to arrive to us here in Sweden.


Mate Libel Lawsuit in Denmark

I went to Denmark last week for the day in order to attend the trial that was brought up against our lovely competitor mate for breeching the marketing act in Denmark. I had the chance to meet Michael and his sister. The trial went exceedingly well and we believe that we have succeeded but the results and decision are not going to be posted till April 25th.



Sincerely,

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

EU Bikes Taxes and Duty - Custom Links to Cover Fees Sent Shortly

03/23/2018

Hello EU Backers!

We are excited to report that the Sweden container has been packed and left the factory and the EU bikes have done the same. (Yes Sweden is in the EU, but for this back we have asked for additional bikes in order to launch our showroom).

All the bikes have been paid for and are departing on their boat voyages to the European Port in Germany for eventual distribution throughout all of the EU. We are not using the train system this time as it turned out to be exceptionally slower then boat shipments due to the overload of shipments coming this way from China and the underprepared reception point in the Netherlands. As the saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on us. It is estimated to be a 4 week boat journey at which point it will take a few days to clear customs and then out via local carrier (NOT TNT) to the final destination - your homes.

We are shortly going to be sending out customized links to each and every one of you to cover duty and taxes. Each link will be to our website and customized only to your backing, and hidden. Once payment is made it will automatically register and confirm your bike and its final journey to your homes.

It's very important to cover these fees ASAP to avoid any redirection or delays of your bikes.

Any questions can be directed to us via our email address: hello@starkdrive.com.

Rest of the World

These bikes are also done and we will be contacting you to cover taxes and additional fees if applicable for your countries depending on your individualized governmental charges.

Batch 3

Closing at the end of March. 100 USD Upgrade rebate for new backers still applies, get your backing in now for an anticipated shipping of end of May.

Thank you,

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive USA / EU / Rest of The World Batch 2

03/15/2018

Hello Backers,

Finally after sitting for a long time in a UPS warehouse far far away somewhere in the US of A, the bikes for Batch 2 are finally being updated on the UPS website with the tracking numbers we provided you. On a few checks we noted that some bikes are due to be delivered even this coming Monday March 16th. All the remaining US Batch 2 bikes should be delivered latest by friday next week.

EU / Rest of the World

The rest of the bikes have been paid for and the Sweden bound bikes (this includes far away places such as bermuda, iceland, norway, turkey, isreal) are being shipped to us by the end of this week by boat. From our logistics in china this should take 35 days to arrive. Once arriving to Sweden we will reship them out to each individual backer. Customs and Duty fees will need to be covered before they are sent out but we will be in touch with each individual backer regarding this.

The rest of the world bikes will be finished by March 20 and will be sent out after this. We will work hard to find the fastest possible shipping solutions for NON EU based bikes.

Batch 3 Closing end of March ($100 Accessory Upgrade Offer)

We are closing the batch 3 bikes at the end of march with anticipated shipping end of May. Right now we are offering $100 in free upgrades for all new backers that back a bike before the close of this production cycle. This applies for any upgrades such as a better battery, more powerful motor etc. It does not apply on just a base standard (ie non upgraded bike). The refunds will be applied directly after the backing is made once you email us.

Further Improved packaging for Bikes

See below for some photos of the further improvements we have made in the packaging when shipping out the bikes to ensure they arrive to the backers in the condition that they left the factory.


Thank you for helping to launch and spread the most affordable electric bikes in the world.



SIncerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Value Proposition Compared to RichBit on Ebay

03/08/2018

Hello Backers,

Here at Stark Drive we are continually scanning the marketplace to ensure that we are the most affordable and most well equipped electric bike on the market and we like to especially like to scan through ebay as there are many sellers that are offering similar modeled electric bikes to the one we have chosen as our flagship. As regular readers of our blog know, the electric bike that we offer on Stark Drive was not created by us. In order to save costs and make the bike as affordable as possible we have relied on standardized moulds and have built Stark Drive around what is already available in the marketplace.

Below you can see an example of what is on offer by a brand called RichBit. This is a very similar electric bike to the one we offer, but without the opportunity to customize various options on the bike such as the ones we offer on our website.

When pricing this bike in US$ one arrives to just north of $1500 delivered. The seller claims that this will be shipping from the UK meaning that for EU buyers, there should not be any additional VAT added to the total.


Now when configuring a similarly equipped Stark Drive City with the same Motor, battery and other options visible in their listing one arrives to a price of 937.99 including shipping ($200 USD). Of course one must pay VAT when importing to the EU and the total price including VAT for our offering would be in the region of 1230 USD. This is a savings of approximately 300 USD and does not include the fact that Stark Drive is customizable to a high degree.



Our goal at Stark Drive is to always offer the best value proposition for anyone that is interested in owing an electric bike and we will continue to strive for this both today and in the future.

Stark Drive Mini

Currently we are in the process of launching the worlds most affordable portable electric bike starting at an unbelievable $299 USD. We have also managed to build (from our knowledge) the worlds first fully functioning electric bike that one can take with them wherever they may travel by air. Stark Drive Mini will have an option to bring bike (batteries and all) onboard a plane, legally. This means that no matter where your commute you can always rely on Stark Drive to get you where you're going.

Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.

Kiev ActivExpo 2018

03/05/2018

Hello Backers,

Stark Drive was honored to be invited to attend the 2018 Kiev AktivExpo (http://www.activexpo.com.ua/) as a guest to discuss partnerships to bring Stark Drive to Ukraine. As hard as it may be to believe our electric bikes are less expensive then many non electric models in the Ukrainian marketplace and as such we want to get affordable green transportation to everyone that wants it in Ukraine.



While at the expo we saw a plethora of electric bike offerings with differing styles, designs, and price-points, however once again Stark Drive was the most affordable to be seen anywhere in the conference center. We did see a very familiar style of electric bike that we can exactly place but perhaps you backers can help us in solving this mystery.

It would be good to remember that the prices you see below are in Ukrainian hryvnia's meaning that 10.000 Ukrainian is worth approximately 376 USD.



15,670 Ukranian (590 USD) includes front light, rear rack, a comfortable seat as well as many other standard features.

Directly Driven Bike with no Chain!


And of course what expo would not be complete with the friendly expo representatives!


Batch 2 (Rest of the world exclusive USA/Canada)

these bikes will be done around March 20 and be shipping directly after that to everyone in the world. We appreciate your patience, it will be well worth it with the host of free upgrades we have made to this batch as detailed in a previous blog post!


Sincerely

Oscar
CEO, Stark Drive LLC

Comparison between Stark Drive City+ and Sonders Stainless - Features and Price Stark Triumphs

02/27/2018

Hello Backers,

We love competition and we are honored to be playing in the same league as Sonders, the company that started the affordable electric bike revolution.

We recently got an informative advertisement from Sondors and their new Sonders Stainless Electric bike.

https://sondors.com/products/sondors-stainless-us?variant=41259431246

Its a fat tire bike for the USA/Canada market with a 350W motor and a 36V 12.8Ah battery pack. The differences in price between Stark Drive Fat Tire and Sondors dont seem great at first until you start to look at all the accessories that are standard components with Stark Drive that are not even available with Sondors.

Stark Drive Includes by Default

  • USB Charging
  • Front Light
  • Horn
  • 21 Gears
  • 13ah Battery
  • 6 month warranty (Compared to Sondors 3 month)
  • Upgradable to 2 year warranty for marginal cost
  • More aerodynamic frame
  • Ability to fold the bike to store and transport
  • rear light attachment ready
  • Front Shocks
  • Rear Shocks
  • Throttle (travel without pedaling)
  • Stark Drive Below:

    As you can see Stark Drive is Ultra Competitive when it comes to price and features, even when compared to the big boys that have similar delivery logistics as us (90-120 days delivery time).

    We see no competition whatsoever for our upcoming Stark Drive Mini launching late spring early summer 2018.


    Sincerely

    Oscar
    CEO, Stark Drive LLC

    USA / Canada Bikes arrive at the Port of LA, USA

    02/26/2018

    Hello Backers,

    We have just learned from our logistics team in china that the USA / Canada Bikes have arrived at the port in Los Angeles. From here they will be discharged into the trusty hands of CBP for inspection and hopefully discharged fairly quickly so that UPS can take control of them to deliver them to the end backers.

    You can find more information at the link below:

    http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4867751/mmsi:232006511/imo:9780859/vessel:CMA_CGM_A_LINCOLN¨

    EU and Rest of the World

    These bikes are finishing up now and will be done in a few week for delivery to all the backers worldwide. We have some sad news in that we unfortunately have now matched shipping prices with the actual costs to deliver to respective countries which in most cases meant an increase in shipping costs.

    Note that any backers that have managed to get their backing in before the increase will not be effected..

    Sincerely

    Oscar
    CEO, Stark Drive LLC

    USA/Canada Batch 2 Deliveries - How UPS Tracking Works?

    02/22/2018

    Hello Backers!

    We just wanted to take a moment and clarify how the Tracking works with UPS. This has been discussed in earlier blog posts but with the sheer number of posts and a lack of a system of easily searching them, we thought we would post an update.

    All the USA and Canada Batch 2 bikes shipped late january before the Chinese New Year began, meaning the bikes physically left China on a boat before this time. The way that our logistics works when shipping from China in bulk is as follows:

  • Bikes get tagged and labelled at the factory
  • Bikes then make their way to the logistics partner at the port in china where they are cataloged
  • Tracking numbers are input into the UPS system (Label Created On:)
  • Bikes are loaded into their respective containers for shipping to the USA
  • 4-5 weeks later bikes arrive in the USA
  • Bikes must FIRST clear customs before UPS can take control of the bikes
  • Last time this took 2-3 weeks as CBP wanted to check the bikes twice.
  • UPS finally receives the bikes and tracking starts getting updated.

  • If you log on to check your tracking numbers now, it will only show Order Processed for UPS which is a correct description of what is going on, it has been processed and paid for. The issue is that legally UPS has no right to receive the package in the USA until they clear customs at the Port of Entry. The system works well and UPS is a great partner for deliveries.

    Address Changes?

    If for some reason you need to change your address, it can be done once the bikes have been received by UPS and your tracking begins updating in the system on UPS's website. This is how it worked for batch 1 bikes and it worked just fine, no matter if its across the city or across the country, UPS takes care of redeliveries.

    Thank you again for supporting Stark Drive and helping Launch the Most Affordable Electric Bikes on Earth.


    Sincerely

    Oscar
    CEO Stark Drive LLC.