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Stark Drive Torque - NFC / Fingerprint Recognition - Say Goodbye To Keys

04/26/2019

Hello Everyone,

Development on the feature packed upcoming Stark Drive Torque (SDT) is progressing as planned and we are super excited to share with you some of our more recent accomplishments including a fully functioning fingerprint recognition solution that will be available for Stark Drive Torque doing away with the need to carry around a key in order to start the electrical systems on your bike as is the case now with our first two models Stark Drive and Stark Drive Mini as seen below.


We have opted to improve not only the security of SDT by enabling biometric authentication but also to improve the overall usability of the bike in some very significant ways. For example with a key based system (which is the common standard in the ebike industry) it's an excellent way to lock out the powered functions of an electric bike so that if for example the bike was stolen, the thief would not be able to take advantage of any type of electrical assist. They have still made off with the bike however which is why we have always offered GPS tracking solutions built into our electric bikes so that in the event the worst happens the bikes location can be triangulated to a smaller area and hopefully recovered.

Keys are great and while Stark Drive's company mission or 'mantra' has always been to lower the cost of entry into electric transportation. We achieved this with Stark Drive, which started at $399 and further went onto achieve this again with Stark Drive Mini which launched at an incredible $299.


It's Hard to Forget Your Finger

The problem with keys for me personally has always been that they are a physical object that must be carried with you and there are a limited number of them. For example Stark Drive only ships our bikes with 2 keys, sure you can make more yourself however in the event that you lose your key(s) you no longer have a way to start SD as we dont keep any records of your keys.

Share Stark Drive With Your Friends

There of course is a better way which is using biometrics such as your fingerprint. Apple brought this into the mainstream with their iPhone 5S which introduced fingerprint recognition a few years ago. A phone is considerably more 'personal' than a bicycle can be however that did not mean that people could then go ahead and share their phone by registering several different fingerprints on the device. The same is going to be true for SDT. The fingerprint reader can record several dozen fingerprints and once registered anyone of these registered fingerprints can unlock the bike. You can of course still opt to use 20th century technology and go 'keyed' however just as the horse and buggy was replaced with ICE's and will eventually succumb to pure electric transportation, we believe that keys will go by the wayside as technology makes other forms of 'unlocking' more accessible and useful.

Stark Drive Torque Fingerprint Solution Proof of Concept


The fingerprint reader will be electrically integrated and protected on Stark Drive and will function similar to models produced by the incredibly innovative

Greyp Bikes in Croatia

which have included this technology in their bikes for several years and with a starting price of about $10,000 they are excellent value for the raw power they pack in. We at Stark Drive strive to develop equally powerful technology for our electric bikes but at a price-point making affordable to anyone that wants one.

All Teslas Are Keyless

Tesla's did away with the key almost a decade ago with their vehicles opting instead for a keycard and eventually moving onto your mobile phone for authentication. In addition to fingerprint unlocking, SDT will also include NFC options for those that want to skip having to use their fingerprint and instead use their NFC enabled mobile phone or NFC keycard or ring which will be options available on SDT


Two factor authentication?

A key can be stolen, and so can a mobile phone so SDT will have the option of including more than one factor of authentication to enable the power systems if that is something that is important to you. Giving our supporters the choice of how they want to use the technology that we pack into Stark Drive is our number one goal.

SDT during our Launch campaign

We are building SDT from the ground up with our own trademarked frame design which works exclusively with the most powerful mid drive motor that BAFANG produces. Our Frame will support up to the Bafang Ultra Max mid drive motor which tops out from our supplier at 1000W however has been tested and works reliably at far higher power capacities. In fact the motor itself has been tested to work at 2500W noting that this is over 6X the average max power that a cyclist can sustain for a short period of time, if we are talking about a trained cyclist.

Configure Your Perfect Bike

As always our backers on the upcoming launch as can be seen here:

https://starkdrive.world/

Will be able to configure their perfect bike be it:

  • 36V total System power up to 48V of total system power
  • fingerprint recognition
  • up to 1000w Mid Drive Bafang Motor
  • NFC
  • battery capacities up to 22ah
  • FAT Tire or Standard
  • Color or B/W display
  • Ludicrous mode topping out at 60kph!
  • DISC or Hydraulic Braking System
  • and much more!

How does NFC work and how will it be implemented:

NFC stands for Near Field Communication and is included in most current generation mobile phones as a standard feature. Its currently mainly used for making wireless payments through services such as ApplePay or GooglePay. This allows you to skip the credit card or sliding or inserting anything into a machine and simply waive your phone above a reader. SDT will include a reader which will connect to the electrical systems on the bike so by using your mobile phone or another device you will be able to unlock the bike without needing a key. The NFC unlock can also be shared with those you would like to allow to use the bike when you are not using it.

We will publish more information about SDT over the coming weeks in preparation for our launch in August 2019.

Thank you

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Torque - B&W and Active Matrix Color Screen Options

04/14/2019

We have been working hard at marrying the best available components to work seamlessly together for our upcoming Torque based electric bikes and one of the key features here is the display or as its also known the HMI. The features of most electric display units on the market today are very similar displaying speed, power assist level and remaining battery power with the differences being how this information is presented. There are also advantages to going to an active matrix color display in that you have more of an operating system type interface with multiple layers allowing you to access and adjust more features of your electric bike from the display.

Bafang HMI C171 and C181 Photos Respectively



C171 Specifications

C181 Specifications

There will be benefits to opting for the color display but it will not be a requirement in order to get into an ultra affordable torque based electric bike from Stark Drive.

Such benefits will include being able to program your electric bikes settings at the system level allowing adjustments that would not normally be accessible such as top speed, voltage cut off, and other such features. There will also be benefits such as the upcoming app that will act as a companion to the bike computer to display more information about your ride as well as maps that are synced to your travel and other health data. More about this on a future post.

Our goal with the display unit is a balance between features and cost and our close partnership with Bafang in China is enabling our goals of releasing Stark Drive Torque when we launch in Summer 2019.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Torque Motor Specifications

04/11/2019

Stark Drive Torque, The Ultimate Mid Motor Electric Bike


The refinement of Stark Drive Torque (SDT) and finalization of its feature set is progressing ahead of schedule and according to our plans. We have been working closely with our manufacturer to ensure that testing is running concurrently with manufacturing in order to reduce lead time on the final assembled version that we will use for our internal testing.

We want to pack as much (ultra reliable) tech into this bike as we can find. Once again although we have reinvented the frame for SDT, however, we are not interested in reinventing the wheel. All of the tech that we are including in SDT has been available in the marketplace for several years now but it has only been the high end electric bike manufacturers that had the funding (and correspondingly high price points for their customers) that could afford it.


One more thing.....POWER

Our upcoming 2 models of Stark Drive Torque will be based on the M Series Bafang Mid Motor Drives. These are industry leading mid motors that have been in development for years and we can personally attest to their power after having tested them internally with the prototypes that we have received.

250Ws but a heck of a lot of Torque

We will be launching a regular tire (non FAT) model that will be based on the 250W engine that Bafang offers. Even though the motor watts is rated at 250 does not make this motor a slouch when it comes to performance. if you check out the specifications sheet below you will note that the max torque that this motor can provide is up at 95Nm which is better then even a comparable 750w Hub motor from our competition. On top of all this the mid motor drive itself only weighs about 3kg which is less than many comparable hub motors on the market today.


Did you say 1000W, Crazy!

The Fat Tire Max model of SDT will be offering the most powerful mid motor drive that we could economically incorporate into Stark Drive without breaking the bank!. The model will have the the rated power of 750/1000W which sounds confusing but the same motor can be adjusted to work in either scenario depending on local legislation or lack thereof. A summary of the most important characteristics are below and we would like to point out that

THIS MOTOR HAS 2X THE MAX TORQUE AS OUR NEAREST COMPETITOR AT 160Nm STANDARD


SDT FAT MAX will be unrivaled in its class when its released not only due to the performance and power but also the price point which will be a fraction of anything comparable with more features then the other guys.



Stay tuned to our blog for more updates as to the feature set as well as videos of our prototypes and testing as they come available over the next several weeks. Our next post will go into more detail about the upcoming companion app which will be released concurrently with SDT.


SIncerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Torque - Launching Summer 2019

04/06/2019

Hello,

well the public has spoken, Mini bikes that are ultra affordable are not the 'in' thing. We see that and are responding by following through with our Master Plan which we laid out back in 2016.

Although I personally still believe that the Mini bike is the ultimate short range city commuter and i should know, as i use mine every day, it seems that people want power, speed and size. We are responding and will be launching two new models in 2019:

Stark Drive Torque 36V⁣⁣

Stark Drive Torque Max 48V (Fat Tire)

Both of these models come with a powerful Bafang Torque based engine which drives these bikes and makes them much more capable and responsive to their hub based motor brethren. These torque based motors sample the pressure that you apply to the pedals hundreds of times per minute in order to deliver power instantly when you need it, not after your rear wheel rotates the required number of times to 'sense' that you are moving.

Torque based electric bikes are the future but the problem (up to now) has been that the future has been out of financial reach for many with just the motors alone costing more than the original Stark Drive that we launched in 2017. We have been working tirelessly with our factory and especially their suppliers in order to find a way to bring the price of TORQUE to a level that everyone can afford.

It pleases me to tell you know that we have in fact achieved this goal!

While others may be touting hub based fat tire bikes with higher voltage, nothing compares to a torque based model in terms of performance, speed, maneuverability and power.


Above you see the video of our upcoming FAT tire version of Stark Drive Torque. Its based on a systemwide 48Vs and comes with an ultra powerful 1000W bafang motor that you might confuse with a motorcycle, or so we have been told by the lucky few that have had a chance to try it.

We have upgraded everything on Torque from the front shocks to the brakes to the entire wiring system which is now plug and play making upgrades as easy as assembling lego. No more need to dig out the controller and find the correct wire. Torque wiring is all color coded and only fits one way so there is no confusion or mistakes when the DIYer wants to add features to their bike.

We have already tested the new cabling system for a lucky few that have received our prototype Stark Drive at 750W which has been provided to a lucky few in the USA.

Stark Drive will of course come in two flavors as there are still strict ebike regulations throughout most of the world limiting the maximum watt power output on electric bikes and we will offer a 250W Torque based model for these unlucky countries that have these ludicrous limits placed on them.

The good news is that even at 36V 250W Torque is very powerful and when you dial up the assist to the max you can get to where you want to go quickly without any fear of being limited to gentle rolling slopes or flat terrain. For the lucky ones that plan on offroading with Stark Drive Torque or can take advantage of more power in their region our 48V 1000W motors will give you limitless power and speeds up to 83kph (in our internal unscientific testing). The motor is so powerful it needs vents for cooling.



As always Stark Drive ALWAYS comes with a front light and horn by default for safety, this is not an add on feature that some others might charge you extra for.

On top of this we have seen fit to add a few additional features not seen in this first prototype of Stark Drive Torque above.

Fingerprint Recognition

This has been a feature offered by a few in the marketplace at price-points nearing the $10,000 mark but we have found a way to add this feature and still keep Torque affordable. It will allow those that choose to include this in their bikes the ability to unlock the engine and start using the immense power with the touch of a finger. Further, you will be able to code several different fingerprints into the system so that you can share the bike without needing to provide a key to everyone.

NFC

Version 2 of Torque will also include the opportunity to unlock your bike using NFC so anyone with a compatible mobile phone will be able to unlock it by placing it in the cradle. This is a cool feature but it also has enabled another feature in conjunction with it.

Wireless Charging

Torque will allow you to charge your compatible mobile device wirelessly by just inserting it in the cradle so you never need to worry about running out of power. Don't have a mobile phone that supports wireless charging? Don't worry we have not forgot about you, Torque will also have a USB output on the bike computer so that you can still charge your phone when the need arises.


USB Powerstation

We have redesigned our powerpack from the ground up to make it more capable and useful instead of just sitting there in the bike or at your desk when removed from the bike, we have added a high output USB port allowing you to use the battery pack as a powerstation to charge any USB device capable of being charged through USB. We have also added a fuse that acts as protection in the event of an unforeseen spike in current and increased the capacity of the battery pack from 17Ah up to 21.5Ah. As always we use high quality cells made in Japan to ensure maximum life and power delivery to your bike.

Improved Components (Braking, Shocks)

With the power that torque offers and our goal to improve performance, we have upgraded the front shocks on Stark Drive Torque from a spring system from a coil spring which was used on Stark Drive to an air spring system (pressurized air in a chamber). Air springs are infinitely more adjustable as you can change the amount of compressed air in the shocks as well as adjusting the damping using the selector on the shocks from 9 pre sets. The adjustment can go from 120kg to 240 kg and air springs are lighter as well.



Coil SpringAir Spring
PerformanceGood to very goodVery good
AdjustmentsLessMore
ReliabilityExcellentVery good

Braking

We have also decided to upgrade the braking system on SDT with disk brakes that have a larger surface area for the pads that actually stop the bike. With the speeds that can be achieved on SDT braking is even more important and a reliable and efficient braking system is baked into every bike.

Stark Drive APP

We have always had the intention of integrating Stark Drive with a mobile based app and with our partnership with Bafang we have developed an app that supports both iPhone and Android and is only compatible with the Bafang drive systems. This app will support real-time access to ride data, real time health data such as your heart-rate and amount of calories burned as well as access to the navigation data that is collected by the computer built into the Bafang motor.

Stark Drive Torque Designed Inhouse

There are a lot of players in the electric bike market and many of them simply take a commonly available 'open mould' and add a few components here or there and call it their own bike. We should know, thats exactly what we did with Stark Drive and Stark Drive Mini. The reality is that these bikes are available, at normally a fraction of the price, on sites such as Alibaba. Of course not Stark Drive as we are generally priced lower than whats offered there which has always been our goal.

We wanted to do something different with Torque so we started from the ground up and designed our own Frame to harness the power of the Bafang engine. There is not an 'open mould' and you will not find it anywhere else.

China

I will be travelling to China in the spring to inspect, test, and evaluate Version 2 of Stark Drive Torque which will include all the aforementioned upgrades and will be reporting the progress back to all of our upcoming backers with video and commentary on the entire process.

Delivery

When we launched Stark Drive, our team had everything planned out and we were ready to deliver right from the starting gate but as we had mentioned in our past BLOG UPDATE there were conspirators in our midst which delayed the first deliveries of Stark Drive by approximately 6 months. We still got the original Stark Drive out to our first backers in a reasonable amount of time considering the issues we faced with our former partner and have been improving deliveries ever since. Stark Drive is now a STOCK item letting anyone that wants one get it in just a few days. We dont believe in making people wait to enjoy the fun and convenience of Stark Drive. The process to produce and deliver stark drive is not rocket science from order to completion of production only takes 45 days and from there we ship. We will be following the same procedures for Stark Drive Torque.

Thank you for all of those that supported us to help bring us to this point and we hope that when people want an affordable electric bike, they think Stark Drive.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Agrees To Company Sale from Former Competitor, No Kidding Mate.

04/01/2019

UPDATE: Note that this was an April Fools Article, No way we would sell Stark Drive.

Hello Everyone,

It bring an untold amount of excitement to be able to say that after several years of ups and downs with both internal company matters and an ongoing lawsuit with a former mate over tortious interference we had been in discussions with our competitor. Due to the recent success that this company has had during their most recent campaign they have had excess funds that they felt would be suitable to put towards fixing some of the wrongs that have been committed in the past as well as resolving a potentially huge liability for them going forward.

Chinese Factory Partnership (with subsidiaries in Thailand)

For me the key has always been to help to drive ulta affordable electric bikes to market and this partner shares the same mantra albeit with higher prices for less features than Stark Drive currently offers. Another huge plus is that our factory has a subsidiary in Thailand where we can manufacture our bikes from start to finish in order to avoid the anti dumping duties that are currently imposed on their production as their bikes are made in and shipped from China. We have been taking advantage of this to save our EU clients at least 80% in duties and our USA clients at least 25%.

Part of the agreement will involve a relocation to our factory which will end up in a WIN/WIN in terms of saving the company money on the manufacturing of their existing lineup, which is just based on an open mould and can be produced anywhere just like Stark Drive.

Stark Drive Torque

Further they are exceptionally excited to work with us to bring to market Stark Drive Torque which will be at least 50% less then the most affordable torque based electric bike currently on the market with options to add an ultra powerful bafang motor up to 1000W.

CoC Europe (1000W Motors)

Another advantage to the purchase of our assets is that Stark Drive currently has a valid CoC (Certificate of Compliance) for the EU marketplace allowing us to bring to market electric bikes up to 1000W in power to the European Union, a feature that they have promised but been unable to deliver on for the last year.

All in all, Stark Drive is proud and excited to be teaming up with our former competitor to help push the electric bike market forward and drive adoption in the fastest possible way so that anyone that wants an electric bike has access to one no matter what.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive Torque Updates

03/24/2019

Stark Drive Mini Deliveries

We are happy to report to our backers that deliveries of Stark Drive Mini are ongoing with an expedited manufacturing schedule for our backers on indiegogo. several units have already been shipped and we hope to get feedback from these people whom have received their bikes in the near future. This is a record for our company from backing to deliveries happening in a timescale of weeks instead of months and in the case of some of our competition, years. Many of our backers have opted to upgrade the base model of Stark Drive Mini and add features such as more advanced displays, carbon belt drive train instead of chain and battery pack upgrade.

Stark Drive Torque Progress

We are still on track to launch Stark Drive Torque in late summer 2019 and after testing the prototypes we have in in Stockholm, we have been working hard to add even more unique and value added features that are normally found only on comparable products that are selling over $10,000 on the market today.

Biometric Authentication

The above image is not from our bike but this technology is already implemented on our competitors electric bikes allowing you to unlock and use your electric bike without needing to have a key with you. You are also able to change the usage profile by programming each to a different finger unlock. We will be implementing fingerprint unlocking technology in Stark Drive Torque

Stark Drive Powerpack

we have redesigned the battery pack from the ground up with several upgrades. The battery pack can now support up to 21.5 AH of power and we have also now included a fast charging USB port right into the battery pack so that when you take it with you, it can be used to charge your devices on the go, no matter where you are.

NFC / Wireless Charging

Stark Drive Torque will also come with NFC communication (as yet another method to unlock your bike) as well as wireless charging meaning that you no longer need to carry a USB cable with you if you want to charge your wireless charging enabled phone. Of course it will still have a USB port so that if you are using a phone that does not support wireless charging you are still able to top up when it's needed.

Models

Stark Drive Torque will come in 2 variants, a regular tire and a fat tire model. The regular tire will be running at 36V with a Bafang G330 Drive System and a Fat tire variant running at 48V and a G510 Drive Train. Both are exceptionally fast with the latter topping out at 83kph in our testing. We will also be offering both B/W and Color display options for Stark Drive Torque.

Stay tuned for more details as we confirm in the coming months.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC



First Stark Drive Mini Shipment to an Early Backer!

02/16/2019

We are super pleased to announce the delivery of a prototype Stark Drive MIni has been shipped to one of our early backers on our recently completed campaign on Indiegogo. We believe in getting our bikes out as fast as possible and ensuring our backers get to use the most affordable electric bike in the world as fast as possible.

The lucky backer is based in Germany and along with Stark Drive Mini we have included a number of limited edition items that are not available to anyone except our backers on Indiegogo. These include:

  • Stark Drive Leather Keychain
  • Stark Drive Limited Edition Stickers, and
  • Stark Drive Celebratory Balloons

While these will not improve your ride they will certainly help you to stand out when you are enjoying Stark Drive Mini wherever your rides may take you.

Once Stark Drive Mini is delivered, we will reach out to our backer for their feedback on their first impressions and will post these on our blog.

Stark Drive Mini Full Production

The timing of the end of our campaign is excellent as it will take a couple of weeks for the funds from Indiegogo to be transferred to us and we in turn will transfer these funds to our partners in China to being production of the remainder of all the bikes that were backed, we expect this to take about 35 days and we will ship directly after that. In all we anticipate that the bikes should be delivered early summer 2019.

Stark Drive Torque

We are still working hard to improving Stark Drive Torque and we will be posting an update to the progress of the most affordable torque based electric bike in the world soon. Initial tests suggest that in the higher end model, it is insanely fast and has torque to spare no matter what you throw at it. We will also soon be posting some ride along videos shot in the challenging hilly terrain that can be found in Stockholm and you will see for yourself that no matter what hills you are trying to climb Stark Drive Torque will always get you there with as little effort as you care to exert (of course you can always adjust the amount of assist you get to make your ride more challenging). Whether for leisure or exercise or simply commuting, Stark Drive Torque is built to handle anything you throw at it.


Sincerely,

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive City Stock At Half Our Competitor Sondors Cost with Better Features

01/29/2019


We Love Sondors and what they have done to help bring the electric bike industry in check by exerting pricing pressure on the incumbents to popularize electric bikes. We dont love high prices and on reviewing their pricing, which by the way is going up as per the time schedule above we noticed that once all taxes are added and taking into account their 'free' shipping the cost to your door if you live in the EU is almost 2x the price of a better equipped Stark Drive City Bike which we offer for 950 USD.


Not only that but Stark Drive City comes by default with a front light/horn as well as rear light that are all integrated into the electric system as well as a 21 gear shifting system (compared to Sondors 7). Stark Drive also comes with full front and rear shocks as well, instead of a hard tail you get from Sontors. All in all Stark Drive is an exceptional bike for the price.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Electric BIkes Explained / Stark Drive in Russia / Torque Updates

01/17/2019

Hello Everyone,

we at Stark Drive hope that your new year has started off well and coming back from Russia I can say that there is a huge amount of potential with electrifying our cities and making them smart. One thing that our support frequently gets asked are the basics behind electric bikes and for that we have found an exceptionally well written article from bycycling.com

here

It answers all your questions about torque based bikes as well as hub motors and how they work and the advantages/disavantages of each one.

We are working hard here to work on V2 of our prototype Mid Motor drive electric bike which will have even more battery capacity and we will revert soon wtih more information about this.

We will also be shortly releasing a second video of my trip to Russia and what i was doing there.

Thank you all for your support!

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC

Stark Drive in 2019

01/04/2019

I wanted to reach out to all of our backers and customers and talk about our relentless drive to get affordable electric bike technology to everyone who wants it. It's been an incredibly difficult road for us to even get this far with many having doubted that we would deliver our first bikes and then those that doubted we would deliver the remainder of the thousands of bikes we have shipped to date.

Then there were those that doubted (once again) that we could manufacture an electric bike for under $300 US but we not only have the manufacturing in place we have our manufacturing partner in china in constant communication with us asking us when we are going to submit our first order so they can get to work as fast as possible.

We have had our competitors try to cancel our facebook account, cancel our crowdfunding launches, attempts to get us in trouble with our tax authority, leaving fictitious negative feedback publicly about our company, the list goes on and on. While their determination is laudable, the result will unfortunately always been the same, Stark Drive and our company motto remains the same:

Manufacture the most affordable and well equipped electric bike in the world

No matter what happens it will only help us to grow stronger and more determined until we achieve this goal which does not necessarily mean that we are the sole providers of affordable electric bike technology, more so that we are an enabler that helps convince the industry that they should shift their focus away from trying to make a tidy sum on the sale of each individual electric bike and rather to focus on smaller profits on larger quantities.

Stark Drive 750(W)

One of the things we have taken less advantage of has been our new and improved 750W electric bike with an upgraded easy connector assembly system as well as several upgraded components such as brakes and lights. We are going to be focusing on launching this to the mainstream with prototype units already sent to some lucky reviewers in the US where these bikes are completely legal but on top of this, Stark Drive already has a CoC certification for all the EU for bikes up to 1000W meaning that as long as your local authority follows the EU wide standards it will be ok to use even these higher powered bikes in your area.

Stark Drive 750 will still be the most affordable bike in its category (power) in the world. We are looking to launch this in the interim before we bring Stark Drive Torque to market.





We want to wish everyone a prosperous and successful 2019!

Thank you for all of you that believed in us and helped us make Stark Drive Possible.

Sincerely

Stark Drive Team
Stark Drive LLC