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$17,854
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 9 2016
$17,854
pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
22
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 9 2016

About

INTRODUCING: Stark Drive.

Our Bikes arrive 95% assembled, simply attach the handlebars and front wheel.

 

 Stark Drive electric bike is a foldable electric bike that is not only a dream to ride in the city but durable and comfortable enough to ride on trails, on the beach and anywhere else that wants to be explored.  Our electric bike is fully customizable and we offer versions for people that will only use it in a city or paved environment (hardtail) with only front shocks.  We also have a more well rounded version that works in the city and in the country with both front and rear shocks to smooth out the trails while your traveling at 20mph (32kph).   

Stark Drive takes you from point A to B, with unlimited stops in between if you wish in style and comfort with our long life battery.  We have included a state-of-the-art carbon disc braking system on all our electric bikes for safety and durability.  We have also included a comfortable, stylish and exclusive saddle.   

Our electric bike is full sized with 26 inch tires and can fold compact enough to fit even the smallest of Swedish elevators at the flip of a switch.  You can take Stark Drive ANYWHERE including on any train, bus, or trunk of your car.  It fits in the smallest of spaces.

 Stark Drive is designed for convenience.  We have included a 21 gear Shimano gearing system to cover any possible type of terrain.  We also give you the option of up to 500W gear-less direct drive hub motor.  The patented Stark Drive Hub Motor has been worked on by our engineers to be an energy miser while still outperforming any standard comparably powered hub motor on the market.  This ensures that you can travel fast for longer.  

 Breeze through the city at 20 mph(35kph) without peddling (36V 250W) and travel up to 65 miles / 100 km on just a single charge! Stark Drive is specialty engineered to take you further, longer.  For european customers the max speed can be adjusted to 25kph in order to comply with your countries regulations.  

For those that want to get around just a little bit faster and are have a larger frame we offer a 350W Stark Drive Motor which will get you there faster and with a higher weight capacity then our 250W.  The PAS will by default limit the speeds to the same as the 250W but with a much faster acceleration.  

Finally for those over 200lbs (90 kg) we offer the 500W Stark Drive Electric Motor which keeps your acceleration high and your ride exhilarating.  

 All Stark Drive Electric Bicycles included a fast charging 5V outlet to charge anything USB powered conveniently wherever you might find yourself.  You can even use it while you are riding.  

How can you offer an eBike for $399?

When we started development on the perfect electric bike we knew that the market was a competitive one and that we would have to go directly to a factory and work with the factory owner to negotiate instead of working with companies that are commonly available.  We knew that we had to cut out as many middle men as possible in order to bring our end customer the best deal available IN THE WORLD.  The bar was set high a few years about with a 499 USD electric bike which was really a leap ahead at the time however it was heavy, lacked in aerodynamics and was improvised to be electric.    

We wanted to design something that was built from the start to look like a normal bike and hide anything electric in the frame.

After a year of meetings with various factories and hours of contract negotiations, we finally found a factory with the high quality standards we demand and the price we craved.  The caveat: Minimum Order Quantities.

We have set our fundraising goal high because we need to achieve a minimum number of orders to fulfill our contract with the factory for minimum quantities but once we do, we will have achieved the unachievable.

The Only Electric Bike Ever for $399.

 

 We have kept the colors and options as simple as your choice to get Stark Drive.  From the beginning we are offering your choice of White or Matte Black.  

 A bike that competes with the highest price electric bikes on the market with carbon disc brakes both front and rear.  Front suspension by default with the option of rear suspension and various motor sizes depending on the rider for a safe, fast, and smooth ride.  The tires are designed to work smoothly on pavement as well as grip on trails.  We have included the best all terrain bike tires we could find.  

Pick the power of motor you need in order to let you breeze through the streets without breaking a sweat or arriving to your destination needing to cool down.  With the optional thumb throttle, PAS or 6 Speed Computer you get the option to pick your level of peddle assist.  If you want to exercise and burn some calories then you can completely disable the peddle assist to get the work out you want.  The best part is that with 21 Shimano gears you can climb the highest hills or speed through the streets.   

High Quality Panasonic Power Pack   

Panasonic is Tesla partner in their new Gigafactory and we wanted to go with the highest quality cells we could find when designing Stark Drive.  That is why we had only one choice: Panasonic.  We also designed the bike to hide this battery and its power distribution system neatly inside the frame making the bike look just like a normal bike.  It includes a locking mechanism that ensures no one can remove the battery without your uniquely produced key.  You can choose the charge the battery within the bike or remove it and charge it at work or at home.  We will offer both a quick charger as well as standard charger with Stark Drive (2 or 4 hours charge time respectively).

The Best Tech Comes with Stark Drive  

 We have sourced the best PAS, LCD, USB Charging and Throttle for Stark Drive.  Everything is waterproof and dust-proof and the system works to show your distance travelled, speed, power levels, and assist.  The USB Sports fast charging at 5V compatible with any USB based device.  

20'' Versus 26'' Wheels? 
Whats the difference?

20'' wheel Folding bike

  • great if your going a short distance
  • easier to fold as its smaller
  • fits in small areas but only good for city pavement rides
  • not suitable or comfortable for tall riders or long journeys
  • seats are limited in height adjustability
  • no ability to fully extend your leg while peddling making riding very uncomfortable.

26'' wheel folding bike (Stark Drive)

  • Great all around bike both for city and trails
  • excellent for long distances
  • extremely comfortable to both ride and to peddle
  • suits both tall and shorter riders with seat adjustment.
  • although slightly more effort to fold, Stark Drive is designed to be light and agile.

SECURITY FEATURES:

We are offering our Stark Drive Locking System as an option which allows you to securely lock our bike to any standard bike rack or street furniture  

STEALTH ELECTRIC BICYCLE

Stark Drive is designed as the worlds first Stealth electric bike.  Everything is hidden inside the frame and furthermore we wanted to make it impossible for someone to steal Stark Drive if they wanted to.   

STARK DRIVE LIMITED EDITION LOCK

  

  

STARK DRIVE LIMITED EDITION RACK BAG

 

GPS TRACKING = THEFTPROOF   

On top of this, we are offering the option of a GPS tracking system hidden inside the frame of Stark Drive which will be able to track your bike online (computer or phone) to within 5 m (15ft) anywhere in the world with GPS and Cellular tracking.  These are factory options which can be built into Stark Drive before shipping.  Just like the power system the GPS system is integrated into the bike and completely hidden.    

Features:  

Hardware:

  • Quick Release Front and rear Wheels
  • Quick Release saddle
  • 1-Step Folding system
  • Chauffeur-Mode Moving System while Folded
  • 1-Step Folding peddles
  • Integrated USB
  • Integrated footstand keeps the bike vertical while folded
  • Front suspension on all Bikes 
  • Optional Rear Suspension 
  • Grip Safe comfort rubber coated handlebars
  • LED Headlight and Horn On Every Stark Drive by Default (Safety=#1)

Battery:

  • Standard Battery 9Ah 36V
  • Upgraded Battery 13Ah 36V
  • Charging time from 2 to 4 hours
  • Panasonic Cells
  • Long Lasting power both in peddle assist or throttle
  • Locking battery with Key
  • Hidden Charging and key port.

Frame:

  • Full Sized Frame suitable for 26'' Wheels
  • Aluminum Alloy 6061
  • 2 Color Options: White or Matte Black
  • Optional Stark Drive Rear Cargo Rack (Color matched)
  • Optional Stark Drive Rear Cargo Rack bag (Your choice of color)
  • Optional Stark Drive Branded Limited Edition Mountable Locking System
  • 150kg load capacity

5-Speed Computer or LED PAS

  • Power Level
  • Speed/Odometer (Computer)
  • Lights and horn (PAS)
  • From no assist to full assist
  • Throttle integrated to function with system
  • Modify Max Speed according to your wishes
  • Backlit Display (Computer)
  • Weatherproof
  • LED PAS with 3 levels of Assist

Stark Drive Power System:

  • 36V 250W Patented Stark Drive Gear-less hub motor
  • 36V 350W & 36V 500W Options
  • Throttle Option (US Approved)
21-Speed Gearing System
  • Long Lasting Quality Gearing System
  • Easy quick-shift levers 
Wheels and Tires:
  • 26'' Front and Rear Tires (Anthrocite Black)
  • White wheels matching our white frame
  • Black wheels matching our black frame.
  • High Traction grip for both road and off road use
  • Carbon Disc Brakes front and rear

Weight:

  • Stark Drive Hardtail: 18.8 Kg Without Battery, 21kg With Battery (41.4 lbs / 46.2 lbs respectively)
  • Stark Drive Full Suspension: 19.2kg without Battery, 21.4 kg With battery (42.3 lbs / 47.1 lbs respectively)

LIMITED TIME ONLY  

Only During our Kickstarter will we be offering these unheard of prices.  Once our campaign ends we will be launching Stark Drive world wide for an estimated 999 USD.  This will still make it one of the most inexpensive and affordable electric bicycles in the world today.  

Shipping & Handling Charges

we have worked hard to get Stark Drive as advanced and as affordable as possible, the same cant be said when shipping high capacity lithium ion batteries world wide.  These are considered a 'dangerous good' and our carrier charges us extra to ship these in protected containers.  We have also worked to ensure that Customs, Duty and VAT will not be charged to our customers on arrival through the use of Pre Taxation from point of departure.  As the price of the bike is 399 USD, this is the value for your countries customs. Generally shipping charges range from 210-230 USD worldwide with the small addition on our charges to account for Customs Fees. 

Even with the S/H charges, our bikes are still the most affordable in the world.

Biking is our Passion  

We love biking throughout the year, rain or shine.  Its healthy, keeps you active, excellent for the cardiovascular system, builds muscles and is environmentally friendly.  Most of us in the world live close by to public transit and by solving the last mile problem with a portable electronic bike we can help to remove more cars of the road and do our part for a cleaner greener world.  

We wanted to create a product that had all the benefits of cycling with none of the drawbacks and electric bikes are the ultimate solution to this issue. 

TEST RIDE STARK DRIVE

Anyone in the Stockholm (Sweden) area that wants to test drive Stark Drive is welcome to contact us to arrange a time.  We are also holding several events in the coming weeks to show the benefits of Stark Drive.

   

 

Risks and challenges

We have selected our factory and they are ready to start producing once we reach our minimum order quantity. Our deliveries will start in the spring and we have to ensure that our production is going according to schedule because the the chinese new year overlaps with our production dates and everything closes down in china over this period. There is a risk that this could delay our deliveries. We are also going to be shipping via container ship which normally takes several weeks and there are several movements to and from the ship, as well as our local shipping agents in the countries that we ship to which could possibly cause damage to the bikes so we need to keep a close eye on packaging at the factory and ensuring that we insure the packages along the way.

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    **FOR THE US AND CANADA**

    Get your one and only paradigm shifting Stark Drive Electric Bike, Delivered right to your home ready to take to the streets.

    Two color choices: Matte White or Matte Black

    Own your very own Stark Drive eBike at the lowest contribution ever for an electric bike. At Under $400, no-one has ever sold an eBike for less. A ruggidized 250W motor tuned to operate optimally, A battery pack good for 43miles/70km range. 20mph speed (US), and all the amazing features outlined in our kickstarter. Save at least $800 off retail pricing and get access to Stark Drive Owners' Club.
    *Limited-Time Pricing

    (+add $35 for standard fenders
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    +add $49 for sport fenders)

    +add $99 for built in GPS tracking and 1 year monitoring included

    +add $50 for rear shocks

    +add $229 for upgraded 13Ah Panasonic battery pack

    (+add $169 for a 350W motor upgrade
    or
    +add $249 for a 500W Motor upgrade)

    +add $25 for a Limited Edition Stark Drive Lock

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack (Matching)

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack bag (Matching)

    +add $25 for a Throttle

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    **FOR EUROPEAN BUYERS**

    Get your one and only paradigm shifting Stark Drive Electric Bike, Delivered right to your home ready to take to the streets.

    Two color choices: Matte White or Matte Black

    Own your very own Stark Drive eBike at the lowest contribution ever for an electric bike. At Under $400, no-one has ever sold an eBike for less. A ruggidized 250W motor tuned to operate optimally, A battery pack good for 43miles/70km range. 20kph speed (EU), and all the amazing features outlined in our kickstarter. Save at least $800 off retail pricing and get access to Stark Drive Owners' Club.
    *Limited-Time Pricing

    (+add $35 for standard fenders
    or
    +add $49 for sport fenders)

    +add $99 for built in GPS tracking and 1 year monitoring included

    +add $50 for rear shocks

    +add $229 for upgraded 13Ah Panasonic battery pack

    (+add $169 for a 350W motor upgrade
    or
    +add $249 for a 500W Motor upgrade)

    +add $25 for a Limited Edition Stark Drive Lock

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack (Matching)

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack bag (Matching)

    +add $25 for a Throttle

    +add $25 to upgrade LED to LCD Bike Computer

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    Stark Drive Electric Bike Early Bird

    **FOR BUYERS NOT IN THE EU, USA or CANADA ONLY**

    Get your one and only paradigm shifting Stark Drive Electric Bike, Delivered right to your home ready to take to the streets.

    Two color choices: Matte White or Matte Black

    Own your very own Stark Drive eBike at the lowest contribution ever for an electric bike. At Under $400, no-one has ever sold an eBike for less. A ruggidized 250W motor tuned to operate optimally, A battery pack good for 43miles/70km range. 20kph speed (EU), and all the amazing features outlined in our kickstarter. Save at least $800 off retail pricing and get access to Stark Drive Owners' Club.
    *Limited-Time Pricing

    (+add $35 for standard fenders
    or
    +add $49 for sport fenders)

    +add $99 for built in GPS tracking and 1 year monitoring included

    +add $50 for rear shocks

    +add $229 for upgraded 13Ah Panasonic battery pack

    (+add $169 for a 350W motor upgrade
    or
    +add $249 for a 500W Motor upgrade)

    +add $25 for a Limited Edition Stark Drive Lock

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack (Matching)

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack bag (Matching)

    +add $25 for a Throttle

    +add $25 to upgrade LED to LCD Bike Computer

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    Ships anywhere! Bulk Shipping Cost

    10 Factory Fresh Stark Drive Units

    Get your one and only paradigm shifting Stark Drive Electric Bike, Delivered right to your home ready to take to the streets.

    Two color choices: Matte White or Matte Black

    Own your very own Stark Drive eBike at the lowest contribution ever for an electric bike. At Under $400, no-one has ever sold an eBike for less. A ruggidized 250W motor tuned to operate optimally, A battery pack good for 43miles/70km range. 20kph speed (EU), and all the amazing features outlined in our kickstarter. Save at least $800 off retail pricing and get access to Stark Drive Owners' Club.
    *Limited-Time Pricing

    (+add $35 for standard fenders
    or
    +add $49 for sport fenders)

    +add $99 for built in GPS tracking and 1 year monitoring included

    +add $50 for rear shocks

    +add $229 for upgraded 13Ah Panasonic battery pack

    (+add $169 for a 350W motor upgrade
    or
    +add $249 for a 500W Motor upgrade)

    +add $25 for a Limited Edition Stark Drive Lock

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack (Matching)

    +add $35 for a Rear Cargo Rack bag (Matching)

    +add $25 for a Throttle

    +add $25 to upgrade LED to LCD Bike Computer

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