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Sparking a Revolution
We took the concept of the electric bicycle and kicked it up ten notches, all while keeping the price low.
Shocke Spark is the vision of a contemporary bicycle with futuristic abilities. It is a sleek, powerful, high-quality electric bicycle that will gladly obey your commands, even if it means hopping from the smoothest road to the roughest mountain terrain. You’ll never feel so comfortable embarking on any journey.
Riding Spark will be so exhilarating that you will literally make up reasons to go out for a ride – oh and, you’ll probably forget that you’re exercising, too. With its powerful motor, Spark will carry you up to 32 km/hour, should you choose not to pedal; throw in some leg power and the possibilities are endless.
Ditch the car, scooter, and that old bicycle, Spark will bring out the adventurer in you with an in-frame battery providing up to 70 km of juice, so go ahead and explore places you’ve never been. What are you waiting for? Take command and put a Spark in your life. You’ll thank us.
What Spark can do for You:
Get ready for an adventure on your next ride with Spark! Elegant and versatile, weighing only 22 kg, you can take Spark out anywhere and have a blast!
Exceed Your Limits
Go further than you ever have, and faster, too. With a 70 km range, Spark is equipped with pedal assist to help you get from point A to Z. The 350W brushless motor carries the bike at up to 32 km/h, powered by a 36V 12Ah high energy-density lithium-ion battery. Long distances and challenging landscapes never seemed like a piece of cake.
Be in total control
Spark is equipped with a control throttle and a 7-speed gear changer at your fingertips so that you can unleash and regulate power on demand. This is complemented with premium disc brakes on the front and back wheels.
The choice is yours, be in total control of your ride. Where will your next exciting adventure be?
Safety issues have always deterred people from riding. To ensure visibility at night, Spark comes equipped with turn signal lights. The wireless controller is at your fingertips so that you can keep your hands on the handlebar instead of in the air. The tail light also comes equipped with a laser illuminated bike path function to increase night ride visibility.
Spark comes equipped with a LCD backlit display that indicates speed, distance traveled, motor assistance level, battery status, and much more. Challenge yourself every time you ride and beat your old record!
Just So Convenient
Not a mechanic? No worries! The in-frame battery is easy to take out and swap with a new one. You can also plug it into any outlet while you rest and it will fully charge in no time. After the battery charges, throw it back into the frame and you’re good to go!
Best of both Worlds
Spark has the feel of a traditional bicycle, with the capabilities to handle the toughest conditions, from hills to off-road shenanigans. Take it anywhere you want. Zoom past the people with the tights on and never bat an eye. You’ll have so much fun you’ll forget that it’s exercise.
Standing for value and quality
Take a look below at the awesome rewards we're offering as an acknowledgement for your support. Thank you so very much!
Hasan & the Shocke Bikes team
Stretch goal 1
@ $50,000: We will equip Spark with leather handlebar grips! These are not only more comfortable than the regular rubber grips found on most bikes, but they are also more durable, and more resistant to wear and tear.
Stretch goal 2
@ $65,000: We will offer Spark in additional colours! In addition to black, we will offer Spark in white and also in red. Channel your personality with these sleek Shocke colours!
In 2012, a group of young professionals got together with the aspiration of creating positive sustainable change in the world. With a few projects in mind, revolutionizing the way people went about their daily transport was the priority.
Shocke Bikes was founded in 2014 with the goal of bringing affordable high quality electric bicycles to North America. Shocke Bikes imagines communities where people of all abilities feel comfortable traveling around and exploring their city by bicycle. We want cycling to be a fun activity to a wide range of people, regardless of age, ability, or gender.
We aspire to increase cycling in order to improve health and quality of life, reduce the environmental impact of carbon emissions, and make our communities vibrant places to live, work and play.
Shocke Bikes has a passion for increasing the number of safe, knowledgeable and confident cyclists. We look to partner with a variety of organizations to create sustainable change. We are ethically and environmentally responsible with our resources and in our work.
- Vincent Lin for making the awesome Kickstarter video.
- Ashley Lee for designing the beautiful graphic T-Shirts. (email@example.com)
- Eric Mendes for photos and branding.
- Mikaella Mariz & Tony Yu from the NANOTIPS team.
- Big shout out to our lovely models Samuel Muik and Stephanie Twarog!
Risks and challenges
As the saying goes: no pain, no gain. Every successful project will have been tested by a myriad of trials on the way, and we have studied hard for our tests.
We are working diligently to improve the efficiency of our production process, from simplifying and eliminating steps to working with different suppliers in order to perfect our final product. Therefore, there are certainly challenges we may face during the streamlining phase of our project, after its been successfully funded. Fear not however, because our team has made several contingency plans for every roadblock on the way.
We have thought of every potential obstacle we may face so that you don’t have to. We are ready to face challenges that are thrown at us and we will give our 100% to follow through even when faced with the toughest of these challenges. Even if for some reason we cannot deliver, we promise to be completely transparent and keep our backers informed and up-to-date on our progress. The range of professional competencies and experience our team has under its belt will undoubtedly Shocke you into a believer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well, there are many reasons, but here are a few:
-Get to places faster and easier than on a regular bicycle. Depending on how you use Spark, you can travel at an average speed of 30 km/hour or faster effortlessly.
-Don’t sweat it. Even though you can ride lightning fast, it will be so effortless that you won’t feel like you have to take a shower after the ride.
-Climbing hills is a piece of cake… No seriously, it is.
-Safety. You can get through an intersection with more stability and quickness because an electric bicycle is easier to get going from a standstill position.
-Less pressure. The assistance provided by the electric motor reduces the pressure on your joints as you pedal. This means there will be less stress on your knees and hips, reducing pain especially for people with joint disorders.
-Ditch the car. The convenience, the ease of operation and the speed of an electric bicycle make it an ideal alternative to an automobile, as opposed to a regular bicycle.
Doesn’t having an electric motor defeat the purpose of cycling? Wouldn’t a conventional bicycle keep you more fit?
That, of course, depends how much – if at all – a conventional bicycle is being used. Studies have shown that the majority of conventional bicycles are used only once or twice a week, with a large portion being used once every two weeks or even less. By contrast, surveys of electric bicycle owners reveal that a much larger proportion ride their bicycle at least once a day and most use it at least once a week. Such comparisons confirm the notion that an electric bicycle is typically utilized more often than a conventional one. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Electric bicycles provide all the benefits of a regular bicycle: fun exercise, free parking, zero emissions, and freedom from gridlock, while eliminating one of the bicycle's more serious disadvantages, namely the lack of power.
Because riding an electric bicycle is a great deal more enjoyable in a hilly area, into strong winds, or when carrying heavy loads, people tend to use them more often. The motor may provide up to half the effort, but more frequent use means more exercise for the rider overall, more consistently. This nullifies the misconception that an electric bicycle promotes inactivity, and there are many studies demonstrating the contrary.
Fundamentally, Spark is a regular bicycle equipped with an electric motor to provide additional assistance when needed. You can pedal normally and just use motor assistance on hills and or headwinds, or use the motor all the time just to make riding easier. Our vision is to enable people to make healthy choices; it’s the rider at the end of the day that chooses how they will utilize our bicycle. Regardless, the experience is entirely different from riding a gas/electric scooter or motorcycle. With a bicycle like Spark, the electric assistance is perfectly smooth and silent, and it supplements rather than replaces human power.
No, Spark doesn’t have regenerative braking, and for a good reason. Regenerative braking may be useful for large vehicles (such as cars) as the change in momentum created by braking may create significant energy that can be restored to the battery. Our bicycle comes equipped with a battery that will carry you up to 70 km on a single charge, more than you’ll ever need for a daily commute. Even though regenerative braking can extend the range of the battery by 5-10%, it also adds several hundred dollars to the cost. Therefore, it is simply not worth the investment.
The biggest determinant to the bicycle range on a single charge is whether you pedal or just use the throttle without pedaling. Shocke Bikes champions combining the power of human pedaling with electric power, but also understands that some people may rely on electric power more often. With relaxed pedaling, you can expect about 70 km on a single charge for Spark, and often times you might go even further. If you only use the throttle, you can expect Spark to have a 30 km range. Range will also be impacted by other factors, such as battery capacity, hills, wind resistance and your size.
Spark’s fully depleted lithium ion battery will take 4-6 hours to recharge. It will take less time if the battery has a partial charge. The battery can be conveniently removed and charged in the comfort of your home, in a café, or wherever there is a power source.
Spark’s lithium-ion battery will provide approximately 800-1000 “full” charges. The battery has no memory effect, so if you recharge the battery when it is only 50% depleted, that counts as only half a charge. The amount of charges will also be impacted by factors such as temperature.
Yes, and it is very easy to switch back and forth. For example, you may use the power only when you are going up hills and turn it off for level ground and downhill riding to save battery power.
No. Spark can operate by simply turning the throttle without pedaling. However, in order to get exercise and extend the range of the battery, we highly recommend that you pedal as well.
The motor and battery are adequately sealed from the rain, and are thus protected.
The seat tube length, or distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat lug (C-T), is approximately 17.75”. The top tube length is approximately 26.25”.
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