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Update #16

International Shipping Update

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Hello again Kickstarters,

Nights are later and Spring is almost in the air. We hope your roads and trails are finally starting to thaw. A few quick shipping notes:

1. All US pledges have been fulfilled since February. If you didn't get yours, let us know and we'll track it down.  

2. EU, UK, and SAA chargers are coming in the first week of April, for all finishes. We'll turn them around as soon as they are settled in the warehouse.  

3. We will begin issuing partial refunds to backers of the white sets after this process is complete, in order of backing. (Originally the gloss white sets were a higher-priced, limited edition)

In other Sparse news, as you may have seen, we partnered up with some of our favorite builders on exciting new projects. 

The Lamborghini Alpenchallenge Speciale Edizione by BMC Switzerland was just unveiled at the Geneva Autoshow. BMC has done an incredible job building their urban / lifestyle brand. We're very happy to be included on this limited edition bicycle. 

The Lifestyle Product Manager for BMC, TK Malone, was actually one of our first Kickstarter backers, and instrumental in bringing Sparse lights to BMC. He'll be online next week discussing their brand. Details here:

BMC Expert Facebook Takeover

Tuesday, the 25th of March at 11:00AM EST (8:00AM PST)

TK Malone, BMC’s lifestyle product manager will take over the BMC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bmcracing. He’ll be online to answer any questions you have about BMC’s alpenchallenge line, including the very new Lamborghini special edition. Get your questions ready… www.bmc-racing.com/int-en/bikes/lifestyle/

And you can learn more about the special edition bike here: http://www.bmc-racing.com/us-en/bikes/ac01-edizione-speciale/

Image via BMC Switzerland
Image via BMC Switzerland

We've also sponsored the Firefly Adventure Team. Firefly is an independent fabricator based in Boston. They consistently produce the most drool-inducing custom bicycles in the industry. Their craft is superb, their knowledge unsurpassed, and their taste, divine.  The core of the Firefly Adventure Team is a group of awesome women racing, riding and documenting their two-wheeled adventures. 

Keep up with the team here: http://fireflybicycles.com/adventureteam/

Image via Firefly Flickr
Image via Firefly Flickr

We even saw our lights on a Budnitz build this week. 

Go check out their gorgeous titanium builds at their website: http://budnitzbicycles.com/

Keep your install photos coming, tag our Instagram feed @ridesparse,Twitter @sparse or just browse our Flickr page.

Thanks again for all your support.

The Sparse team


Update #15 - For backers only

Shipping Update III

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Update #14

Shipping Update II

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Hello Kickstarters,  

We hope that all of you who have received lights are riding them.

At this point, all of the single lights and the gloss white sets have been shipped with 2 category exceptions. If you have not confirmed your address with Kickstarter, please do so. European backers see below.

Remaining matte black sets left the factory yesterday and are in the air as we type. These lights will ship to remaining backers next week. Thank you for your patience.

Remaining brushed chrome sets are scheduled to ship the week following. The factory has yet to commit to a specific day as of this writing. This finish should shine - we set up a whole new polishing facility to achieve it.

The chargers sourced for the EU have faced CE certification issues (the lights pass fine). For those in Europe wanting their lights as soon as possible - if you're okay with receiving a US-style charger, we can ship you a US version which would arrive sooner. Note: any USB source will charge the lights; you don't necessarily need to use a wall socket. Send a message to orders@sparse.cc if this works for you.

For our German backers, we are still working through meeting the new regulations but we don't yet have a timeline for shipping. If you have a non-Deutschland address, we can ship your lights there. We are also happy to refund those German backers until we have a solution. Notify orders@sparse.cc of your preference.

In Other News

The lights have received some nice mentions and a few accolades in the past few weeks.

-They just won a top Spark! award for Product Design and are now being exhibited at the Spark Awards Pavilion at the China International Industrial Design Fair, November 30–December 3 in Shenzhen.

-Prolly just put up a post on the Sparse show bike, a steel/carbon road bike by Icarus Frames. You can see that and several other Sparse-kitted bikes on our Flickr page @ridesparse. Send us your own pics of the lights on your bike and we'll repost. ride@sparse.cc.  

-Bicycling Mag included Sparse lights in their 2013 Gift Guide.

-WIRED just posted a positive review.  

Outside of vigorous management of the production and fulfillment, we've also been setting up sales relationships out in the world, and a few of us have (finally) returned some attention to developing the next round of Sparse products. Wish us luck and stay tuned.  

Thank you again for your patience.


Update #13 - For backers only

Shipping Update

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Update #12

Shipping Begins Next Week

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Hello Kickstarters, 

We just wrapped up our very first trade show at Interbike, the largest bicycle tradeshow in the US. It was an exhausting but exhilarating three days. The response from industry folks was both warm and enthusiastic. We even got to meet a few of you, our backers. 

Where's my dang lights? They start shipping next week. This first fulfillment will move slowly at first. The lights, once stateside, will move through our careful QC process. Our focus is getting it right so that you have a positive experience. Lights will be shipped out in the order of backing. All lights should be shipped out (fingers crossed) by the end of October. 

In other news, we've partnered with BMC to provide the lights for their sweet 2014 Alpenchallenge AC01 city bike. Their prototype travelled with the BMC Racing team during the USA Pro Challenge.* The AC01 was unveiled at Eurobike and displayed at Interbike last week. Nice job, BMC folks, we are honored to be working with you.

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