Official Staton-Inc Reviews

Discussion in 'Dealer Reviews' started by Anton, Aug 5, 2008.


Please rate your experience with Staton-Inc: (You MUST post a review if you vote)

  1. 5 - Excellent

  2. 4 - Above Average

  3. 3 - Average

  4. 2 - Below Average

  5. 1 - Poor

  1. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

  2. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I've bought two kits from Staton, plus various other parts. The only part that had a problem was a kill-switch (toggle type) I bought later for the Mitsubishi TLE43 - it shorted out internally every time it was tightened down. I contacted Dave Staton, walked through the problem with him - he had me ship the defective switch back, and he sent me a rotary type switch instead, which worked perfectly.

    In every case, the items I ordered were shipped quickly, and except for the one switch, of very high quality.
  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I ordered a 1" drive roller & 2 bearings at 2:00pm, Friday 8/01/08.
    I rc'd my parts via UPS on Monday, 8/04/08.

  4. beast775

    beast775 Guest

    good stuff

    ive got 3 kits from staton inc,and the kits are very good.customer service,,,, well ive found a bit difficult.ive been waiting a year for papers for a mitsu kit,and just did something else instead.i like talking to david staton hes a nice person,and if you got him on the phone you can get everything fast.i just figure hes busy,so i dont get ****y about it.:grin:
  5. kerf

    kerf Guest

    My history with David over the course of several kits has been very good. I always order via phone but we have exchanged emails in the past on several topics. He has always been up front and has shipped very quickly, I believe he may be going through an explosion in demand causing some degradation in email response. His products are top notch and after sale service is very good. You can tell he enjoys working with his customers.
  6. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I bought two kits from Staton Inc. A NuVinci gear and chain kit with mitsu TLE43 and a friction kit with TLE43. Everything he sells is of very high quality and shipping is very fast. Staton isn't the best through email but I've never tried calling him. The only problem I've seen with his kits is the spoke arrangement on my nuvinci lead to premature failure of the spokes at the nipples because they were kinked at the very ends. I had to get my rear wheel relaced in a two cross pattern due to the hubs large diameter in order to get the spokes to enter the rim straight like they should.
    I would still buy from him again but if I were buying the nuvinci kit again I would save some money by ordering the kit from him without the fully assembled rear wheel. Otherwise his kits are bulletproof and I would trust my staton kits to haul me for hundreds of miles without ANY breakdowns or other issues.
  7. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Purchased 1 kit. Robin-Subaru Four Cycle 33.5 cc 1.60 hp Four Cycle Friction Drive. 4 days shipping. Zero problems.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    One kit received -- Station friction drive Subaru -- everything about the Station Co. I would say is above average. Great help on the phone when I didn't know which roller size to buy. In touch at this time in regards to ordering some extra parts (e-mail) -- phone seems to be much faster. No hurry - everything is up and running.. Mountainman
  9. Warner

    Warner Member

    I've been very happy with the quality of the pieces from Staton. I think the kit has been well engineered and will work properly for a long time. Having said that, they suffer from a lack of customer service and their instructions leave a lot to be desired. For someone not mechanically inclined, the install (of the chain drive kit, anyway) could be frustrating. I would buy from them again without thinking twice. I rated them above average instead of excellent due to their lack of real customer service/support. If you run into install questions, check the photos of customer rides on their website and you should be able to see where everything goes.

  10. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    I second everything Warner said. Great product, mediocre instructions. I referred to the customer rides section pictures several times when installing.
  11. I ordered my chain kit over the phone. The kit arrived at my garage 4 days later. I agree with every body about the quality of the kit. I voted excellent:cool:
  12. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    i vote excellent, if you're following my build thread you would see that i bought a second hand gear box and mount setup.

    being arranged for a previous application i had an issue with the clutch drum, when i called David he identified the part, recommended the replacement, provided extra "c" clips to space it properly and gave me valuable advise about getting the drive gear off and back on.

    16T output sprockets were out of stock so David suggested an adaptor and freewheel 16T so i'd have the parts i needed to get going.

    all on the phone, when i called to check on shipping of my original online order that would have come as ordered but incorrect due to my ignorance.

    shipped the same afternoon and arrived on Friday, 4 days ahead of UPS's own estimated dilivery date of Monday. i still don't know how he did that.

    thank you David,

  13. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I bought my first kit from Staton-Inc. I'm very glad I did. I've had no problems with the kit which are not directly attributable to my riding style. I would have vote Excellent, but for the interaction (e-mail) when I bought a replacement roller. David asked if I wanted it shipped USPS instead of UPS. There was about a $20 difference (USPS was cheaper and faster here). I told him I would like it USPS, and thanked him for his service. The part was shipped UPS. He did try to provide excellent customer service. Just didn't quite get it done.
  14. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    I ordered a Nuvinci kit (minus engine) from Staton by phone.It arrived promptly and in good order.The Mammoth wheel complete with the NV hub I ordered also has the kinked spoke syndrome SirJakesus mentioned,but I have had no spoke problems. I ride rather sedately and don't go off-roading.The NV torque bars Staton supplies fit well on the axle but are difficult to install (requires a smithy).I think a redesign is in order.I attempted to keep my front deraileur functional,but that was only a limited success.Only by increasing the chain tension considerably was I able to keep the chain from skipping.Staton does not state in their literature that this is possible.It probably did not occur to David that anybody could conceive of such a thing.Otherwise the drive works quite well.
  15. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Friction kit w/Robin engine, ordered during the past summer, shipped to my door for $389 w/nice kill switch, dual support brackets, factory gas tank.

    The kit (and engine) are bullet-proof, bugs worked out, bolt it on and go. In a world where often every attempt is made to cut corners or scrimp, it's great to find a product designed and built to stand up.

    Customer service can be a little trying, considering that I rated 'above average' but the kit itself deserves an excellent rating,
  16. Staton

    There is a Staton part or two on all my bikes. I have bought 2 NuVinci hubs, a Mit 43, 2 gearboxes, several sprockets, adapters, & chain drive parts that nobody else carries. I stole my jackshaft design from his Giant Stilleto kit... (Tanks DAVID) He Don no liking the cheap Chinese kits. You will pay a little more for his chain drive components, but they all fit the way they are supposed to. He is the only person that I know of that truly makes & sells USA original components. I have a lot of respect for him.
  17. motman812

    motman812 Member

    I bought a Stanton Honda 35 friction drive in December, 2007 and I am very pleased with the product and the service. One of the bearings on the roller failed after about two months and Dave Stanton replaced it quickly and with an apology. (It was the first problem with the Chinese bearings, the only part that came from China.)
    Excellent products and service.
  18. RogerS

    RogerS Member

    I just turned over 200 miles on an inside drive kit I purchased from Dave Staton. Its my first kit on a bike and chose Staton after reading reviews here. I decided I wanted a 4 stroke, chain drive kit so there was never anything to engage/disengage on the fly, but I didn't know which engine or sprocket to order. After talking to Dave on the phone and answering his questions about my riding area, intended use, bike, and the top speed I was looking for he reccomended the Robin 035. I could not me happier with the combination. I told him 25 mph would be fast enough for me, and it tops out at 25.5 on level ground. He said I wouldn't even need to pedal when I started out, and I don't have to. But I do, just to save wear on the clutch. I also ordered a new wheel all laced up to their hub, and that made it a nice quick install. I have owned a machine shop for 29 years and I can see when someone takes pride in there work, I can tell you that Staton Inc. DEFINETLY takes pride in there products. I rated them excellent.:grin5:
  19. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    I've bought front and rear friction drives, a gear chain box plus oodles of parts. Dave is a nice guy, ships quickly but his UPS shipping charges absolutely kill the deals.
  20. 2 Staton kits ordered and installed.

    I've built 2 bikes using Staton kits, one friction drive-EH035 Robin, and one chain drive-EH035 Robin. Both arrived in a timely manner and fit to the bikes easily with no problems. I subsequently modified the chain kit slightly because I'm a tinkerer and can't help myself.:tt1: I would recommend the friction drive kit to anyone it is so easy to install. The chain drive kit requires a little skill with tools and some minimum mechanical ability to install. I have put over 3,000 on the chain drive equipped bike until I sold it, and over 2,000 miles on the friction drive bike and could not be more satisfied.