OK, it's July now, the month that customer deliveries of the Strike are supposed to begin. We know from experience that we shouldn't expect anything until the end of the month. As tight-lipped as Lightning has been, we might not even hear about first deliveries, because they might think that's only a real concern to those getting bikes. That would be a mistake - it's an opportunity to show that they delivered on a promise. If Lightning was my company and I had decided to keep as quiet as possible during the chaos of the transition to production, I would want to be very sure that every announcement I did make was to report a success, and to never ever make a promise or prediction that I'm not sure I can make happen. That might explain why Lightning has been completely silent for so long. So I'm still cautiously optimistic. What I don't get is the fact that we saw a picture in an Electrek article on 5/1 of "production" bikes being assembled. Even if they were in fact only the first pre-production bikes, that leaves plenty of time to get a few into the hands of some magazine editors. But so far, nothing. The best-case explanation that I can envision is that the chaos of building production capability is undiminished (completely plausible), and releasing a first-ride report would only increase demand for product and info when they are already juggling far too much. Only break cover when then the news is positive and the attention helps, not when it just increases your burden. Too many thinly staffed organizations panic and lose focus when a critical situation gets complex, unpredictable and chaotic (which is what Lightning likely has right now in spades), when what they need to do is work as efficiently as possible. Which may mean completely by-passing functions that don't contribute directly to your immediate goal, for example like customer communication. There's another aspect to this that most people wouldn't understand - it is crucial that they get this bike really right before release. Fixes are MUCH easier to manage for a tiny company when you can do them on your own terms. Once it's released it gets much more complicated, and you're forced to get it right with the customer and the public breathing down your neck. (Ask me how I know....) Of course there's a worst-case scenario too. Those "production" or pre-production bikes in the photo might have inadvertently turned out to be the first sort-of-final development/test bikes, meaning they showed that development wasn't really done yet. Which would mean the release happens when it happens. Bottom line for me is that the Strike still has a good shot at being all we hope it will be. We just can't know until it's out. If anyone here has a deposit down for a Carbon version, please let us know what happens and when.