It’s been a tough six months for Fiido, a Hong Kong-based e-bike company whose e-bikes have proven popular in the United States as well as other markets. The company’s futuristic Fiido X e-bike was recalled in April after Electrek received reports that the highly technical frame had a tendency to break in half. Now it looks like another model known as the T1 is suffering a similar fate.
The loss of the Fiido X is the result of a highly engineered magnesium frame with a sleek, minimalist design.
Unfortunately, this design proved to be a bit too minimalist near the folding mechanism, which ultimately caused the bikes to crack in half due to repeated stress-induced micro-fractures of the frame.
Electrek has now reviewed several reports that another Fiido model, the Fiido T1, also suffered cracks or a complete break.
The images below were provided by a Fiido T1 owner who explained that the bike simply broke in half while riding at around 8mph (13kph) on a flat road. He added that he was not a big rider, had never done it off-road and the bike had never had an accident.
The images show that the aluminum frame appears to have cracked several inches above the lower brace tube in the bike’s pass-through section.
The rider was uninjured, explaining that the bike basically collapsed under him and he just ran it, staying on his feet. But he added that if it had happened on his next ride, he would have had a child on his back.
Another Fiido T1 owner provided an image of his bike with what appears to be a large crack that formed a few inches down the same frame tube.
The rider says he hasn’t ridden a bike in a month due to an unrelated issue with the bike, but recently discovered the crack and worries it could have developed or even lead to failure complete with the frame if he had ridden on it in the last month.
The Fiido T1 stepper frame is not unique in appearance and uses a similar design to many other stepper utility bikes. However, small differences in aluminum alloy composition, tube wall thickness, weld quality, tube length, joint angle, and other variations in frame geometry may have very different impacts on the robustness of the resulting framework.
The 36.2 kg (80 lb) Fiido T1 comes with a load capacity of 200 kg (440 lb), divided into 120 kg (265 lb) on the saddle and 80 kg (176 lb) on the rack back.
The bike can reach speeds of up to 45 km/h (28 mph) and is backed by a one-year frame warranty.
Electrek has reached out to Fiido for comment, but has yet to hear back.
[Update]: A Fiido representative responded to my request for comment shortly after this article was published:
“Since the recall of the Fiido X, we have performed inspections on each of our products and discovered that some type of solder defect could be found in a small number of our T1s due to an error in our welding process. production. We started working on an improved design when we discovered the problem, with the aim that the design is safe from mishandling during production. The new design has already been put into production and we will replace every product of this batch. The first shipment of replacements is already underway and will arrive 20 days later at our US warehouse. We expect to have replacements complete for all affected users by the end of November.”
When the Fiido X frame defect was first discovered, the company quickly issued a recall and followed a resolution plan that included offering owners either another e-bike model or a an updated version of the Fiido X that would include a redesigned frame.
The company recently started shipping this updated version, which also includes other updates such as a 7-speed Shimano shifter, improved handlebar display, more comfortable saddle and handlebars, and, of course, sure, a sturdier folding mechanism that (hopefully) won’t break in half. .
A representative of Fiido recently explained to Electrek that the company has tested the new design extensively, applying 20% more load to it than specified by the EN15194 test standard and increasing the number of test cycles to double the amount specified by the EN15194 test standard. test.
The company also shared detailed images showing off the frame upgrades.
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