The Podbike Newsletter has news on the delivery of parts and some improvements on the Frikar which can be seen in a video. Also, an adjusted time schedule is published, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the Podbike website was already available in English, since the beginning of this month it is now also available in German.
Several updates on the delivery of parts and adjustments to the Frikar:
Podbike has sent the head- and taillights to their German assembly partner
The Magura brakes are now approved after the qualification tests and ready to be used on Frikar e-bike
In normal conditions, the assembly partner should have received training by Podbike. Due to COVID-19, traveling is challenging. That’s why Podbike is currently training the employees at their partner online which takes slighty more time than expected.
The pandemic has increased the demand for cycles. But many manufacturers don’t have the production capacity for it and that affects Podbike as well. For instance: two year lead time on brake systems and even more on tires. Podbike will get the parts they need for the pre-series (10 cycles). This will presumably take more time and therefore they had to adjust the schedule. Fortunately, they manufacture 95% of the parts for the Frikar e-bike themselves and are largely independent
Podbike experienced an issue with the canopy. They were not 100% satisfied with the visual quality and have adjusted the production for an improved canopy. Watch the video below to get an impression of how the old canopy looked like. There is still, a bit of work left with the canopy – but almost finalizing it