Rocked by Controversy, Sondors eBikes Start to Deliver to Backers

Sondors eBike AssembledThe Storm Sondor’s eBike campaign, one of the largest crowdfunding campaigns in Indiegogo’s history, has started delivering bikes to campaign backers.

The project announced bikes were being shipped to backers at the end of May only to stumble as US customs delayed entry late last week. The delay ended up being brief and now the eBikes are showing up at that doors of early backers.

“It’s a good day for Sondors backers! Bikes are now arriving and the pics are coming in! Here’s how to assemble your Sondors electric bike when it shows up on your doorstep”

Sondors ebike tshirtThe Sondor’s campaign has started seeing assembled bikes posted on their Facebook page.  Sondor’s started posting video instructions on assembly this week.  Funders number over 14,000 so the project has a long way to go to complete fulfillment, but the fact that bikes are arriving should calm some of the more nervous backers.

Sondors eBike (né Storm eBike) engendered controversy, and drama, as the projects co-creator was unceremoniously jettisoned from the project early on in the campaign.  Meanwhile Agency 2.0, a well known marketing firm that has aided many high profile crowdfunding campaigns generate outsized success, filed a lawsuit against Sondors for breach of contract alleging contractually agreed upon fees had not been paid as the crowdfunding portion closed. The case remains pending having been pushed back by legal delays.

storm sondors thumbs upIt also came to light that Sondors had previously received a fraud conviction along with an associated fine that has never been paid. These questions caused some backers to doubt the veracity of the project while others worried as to whether their perks would ever arrive.

While the legal proceedings may remain a festering issue for Storm Sondors, most  backers are only concerned about receiving their eBikes. On that issue things are starting to look pretty good.



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