Given a few delays with the company, we were initially dubious as to the bike’s debut; unfortunately, while the MetaCycle’s arrival is now confirmed and the model is now in the hands of many a capable rider, there are still a few nitty-gritties that SONDORS as a company will be dealing with over the turn of the year.
Spoiler: It ain’t prettty, so brace yourselves.
According to Punya Sharma at Top Speed, SONDORS’ manufacturer lies in China, where the partner has revealed that they have over 500 MetaCycles primed, prettied and ready to go (plus enough components for 1,500 more)… but they’re not releasing them anytime soon.
Apparently, SONDORS hasn’t paid their manufacturer since 2022. Here’s an excerpt from Sharma’s coverage:
The factory reports the EV company hasn’t paid its bills for over a year. Only a prepayment for the initial 2,000-unit order was made in June 2022, following which the rest of the amount remains unpaid to date.”
This news follows on the heels of rumors pointing to an eventual class-action lawsuit (Electrek) and a further, rather revealing update on Google Maps showing the SONDORS headquarters to now be permanently closed.
Where does this leave the MetaCyclists who were able to get a hold of their own orders?
We know about as much as you do, but the above facts mean it might be a good idea to:
Be careful with your MetaCycle, seeing as parts will likely be unavailable for a while
Keep an ear to the ground for any lawsuits that might make allowance for a full (or even partial) refund
Bottom line, SONDORS has always seemed to make the most of a tricky situation, whether it’s been the intricacies of operating during lockdowns, managing with supply shortages or simply working with delayed deadlines.We agree with Micah Toll on Electrek with the below phrase:
… we’ve never seen SONDORS dance this close to midnight, and the music is very close to going out.”