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Electric Bike Cube Recall: Software Issue, Not Hardware

In an unexpected and concerning news for electric bike enthusiasts, renowned brand Cube has made a drastic decision regarding their products. Cube has decided to recall a specific model that could potentially cause significant issues for its users. It’s important to note that the problem does not lie in the hardware of the bike, but rather in its software, adding an additional layer of complexity to the situation.

The affected bike is the Cube Reaction Hybrid Rookie SLX 400 teamline 2023 27,5 (XS / 13.5″), identified by the serial number 630070. Cube has identified an irregularity in the wheel circumference configuration of some of these specific models. This issue, according to the company, leads to the speed recorded by the electric assistance system exceeding the legal limits established for this type of vehicle.

The uniqueness of this situation lies in the fact that it is not a defect related to manufacturing quality, so, according to Cube, it does not pose a risk to the health of the users. However, the brand has decided to recall this model from the market to prevent potential legal issues and ensure the safety of their products.

It’s worth mentioning that the problem is further exacerbated when considering the specific regulations for electric bikes in different regions. In the particular case of Germany, Cube electric bikes, popular in the market, can be used without a license if they assist up to 25 km/h. The Cube bike faces a critical problem: the incorrect wheel circumference configuration could exceed the legal speed limit in Germany.

Cube affirms exactly this in its recall. The affected electric bikes should not be ridden on public roads until the issue is resolved. Similarly, Cube points out the possible consequences: depending on the age of the rider, riding an electric bike could lead to the loss of a driver’s license. Or even the prohibition of homologation/purchase, and in the event of an accident, there could also be significant legal issues.

The wheel circumference can be corrected at a Cube distributor, so there is no need to send the electric bike, according to the NoteBook Check portal.

This incident highlights the importance of precision in the software configuration of electric vehicles, as even small deviations can have consequences. Consumers’ trust in electric bikes largely depends on manufacturers implementing rigorous quality control measures.

With the market recall, Cube has urged owners of the Cube Reaction Hybrid Rookie SLX 400 bike to contact the company’s customer service. It is expected that the brand will offer fast and effective solutions to address this problem, either through software updates or replacement of the affected component.

In a similar manner, Lectric Ebikes has also recalled disc brake calipers sold on Lectric electric bikes due to the risks of accidents and injuries. The brake calipers located on the front and back of the electric bike can fail and lead to loss of control, posing risks of collision and injuries for the cyclist. Users are urged to immediately stop using Lectric electric bikes and contact the company to receive a free repair kit. Consumers will receive up to $100 to cover the cost of installing front and rear mechanical brake calipers.

It is clear that both Cube and Lectric Ebikes take safety concerns seriously and are taking appropriate measures to rectify the issues with their products, ensuring the safety and satisfaction of their customers.