Hello backers, friends, and cool people,
Production is nearly completed and everything is looking really good. The team in Nanjing wants to share a few photos, of each color option, hot off the production line.
As Mock ONE’s were coming off the production line we have been checking random samples to perform quality and durability tests. Our promise is to make the most durable goods possible! It’s in our name!
During these tests we discovered an issue with a small piece of elastic that was fraying when opening and closing the Mock ONE…BLARGH!
The purpose of the elastic is to keep the sidebars attached to the frame when in storage. On some frames, we found the elastic would start to fray after 10-20 uses. This elastic is not a critical component and has nothing to do with the strength and safety of the Mock ONE, but it is a whole lot easier to use with the elastic.
Through multiple exhausting days of testing and quality audits, we discovered the elastic used in production was not the same quality we specified in our ‘bill of materials’. Because this elastic is vulnerable, we are holding production to re-source the elastic bands and replace this part.
Reworking all production units will only take a couple weeks to correct, but February is the Chinese New Year holiday. It’s a month-long 4300-year-old traditional celebration. During this time nearly everyone in China returns to their hometowns, spends time with extended family and friends, and celebrates with fireworks, traditional lanterns, and delicious food. While we are envious of such a long holiday, it really sucks for our delivery timing...BLARGH!
The factory will be up and running again at the end of February and completing the production order. Shipping it to our warehouse will take about 4 weeks, which moves our timing to ship Mock ONEs to our backers in late March to early April...BLARGH!
We are just as bummed out as you are that our production order is delayed, this certainly does not MAKE HAPPY! The whole team at the Republic of Durable Goods apologizes for pushing back our delivery schedule again. We have been completely transparent here so you are aware of the issues that come up when bringing this new product to market.
Thanks for your understanding and for helping launch the Mock ONE into the world.
The Republic Team