China’s quality control authority conducted an extensive investigation into the quality of dockless rental bikes and uncovered startling results. Some of the bicycles we rent every day are not as safe as we thought.

Of the total 24 batches of bikes that are sampled in the test, three batches of bikes run by Mobike, Ubike and a smaller startup named Quancheng Qiyou (全城骑游) failed to meet standards. The results show that the overall defect rate is 12.5%, higher than that in previous years, which is 10% and 11.5% in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Given the market share, Mobike (37.5%), ofo (25%) and Hellobike (20.8%), the three top bike rental brands account for a combined 83.3% of the sampled bikes. The test was run on 14 items such as brakes and pedals. Distance between pedals and bike reflector are where the companies failed.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.