After our negative experience with Echelon company we were not surprised when we read in Forbes Magazine this headline: “Amazon Stops Sale Of ‘Prime Bike,’ Distances Itself From Fitness Company Echelon”. I should have said no when, Lou Lentine called me and gave me his cell number asking me to promote the Echelon Bike. I should have said no when he sent me a bike. But I was naive I guess.
Actually it is on several news outlets, even CNBC. On CBNC we read: “Amazon says it didn’t build the ‘Prime bike’ and tells Echelon to stop selling it ” When I brought this to the attention of Lou Lentine the “ceo of Echelon”, instead of receiving a reply he had a lawyer threaten me which is atrocious. Even though we chose to help them instead of Peloton. Please read for yourself the threats from the Echelon:
“Lastly, you are commanded to refrain from making any public remarks in any forum related to your relationship with Echelon, Echelon’s relationship with Amazon or any other third-party and Echelon’s employees and officers. Public comment regarding any of the above will be construed and reported as defamation. Failure to comply with the above will result in prompt legal escalation. “
Echelon, who operates in USA is saying that public remarks regarding them is illegal? That is right folks. I guess when the Better Business Bureau gives Echelon only a C+ and makes public remarks that is illegal?
Please read the complaints and public remarks from Better Business Bureau regarding Echelon yourself here.
After reading the above complaints from consumers you should not support Echelon. Is this a company that bullies and intimates? I think so.
Returning to what CNBC wrote: “Amazon says it didn’t build the ‘Prime bike’ and tells Echelon to stop selling it”
Please see for yourself the CNBC Keypoints:
- Exercise gear maker Echelon on Tuesday launched its $500 EX-Prime bike, calling it “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product.”
- Amazon has distanced itself from the product, telling Echelon to change the bike’s branding and to stop selling it.
CNBC then states
Amazon is distancing itself from the $500 “EX-Prime” bike launched by exercise equipment maker Echelon Fitness, after the product was incorrectly marketed as a collaboration between the two companies.
Please notice above the words that CNBC uses: “incorrectly marketed”. So was it the marketing companies fault? I myself had trouble with the “marketing company” that represents Echelon. The first one which we helped for over a year was called “Group8a“, What not Group 8? LOL.
Karl Holzwarth was the point of contact for Echelon. However a few weeks ago we got a surprising email from Karl stating that Echelon has chosen another marketing company. We Googled Group8a on Google maps and they have zero reviews. Hmmm?
The “new marketing company” we were told was called All Scope Media . Might All Scope be the blame for the “incorrectly marketing”? If you notice the timing it seems logical. Secondly. We also went to Google maps to research “All Scope Media”. We found out that on Google they only have THREE REVIEWS? One review is 3 years old, the second one is two years, and the the most recent is one year old.
Regarding the new Echelon Marketing Company called “All Scope Media” with 3 google reviews: I had a terrible experience myself and not all surprised with CBC and others reports. Nina Maxwell, with All Scope Media for Echelon was very painful to deal with. Even though she was aware of our huge contribution to Echelon with all the new memberships and sales. Nonetheless. When we emailed her to establish a connection she treated us like spammers. For several days we waited and waited. She only replied after leaving reviews on social media. However. In the email we asked basic questions such as” were you aware of our previous results and metrics. Nina Maxwell refused to reply in writing. She only wanted to “speak on the phone?”. Which was very strange and the first red flag. We contacted her superiors at All Scope Media who did not reply either, which could mean that they are not supporting her perhaps? They did not dispute the allegations that she behaved “Incorrectly”. Which is similar to the “Incorrect Marketing” we are read Echelon was accused of.
Is Nina Maxwell refusing to accept the facts? Please read the previous marketing company “Group8a” regarding how helpful we have been to Echelon. Group8a increased our fees but 25% !! We did not even ask for the 25% increase. Nina Maxwell, herself read this:
I would like to point out that there has been no mention of cancelation from Group8A or from Echelon, to the contrary, we have expressed our commitment to continue working with Indoor Cycling under revised terms of $500 per month. from Group8a (previous Echelon Marketing reps)
To conclude. In our opinion this recent issue of “Incorrect marketing” was caused by the new marketing rep “nina maxwell”. That is our opinion. And we have a right to our opinion even if Echelon threatens us.
Returning the the CNBC report:
Echelon on Tuesday announced the so-called Prime bike, calling it “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product” that was “developed in collaboration with Amazon.” The move was widely heralded as Amazon’s first foray into the smart bike market and caused shares of exercise bike maker Peloton to fall as much as 6% on Tuesday.
Then CNBC reports;
But on Tuesday evening, Amazon denied it was involved in a partnership with Echelon or the Prime bike. The company has told Echelon to stop selling the Prime bike and change its branding.
To conclude. The founder of Indoor Cycling should have known better. Instead promoting the popular and loved Peloton Bike, instead decided to promote the “little guy”. Only because of the phone calls I received from Lou Lentine. Who even gave me his cell phone number and sent me an Echelon Bike. I guess I will learn from this lesson and we hope you now think twice before you buy an Echelon bike.
Why did the Echelon lawyer demand that I not make public remarks such as agreeing with Amazon Company who clearly stated to CNBC:
“This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. “Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product and change the product branding.”
Lastly. Just when you think that was it.
Today I found out that one can buy the bike on Alliexpress.com Even Echelon admitted it. Just that alone should save you money.