Why is the FLIT-16 single speed?
We have a single speed set up (38T to 9T) that is perfect for city riding. When you’re pulling away or going uphill the responsive rear hub motor gives enough assistance that you don’t feel the need to drop down to a lower gear. When you get to 25km/h (the point at which the electrical assistance cuts out) the gear ratio is high enough that you can cruise without too high a cadence. Speeds beyond 30kph would probably warrant a larger chainwheel but for city use we feel that the lower maintenance, improved reliability and reduced weight of a single speed transmission outweigh the benefits of multiple gears.