The FLIT story

We founded FLIT in 2016 with a vision to change the way that we move around our cities.

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Our story

As a team of designers, engineers and cyclists based in Cambridge, UK, we’ve been inspired by the amazing cycling culture of our city.  We love the way that cycling makes Cambridge feel more human and connected, and the sense of freedom it gives you.

Dave and Alex (co-founders) met in 2015 whilst studying in Beijing. Electric bikes were their fast and fun way of zipping between lectures, and sparked their interest in how ebikes could be used elsewhere. Dave, as an ex-Jaguar Land Rover engineer, had always dreamed of developing his own electric vehicle, whilst Alex’s study of transport policy had convinced him that our cities could be happier and healthier places to be. Together, they wanted to create a product that made city travel effortless, whilst fitting neatly into your lifestyle.

They moved to Cambridge, the cycling capital of the UK, to begin the FLIT story with just a few ideas on a piece of paper. Since then, the FLIT team has turned those early pencilled sketches into a simple folding bike, designed from scratch to be electric.

Meet the team

Alex Murray, Managing director

With keen interests in cycling, technology and public policy, Alex is delighted to bring his experience to a project that combines all three. Alex leads the commercial side of the business so that the engineers can focus on what they love doing best: building great products.

Dave Henderson, Technical Lead

An automotive engineer by training, Dave is working on his dream to make electric vehicles of all types a reality. Dave has overall responsibility for product design and integration. His fluent Mandarin helps us build strong relationships with partners in Taiwan and China.

David Turpin, Designer at FLIT

David Turpin, Designer

A designer with over 20 years of experience in product development in France, Hong Kong and the UK, David makes sure that our ebike always looks its best.

Gemma Moses, Marketing Lead

Having founded a small skincare brand herself, Gemma has lots of experience in building brand awareness. She is responsible for getting the word out about our ebike!

Matt Thompson, Design Lead at FLIT

Matt Thompson, Design Lead

A degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge and professional experience in technical consultancy, Matt works to bring the fun and flexibility he finds travelling by bike to everything he designs at FLIT.

Adam Morrison, Design Engineer, FLIT

Adam Morrison, Design Engineer

A degree in Product Design Engineering and an ambition to tackle customer focused challenges. Adam has joined the engineering team and will utilise his experience with cycling to support the development of innovative products which deliver memorable experiences.

The story so far



Dave & Alex (Co-Founders of FLIT) met whilst studying in Beijing

Dave & Alex at the Great Wall

Electric two-wheelers were booming in China at the time, and we saw a real opportunity to develop an ebike for European cities. We wanted to design a folding ebike that could be taken on trains, undergrounds and buses: giving people lots of flexbility when travelling through the city.



We relocated back to the UK, to the cycling capital Cambridge to start FLIT.


David Turpin, an Industrial Designer, joined our team - turning Dave's engineering drawings into beautiful designs.

David Turpin

David designed the iconic 'pop phone'!


We were awarded the Department for Transport grant to build our first prototypes.



We were accepted onto the Accelerate programme at the Cambridge Judge Business School (the best in Cambridge!)


We built our first prototype, which we presented it at the Hello Tomorrow Conference in Paris!

AM with Bike at Hello Tomorrow (Compressed)

Alex presenting our first prototype (you'll notice a huge difference to the current FLIT-16 design!) 



Started the Design Council's Spark Accelerator programme.


Awarded a special commendation from the Design Council!


Began working with our manufacturing partner, a specialist aluminium frame manufacturer, in Taiwan

Alex, Dave and Joe at a specialist fork factory


Our first manufacturing prototype (which we named the FLIT-16, after its 16" wheels) was made!

Flit folding electric bike unfolded

Our second prototype - closer to the FLIT-16 design, but still lots to change!



Initial mechanical testing and tooling complete.


Our first round of prototypes built on tooling: Marengo and Maya!

Flit lightweight folding ebike - flit-16 in marengo grey and maya blue

Meet Marengo and Maya, the look is mostly there now!


We launched on Kickstarter! 


Our launch campaign raised over 450% of its target, so we extended our pre-order offer to Indiegogo


Production begins with pilot manufacturing run.

Flit lightweight folding ebike - welding has begun!

Welding in the frame factory.


Pilot manufacturing run complete: meet Blaze, hot off production tooling.

Flit-16 folding ebike - design changes labelled

Here are all of the design changes that we've made based on test rider feedback.



Mechanical frame testing complete and manufacture of frame parts begins.

Flit lightweight folding ebike - yokes boxed up

Parts of the rear frame manufactured and ready for assembly


Dave in Taiwan to visit the factory and help out with the manufacture of our first batch of FLIT-16s

Flit lightweight folding ebike - riding to the factory

Dave's ride to work - not too shabby!


Batteries complete!

Flit lightweight folding ebike - batteries boxed up

FLIT-16 batteries all boxed up and ready to go

Dave brings two demo bikes back to the UK for test rides.


Manufacture well underway - all CNC main frame parts complete

Flit16 ebike - headset

CNC-ed frame parts ready to go! This is part of the headset at the front of the bike. Not sure what CNC means? CNC milling is a process of gradually removing material from a solid block until you reach the desired shape. We have lots of complicated shapes in the FLIT-16 which CNC milling allows us to create.


Welding of the main frames begins

For some behind the scenes welding action check out our blog post here.

Flit-16 welding rear swing arm

Welding up the rear swing arm of the bike (the part of the bike that swings underneath during folding)


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dave is granted special permission to fly out to Taiwan so that he can oversee final assembly

Dave en route to Taiwan

Dave en route to Taiwan to visit our manufacturing partner


Painting and final assembly begins!

For a backstage tour of what happens during these final stages, have a read of our blog post here.

Hand-finishing marengo grey FLIT-16 frames

Assembly of first manufacturing batch complete!

FLIT-16 fleet begins its ocean voyage to the UK


FLIT-16 fleet arrives at our warehouse in Cambridge, UK!

Team + bikes

The FLIT team with the first FLIT-16 fleet

Quality checking begins - we check and test ride every single bike to make sure that it's perfect before sending to customers


Delivery of first FLIT-16s to customers!

Alex delivering bikes in Cambridge

What better Christmas present! Alex hand delivered bikes to some of our local customers



All bikes from our first manufacturing batch delivered!

Happy customers all around the world.

FLIT celebrations, all FLIT-16s delivered

Time to celebrate! Thanks so much to one of our customers who sent this photo all the way from New York City


#FlitFoldFast Competition - we ran a competition to see which one of our riders could fold their FLIT-16 the fastest.

The answer... an incredible 7.43 seconds!

Flit Fold Fast Competition - celebrating

Meet Stuart, King of the Fold

Flit fold fast competition - winning fold time


We built our dream R&D workshop! The perfect space for our engineers to develop new ideas...

Wide Angle of the new workshop Our R&D workshop


Great to see our riders enjoying their FLIT-16s, and leaving such lovely reviews on Trustpilot.

Happy riders + Trustpilot review

Happy riders!


#FlitTightFit Competition - we ran a competition to see where our riders could fit their FLIT

Jeremy's winning shot The winning entry! Jeremy fit his FLIT into the back of his Austin 7, Chummy - the perfect road trip set up with the picnic basket too.


Our first live event since the pandemic: Fully Charged OUTSIDE!

Fully Charged OUTSIDE 2021

Dave and Matt demo-ing the FLIT-16



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