The FLIT story

We founded FLIT three years ago 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 our cities 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 favourite way of zipping between lectures, being such a fast and fun way of getting round, it sparked their interest in ebikes. Dave, as an ex Jaguar Land Rover engineer, had always dreamed of developing an electric vehicle, whilst Alex's vision was to help make our cities 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 relocated to the cycling capital of the UK to begin the Flit story, designing our folding electric bike from a blank sheet of paper. Over the past 3 years we've turned our pencilled sketches into a simple folding ebike: the beauty being that you can't even tell that it's electric. The fold gives you the flexibility to take it with you anywhere, whilst adding electric makes journeys effortless, fast and fun. 

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

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.

Joe Sherwood, Operational Lead

A recent Cambridge engineering graduate and a keen cyclist, Joe not only shares design duties, but also leads our project management. In other words, he makes sure everything, from regulations to manufacturing setup to logistics, is done when it needs to be!

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!

The story so far

2015

MAR

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

Dave & Alex at the Great Wall

AUG

Electric two-wheelers were booming in China at the time, and we saw a real opportunity to develop an ebike for European cities.

SEP

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.

2016

JUL

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

AUG

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

David Turpin

David designed the iconic 'pop phone'!

DEC

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

2017

JAN

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

OCT

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

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

2018

FEB

Started the Design Council's Spark Accelerator programme.

JUN

Awarded a special commendation from the Design Council!

JUL

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

Alex, Dave and Joe at a specialist fork factory

NOV

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

Flit folding electric bike unfolded

Our first manufacturing prototype - again pretty different to the final FLIT-16 design.

2019

MAR

Initial mechanical testing and tooling complete with our first prototype.

MAY

We built our second 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

JUL

We launched on Kickstarter! 

SEP

Our very successful launch campaign came to an end, so we extended our pre-order offer to Indiegogo

OCT

Production begins with pilot manufacturing run.

Flit lightweight folding ebike - welding has begun!

Welding in the frame factory.

NOV

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.

2020

JAN

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

FEB

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!

MAR

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.

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