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 Landrover 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.
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 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!
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!
Our first manufacturing prototype - again pretty different to the final FLIT-16 design.
Initial mechanical testing and tooling complete with our first prototype.
We built our second round of prototypes built on tooling: marengo and maya!
Meet Marengo and Maya
We launched on Kickstarter!
Our very successful launch campaign came to an end, so we extended our pre-order offer to Indiegogo
Production begins with pilot manufacturing run.
Welding in the frame factory.
Pilot manufacturing run complete: meet Blaze, hot off production tooling.
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.
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
Dave's ride to work - not too shabby!
FLIT-16 batteries all boxed up and ready to go
Dave brings two demo bikes back to the UK for test rides.