The FLIT Story
Click on each of the years to find out more!
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
Demo bikes available to test ride at the London Bike Show at the ExCel Centre, London (27th - 29th March): book your tickets here