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The FLIT Story

Click on each of the years to find out more! 

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

Demo bikes available to test ride at the London Bike Show at the ExCel Centre, London (27th - 29th March): book your tickets here

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