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A member of the FLIT team will get back to you shortly. In the mean time, we’ve compiled a list of FAQs below:
Where can I buy the FLIT-16?
The FLIT-16 is currently available on pre-sale through Kickstarter! Prices start at just £1,500 – which is a massive £1,000 discount off full retail price! Head over to our Kickstarter page now to secure yours – we have very limited numbers left.
*Our Kickstarter campaign ends on 7th September 2019. The FLIT-16 will only be available with a pre-sale discount up until this date.
How much is the FLIT-16?
We have a very limited number of Founders’ Batch ebikes left on Kickstarter – with prices starting at just £1,500 (that’s a massive £1,000 discount off full retail price!). Secure yours whilst you still can!
What colours is the FLIT-16 available in?
The ebike is available in three colours: Marengo Grey, Maya Blue or Blaze Orange.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about our colour choices you can read more here.
How much does the FLIT-16 weigh?
14kg, with the battery included
How far can the FLIT-16 travel on one charge?
30-50km, depending on the level of assistance chosen and the type of terrain being ridden on.
How does the motor work?
The bike senses your pedalling effort and amplifies it with power from the rear hub motor.
Placing the motor in the rear wheel allows for greater acceleration and a natural feeling ride.
It’s a 220W rear hub motor, powered by a lithium ion battery (which is integrated into the top tube).
Who makes the rear hub motor?
Our motor is manufactured by Bafang. We chose Bafang for their good reputation within the ebike industry, and the high quality, natural feeling ride that the motor gives. Bafang also have multiple European service centres – making servicing fast and convenient.
How do you charge the FLIT-16?
You can charge the ebike by simply plugging the charger into the nearest mains socket, using the charging port located on the top tube.
You can also easily remove the battery to charge, just remove the seat post and security screw to slide the battery out, then plug into the mains using the charger.
How long does the battery take to charge?
Charging time is 2.5 hours. You can plug the ebike straight into a normal mains plug socket.
Does the FLIT-16 charge as you ride?
No, not on the current version of our ebike, but for future models we are looking to feature regenerative braking to recover energy during braking.
Will FLIT make a non-electric version of the bike?
We currently don’t have any plans to build a non-electric version, however it is possible to change the assistance level on our ebike. You can choose from 6 different levels of assistance, including off, if you fancy more of a workout.
Are the handlebars interchangeable with others?
As the handlebars are a sensitive part during the fold of the bike, on the current version it isn’t possible to change the handlebars. The handlebar height however can easily be adjusted up to 80mm to suit you.
Where are the ebikes manufactured?
We have chosen to manufacture and assemble our ebike in Taiwan, renowned for its high quality manufacturing particularly for aluminium bikes and specialist frames.
I'm worried about bike theft, does the ebike have security features?
For your peace of mind, the bike’s battery locks into the frame with a security screw to deter theft.
Are mudguards available with the FLIT-16?
We have developed folding mudguards that are available as an “Add On” on our Kickstarter page. You’ll find the “Add Ons” section towards the end of the page!
These mudguards are designed so that they don’t interfere with your ability to roll the bike when it is folded.
Is there a bag available to put the ebike in for travel or storage?
Yes, we are offering a bike transport/storage bag as an additional accessory. You’ll find this in the “Accessories” section of our Kickstarter page.
Can I carry luggage on the ebike?
Yes you can. The two most common ways to carry luggage on this type of folding ebike is to either clip it to the handlebars, or clip it to the saddle.
We have partnered with a two great brands: Frost + Sekers and Vincita for our Kickstarter campaign. We are offering the Frost + Sekers Otis Saddle Bag, and a FLIT x Vincita handlebar bag. You’ll find these in the “Accessories” section of the Kickstarter page.
We have selected these two bags in particular as they do not interefere with your ride.
Does the ebike have built in lights?
Yes. We have integrated a rear light into the battery pack, and the bike also has a front light.
I'm a tall rider, can I ride the FLIT-16 comfortably?
Yes! An extended 600mm seat post will be available, which should be fine for riders up to 6ft 6″. The handlebars are also adjustable up to 80mm.
Our co-founder Alex is 6ft 6″ and the ebike is designed so that he can ride it comfortably.
Is the bike available with disc brakes?
In order to make the fold as compact as possible we opted for a 74mm front hub which unfortunately does not support dics brakes.
Instead we have opted for high end rim brakes.
What tyres can I use with the FLIT-16?
The rims on the FLIT-16 are 16″ 349 ETRTO so most tyres made for this rim type will fit. Some of the very large tyres like Schwalbe Big Apple will not fit.
Are different handlebar displays available with the FLIT-16?
Yes. We are currently talking to our display supplier about the option of a larger display that backers can upgrade to if they choose.
This will have a larger screen and bigger buttons for easier interaction.
Can I swap the saddle on my FLIT-16?
Yes. Our seatpost is designed to accept standard saddle rails – meaning all standard saddles are compatible.
Does the FLIT-16 have gears?
Our ebike has just one gear, but with our responsive torque sensing system you won’t need any! This means less maintenance and makes the bike lighter too.
Why single speed?
We have a single speed set up (38T to 9T) that for most people will work really well. When you’re pulling away or going uphill the motor gives enough assistance that you don’t feel the need to drop down to a lower gear.
When you get to 25km/h (the point at which the electrical assistance cuts out) the gear ratio is high enough that you can cruise without too high a cadence.
Speeds beyond 30kph would probably warrant a larger chainwheel but for city use we feel that the lower maintenance, improved reliability and reduced weight of a single speed transmission outweigh the benefits multiple gears.
What is the ebike like to ride with the system switched off?
The motor has a one-way clutch so when the motor cuts out (i.e. speed>25kph or system off) the wheel behaves much like a normal wheel.
Why is a rear hub motor better than a front hub one?
Folding bikes tend to have a more rear heavy weight distribution than non-folders (this is to allow for a compact fold when the rear portion of the frame swings under).
This, combined with the small wheels, gives relatively little weight over the front wheel. This issue is exacerbated when going uphill, since the weight distribution shifts even more rearwards and the demand for torque from the motor increases. This can be accounted for by capping the max torque from the motor so as to minimise the likelihood of slipping but at the cost of reduced assistance.
For these reasons we opted for a rear hub motor, a good choice as our 220W gives much better acceleration than larger 250W front hub motors. This is because we can use maximum motor torque without worrying about wheel slip.
Price aside, how does the FLIT-16 compare to the Brompton electric?
Brompton is a great company and they produce excellent bikes. The electric Brompton has very much been built around the existing Brompton – keeping the same iconic frame shape.
Building an electrical system around an existing bike has a few drawbacks however. The opportunity to integrate the electrical system into the frame is lost, so the battery must be mounted on the outside, occupying the luggage adapter in the case of the Brompton Electric. Starting from scratch allowed us to remove weight too – the FLIT-16 is about 2.5kg lighter than the Brompton Electric.
Presumably to avoid changing the rear triangle and to preserve gearing options, Brompton opted for a front hub motor. Most front hub motors are 100mm width (OLD). The Brompton forks are 74mm OLD, so Brompton developed their own super skinny motor to fit the 74mm OLD, rather than changing the forks. This was likely done to prevent upsetting the fold.
The issue with having the motor mounted on the front hub is that most of the rider’s weight acts over the rear wheel, especially on hills, so grip on a driven front wheel can be an issue in wet conditions.
For this reason, front hub motors often can’t be driven at their max torque. The acceleration from a bike with a 250W rear hub motor will outperform a bike with a 250W front hub motor.