A new folding e-bike named the FLIT-16 has hit Kickstarter this week, promising an 'incredible ride', fast folding and an easy carry thanks to its lightweight build.
FLIT are based in Cambridge and their bike was designed by former Jaguar Land Rover engineer Dave Henderson. It's already picked up plaudits from the Department of Transport, won plenty of grants to invest in the product and was also selected as a finalist for a Eurobike award.
FLIT say the geometry is optimised for a comfortable and responsive ride, and is developed around a custom lithium-ion battery pack that is integrated into the frame to save weight - the whole thing weighs in at 14kg plus the 250 watt battery, that gives the FLIT-16 up to 50km of range on a single charge.
The motor is located in the rear hub, and there are also integrated front and rear lights that are controllable via the handlebar display - the rear light also functions as a brake light.
FLIT say the bike can be folded in around 10 seconds, and you can then roll it along by the rear wheel so you only have to cart it around when you're going up and down stairs. The frame is made out of 6000 series aluminium, with key contact surfaces reinforced with stainless steel inserts to minimise wear.
The FLIT-16 has already smashed its initial crowdfunding target of £25,000 on Kickstarter, raising over £77,000 with 38 days left to go of their campaign. You can check out the FLIT-16 in more detail and buying options here, with full bikes available to order with early backer discounts from £1,600.