The brand reckons it takes under 10 seconds to fold completely and I think after a good few attempts you can get it to that, although the 7.4-second record they advertise on their site might have been set by a wizard. 

It’s compact enough to fit inside a Peugeot 205 boot without putting the seats down, so it is likely to fit under most desks and onto trains and buses. It weighs 15kg, so it’s definitely towards the lighter end of the spectrum of folding electric bicycles.

I liked the folding mudguards – surprisingly I didn’t get to test them out in the rain for splash prevention, but they operate like a snap-on wrist bracelet so they’re easy to keep out of the way when you don’t want to use them. Additionally, the integrated lights are a great touch, and the kickstand was very helpful. I did find myself wishing there was a bell on the handlebars, but that’s something you can add in for cheap. 

Finally, the sizing. It’s a one size fits all frame, and for once, I think it might be. The seatpost, usually the culprit of bikes that don’t fit people over 5ft 3in is long enough for me to comfortably ride (I’m 5ft 5in), and if you’re over 6ft 0in, there’s the option of an extendable seatpost for you. 

Where can I buy it?

From Flit directly on their website. 

How does it arrive?

In a neat box, folded up with only the seatpost to be attached. 

Verdict

The Flit-16 Commuter Edition is a brilliant electric folding bike that can offer riders a lot more than breezy commuter miles. Its intuitive motor makes it a dream to ride and the foldability means you should have no problems transporting it about if you’re not riding it.

Flit-16 Commuter Edition specifications

Cost: £2499

Frame size tested: One size

Weight of bike: 15kg



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