E-Bike Manta5's electric bike rides on water
After nearly a decade's research, Manta5's Hydrofoiler XE-1, proclaimed as the world's first hydrofoil e-bike to ride on water, has gone into mass production.
Commuting could be about to get a whole lot more interesting if the vision of the Kiwi entrepreneurs who head up Manta5 is realized. After eight years of fine-tuning, their hydrofoil e-bike Hydrofoiler XE-1 is now on sale and recently appeared at Consumer Electronics (CES) Show in Vegas.
"Mastering the Manta5 is like cycling for the first time. It might take a few attempts, but once you get the hang of it, hydrofoiling is a lot of fun," said Manta5 CEO, Greg Johnston.
Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1: half-bike, half-plane
The Manta5 Hydrofoil e-bike is half-bike, half-plane and replicates the intuitive cycling experience on water using carbon fiber foils (the wings) and a fully waterproof e-bike battery and motor. The bike that the company describe as "the next frontier on water."
The New Zealand-based company sold out the initial pilot production run in six months, after a short video of the hydrofoil prototype went viral, amassing more than 350 million views on Facebook. To meet demand, Manta5 has, however, implemented a staged delivery program with presales in the U.S. for a summer 2020 delivery. The bike is not for every wallet, though. Manta5's e-bike costs $7,495.
Reaches speeds of up to 12 mph on open water
Cyclists can reach speeds of up to 12 mph on open water, which is comparable to traditional sailboats, according to Manta5 CEO, Greg Johnston.
A streamlined profile makes the bike hydro and aerodynamically efficient, and Manta5 believe future versions may be able to go even faster.
The carbon fiber hydrofoils make it impressively lightweight, coming in at 20kg.
Eyes set on the Olympics
Highly maneuverable, the Hydrofoiler provides a workout similar to that of a road or mountain bike, and the 460-watt electric motor offers variable pedal assist that can be dialed down or up depending on rider preference. With a battery charge up to one hour of total ride time, the bike can start hydroplaning in open water from a full stop within fifteen pedal strokes.
Manta5's Founder, Guy Howard-Willis, sees Hydrofoiling as more than a method of transportation. Aiming at making Hydrofoiling its own sport and fitness category, he has his sights on the Olympics in three years.