An electric bike that you can ride on water
08 January 2020
The Manta5 Hydrofoil eBike is half-bike, half-plane and replicates the intuitive cycling experience on water using carbon fibre foils (the wings) and a fully waterproof eBike battery and motor.
After 8 years of development and experiencing viral coverage of the prototype in 2017, the team has the production bike ready to launch and showcase to media at CES.
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 is implementing a staged delivery program with presales now open in the
U.S. for delivery summer 2020.
The Hydrofoiler redefines cycling and watersports by enabling riders to launch and plane through open bodies of water – from ocean shorelines to lakes and rivers. Cyclists can reach speeds of up to 12mph, comparable to traditional sailboats. The bikes are made from strong carbon fibre and aircraft-grade aluminium, making them buoyant and light enough to carry.
"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.
Highly manoeuvrable, 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 dialled down or up depending on rider preference. With a battery charge up to 1 hour of total ride time, the bike can start hydroplaning in open water from a full stop within 15 pedal strokes.
The bike has had great pilot production reception in New Zealand where riders are carving over ocean chop, training against river currents, or escaping to a lake where there’s no traffic or roads in sight. For Manta5, this latest U.S. expansion continues its vision to grow in popularity then move from leisure to competitive sport.
“The U.S. is a progressive outdoor sports market, and as we’ve personally encountered through hundreds of distribution requests, is active and enthusiastic about supporting the latest in industry innovations.
“We’re thrilled to offer even more riders the chance to master cycling at its most innovative – a surreal and uninterrupted experience on the water,” Johnston added.
In three years’ time, Manta5 sees Hydrofoiling as its own sport and fitness category. Company Founder, Guy Howard-Willis already has his sights on the Olympics.
• Variable electric assist
• IP68 waterproof battery
• 460 watt-electric motor
• Aircraft-grade aluminium frame and carbon fibre hydrofoils
• 63 pounds (including foils and battery)
• 12mph (11 knots) maximum speed