The Manta5 Hydrofoil eBike is half-bike, half-plane and replicates the intuitive cycling experience on wate...
The Manta5 Hydrofoil eBike is half-bike, half-plane and replicates the intuitive cycling experience on water using carbon fiber 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 12 mph, comparable to traditional sailboats. The bikes are made from strong carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum, 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.