Cycle on Water with the Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike
Providing a cycling experience like no other, take a look at the Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike. Designed to offer you a unique way of enjoying your favourite lakes, streams, and rivers, the Manta5 is the world’s most advanced hydrofoil bike.
The Mantra 5 is the brainchild of Guy Howard-Willis, a passionate cyclist who also had a love for water sports. Having founded Torpedo7, New Zealand’s leading outdoor and adventure sports retailer, Guy became inspired by the introduction of hydrofoils in the America’s Cup in 2010.
The new hydrofoil technology tripled the yacht’s speed and revolutionising the sport of sailing forever. Guy had a vision of replicating the effect with a cycling experience on water. 6 years of research and prototypes later, the Manta5 is finally now available to pre-order.
On paper, the Manta5 looks akin to an exercise bike with a propeller attached at the bottom. But look closer and the technology involved means that the new hydrofoil strikes the perfect balance between stability and manoeuvrability in all types of water-terrain.
Much of this agility is achieved thanks to the Hydrofoiler’s silent electric motor. The 400-W motor gives the bike quiet propulsion whether you’re in shallow rivers of deep seas. The Manta5’s frame is also as strong as steel, and a fraction of the weight having been crafted by aeronautical engineers for optimised lift, and drag reduction.
The Hydrofoiler is designed to be modular for easy component upgrades and in-car or roof rack transportation. Its lightweight carbon fibre foils and aircraft-grade alloy frame mean the bike is light enough to be carried by hand to and from water and it’s easily assembled with two identical screws for quick fabrication.
The Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike is available to pre-order now for around £3,915 ($7,495 NZD) plus shipping. Unfortunately, that’s only if you live in New Zealand. So for now folks in the UK and beyond will have to settle with gawping at images and videos of the bike in action over at the Manta5 Website.