If cycling on paved roads and dedicated bicycle paths are too mainstream for you, here’s something that might interest you. A New Zealand-based company called Manta5 has created an e-bike that will let you cycle on water. Yes, you read that right! The Manta5 e-bike uses hydrofoil to glide atop water and comes equipped with a battery and a quiet 400-watt electric motor that powers a propeller. But the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 can also be propelled using pedal-power. Design on the XE-1 commenced in 2011 and has also won a Gold Pin in the Concept Product category at the 2017 New Zealand Best Design Awards.
Made out of carbon fiber, the hydrofoil reduces drag whilst remaining strong and lightweight. The bike’s frame is comprised of an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy chosen for its low weight and high strength. In addition to that, the modular design of the hydrofoil bile allows quick assembly and transportation. “Developing a hydrofoil bike has been a rewarding, yet extremely challenging journey, requiring highly technical capabilities to overcome design challenges,” said Howard-Willis, Founding Director of Manta5, in a statement. “Our Waikato alumni have come on board and made a brilliant contribution — it’s refreshing to have such young, sharp minds involved.” Manta5 is planning their pre-sale launch for February 2018 and have priced the unique bike at around $5,237.