The creators of the world’s first hydrofoil bike unveiled the Manta5 Hydrofoiler SL3—to be distributed via selected resellers throughout Europe and the US. The SL3’s new design and added feature suite place it in the upper echelon of a ‘must-try experience’ for any avid cyclist or water sports enthusiast.
Among the many new additions, the SL3 includes an enhanced throttle-only ride mode that already has the SL3 tipped as a potential jet ski alternative. The second big change is the patent-pending mechanical designs that allow new riders to progress from novice to competent in minutes rather than hours unseen before in the category of electric hydrofoil products.
Like all foiling products, when you stop moving, the SL3 will lower until the chassis is floating on the water’s surface. Riders can stay on the saddle semi-submerged when stationary. When it’s time to launch, kick in the throttle or pedal to take off. Very similar to aircraft, the hydrofoil ‘wings’ begin to lift you up higher out of the water the faster you go.
To fly on the water’s surface using hydrofoils requires a substantial amount of power – around 400+ watts continuously. Unless you’re training for the Tour de France very few can maintain that level of physical output for an extended duration. Combining both human power and a variable electric assist motor has made foil biking possible for the masses, enabling the average rider to adjust the motor assistance as and when they need it. The result is an unprecedented ride time, up to 4.5 hours – the longest ride duration of any e-foiling product on the market today.
When the swell picks up the new SL3 kicks into gear and turns those conditions into a playground for thrill seekers. The SL3 competently takes on moving mountains and pierces over and down swell. A guaranteed thrilling experience for advanced riders.
The SL3 is made from carbon fibre and aircraft-grade aluminium, making it buoyant and light enough to carry to the water without the need for a trailer. In addition, a new hardwearing monocoque chassis, structural drivetrain, and sealed gearboxes are designed to withstand the harsh marine environment. Dual-layer IPX67 battery housings and safety tilt sensors cut motor power as soon as the bike falls are all built into the available models.
Manta5 Hydrofoiler SL3 Features
- 2.5kw motor and throttle
- 10 levels of pedal assist settings. Up to 4.5 hour ride time
- The average new rider can become a confident foil biker in less than 1 hour
- The modular design breaks the bike down into small pieces for easy in-car transport and assembly waterside
- 1.4 m High x 2 m Wide x 2.2 m Long | 4.5 ft High, 6.5 ft Wide, 7.2 ft Long