Frequently Asked Questions
Can the Hydrofoil eBike handle chop and swell?
You can ride on oceans, rivers and lakes, handling moderate chop and swell. The front tiller section of the Hydrofoil eBike self-levels and helps to punch through chop and over swell as you ride. Always ride to your ability and practice caution in riskier conditions.
Who can ride the hydrofoil eBike?
Confident swimmers up to 220lbs (100kgs) of age 14 and above. To perform the submerged launch, riders do need to weigh below 220lbs (100kgs) in order to re-surface.
How fast does the Hydrofoil eBike go?
The bike boasts a top speed of 13mph (22km/h) and a cruising speed between 7 – 8mph (11–13km/h). Minimum speed needed to foil is 5.2mph (8.5km/h) – less than 5 knots.
How long does the battery last?
The battery offers up to 4 hours of riding time on the lowest assist level and 1.5 hours on maximum assist*. Riding conditions, rider input and ability will affect ride time. The 70 cell lithium-ion battery pack delivers 22Ah with each battery pack being easy to swap out in minutes.
To recharge the battery, the battery plugs into any standard wall socket and takes 3 hours to charge back to full.
Ride duration is subject to rider weight, water conditions and level of electronic assistance the rider has selected.
How does the battery handle the heat/cold?
The total ride time (battery life) may differ when operating in extreme ambient temperatures.
For example, all lithium batteries achieve optimum service life if used at 68ºF (20°C) or slightly below. If, for example, a battery operates at 86ºF (30°C) instead of a more moderate lower room temperature, the cycle life is reduced by ~20 percent.
How do I transport the Hydrofoil eBike?
The Hydrofoil™ XE-1 is the most mobile personal watercraft in the market today. Designed to be broken down into three parts; front foil, rear foil, and body. This allows for simple storage and transportation in-car or on roof racks. The Hydrofoil eBike can be assembled within 5 minutes and carried to the water by hand.
What is the Hydrofoil eBike constructed from?
Strengthened carbon fiber which is set with high performance epoxies (front and rear hydrofoils).
Aircraft-grade, TIG-welded 606-T6 aluminum (frame). Vacuum-formed ASA plastic (buoyancy modules).
How big is the Hydrofoil eBike (weight/dimensions)?
The Hydrofoil™ XE-1 currently weighs 67lbs (30.5kgs) including battery and motor.
Fully assembled bike dimensions: 4,5ft High x 6,5ft Wide x 7,2ft Long (1.4m High x 2m Wide x 2.2m Long)
What riding gear would I need?
All riders must wear a personal flotation device (PFD)/life jacket. The PFD will help the rider float in the water when they’re not riding.
Is the Hydrofoil eBike eco-friendly?
Our Hydrofoil XE-1 is made with clean technology. Riders can explore all water areas, including protected lakes and rivers, that petrol-powered watercraft are denied access to.
How does the Hydrofoil eBike get serviced?
All Hydrofoil XE-1’s are serviced by Manta5 authorized service agents, with some components able to be self-serviced with sufficient skill and experience. Most of the XE-1 componentry is constructed from standard bicycle parts and can be serviced through your local bicycle service center. Repairs to the battery and motor, however, must be completed at the Manta5 HQ or an authorized service agent.
What is the minimum water depth required to foil and submerged-launch the Hydrofoil eBike?
A minimum depth of 3ft (1m) to ride the bike in, is recommended. However, to perform the submerged launch to resurface this would require a minimum water depth of 7ft (2m).
What happens when I stop pedaling?
The bike floats on its side when stationary. When you stop pedaling you will slowly sink down into the water. Buoyancy prevents the bike from sinking when you stop pedaling. Master the remounting technique to perform a “submerged launch” to get foiling again from deep water.