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A Sleek New E-Bike You Ride on the Water

All Aboard the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1

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Riding bikes on roads may never become obsolete.

But come on, this is 2020. Give us the flying bikes already.

Or at least let us pedal one on the water until that day comes.

Turns out, our impassioned pleas have been heard. Because here's the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1. What it lacks in a memorable name it makes up for in being an actual e-bike that you can ride on actual water. This thing's available to order now for June delivery.

Imagine a bicycle that's more like a jet ski with airplane wings. And then imagine that it blends manual power with an electric motor. That's... kind of what you've got here. There's a seat, handlebars and pedals, so that's where the bike comes in. It cruises around waterways, so there's your jet ski. And it's sporting two carbon fiber hydrofoils, which are basically underwater wings that keep you stable and skimming along the surface of the water while riding.

Similar to a traditional e-bike, the quiet electric motor supports variable pedal assist that can be dialed up or down, depending on how hard you want to work. And when you're really moving, you can hit top speeds of 12 mph, which isn't much on the road. But it's damn fast on a nautical bike, and will let you competitively race a sailboat. 

Since you probably don't live directly on water or commute down canals, the bike is designed to be unassembled and reassembled in minutes, so you can easily transport it in your car. And it's light enough that you can carry it straight from your car or lake house to the water. 

Which is not something you can say about most bike-jet-ski-airplane hybrids. 

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