Could the River Thames be about to become the world’s widest and wettest cycle lane? Coming soon to rivers and lakes near you, the Manta is an electrically assisted pedal-powered hydrofoil designed to recreate the sensation of cycling on water. From the look of the demonstration video, the design appears to handle calm waters with ease. However, The Thames is a tidal river that runs fast and can become choppy in a strong wind. When we next visit the big smoke we think we’ll stick with conventional bikes for the moment.
The Manta features a 400W electric motor which helps the craft get up onto its foils – in this ‘flying’ position, it is far easier to keep up a good speed using pedal power alone.
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