FAQ'S



  • Hydrofoiler
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  • Warranty

Can the Hydrofoiler handle chop and swell?

You can ride on oceans, rivers and lakes, handling moderate chop and swell. The front tiller section of the Hydrofoiler self-levels and help to punch through chop and over swell as you ride. Check out this video showcasing the bike in choppy conditions. 


*Always ride to your ability and practice caution in riskier conditions.

Who can ride the bike?

Confident swimmers between 130lbs – 220lbs of any age (no license required).  The Hydrofoiler is optimised for riders weighing between 155lbs-200lbs. To perform the submerged launch, riders do need to weigh below 220lbs in order to re-surface. 

How fast does the Hydrofoiler go?

The bike boasts a top speed of 13mph and a cruising speed between 7 – 8mph. Minimum speed needed to foil is 5.2mph (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 do I transport the Hydrofoiler?

The Hydrofoiler™ 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 Hydrofoiler can be assembled within 5 minutes and carried to the water by hand. 

What is the Hydrofoiler constructed from?

Strengthened carbon fibre which is set with high performance epoxies (front and rear hydrofoils)

Aircraft grade TIG welded 606-T6 aluminium (frame)

Vacuum formed ASA plastic (buoyancy modules)

How big is the Hydrofoiler?  (weight | dimensions)

The Hydrofoiler™ XE-1 currently weighs 67lbs including battery and motor. Final bike weight may vary slightly depending on production componentry. 

Fully assembled bike dimensions: 4,5ft High x 6,5ft Wide x 7,2ft Long 

What riding gear would I need?

Manta5 insist that riders wear a PFD (personal flotation device)/life jacket and carry a communication device. The PFD will help the rider float in the water when they’re not riding. The communication device is to contact someone on shore in the case of an emergency. 


*Manta5 recommends that riders also check and abide by local policies and regulations when riding.

Is the Hydrofoiler eco-friendly?

Our Hydrofoiler XE-1 is made with ‘clean-technology’ meaning that riders can explore all water areas, including protected lakes and rivers that petrol-powered watercraft are denied access to.

How does the Hydrofoiler™ get serviced?

All Hydrofoiler XE-1’s are serviced by Manta5 authorised service agents, customers will have access to the list of service agents in their area through the Manta5 Customer Portal (in construction). Most of the XE-1 componentry is constructed from standard bicycle parts. Repairs to the battery and motor, however, must be completed at the Manta5 HQ.

What is the minimum water depth required to foil and submerged launch the Hydrofoiler?

A minimum depth of 3ft to ride the bike in, is recommended. However, to perform the submerged launch to resurface this would require a minimum water depth of 7ft.

What happens when I stop pedalling? 

The bike floats on its side when stationary. When you stop pedalling you will slowly sink down into the water, buoyancy prevents the bike from sinking when you stop pedalling. Master the remounting technique to perform a "submerged launch" to get foiling again from deep water.

How can I become a distributor?

You can visit our Distributor Opportunities page for more information and fill in the registration form to submit your interest. We are accepting applications around the world, not just our early market introduction to the USA, UK and Europe.

Where can I buy a Hydrofoiler XE-1 in my country? 

Currently Manta5 only distribute direct to customer through our online e-commerce platform. All Hydrofoiler XE-1 should only ever be purchased through the manta5.com website. In-country distribution for the USA, UK and Europe will look to be set up from 2020 onward.

Why don’t you ship to my country?

Due to overwhelming demand, Manta5’s current presale is only open to the NZ, the UK, USA and Europe, however, we are working hard to expand and open to more countries. Updates about this are released through our new and updates monthly email.

How much does shipping and delivery cost?

For Manta5 Hydrofoiler™ XE-1 pre orders: Final shipping costs and associated tax/es will be quoted and billed at the time of final payment. Please find estimated shipping rates per Hydrofoiler™ ordered below: 


  • United States: $380 USD per bike to all states excluding Hawaii; $700 USD per bike to Hawaii
  • United Kingdom: £200 - £250 GBP per bike
  • Europe: €350 EUR per bike*
  • New Zealand: $125 NZD per bike


* Switzerland customers will pay an additional €33,75 per bike for T1 documentation fee.


Taxes (incl. VAT) are not included in the shipping cost. Subject to state and local taxes. Customs and handling fees are included in the shipping price.


Please note: We will invoice customers for shipping and taxes as applicable when taking final payment.

How long does my warranty last for? 

All Hydrofoiler­ XE-1's come with a comprehensive one-year replacement warranty for all XE-1 components and frame. To read more about the warranty, please click here


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