Pewaukee Bike Shop Becomes Dealer For Water Electric Bike Startup

VeloCity Cycling has a demonstration area for the Hydrofoiler XE-1 at Lake Pewaukee. Photo courtesy of VeloCity Cycling.

Pewaukee-based bike shop VeloCity Cycling now carries a water e-bike that behaves like a motorcycle, operates like an airplane, and travels on water.

The half-bike, half-plane invention, called the Hydrofoiler XE-1, uses similar technology to the catamarans competing in the America’s Cup, said Scott Hoggatt, owner of VeloCity. It was developed by a startup based in New Zealand Manta5.

Rather than wheels, the XE-1 uses a set of hydrofoils that function like wings in water. When riders pedal to propel the bike forward, water passes over these wings to create lift, similar to how airplanes fly.

“It’s actually a little more like riding a motorcycle than riding a bicycle,” Hoggatt said. “You have to do more counter-steering and it’s more turning while leaning.”

The XE-1 can reach a top speed of 13 mph and a cruise speed of between 7 and 8 mph. The water bike has a 460 watt motor and operates like a pedal bike in that there is no boost unless the rider is pedaling, and no throttle.

Click on here for images of the Hydrofoiler XE-1, which costs $9,200.

Hoggatt says he’s been following Manta5’s progress since the company launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Manta5 began shipping the Hydrofoiler XE-1 to dealers outside of New Zealand last year and Hoggatt, who received his shipment of six Hydrofoiler bikes in June, says he’s the only dealer in the Midwest.

Despite its proximity to Lake Pewaukee, the Hydrofoiler is the first personal watercraft product VeloCity has carried since opening five years ago. Hoggatt says he plans to sell more watersports products, but much like the bike industry, personal watercraft products like canoes and kayaks have been in short supply lately due to supply chain disruptions. supply.

“A lot of bike shops are pretty much landlocked and we have the lake right there, so it’s a very natural fit for us,” Hoggatt said of the store, which is across from Lake Pewaukee.

Manta5 is limiting its Hydrofoiler XE-1 production to batches of 300, Hoggatt said, adding that its next shipment will arrive in early August.

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