The Akwakat Waterbike Kit turns any mountain bike into a pontoon boat. The kit breaks down pretty small, compact enough to fit in a bike trailer if you’re looking to combine activities into a fully self contained trip. We think this would make a great addition to an adventure race.
The kit diverts your chainring to power a gear box connected to a propeller shaft. The bike mounts to a stainless steel frame, which connects to two inflatable reinforced PVC hulls. When not in use, it folds down into it’s own carrying bag and weighs about 15kg (~33lbs).
Cruising speed is generally between 4-8mph on calm water, and the hulls sit high on the water to make it easy to beach the craft. It’s designed and manufactured in New Zealand. US retail is $1,560, video and more pics below…
Set up and assembly doesn’t seem too difficult, which means that their claimed 10-15 minutes should be more like half an hour the first couple times. Curious, check their video guide here.