New Tanatos sneak peek

Libido Bike Co. now offers the new version of its MTB frame Tanatos. I’m writing this while checking each of the newly arrived frames, and more information is coming soon. While you wait, you may also enjoy these eye candies.

Pantone 395 “Hard Banana”

Pantone 1785 “Salmon Pink”

Pantone 325 “Baby Turquoise”

Pantone 5463 “Night Forest”

As you can see, there are now 4 color options available. The frame will also come with stickers and a bottom bracket kit (Spanish standard), all for a price tag of 69,500 JPY.

Escaping the pow

Business update from Sapporo, in a full foot of fluffy snow just overnight.

I’ll be away from today until 27th, visiting Taiwan. I’ll be able to answer phone and emails as usual, but I won’t be available if you need me to ship out goods, fix flat tires, or patrol downtown Susukino. Please understand.

Here are the reminder for myself (applicable next year and onward):

  • Bring the bike next time.
  • Learn to speak Chinese already.
  • Not a good idea to reserve airline tickets 30 hrs before flight.

Anyways, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a fruitful trip. Oh before that, I’m praying that the plane will actually fly.

2013

Happy New Year!

We are entering this new year with the planned release of the majorly upgraded Tanatos frame in February. Besides that and new parts and DVD projects, I’m personally determined to push harder as a rider as well.

Thank you very much for all your support in the previous year, and we hope this new one brings a lot of great joy and accomplishments to you all.

Production of new Tanatos frames underway!

Tanatos, the toughest street MTB frame from our Libido Bike Co., is getting renewed. The new model has withstood 110,000 repetitions of load testing at the frame factory and been performing great throughout the design review and prototyping phase that lasted for over a year. Now that we have nothing else left to do, we are entering mass production. The first batch is planned to be in stock late January, 2013.

We will fill you in on more details later, so stay tuned.

Testing Tanatos prototype

The long awaited prototype of the Libido Bike Co.’s product has come. I’m going to have a test bite, and will let you know as soon as we have plans for production batches as well.

The new frame is a revised version of “Tanatos.” Each detail, including tube selection and geometry, has been modified and optimized. There are heaps of new ideas as well, some of which the world has never seen. I bet other makers will catch up in these designs in like five years, though whether it happens as a result of copying or simultaneous and spontaneous invention I don’t know.

Thus I have reasons to hesitate showing everything before production, but well, here’s something for you.

Though you can’t see, the down tube is triple butted, meaning the thickness changes at three points within the length of the tube to make it both strong and light (as can get). By such design and also due to post-weld heat treatment, the frame retains the renowned strength, actually higher strength where it’s needed, while shaving down the weight by 300g to 2.5kg. The chain stays are now 375 plus/minus 10mm, a bit shorter than before.

It rides smoothly and naturally, and makes every maneuver slightly easier. It’s a fun, balanced ride and it made me healthier, richer, more popular among ladies and even made me win a lottery.

The first test turned into power slide practice. I mean what else would you do when the asphalt is brand new, other than making your mark… even though the triumph is not so visible when it’s just black on black.

I took it to the trails as well. Starting to dig it more and more recently, I went two straight days on the weekend. I can take lonely practice sessions, but nothing beats having friends who push you to try something new. My BMX friends took test rides and liked it as well, and I really appreciated it.

Actually there are other new stuff on the bike including the special prototype crank set and new fork, so I will keep you posted if you are interested. Stay tuned!

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