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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!