26 January 2015

Liberator Jägermeister is finished!

It took nearly a year, but Klaus finally finished his beautiful Jägermeister. As we say in Esonita: "Kaua tehtud kaunikene." Rough translation would be "Long process paid off, as result is beautiful".
Now it’s ready to enrich our streets and roads. Hopefully we can write soon about first ride experiences.
I let pictures to talk about this beauty:



Jägermeister’s suspension system allows choosing different ride styles. Normal height for smooth comfortable ride or low set up for a stiffer, but stylish cruising. In lowrider setup you need to have comfortable seat and fat tires, as they would be your only suspension :)

22 January 2015

Couple late updates

It’s been a while from last post. All have been busy with different things. More stationary electrics than on wheels, beside EXO electric scooter.

In December we finally fabricated kickstands for Chilly and Insane, so those too bikes are finished:

At the end of December team was busy with drawings. To be more precise, with final drawings of Liberator Der Hammer. This picture is from real components:

As it's not so snowy winter, then we are trying to take maximum from it:


More pictures about snowy rides are on our Facebook page.

27 October 2014

Allow us to introduce: Liberator Insane

Beside Liberator Chilly, in our laboratory is coming together our new Liberator, called Insane. In technical terms Insane is somewhere 90% identical to Chilly – having same frame, suspension, motor, battery, etc. Main differences, which firstly come in mind, are in:

1.  Wheel size. Insane has 24” front and 26” rear wheel.
2. Brakes. Chilly has disc brakes, Insane Sturmey Archer drum brakes.
3. Handlebar. Chilly has low and wide handlebar that gives stealth look, Insane in the other hand has medium size “ape hanger”. I haven’t had chance to ride with Insane, but sitting position feels much more convenient.
4. Mudguards. Insane has mudguards with our own rear connections. Those connections are designed in a way that you could connect via them mudguards, rear rack, etc.
5. Lights. Although both bikes have LED lights running on battery, then shapes are chosen to match bike’s design.
Other minor differences come from color scheme :)

Both Liberators should be finished this week. Currently we are waiting for custom made kickstands. After installing them we can stow away cables, do some last touches and then bikes could hit the road :)

Here are some pictures (made with cell phone) of both bikes that I took on Saturday.

15 October 2014

Handcrafted aluminum mudguard by Klaus, Vol. 1

Klaus is in mojo with building his Liberator Jägermeister and he is currently finishing rear mudguard.

At first he was trying to find solution using different “donors” and prefabricated details, but at one point he understood, that it’s not the right way. So he decided to make mudguard from scratch to meet his needs.

I’ll add pictures of the building process, starting with model, rolling, making the curves, welding and finishing. He used special 2 mm aluminum that stretched nicely with bends, but in final form is strong and stable. Klaus’s goal was to make this mudguard in top quality, and he managed that. Powder coating is going straight on; there will be no messing with filler.

Weight of mudguard is 1,6 kg what seems to be reasonable, considering how big it is. And as it’s handcrafted, then price of this mudguard reaches around 500€, if anyone is interested. There is possibility to make other shapes too and price would depend on shape, size and complexity.

Two things that are certain – when riding in rain, back will stay clean and this bicycle starts to look more like a motorcycle :)

Vol.2 will be about finished and installed mudguard and first impressions of it.

Here are pictures of building process and how it looks on Liberator Jägermeister.

04 October 2014

Chilly cruise on chilly evening

Couple days ago I did little ride with Chilly. On flat ground 350W mid-drive motor is good for cruising. With thumb-throttle only I got speed up to 33 km/h and with pedaling 36 km/h. Don’t forget, this bike is heavy.

And suspension … It’s hard to find right words to explain or describe it. Probably on next ride with my regular bike, I’ll hurt my butt as I’ll forget to lift it from saddle on side curbs and potholes :) Chilly’s suspension smoothed smaller curbstones so that I heard, but didn’t feel riding over them. Even riding on old town’s cobblestone streets was okay.

I made some photos and now overlooking them it seems that I’ve just photoshoped the background on them :)

I also made videos:

After spending nighthours to upload those  pictures and two videos with slow wi-fi internet and finding in the morning that uploaded video quality is very poor, I decided, that I'll upload those two and other videos I made from this cruise, when I find a way to upload them in right resolution. Hopefully it doesn't take very long.