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The origin of our project to develop Anchor was a single bike. We asked, "Can we evolve our frame build further, departing from conventional craftsmanship? Does it suffice to rely on the intuition of craftsmen alone?" This one bike carried all the hopes of our technical staff; intent on developing a world-class bike.
The best professional cycle racers not only train every day to improve their skills, but request manufacturers to enhance their bike's performance to the maximum extent possible. So they complained, "This one is good at first, but tires my legs in the second half," and "Don't you have any frame that spares my legs for the final sprint?" The only way for our engineers to understand and meet such requests was to translate them into numerical data. The bike was meant as a go-between linking athletes with engineers. We used our optimal structural analysis technology to analyze the stress on the frame based on data from athletes' actual runs; scientifically examine the strength necessary for each frame portion; and thus determine the rigidity balance. In developing the ultimate frame, we were helped by the expertise we gained from the development of Neo-Cot, Bridgestone's original tubing technology.
Further, we used our motion analysis technology to simulate suspension operation via the most advanced computer available, and thus discover the optimum link structure and pivot position. We also relied on our aerodynamics expertise, to conduct a wind tunnel test and thereby determine the frame shape that minimizes air resistance against a bicycle. Anchor refers both to evolution and a tribute to our scientific analysis that explores unknown realms.

Human physiques vary considerably from each other. Also, pedaling characteristics and positions vary from person to person. For instance, Japanese and Westerners are quite different in these regards. Anchor provides the best solution through the optimum combination of various elements, including frame material, shape and skeleton. We develop bikes ideal for Japanese, through repeated testing and scientific analysis with the participation of top athletes.

"Pro Use" refers to specifications for athletes striving to win.
Though costly, these models will surely lead you to victory.

The high modulus carbon fiber has a higher rigidity than normal carbon fiber. This fiber can therefore be used to make a fabric that is lighter than a normal carbon fiber fabric, but with rigidity equivalent to the latter. If the same number of layers is used, the high modulus carbon fiber permits the production of a mold that is much more rigid than a conventional product, without changing the weight.

Neo-Cot refers to the ideal tube shape derived via the finite element method. Its design is based on such features of the optimal shape theory as the spinning badet method to eliminate level differences inside a tube, and the swelling of a pipe itself for lagging. The cromoly frame of original specifications, starting with pipes produced in-house, best illustrates the scientific approach to Anchor design.

Hybrid refers to hybrid specifications based on aluminum with light weight and high rigidity, and incorporating carbon materials. It is therefore light, highly rigid and comfortable.

The performance of a downhill bike depends heavily on the quality of the rear suspension link structure. What matters is computer-aided motion analysis to translate the designer's idea into the ultimate motion.

Powder coating not only assures a beautiful finish, but improves the paint surface strength compared to a conventional method. This advanced painting method helps embody images in the mind of a detail-conscious designer.