HOW IT ALL HAPPENED
Viks was born in a small cafe, on a late autumn afternoon in 2012 out of idea to have a bicycle which would be little bit different, not a boring one.
After long deliberation, the only option left was to build one. The images of café racer style motorcycles and minimalist classic lines started spinning in my head and soon there was a pretty clear vision what I wanted.
Some sketching, exhausting late nights spent on modeling in 3D, and I was ready to start the build. Steel tubes arrived, we began working and the bike started taking the shape. I was content.
The excitement started building up once we had a working prototype. After eager anticipation, the pinnacle came when I took it out for a ride first time! I wanted to share my delight. As it turned out, other people liked it as well. They liked it so much that now we are building Viks bicycles in house by hand to order in Estonia and shipping them all over the world.
Indrek Narusk (avid cyclist, engineer, co-owner of Velonia Bicycles)
PAST PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
The catalyst for the re-invention of the Estonian cycle industry re-creates the bicycle for the modern day commuter.
Every Viks bicycle is crafted by hand to individual order. The ride is quite sporty, but comfortable; even though there is no seat tube, the frame is very rigid and does not flex. The 30mm handlebars feel good without the grips. Viks wasn’t created to be an attention seeker, but it still turns heads everywhere you go: being ridden or simply parked outside a cafe.
In Estonian „viks“ means classy, gentlemanlike, polite. At the same time it sounds “fixed” like fixed gear… this was the initial idea at first – a fixed gear commuter. Today it’s lot more – front disc- or rim brake, electronic shifting and belt drive are available among other features. VIKS has given us an impulse to go even further – prototype of the second anniveloversary version of Viks, that is made out of carbon tubing and built to celebrate Viks bicycle second birthday, is out now and ready for limited preorders hopefully in early 2016.
We encourage people to get involved in the process and work with us creating the most beautiful bike out there. You are welcome to express your own vision of what the bicycle should be. The café racer’s low handlebars, stainless steel frame and unlimited ways of customization, create multiple ways of making it even more unique and personal.
VIKS Raw by AW, the result of teamwork between us and London (UK) based designcollective artisan werks, Viks WOODaLIKE by Velowland, the outcome of co-operation between us and Meppel (Netherlands) based Velowland and VIKS Reflective by auftragsrad & Happarel Bicycles from Berlin are the finest examples of cross-border collaboration. But you should remember – minimum is maximum. Less is more.
Viks is the perfect vehicle for the conscious big city commuter. It is not only beautiful, but practical. Viks is not for beating 100mph, as café racer motorbike will do, but it will take you anywhere you need with a very special flair.
We are blessed for all the recognition and and attention that we managed to get globally so far. At the same time it is most important for us to make you guys happy and getting positive feedback from you is the most amazing feeling.
One thing is obvious – we do not want Viks to be a one hit wonder and disappear at the same pace we came onto the market. We’d like to see Viks to become one of the classic bikes that gains extra value with its years.
There is more to come.
Kristo Riimaa (avid cyclist, VIKSLIFE promotor, co-owner of Velonia Bicycles)