Clean ingenious bikes modeled after cafe racer style motorcycles.
by Ana V. Francés
Steel Urban bicycle made in Estonia.
Viks is made entirely from stainless steel tubes. We use the highest quality steel. All the crowns, dropouts and weldments are made from the same grade steel. The design is highly exclusive for Viks. There is no seat tube. Two identically shaped tube frames run alongside the entire frame. Joined at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket. The fork and handle bar is all in one piece making the Viks look extremely sleek and flowy from every point of view.
1. Who is behind “VIKS”?
Indrek “the style engineer“ Narusk, creator of Viks and a owner of the company Velonia Bicycles (http://www.velonia.com/). A passionate cyclist, amateur racer and a passionate engineer.
Kristo “the passion hunter“ Riimaa, sales and marketing, co-owner of Velonia Bicycles. Also an addicted cyclist and amateur racer.
2. How did your idea come up?
Indrek wanted to get a commuter bike for this season, but didn’t really fancy anything that was available in shops. As he is an engineer and has already in bicycle business, he thought why not build one. The initial idea was just to build on off cool looking urban commuter, but once the images started spreading the demand started growing. The shape and look of the frame was inspired by cafe racer style mororcycle. Steel was chosen as the material and „the less is more“principle was applied as much as possible. So from the initial, one bike idea “it has grown to a small business of custom looking minimalist singlespeed bicycles”.
3. Where are you based and why?
Tallinn, Estonia. Just because we live here and just because it’s about time Estonia had its own bicycle. The cycling culture over here has been developing rapidly over last couple of years and we hope to push it even more.
4. How is your workshop and organisation?
There is Indrek who does all the engineering and design and constantly thinks about new ideas and new ways of doing things. Then there is Kristo who makes sure the orders are coming in and customers happy. Then we have a part time welder and painter who help us make the frames with highest quality and finish. Indrek’s house is the main office and welders workshop the main factory. Keeping it simple and lean.
5. Any future project?
Lot of ideas on how to improve Viks (belt drive, Ti tubes, automatic gear hub etc) and lot of ideas on accessories for Viks. At Velonia we are also developing couple of products for the racing scene… It’s a constant work. We’ve always had a problem of having too many ideas and not enough working hands“.