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Viks celebrates its second birthday with carbon fiber

Viks celebrates its second bir...
The Viks Carbon, on display at Eurobike 2015
The Viks Carbon, on display at Eurobike 2015
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The Viks Carbon has the same frame design as its predecessor – it's essentially two side-by-side tubular frames, which are joined at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket
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The Viks Carbon has the same frame design as its predecessor – it's essentially two side-by-side tubular frames, which are joined at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket
While its main tubes are composed of carbon fiber, its joints and some other bits and pieces are still stainless steel
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While its main tubes are composed of carbon fiber, its joints and some other bits and pieces are still stainless steel
The Viks Carbon, on display at Eurobike 2015
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The Viks Carbon, on display at Eurobike 2015
As a result of the switch to carbon, the Viks Carbon's frame weighs 3 kg (6.6 lb) less than that of the steel version, with the complete bike tipping the scales at 10 kg (22 lb)
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As a result of the switch to carbon, the Viks Carbon's frame weighs 3 kg (6.6 lb) less than that of the steel version, with the complete bike tipping the scales at 10 kg (22 lb)
The Viks Carbon features a sleek Aerospoke wheelset, and a Gates Carbon belt drive instead of a chain
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The Viks Carbon features a sleek Aerospoke wheelset, and a Gates Carbon belt drive instead of a chain
Narusk and his team are planning on building a limited number of the Viks carbon
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Narusk and his team are planning on building a limited number of the Viks carbon
Pricing of the Viks Carbon has yet to be determined, but it's probably safe to say that it won't be cheap
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Pricing of the Viks Carbon has yet to be determined, but it's probably safe to say that it won't be cheap
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In 2013, Estonian designer Indrek Narusk introduced the Viks, a limited-edition stainless steel fixed-gear commuter bike. As he told us at the time, its striking design was inspired partly by cafe racer-style motorcycles. Now, to celebrate the line's second anniversary, he's rolled out a carbon fiber version.

The Viks Carbon has the same frame design as its predecessor – it's essentially two side-by-side tubular frames, which are joined at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket. While its main tubes are indeed composed of carbon fiber (custom-made by Slovenia's Berk Composites), its joints and some other bits and pieces are still stainless steel.

As a result of the switch to carbon, the frame weighs 3 kg (6.6 lb) less than the steel version, with the complete bike tipping the scales at 10 kg (22 lb).

While its main tubes are composed of carbon fiber, its joints and some other bits and pieces are still stainless steel
While its main tubes are composed of carbon fiber, its joints and some other bits and pieces are still stainless steel

The Viks Carbon also features a sleek Aerospoke wheelset, and a Gates Carbon belt drive instead of a chain. Because it's a fixie, there are no gears or brakes – you stop the bike by stopping pedaling.

Once again, Narusk and his team are planning on building a limited number of the bikes. Pricing has yet to be determined, but it's probably safe to say that it won't be cheap.

Source: Viks

UPDATE (Sept. 1/15): The company informs us that the Viks Carbon should hopefully be available sometime next year, with a frameset priced at around US$3,000.

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6 comments
6 comments
andyfreeze
when I look at this bike the thoughts that go through my mind are not generous. I have a sore back so leaning over so much isn't going to be so beneficial. I get sore wrists when riding my mountain bike now because of the angles and weight distribution. This bike really aint for me! I wish the fashion would swing away from "racing" to ergonomic exercise and leisure.
Primecordial
Why does this fixie weight a whopping 22lbs? No groupo, multiple chainring, cabling, levers, etc.
wle
it would weigh about 5 lbs less without that loopy frame 'design'
wle
unklmurray
Of this bike only the wheel set appeals to me, everything else looks like a real P.I.T.A. Way to ride even if its' super lite....And I have long thought the ''fixie'' style was/is stupid [to put it nicely].......
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Could have replaceable tubes if thermoplastic glue is used.
unklmurray
I agree the position sucks......I have never liked the "10speed" style of bikes....my back can't handle them....now put ape hangers on it then maybe.......I do WANT those rims!!