veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_lamborghini-inspired-angled

We’ve seen a couple versions of the unique Estonian steel commuter bike without a seattube over the last few years, from the original basic black single speed to a Berlin custom model with a striking reflective treatment. There have even been a few special edition bikes in laminated wood and a prototype combining steel joints and carbon tubing. But now Velonia Bicycles are back building a new lighter model called the Viks GT with more aggressive styling that substitutes in aluminum tubing to drastically shed weight with a design said to have been inspired by Italian supercar aesthetics…

veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_complete
courtesy of Velonia, photos by Felix Laasme & Hooligan Hamlet

The new Viks GT looks familiar, but while all of the previous iterations of the commuter bike have used a rounded, café racer-inspired look, this one goes for sharp corners instead and a faster, meaner feel.

veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_double-toptube-custom-bar

Said to be based on the sharp, angular designs of Lamborghini sports cars, the Viks Gran Turismo also aims to be more sport oriented than its more staid precursors. With the switch to an alloy frame over the prior steel options, the new GT is said to have dropped more than 40% of the weight off the original. Velonia didn’t give us concrete frameset weights, but did say that the switch meant that now they were building affordable urban bikes under 10kg for the first time.

veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_belt-drive

The bike keeps the same doubled-up, pair tubing design and the same basic city cruising geometry of the original. It will be offered in a few frame sizes designed to fit a wide range of riders, and mostly still fabricated to order.

veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_front-disc-brake veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_rear-disc-brake

This time the bike does add a bit more versatility, now with the addition/option of front & rear disc brakes to pair with either a fixed or coaster brake rear. The new aluminum frame also adds belt drive compatibility with a new disconnect built-in to the driveside seatstay.

veloina-bicycles_viks-gt_angular-no-seattube-aluminum-commuter-urban-city-bike_lamborghini-supercar-inspired

As for frame finish, it seems that Italian supercar is the theme. So look for colors like this Giallo Inti yellow, maybe Arancio Borealis orange, Verde Mantis green, or maybe some others to match your newest Huracán.

Viks.cc

13 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe I just dont get it. If its a commuter bike, it should have the most utility possible. You cant mount fenders, or a rack. There is no room for a light on the handle bars. What is the point? Call it what it is, ART.

    • Whatever. Why extrapolate your needs onto the wider audience? I commuted on a full blown track bike way back before it was cool (yeah, yeah, hipster this, hipster that). I live somewhere with a dozen rainy days per year and at the time didn’t need to take more than a backpack with me. That bike was way more fun than my wife’s Breezer with every utilitarian (and often superfluous) accoutrement one could imagine. Given I had a half dozen other bikes at the time for other riding I’d certainly say it qualified as my ‘commuter’, and was completely practical as such.

  2. Nothing says Lambo like a bike that weighs nearly double a standard bike combined with one of the worst and heavy wheels ever made (aerospoke)

    As PFS mentioned, commuter bikes are suppose to be practical. Fenders and a light are the two most critical things. Plus that thing has a ridiculously high top tube. Have fun swing your leg over that thing while wearing work pants. (I have a short commute so I ride in my office getup)

  3. I don’t get this, or many commuter bikes, at all. I don’t get how bizarre and impractical designs are somehow the purview of the urban or commuter bike.

  4. If they’d label it a fun bike instead of a commuter bike, they could escape the wrath of hair splitters. Meanwhile, yes, I would love to throw a leg over that hand have some fun.

    • I dont consider missing every possible feature of a commuter bike splitting hairs. He isnt even playing the same game. But as a fun crazy project, sure. I’d love to ride it, just not to work or anywhere practical.

    • At least e-bikes make sense for practical commute vehicles (I’m not really pro e-MTB). This bike lacks any utility for a commuter. It’s nice looking; but that’s about where it ends.

  5. i’d cut a broomstick, paint it yellow, and stick it in as a seat tube. I’d then mount a bike rack on the rear of the Lambo and hang the GT on it. All the other Lambo drivers will be yellow with envy. It’s all about coolness oneupsmanship.

COMMENT HERE: (For best results, log in through Wordpress or your social media account. Anonymous/fake email comments may be unapproved or deleted. ALL first-time commenter's posts are held for moderation. Check our Comment Policy for full details.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.