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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.