viks: steel tube fixed gear commuter bike
viks: steel tube fixed gear commuter bike viks: steel tube fixed gear commuter bike
jul 30, 2013

viks: steel tube fixed gear commuter bike

viks steel tube urban commuter bike
all images courtesy velonia bikes



the ‘viks‘ urban fixed gear commuter bike is made entirely from stainless steel tubes, featuring two identically shaped cylindrical frames  to form its body. developed by estonian engineer indrek narusk and owner of velonia bicycles, the design of ‘viks’ draws styling cues from cafe racer-style motorcycles and classic streamlined aesthetics. conceived without a seat tube, the overall construction is joined at the head tube and bottom bracket, with the fork and handle bar coming together as a single piece. crowns, dropouts, and welds are all also composed entirely of stainless steel tubes.



the ‘viks’ urban commuter bike is made entirely from stainless steel tubes, including the crowns, dropouts and welds




3/4 view of the steel pipe architecture on the commuter bike




the fork and handle bar come together into a single piece




‘viks’ draws styling cues from cafe racer-style motorcycles and classic streamlined aesthetics




welded frames before powder coating



individual frame silhouettes for use in the commuter bike

  • nice. now put brakes on it

    man says:
  • and the weight is?

    michael says:
  • why it is commuter bike? can anybody explain me please…

    satish says:
  • No brakes?

    Krystal says:
  • What about the brakes?

    Esther Laudier says:
  • Beautiful outline, but not necessarily the most minimal bike if it requires all that extra material.

    goe says:
  • Beautiful. The bar is a little low for me, but that is an easy tweak. Congrads on a great look. Black w/silver rims is my favorite.


    JimCan says:
  • I’m sorry but I like the prototype (black one) better. I guess the yellow one rides better because of the improved ergonomics/stearing behaviour(?). The black one is more pleasing to the eye because of the allmost invisible dropouts. All the attention goes to the form of the frame because there are only 3 contrasting round parts attached to it. It lets this special frame really stand out. The dropouts on the yellow cycle are not bad but ask a lot of the overall attention. Also the saddle pin of the yellow bike looks out of ballance (maybe because of the altered angle of the fork?). I think it’s very hard to have and perfect ergonomics and perfect looks in one bike. Especially when you are very close to it.

    Ro says:
  • This is beautiful, (but then I’m a big cafe racer fan). However, I don’t get the point of painting or powder coating stainless steel. Surely the source material is attractive enough in the raw state.

    Caan says:
  • fixed gear bikes don’t need brakes, you just pedal backwards and it locks up…..Stainless is heavy, but I assume it was chosen over aluminum for strength, which is needed with this design since there is no cross frame support. It looks nice, very classy.

    Tom says:
  • No brakes, no tu-clips – what the hell? Got to say I hate fixies, because, IMO, their owners are terrible show-offs, mostly hipster (to my experience). It is impractical, and most important – unsafe. Not only for their silly riders, but for others too. This one, at least, has a pleasant design. Get me right – just to look at, not to ride.

    Mishka says:
  • I think that the brakes work when pedaling backwards. By the way- nice shape! I wanna ride that bike.

    Ho4uK says:
  • I can’t find its price anywhere, how much is it?

    ..about the brakes, I assume you have to pedal backwards to stop, like in the old days

    STWRSK says:
  • Absolutely love it, particularly love the handle bars and it looks best in its raw stainless steel form. Will unpainted be a purchasable option?
    Unfortunately I do have a few issues with designbooms description….

    Firstly, was is its connection to Architecture? Why is it architectural?

    Secondly, it is by no means a minimal design as the frame is convoluted, so not the most economical shape and the tube is doubled up (for strength I presume) so not the minimal use of material either.

    Thirdly, ‘Man’ you’re an idiot, of course there are no brakes, it’s a ‘fixie’… this should help – That is also why it is is ‘urban’ as no right minded, seriously cycling enthusiast would use a fixie

    dextersdragon says:
  • Why a bike should look like a cafe racer-style motorcycle or anyway like a motorcycle at all?
    A bike frame is so damn poetic and conceptually minimal and this so called ‘estonian engineer’ misses it completely.
    Thumbs down.

    Davide says:
  • The website lists the weight at 11 lbs (5 Kg)
    Available with either a fixed or coaster rear hub

    Agent CatstiX says:
  • Agree entirely with @dextersdragon

    A bicycle is made from two triangles, the strongest shape. There is no need for two frames, it’s double the weight for no reason. This is a solution looking for a problem. If you want a cafe racer buy a motorbike, they are that shape so it can fit an engine in.

    This thing manages to make a beautiful thing pretty ugly, heavy and impractical. No place for a water bottle, no rack mounts, no brakes (they are necessary for city use, even on a fixed gear bike)


    Bryan555 says:
  • Looks like a PR bike designed to draw attention more than anything else, art more than a “practical” ride. Would make a terrible commuter but a lot of commuters ride terrible bikes. Their other bikes look pretty standard.

    Planetary says:
  • Those powdercoated grips will be nice and slippery once you work up a little bit of a sweat on a warm day

    snob says:
  • Very nice – I love it.

    mgoug says:
  • dude….
    where can I buy one?

    ateljvb says:
  • What an amaising design. Love it.
    To those who ask the question abount the breaks, the answer is pedal brakes. Peddling bakewards is not the quickest way to stop, so its actually unsafe. In some countries the “courier” style bike (no brakes or gears) and has taken popularity. Peddle brakes would do the job fine. I still would use normal breaks. The smartest person in bike design would have the break cables running inside the frame so you wouldnt see the cables, there is so much one can do, bike designers are just not educated enough!

    I love the Yellow, black os such a boring dule colour…

    To those who ask why paint stainless steal. Answer, all steals eventually rust even “stainless steal”. Also, weldding damages metal and will rust along the welde, so absolutely it needs painting.
    But surely, there has to be a lighter metal strong enough to do the job. this bike will suit flat terrain, and training?

    Genrally the rule with the handle bars is that it sits the same height as the seat. Alot of stress will be put on your back.

    But still I love the design, would have to try it to see if its practical.

    beauty says:
  • I love the yellow one. Great job. But why fixed gear? Perhaps because of design?

    rananjason says:

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