The Viking FX offer riders a chance to get back to basic and enjoy the simple things in life. With only a single speed to pedal you can put your mind on to other things.. A double sided flip flop rear hub offers a choice of either fixed gear or freewheel and dual pivot brakes fitted for a little extra security. Available only in gloss black the FX is an ideal introduction to the world of fixed or single speed bikes, a blank canvas awaiting customisation. The Vader white saddle and white KMC chain compliment it's utilitarian look.
Great bike, incredible value for money and very quick delivery time. Really enjoying riding it probably the best money I've spent. Only negative would be that I've had a slight issue with the rear tyre and will probably get new tyres for it.
Nobody is going to win a time trail on this but for getting around town its great - once you've put in a bit of effort.
First the out of the box positives:
1 To my eyes the frame looks pretty solid and well made.
2 I was almost put off buying this bike due to reports of it being heavy. That may be the case if you're hoping to win a race but for commuter use it really isn't - in fact I was surprised at how light it felt. And if like me you're looking to attach a reasonable D Lock any weight issues go out the window anyway,
3 The wheels look pretty good and run true.
4 The brakes look solid and are easy to adjust.
5 It really does look quite cool.
You have to be realistic about a bike costing less than £200. Some of the peripheral parts are very cheap and tacky - but can be easily and inexpensively replaced:
1 Get rid of the handle bar grips - they are (literally) painful. You can get some nice ergonomic grips for less than £10. If you don't do anything else do this - otherwise you'll probably hate this bike which would be a shame. Oh and you may need a stanley knife to get rid of them - they are pretty well attached. My friendly local bike shop helped me with this one.
2 The pedals are pretty flimsy - but I've found this to be true of far more expensive bikes, Again easily replaced for about £10.
3 As with most new bikes you'll probably need to buy some mud guards - unless you don't mind the muddy skunk look. The Defender RC1 and RC11s fit quite nicely and are easy to attach.
4 I've not replaced the tyres yet but they look pretty insubstantial. I'll probably save any further hassle and replace them after my first puncture.
Also it's worth putting some effort into making a few adjustments - don't expect it to be ready to go on arrival. Fortunately its really easy to work with - and I'm not much of a bike mechanic:
1 Check and realign the back wheel. Mine was askew and too tight making the free wheel jumpy and stiff. Re-aligning the wheel and sacrificing a bit of tension made it run much smoother.
2 Check and realign the front forks. Mine were a bit out making the bike a little weird to ride at first.
3 Adjust the brakes. When mine arrived the back brakes were too tight and the front too loose. Fortunately the brakes supplied are really easy to adjust.
4 Adjust the seat and handle bars so that you're in a comfortable riding position. The horizontal stem is quite long and I found I had to have the handle bars rotated nearly to the vertical and my seat adjusted to be quite far forward to be comfortable even though at 5' 6" I'm at the upper limit for the 53" model. Again easy to do but may take a few goes to get it right.
You don't get any tools with the bike so you'll need to get access to some. In particular you will need a pedal spanner - I tried using an adjustable wrench but it was just too thick. You'll also need a set of allen keys (every part seems to need a different key) and a screw driver. Apologies to any egg sucking granny's out there...
This last bit may sound a bit negative - please don't be put off. For a bit of effort and extra expense you'll get a nice bike for a bargain price.Read more ›
I bought this bike as I have a racing bike I use for long training rides and wanted a bike I could grab and go when I needed to pop to the shops or for those errands you get sent on by your partner ie everything. Arrived promptly and well packaged minimal assembly required. Loved the way it looked once assembled stuck a photo on Facebook all my friends liked it. Took it down town for the first ride just could not believe how simple and totally easy it was to ride and manoeuvre. I love cycling in towns this bike is perfect for racing to get traffic lights swerving round traffic busses etc it is the ultimate urban bike fast quick braking light and manoeuvrable. Just did not get the fixed wheel thing until I had this bike it can take everything thrown at it and more rain hail sleet and snow no problems. Don't delay buy now I use this bike every day once you get this bike you will say to yourself why did I not get a fixie sooner simply brilliant.