It’s not everyday that someone emails you saying that they’re making titanium handlebars. Well, Viking, a company based out of Barcelona, is doing just that. And they have forks, frames, and a slew of other titanium parts from other companies. As always the case with titanium, the price is steep, but you gotta pay to shave that weight. Those four piece bars do look amazing, though… Check the press release about Viking BMX below.
“VIKING ARRIVES TO MARK A NEW STEP”
“Titanium BMX products created to reduce weight, improve the resistance and increase your performance.”
After a long career as an R + D + I (Research, Innovation and Development) engineer and industrial designer in the world of automotive, motorcycling as well as in product design, David Palau-Costa decided to start a project related to the passion that has accompanied him since he was a young boy: BMX. He was always linked to the practice of road cycling and MTB but his return to BMX was due to the hobby of his eldest teenaged son, when he one day bought him a 16“ bike, that was when David hallucinated about the great development BMX freestyle of today. This inspired him.
However, since there is always room for improvement, he saw this as an opportunity to develop, innovate and design something that could potentially be beneficial to a wider public, younger kids, boys and girls.
After some research and further market studies, David realised that regardless whether you are a professional or an amateur rider there was a specific need in the global market of BMX in order for the progression that could potentially advance and help some riders to improve their performance, and simply to push the motivation to ride BMX. That would be developing lighter and stronger products and components.
SO WHAT WAS MISSING vs. WHAT IS NEEDED?
A general first thought was naturally to create a much lighter BMX bicycle. But, that also most importantly needs to be strong and durable for all kind of disciplines within the sports of BMX taking into consideration the jumps, hard landings and crashes.
Ultimately, the idea is to enhance and improve the performance in terms of riding BMX as a hobby and pure pleasure as well as a profession for elite BMX athletes.
However, foremost to promote this highly entertaining and joyful sports art to new comers and kids. A light BMX bike will encourage anyone of all sizes, age and to encourage more female riders.
Quality Tested Products
The first prototypes were created seven years ago, in 2013 and has since been tested by multiple international riders within two BMX disciplines such as; Park/Street and Flatland.
How much do Viking BMX products weigh?
Frame: 1.1 – 1.2Kg
Handelbar: 0.525 Kg
Fork: 0.5 Kg
Please visit www.vikingbmx.com