Figured this would make a worthy first post. After thoroughly enjoying my converted roadie, I’ve been feeling the itch to get a better (smaller) sized frame, and then figured I wanted to do a whole new build with a frame that’s not only better sized, but prettier, since I’ve managed to put aside a bit of money over the holidays.
I’ve been planning the build for a month or so now, with a better idea of what parts I want after time spent riding and reading, with most of my time spent trying to decide on - and track down - the ideal frame. After many weeks of thought, I’ve found myself returning to http://vikingcycles.com/
I like what I’ve read, the price point is just right for me, aesthetically and structurally it’s just what I’m looking for. And testimonies I’ve come across are encouraging (though dated) but I’m having some real issues contacting them to see if they’ve got plans to bring in more stock. Email seems to bounce back and Joseph hasn’t been active on twitter for a little while. There’re a few promising bits of info I’ve found (such as this tweet from July 2011), but at this point I’m chasing ghosts.
TLDR: Hoping someone’s got some more recent info on Viking Cycles, very keen to base my build around one of their frames.
Have you got a link? I haven’t been able to find prices, and the models I’ve seen so far have paint jobs which I really don’t need since I’m just interested in a plain black frame (related to this, not sure whether decals would be removable). The Viking appealed to me because of this, and because of the chromed track ends.
What makes the colossi a better choice?
1 - They are available/in stock
2 - For the same coin you will drop on a Viking you could get a Custom Built colossi to your size/spec
3 - Off the shelf model’s are nice/classic styled/cheaper so you can get better parts
Are you sure you could get a custom built one for the same price? I’ve had a look at their catalogue but haven’t been able to find pricing, but from what I’ve seen I’m a bit skeptical of a custom built frame for $600 aus.
And the off the shelf models are unfortunately not what I’m looking for, or, if they are, are significantly more expensive (at least at Gear Shop Brisbane). I’m pretty set on a number of criteria which I’ve found limits the options open to me in a certain price range (one of which being a viking).
Thanks for the tip though, I’ll keep researching colossi.
If there’s anyone though who’s had contact with Viking recently it’d be great to hear from you.
Yeah it’s looking rather grim.
That said, I’m not in a real rush as I’ve got my trusty roadie conversion, and I’m not fussed with used frames, so if a second hand one came along that ticked my boxes I’d snatch it up. While I’ve seen the Alien a mate got in 2010 and liked what I’ve heard from a user on these forums (mentioned above) about contact with the company, that was a while ago, and things do change.
Thanks again for the tip re colossi - every new brand I become away of makes it easier to determine what I want and what’s out there.
i got an x world champs frame set built by one of the better Australian frame builders in amazing condition 4 years ago for $600 when proper track/njs/sherifstar shit was at it’s peek in pricing…
tight geo…you could drive a fucking bus between the down tube and the front wheel…
get on ebay, gumtree, trademe , or craigeslist and buy a real fucking track frame… the hipsters don’t want em( too expensive ) the thai mafia are dead and the old boys that know whats what around here have more than they could ever ride or better things to throw their monies at…
you for fingers to do the walking… or lock this shit up brendan