Showing posts with label Viva. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Viva. Show all posts

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Viva Juliett

The Viva Juliett is a Danish-made 7-speed.

The Viva Juliett is currently on sale at Nashbar for $970.  Viva is a small Danish company that was started in 2006 by Lars Andersen.

First I was struck by the beauty and elegance of this bike: the intricate design on the chaincase, the spokes on the rear fender where, traditionally, the skirt guard/coat protector would be, the rear carrier which appears to be wound with bamboo.  Then I was impressed that it's available for less than $1,000.

The Juliett comes with dynamo lights and roller brakes (which should make Mr. Hembrow happy). Here are the specs:

CRANKSETViva Classic
CHAINRINGS42 t alloy
CHAIN COVERViva Signature alloy cover
BOTTOM BRACKETCartridge bearing, allen bolt
PEDALSViva classic pedal
RIMSViva 700c alloy
FRONT HUBSturmey Archer drumbrake/dynamo
REAR HUBShimano 7 speed Rollerbrake or 3 speed coaster
TIRESchwalbe Delta Cruiser. Kevlar on Entry model
INNER TUBEPresta valve
SADDLEGyes leather saddle. Vinyl on entry models
SEATPOSTAlloy 26,2 mm
CARRIERViva design alloy

Monday, February 4, 2013

Viva Strada

Viva Bike Design began in 2006 by Lars Anderson, a cycling superstar in Denmark.  

The Strada is all about a comfortable stylish transportation bike.   It's branded as a luxury bike and looks the part with paint-matched fenders, rack and chainguard.  The drivetrain is a simple Sturmey Archer 3 speed with a SA drum brake up front.   I expect the Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires to give it a smooth ride.  The bike has unique pedals and chain guard, swoopy V and all.   Overall the bike is a nice balance between masculine and something that's too delicate. 

The front rack separates the Strada from the other models.  It looks good but I'm not sure of the capacity due to it's three point mount.  I'll contrast it with more typical frame mounted racks (that don't move with the front wheel) or stenco-type racks that mount to the handlebars and the wheel axle.   Still, if you had to carry a purse, backpack, box of pastries, or dozen doughnuts this rack would work just fine.   There are mounts for a rear rack as well.

The price for the Strada is $1200, but you might be able to find them for less.

If you'd like to hear more about Viva check out the review of the Kilo at Bicycle Times. The Kilo upgrades to 7 speed (Shimano) rear hub with rollerbrake, dynohub and lights.  Mikes Bikes has the Kilo classic (sans dynohub and lights) marked down from $1400 to $999 at the moment.

All images compliments of Viva.