I purchased Vika+ bikes for my husband and myself this Christmas. Because we live in Minnesota, we took a road trip to Nashville in order to have a chance to ride where it was warmer. To our delight, we can fit both bikes into our Prius along with suitcases.
Overall, we love the bikes. I am sure we will get a lot of use out of them when the weather is warmer (It is below zero here today!)
I was disappointed to find the front fender rubbing the day after I bought it. I held it up with a rubber band and it seems to have adjusted now. It no longer rubs with or without the rubber band.
Some women have complained that the bike is hard to fold. It is, but I’m over 65 and can fold it up by myself. Lifting it is another matter. I get help with that.
My husband also has some comments. I am including them below.
“Both my wife and I have the Vika+, and in general we really like them, but there are a few items which I would change.
First, although the handle bar grips are wider than normal, and thus are easier on your hands than standard round grips, they are still not as comfortable as the Ergon grips I have on another bike. I am not sure how the grips of the Vika+ are attached so am not sure if it is possible to easily replace the existing grips with the Ergons.
Second, The magnetic disk which is intended to hold the bike together when folded does not work on my bike - the two disks simply do not align no matter how they are adjusted. Even if it did work, it is a rather kludgy, frail design, not matching the elegance of the rest of the bike. I think the bike shop I got the bike from had the same problem with alignment, as only half of the disks were installed when I picked up the bike. I am currently in the process of getting feedback from Blix on this alignment issue, and so far they are good at getting back to me. My wife’s bike aligns well enough to work as intended, but mine does not.
Third, the folding pedals do not allow toe clips to be attached, and riding without them is rather slippery. This, however, is at least fixable by replacing the folding pedals with quick release pedals that do allow toe clips. I tried a temporary fix of Velcro straps which are used on fixies, but it is difficult to secure the second foot. One has to bend over while moving to secure this foot, and the side of the pedal is too slippery to make this easy.
There are 4 assist levels plus one level of no assist, but the battery may turn off if riding with no assist. This would be ok, except this also turns off the odometer and other control panel features. I do like the battery shutting down if not in use, but not so much while riding the bike.
The knob that secures the handlebars when upright has loosened on me while riding, so I need to be sure this is firmly tightened and checked occasionally.
We do not intend to return our bikes, as overall we are quite pleased with them, but be sure to read about the qualifiers on returning the bike within 30 days (check when the 30 days start and the significant restocking fee for example) if this is an issue for you.”