It’s always a good idea to check the steering rod once in a while as part of general maintenance. But we just learned that some of the complete build MRK3 bikes have left Taiwan with the steering rod and ball joints not tightened properly.
It is the responsibility of the dealer where you purchased your Omnium bike to check the bike in detail for any safety or performance issues before passing it over to the owner. But just to be on the safe side we are issuing a general urgent message to all owners and dealers to check the steering linkage on all Omnium bikes.
If you are qualified to do this yourself then you should remove the rod assembly with an Allen key and spanner. Unscrew one of the ball bearing heads completely and remove the washer. Then re-insert it and tighten it up again. Tighten up the other ball joint. They should now align and be ready to be remounted. If you have any doubts of your ability to do this then please walk your bike to the dealer where you bought it and ask them to help. If you don’t want to take the bike back to the dealer then any competent bike mechanic will be able to do the job in 5 minutes.
Please get in touch if you need more info.
If you are riding the Budapest streets, or those of the sweet German town of Bonn, then we’ve got new dealers to help you Omniumize.
+49 228 981 3660
Bajnok Fixie & Single Shop
Szív utca 11
+36 1 706 3041
We are happy to welcome our first Italian dealer in the fine city of Milan.
Cargo Bike Ciclofficina
Via Gaffurio 5
+39 340 302 8431
We now have a dealer in Grenada, Spain.
Calle Buensuceso ,nº40 Local
teléfono 670 407 450
A very nice man called Paulus Palmqvist who rides for Hyötypyörä in Helsinki, Finland, has written a short piece on the Omnium Mini. Really beautiful photos too by Kim Heikkinen.
On my messenger career there’s been couple of turning points.
First was switching from geared bike to single speeds and later fixed gears. The second was getting a rack to the front.
Now I think the third is Omnium Mini.
I’ve been riding my Mini almost a year now and I’ve been loving it. It feels and handles like my Steamroller but can haul double the cargo than my rack and the best thing is that the weight doesn’t affect on steering. Also BMX-type of feeling wants me to funny/stupid stuff on it which makes the riding super fun.
Even better news for you! Now you can get it in three sizes!!
So far it has taken easily what Helsinki weather and conditions can offer even though our last winter (luckily) was sorta easy this year (2013-14).
At first I was afraid that the 451 mm front wheel picks up every cobble stone in front of me (believe me we have that stuff a lot in Helsinki) but in the end it didn’t do that so much. Especieally on the second version with shorter chainstays it sort of hovers when leaning back.
Rearend can fit stupid enough sized tires and the fork too and everything is sized that you can find and replace the part easily.
Seatpost is 27,2, bottom bracket “English” threaded, 1 1/8 headtube, 135 mm spacing for the rear hub. Disc only (sorry if you fancy rim brakes).
So far I’ve been enjoying the bike singlespeeded and fixed and works like a charm. 15 kgs makes a bit of stand but it doesn’t really feel while you’re riding
Don’t get me going about color choices..
Bottom line is. If I was a big messenger company owner that provided bikes to its messengers my choice would be Omnium Mini.
Paulus/ Helsinki rookie 2000 and still going strong
It’s happened! We have a new delivery of all models – and currently we have all the sizes. All three models now come in Small, Medium and Large. Just go to the model page and see the details of geometry etc. Check out the sweet colours below. Photos of all the bikes coming very soon.
Matt Black Powder Toughcoat + Silver Graphics
Gloss Copper Metallic + Black Graphics
Gloss Classy Grey Metallic + Black Graphics
Gloss Midnight Blue Metallic + Silver Graphics
Gloss Ruby Red Metallic + Black Graphics
Gloss Pearl White Metallic + Gold Graphics
We are thinking of offering this design on a T-shirt. Would you be interested? Why not drop us a mail if you are. Then we can gauge how many to order. Printed on organic T-shirts. We will have a price guide soon but it won’t be too expensive.
Once again a big thank you to all our customers for the positive reception of our first production models. Great interest and sales mean that we can expand production and offer even better and more varied products in 2014.
2014 will bring:
Omnium Cargo in three sizes (January)
Mini in three sizes (late July)
Mini-Max in thre sizes (late Julyl)
Plus hopefully a new Omnium prototype will start testing. There will also be new colors and small improvements on the existing frame designs.
All models will be available as complete bikes or as framekits with pre-installed headsets. Will also be stocking all parts for partial or complete builds.
The website will be updated with specifications on the bikes and prices when we get closer to January. Better specifications at lower prices. Any clever color ideas for the July batch would be appreciated – please write in!