BERK-VEHOVAR COMPOSITES – A COMPANY OF CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS
After years of friendship and cycling together, Jure and Andraž founded the company Berk-Vehovar Composites in 2014. What started as a garage project turned into a company specializing in carbon ﬁber bicycle saddles. Jure’s surname Berk is also the company’s trademark, and Andraž leads the company with his valuable long-term experience in the ﬁeld of research, engineering and development.
An important partner with whom the company can implement ideas is GorjupDesign, a designer of complex carbon molds. In 2018, the Berk brand was ordered by the Italian bicycle manufacturer Colnago designed special Berk saddles with a gold bridge for the limited line of C64 Gold Private Collection bikes. In recent years, the company Berk has been working closely with the manufacturer of sports shoes, the Slovenian company Alpina, together they are developing and designing light cycling shoes, which will also be available for sale in 2023. Berk is assisted by the Spanish company Darimo when assembling the lightest bicycle, which ensures that all the remaining components on the Berk bike are the lightest. Berk products were also tested for several years by top Slovenian cyclists – Tadej Pogačar and Matej Mohorič. Pogačar also rode Berk shoes for the ﬁrst year in the 2019 season in the UAE Team Emirates, and Mohorič actively participated in the testing and development of the shoes until the end of the 2021 season. In the last year, the Berk company also began to cooperate with the Fonda Sport Performance bike ﬁtting company | biomechanics | sports science, which specializes in diagnostic and interventional treatment of cyclists. Their unique high-tech measuring equipment enables monitoring of pedal forces and direct insight into mechanical eﬃciency, seat pressure measurement and monitoring of the whole body in 3D space.
For the needs of promotion and marketing, Berk cooperates with many renowned Slovenian photographers and video producers, such as Uroš Podlogar, Luka Svetic, Aleš Fevžer, Alen Milavec, Tit Košir. Studio Miklavc took care for the overall image and design. For the last few years, Berk has been sponsoring the cycling team Ljubljana Gusto Santic and several other cycling teams from abroad. After eight years, Berk is mainly famous for bicycle saddles that combine lightness and comfort in one. Even in the future, the company will continue to devote itself and focus mainly on the cycling sport, which in the last period has experienced a great boom in the recreational ﬁeld as well.