I read somewhere that Viking was started by a couple of disgruntled QA1 employees. If so, the quality should be top shelf. I bought QA1's four years ago, and have about ten miles on them.
That's pretty close..... ex-QA1 guys that didn't like certain business practices is the "PC" version
of how it happened. Basically the engineer in question took his "ball" (his patent designs) and left.....
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