Over 120 years ago, ŠKODA started life as a cycle company. Since then our love for two wheels has never wavered. Cycling has remained important to us and we’ve honoured that heritage ever since.


When co-founder Vaclav Klement bought a bicycle from a German manufacturer which broke shortly afterwards, he teamed up with bike mechanic Vaclav Laurin, and they began producing their own bicycles.

Where it all began

Besides their first names and a love for cycling, they had another thing in common: a strong inventive spirit. 1895 saw their first invention together, a bike called the ‘Slavia’.

The rise of the Slavia

After just a short time, there were already five Slavia models on offer, including a lady’s bike and a hybrid bike. Step by step, the bicycle range was expanded. There were tandem bikes ‘for two gentlemen’ and ‘for a gentleman and a lady’, children’s bikes for boys and girls, delivery tricycles and speciality bicycles with a drive shaft.

1899 - 1901

The start of our cycling heritage.

Evolved to our motoring legacy.


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