Czech Mate: Brodie’s Festka Zero

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

While the Czech workshop, or dílna, of Festka is more widely known for their stainless steel and titanium frames, their catalogue is actually spearheaded by a carbon offering. Currently, it’s the One series, but previously, the headliner was the lugged Zero.

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

This is Brodie’s new Festka Zero, which he bought as a frameset and obsessively selected the components for. Brodie currently resides in Singapore, and has been personally testing the worthiness of Festka’s in-house carbon construction.

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

Festka make all of their frames at their Prague factory, including their carbon flagships. They work closely with Compotech, a Czech leader in, well, composite technology, to develop their individual tubing layups.

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

Brodie states the disclaimer that he’s no bike mechanic, but he gave us this description of Festka’s carbon frames: “Festka takes a unique approach when it comes to their tubing layup; basically there’s two tube profiles — an outer and inner shell within each other — and placed between these two tubes is a Kevlar honeycomb-shaped buffer which, supposedly, increases the stiffness considerably, but at the same time offers excellent ride dampening properties. All in all, I think the frameset looks great and the attention to detail and finishing is immaculate.”

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

The parts list makes for a solid and dependable road whip: a custom painted 3T Rigid fork is joined to the frame with a Chris King headset, topped with a Thomson cockpit mounted by the Ultegra Di2 computer. The battery is integrated into the seat post.

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

Brodie complemented the modern frame by selecting Rotor’s uber-tech 3d+ cranks, and between them is a ceramic Rotor bottom bracket. There’s nothing classic about this Festka, and it’s suitably rolling on a pair of Fulcrum Racing Nite wheels.

Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero

The final weight is not impressive by weight-weenie standards, but Brodie loves it, describing it as “an all-round top bike”. 2015 was a big year for Festka, and we can expect to see much more from the Czech shop over the next year.

Special thanks to Brodie for the fantastic photos.

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Czech Mate: Brodie's Festka Zero