Prefestka

Prefestka

If you attended the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, you may have encountered a track bike with a pink mirror finish that was more spaceship than speed bike. It was presented by Czech brand Festka, who employ a Mr. Hrubý to assemble their frames. Before Festka, Hrubý built frames under his own brand of Rozzo. This is a restored Rozzo—now named Prefestka in homage.

Prague’s Urbanvelo Unlimited came across this Rozzo in a rusty, beaten-up condition hardly befitting the skill and local respect of its builder and brought it back to life. A respray and a new set of decals with the clever Pre-Festka title later, the frame was ready to be built up. Urbanvelo assembled it with period-correct components from Shimano’s 600 range.

Prefestka’s story doesn’t end there. Peter Pech, a Slovakian photographer, had been riding downhill and freeride MTB for years, until he came across the lugged steel beauties on Cycle EXIF, pouncing upon the Prefestka when it was offered for sale as a first foray into the world of the skinny tire. Peter made it more familiar by converting it to a single chainring, adding a MTB cassette and flat pedals.

Needless to say, Peter’s been having a helluva ride upon his new Prefestka—although from the looks of Urbanvelo’s other builds, photographed in the snow, I’d probably prefer fatter tires. The rear brake mounted fore of the seat stays is my favorite detail, as well as Urbanvelo’s ‘Prasumbus’ tubing sticker, featuring a flying pig instead of Columbus’ dove. See more on Peter’s website.

Prefestka
Prefestka
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Prefestka

  • madman

    How big is the biggest cog? 32 tooth? 30? I don´t think that 600 short cage derailleur is capable of running it.

    • Peter Pech

      Hi madman, it’s 32t. There is no problem with the biggest cog, shifting is nice and smooth.

      • madman

        I would have to see it to believe it. Every short cage derailleur I have tried only accept up to 28t cassettes. With bigger cogs the top sheave rubs with the cogs and doesn´t work as it should.

    • Zdenek Formanek

      RD-6401 is constructed for 28cgs. maximum (catalogue). I without probles was using for 30cgs (53/39 + 13-30), and at maybe 3 bikes I combined RD-6401 with 32cgs with SHORTer chain and siglespeed (top pulley must be at bigger distantion). Funny info: Dura-Ace RD-7401 is constructed for max26, good working with 28cgs, with 30cgs and 53-39 is problem. And new 9 or 10 systems? 32/34cgs NO problem :o) And SHORT CAGE Shimano Deore DX (catalogue max 28cgs.) 34cgs no problem too. But all these solutions are “recycle bicycle”, not ideal, but optimal. Zdenek URBANVELO.UNLIMITED

  • DerHoggz

    I don’t think it was made to accept such large tires.

    • madman

      Yes, I think so, but Prague it´s not the best city for riding with skinny tyres.

    • Peter Pech

      Originally it came with 28mm Hutchinson tires, but they had to be replaced soon. I underestimated how much bigger Continental 28mm would be. Anyway, roads on my daily commute in Bratislava are not very good, so the more rubber the better.