Czech brand Festka has unveiled its Spectre road bike in a ‘Bodies’ finish from Polish artist Jakub Kois, available in a limited edition of just 10 pieces. We spotted this spectacular-looking machine at the recent Bespoked handmade bicycle show in Dresden, Germany.
Festka specialises in high-end carbon frames and the Spectre is said to be “the stiffest and most explosive frame” in its range.
Location pics: Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling
It features a wishbone seatstay and you can usually choose between a standard seatpost and an integrated seatpost design (where the seat tube extends well beyond the top tube junction and has the saddle clamp attached directly to the top). You can even opt for a custom geometry if you like.
Festka says that the frame weighs 1,035g (in a size medium) and will take tyres up to 33mm wide.
Over a year ago, while riding with a group of clients, Festka’s co-founder and bike designer Michael Moureček had a big crash. The former professional road racer seriously injured his leg and underwent major surgery.
“Luckily everything went well and following hundreds of hours of physiotherapy and exercise, Michael was back in shape to ride a bike,” says Festka. “However, he soon realised his body and his current bike weren’t one anymore – the perfect moment to employ one of the main advantages of Festka’s production technology: the unlimited ability to alter the frames’ geometry enabling the brand to accommodate any rider’s special needs.”
Studio pics: Festka
The Bodies graphics came about after a chance meeting between Michael and Jakub Kois, an artist, illustrator and silkscreen printer who has for many years been living and working in Prague, the city where Festka is based.
“It was only a matter of a few weeks before Jakub could start devising a rich cast of characters forming a complex, conceptual design scheme in which human bodies appear in all sizes and shapes; some painted in full colour, some drawn in outline; cycling, running, flying, cheering, embracing,” says Festka. “The scheme is full of life and rich in details and ideas, brilliantly thought out and executed by hand.”
Festka decided to offer Jakub’s work as a limited edition called Bodies which will go on sale at 1pm UK time on Tuesday 31st October. Ten Spectre frames will be painted by the artist – by hand – and sold as full builds only.
Each Festka Spectre Bodies frame will be fitted with a Columbus Futura Disc fork. It’ll be built up with Shimano’s top-level Dura-Ace Di2 12-speed groupset, and Rocket Wheels (62 mm depth) with Tune Prince and Princess hubs.
Enve provides the handlebar/stem, the saddle is a Selle Italia SLR C59, and the tyres are Vittoria Corsas.
The price? Ah yes, well, that’s where things start to get tricky. You’re looking at €18,490 (around £16,137 at today’s exchange rate). Still, if you have the cash and you want to be pretty sure that you’ll never run into anyone else on the same bike, you can get along to Festka’s website. The Spectre Bodies bikes will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.