NAHBS 2013: Festka’s Crowd-Funded Zero Lugged Carbon Road Bike Gets Real, Plus Shiny Track Discs!

Festka Rocket Wheels full disc track bike wheels on a steel bicycle frame

There was simply no missing Czech builder Festka’s Rocket Wheel. It is a full carbon disc tubular track wheel, made for 19mm or 23mm wheels depending on how you’ll use them. The carbon layers are laid up differently based on the rider, so they’re full custom. Weights start as light as 790g for the front wheel.

They’re mounted on a Columbus Zona steel frame with chrome finish and silver welds. The complete bike would run about $10,000.

If you think this one’s bright, cover your eyes and head past the break for the day glow pink Zero…

Festka Rocket Wheels full disc track bike wheels on a steel bicycle frame

Festka Zero custom lugged carbon fiber road bike gets through crowd funding and in production

The Zero is a bike we’ve covered before as it entered a crowd funding program. We’re happy to say the campaign was successful and now that they’re home from the show, they’re going into production. Called Projekt 200 because they only had 200 full custom frames available through the deal, it’s offered on three different tube sets depending on intended use.

Festka Zero custom lugged carbon fiber road bike gets through crowd funding and in production

Besides being their first lugged carbon model, it sets itself apart with the use of cork inside the tubes in key sections to damp vibration. Check this post for pricing and some specs.

Festka Zero custom lugged carbon fiber road bike gets through crowd funding and in production

Fibers are oriented at absolutely 0° to increase stiffness, then over wrapped with a cross weave to make it torsionally strong.

Festka Pablo Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike with annual special edition paint scheme

The Pablo is their Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike that gets a new limited edition paint design every year.

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7 thoughts on “NAHBS 2013: Festka’s Crowd-Funded Zero Lugged Carbon Road Bike Gets Real, Plus Shiny Track Discs!

  1. Glad to see them getting some coverage. I decided to take the plunge on one of the Projekt 200 frames and am now eagerly awaiting the build… I’m still, as yet, undecided on the pink however…

  2. I like people seeing if they can reduce vibration by filling tubes with stuff. Seriously.

    I’m trying to get my physics/engineering buddy who wants to build a frame to do a study on how vibration is affected when a steel tubeset is coated with plastidip (or something similar) on the inside.

  3. @InsightTree – no, not really. 0 degrees refers to the longitudinal axis of the tube – the fibers are essentially in line with the tube and then, according to the caption, they put an angled (“bias”) wrap over the top of the unidirection fibers to get torsional properties. That’s what the article says, but in reality a tube in a truss is either in tension or compression. In compression, a pure unidirectional tube could buckle, so the bias wrap is really just their to keep the unidirectional fibers from buckling.

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