Words: David Evans | Date:
The Continental bike is made of state of the art steel supplied by Columbus. In our opinion XCr is the best steel there ever was. It is constructed to perform long comfortable rides as per the riders desire (request). In general, we build more vigorous pieces that react well, this one is different. It is more peaceful yet strong.
What inspired you to build? What does the craft and the material you are using mean to you? Is it a job, a passion, an attitude?
Our bicycles are our attitude, our point of view. We are inspired by our clients and our dreams. It is a Festka rule to always put the customer first as we want the bikes to represent their riders, to fulfill their needs and give them an original and unique experience.
We chose to work with materials that motivate us to discover and evolve. Ever growing craftsmanship of steel fascinates us and the gradual mastering of carbon drives us to go further. We dream of our next projects and look forward to them with great passion.
How do you make a bike? What’s important to you in the process and what is it that sets you apart from other builders?
When we make a bike, we give a form to function. We encourage our customers to take part in the process and live the story of their bike from the very beginning. We give personal attention to detail and make sure that every part of the final product meets our standards. We achieve freedom in construction through fabrication of the basic elements like carbon fibers for carbon frames.
What does the Rapha Continental mean to you and to the bike you’ve built for us?
We are honored to be a part of the Rapha Continental. We love what we do and do what we love. To be appreciated for it is the greatest reward. Our philosophy is to deliver downright, simple and functional products that are well balanced and classical. We prefer clean minimalism to extreme sloping or high neck.
Tell us about your favourite bike ride.
Two of us – two favorites.
The sun is nearing the horizon and I am looking at the long shadow that I cast knowing it’s been a 200 Ks day and it makes me damn happy.
On a cold morning when it is hard to predict what the weather will be like, I set off nevertheless and we make it. In the end of the day, my bike and I are a team to be proud of.
In our journey to explore the Hidden Europe, where do you think we should go and ride and why?
Southern Bohemia – region called Sumava is the hidden treasure of the Czech republic. For four decades it used to be an army base on the border with no public access. Picturesque nature full of interesting paths, roads and trails. Relatively small area with hills, forests, valleys, plains and planes alongside rivers. True beauty.
What would you do, if you weren’t building bikes?
We would probably be aspiring frame builders:)
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