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Festka’s 5 Most Popular Custom Carbon Gravel & Road Bikes of 2022

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At the start of every year, Czech handmade custom bike builder Festka looks back at their most popular bike builds of the past 12 months. And for 2022, the traditionally road-focused builder leans more towards gravel with their Scout & Rover models edging out the Scalatore & Spectre for the Top-5 spots with the most likes on social media.

Let’s take a closer look…

#1 Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike

all c. Festka, photos by Ondřej Szollosz, Tom Hnida & LightWolf

The most popular custom Festka on social media in 2023 was this pop-art gravel bike collaboration with graphic artist Matt Stanbury, aka Glörious. And interestingly, while the other bikes in the Top-5 are mostly one-off custom builds, this most striking design is now one of Festka’s limited edition series finishes.

Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #1/5, rear end

Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #1/5, Donuts!

Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #1/5, fork detail No Cake, No Glory

Glörious designed the primary colors and donut-themed pop combo for his own Scout adventure gravel bike. But Festka “fell in love with it”, so they agreed to make it a super limited edition. Matt’s build includes the ever-flashy BikeAhead 6-spoke wheels in their latest BiTurbo Aero configuration and Campagnolo’s lightest gravel groupset – the 1x 13-speed Ekar mechanical. This also happened to be one of the earliest Festkas to get the full 1.5″ headset to route cables into the frame, but still opts for a more serviceable cable routing setup.

Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike, limited edition frameset

As for the look you can actually buy, the Festka x Glorious pop-art design is limited to just 9 total framesets – this one going to Matt, himself – with each being slightly different. There’s also a pop-art Festka x Glorious T-shirt available for a whole lot less.

#2 Festka Scalatore “Kafka on a bike” road bike

Festka Scalatore “Kafka on a bike” road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #2/5

This elaborate hand-painted bike is out of the ultimate custom “You By Festka” project. Highlighting the intricate work of one of Festka’s favorite Czech artists Michal Bačák, the concept was to recreate some of the mind-bending scenes from Franz Kafka, the famous author born in Prague where the bike was made.

Festka Scalatore “Kafka on a bike” road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #2/5, frame detail

Festka Scalatore “Kafka on a bike” road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #2/5, downtube logo

Festka Scalatore “Kafka on a bike” road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #2/5, fork detail

From afar, this custom lightweight carbon Scalatore road bike appears subtle in black & white, but up close the details keep coming. The Kafka on a bike Scalatore gets a classic SRAM Red eTap AXS 2×12 wireless electronic disc brake build with mid-depth ENVE SES carbon wheels & cockpit.

#3 Festka Rover Tinted gravel bike

Festka Rover Tinted gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #3/5

This fast gravel & all-road Rover is pretty low-key in the grand scheme of custom carbon Festka bikes. But it’s the translucent blue paint that really makes it pop, revealing the intricate filament-woven carbon tubes that Festka has custom-made by Czech manufacturing partner CompoTech in one of the company founder’s home town.

Festka Rover Tinted gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #3/5, rear end

Festka Rover Tinted gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #3/5, blue tinted top tube

Built with custom geometry for an especially tall customer, this Festka Rover Tinted gets an all-Campagnolo build. It pairs an Ekar 1×13 gruppo to a set of tubeless Campy Shamal Carbon wheels and fast-rolling Schwalbe G-One Speed gravel tires, plus an Enve carbon cockpit.

#4 Festka Rover Ondrash & Kasparek gravel bike

Festka Rover Ondrash & Kasparek gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #4/5

Late in 2021 Festka brought back the artist duo Ondrash & Kasparek to create a couple of show bikes, highlighting their latest limited edition Artist Series. And this was the first actual customer that decided to work with O&K to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Using water transfers to bring the swirling designs into 3 dimensions, this one opts for turquoise & magenta over a clean white canvas.

Festka Rover Ondrash & Kasparek gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #4/5, rear detail

Festka Rover Ondrash & Kasparek gravel bike, Top-5 of 2022 #4/5, top tube detail

The Festka Rover Ondrash & Kasparek gravel bike started off with a more reserved build featuring SRAM Force AXS 2x, but quickly goes off the chain with a CeramicSpeed OSPW upgrade and German-made Beast carbon wheels & cockpit.

#5 Festka Spectre Beast road bike

Festka Spectre Beast road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #5/5

Rounding out the top-5 of 2022 is this low-key Festka Spectre road bike tricked out in more Beast carbon… although it hardly seems appropriate to call something this shiny low-key. The idea was originally something more flashy, matching Beast’s unique red-tinted carbon on the frameset as well. But Festka art director Tom Hnida thought it would be too much, and calm heads prevailed.

Festka Spectre Beast road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #5/5, build kit

Festka Spectre Beast road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #5/5, red Beast carbon rims

Festka Spectre Beast road bike, Top-5 of 2022 #5/5, red frame logo

In the end, of the Dresden-made Beast carbon components, the RX60 aero wheels, full carbon saddle & stem all got the red-tinted resin over square carbon fabric, while the Beast bar, seatpost & bottle cages stuck with a glossy clear coat over those big square fibers. Then, Festka gave the extra stiff race-ready Spectre a matching high-gloss clear finish, even in their basic Core design, just picking up the matching translucent red for its logo details only, revealing their intricate carbon weave beneath.

The whole bike was built up by our wheelbuilder & mechanic friends at Light Wolf Studios with SRAM Force AXS, literally just next door to where Beast manufactures these carbon components. Read all about the build on their site, or just watch that Dream Build video.

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  1. Wow, those Festka bikes are on a whole new level! I cant decide which one I love more, the Pop-Art gravel bike or the Kafka on a bike road bike. Theyre both so unique and eye-catching!

  2. Wow, those Festka bikes are truly works of art! Cant decide which one I love more, the Pop-Art gravel bike or the Kafka on a bike road bike.

    • I totally get your enthusiasm, but lets be real here. Bikes are meant to be ridden, not just stared at. Instead of obsessing over aesthetics, lets focus on performance and functionality. Thats what truly matters. #ridethebike #functionoverform

  3. I cant believe Festka keeps raising the bar with their custom bikes! The Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike is a real head-turner.

  4. Wow, the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike is a real head-turner! Love the bold colors and unique design. Definitely a statement piece on the road!

  5. Wow, those Festka bikes are pure eye candy! Cant decide which one I love more, the Pop-Art or the Kafka-inspired Scalatore. Thoughts, anyone?

  6. Wow, these Festka bikes are truly works of art! Cant decide which one I love more – the Pop-Art gravel bike or the Kafka-inspired road bike. So unique!

  7. Wow, Festka really knows how to turn heads with their custom carbon bikes! Loving the creative designs on the Glorious Scout and Scalatore.

    • I dont get what the fuss is about. Festkas designs look like a poor attempt at being edgy. Give me a classic steel frame any day. Its all about timeless elegance, not flashy carbon gimmicks.

  8. Comment: Wow, Festkas custom carbon bikes are pure eye candy! Cant decide which one I love more – the artsy Scout or the edgy Kafka. Whats your pick?

    • I couldnt disagree more. The Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike looks like a garish monstrosity. The colors clash and the design is just trying too hard. Give me a sleek, timeless bike any day over this eyesore.

  9. Wow! Festkas custom carbon bikes are so eye-catching, especially the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike. Love the vibrant colors!

  10. Wow, these Festka bikes are a masterpiece! Cant decide which one I love more – the vibrant Pop-Art or the artistic Rover Ondrash & Kasparek. Thoughts?

    • I couldnt agree more! Festka bikes truly are works of art. Personally, Im torn between the bold and lively Pop-Art design and the intricate beauty of the Rover Ondrash & Kasparek. Its like trying to choose between Picasso and Van Gogh!

  11. Wow, those Festka bikes are like works of art on wheels! Loving the pop-art vibes of the Scout and the Kafka-inspired design of the Scalatore. Biking in style, baby!

    • Seriously? I dont get the hype over Festka bikes. They seem overpriced and overrated. There are plenty of other brands out there that offer better value for money. But hey, to each their own. #differentstrokes

  12. Wow, the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike is a real head-turner! Love the vibrant colors and funky design. Definitely stands out from the crowd!

    • Both options sound intriguing, but Id personally go for the Pop-Art. The vibrant colors and playful design would definitely make a statement while riding around. Kafka on a bike might be a tad too existential for my taste. Enjoy your ride!

  13. I couldnt disagree more. Festka bikes are overpriced and overrated. Sure, they may look pretty, but when it comes to performance and value for money, there are plenty of other brands out there that blow them out of the water. Dont fall for the hype.

    • Seriously? Those Festka bikes are overrated and overpriced. There are plenty of other brands out there with better quality and value. Dont get caught up in the hype, do your research before splurging on one of those.

  14. Wow, these Festka bikes are like works of art on wheels! Loving the unique designs and attention to detail. Time to save up!

  15. Wow, these Festka bikes are seriously next level! Cant decide which ones my favorite, theyre all so unique and eye-catching. #bikegoals

  16. Seriously? Theyre just overpriced bikes with fancy branding. Save your money and go for a more affordable option. Dont get caught up in the hype.

  17. Wow, those Festka bikes are pure eye candy! Cant decide which one I love more, the Scout Pop-Art or the Rover Ondrash & Kasparek.

  18. Wow, the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike is a head-turner! Loving the vibrant colors and unique design. Would definitely make a statement on the road!

  19. I couldnt disagree more. Sure, the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike may look flashy, but Im more interested in performance and durability, not just a fancy paint job. Give me a reliable bike any day over a piece of art on wheels.

    • I couldnt disagree more. Festkas bikes are overrated and the pop-art vibes on the Scout look tacky. I prefer something more classic and timeless. But hey, to each their own.

  20. I totally disagree! Festka bikes are overrated and overpriced. There are plenty of other brands out there that offer better quality and value for money. Dont let the fancy paint job blind you to the reality.

  21. I couldnt disagree more. The Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike is nothing more than an overpriced fashion statement. Give me a reliable, affordable bike any day over this pretentious piece of art.

    • I couldnt disagree more. Festkas bikes are just overpriced gimmicks. The pop-art design on the Scout is nothing but a desperate attempt to distract from its mediocre performance. Ill stick to brands that focus on substance over style.

    • Sorry, but I fail to see the appeal. Sure, they may look fancy, but isnt a bike meant for practicality and performance? Id rather invest in a reliable and efficient bike than a work of art that might just gather dust in my garage. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

  22. Seriously? That bike looks like a neon explosion. Not my taste at all. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. #NotFeelingIt

  23. Wow, Festka really nailed it with their custom carbon bikes this year! Loving the bold designs and unique collaborations. Cant wait to see what they come up with next!

    • I couldnt disagree more. Festka bikes may look flashy, but they lack substance. I prefer bikes that are built to perform, not just to make heads turn. Quality and functionality should always come before aesthetics.

    • Sorry, but I have to disagree. While the Festka x Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike may be visually striking, art is best appreciated in a museum where it can be admired without the distractions and dangers of the road. Ride for the experience, not just for the aesthetics.

  24. Wow, Festka really nailed it with their custom carbon bikes! Loving the Glorious Scout Pop-Art gravel bike, so unique and vibrant!

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