A weight of 7.8 kg, 28 mm tires, and a classic frame without any damping elements or comfort-lending carbon parts. Except for the “gravel” in the name there is no indication of the Festka’s off-road ambitions. The key data makes it look just about like an endurance-bike. So how much gravel is there exactly in the Festka One Gravel?

Here you’ll find our current group test on the best gravel bike.

Festka One Gravel
Festka One Gravel | 7.80 kg | € 4,490 (frameset)

Get on and ride off! The Festka One Gravel loves hard pedal strokes and wastes nothing, giving everything it can in return. The very stiff frame sprints forward on tarmac and cuts turns with precision – responding to every steering impulse with an agile and playful character. Once you leave the road behind the same character is preserved: stiff, hard, and eager for speed. More experienced riders will be having fun, the less experienced ones on the other hand will ask what this is all about. On gravel the bike actually feels more like a traditional race bike than an endurance or gravel rig. The aluminium seat post and cockpit from 3T don’t seem to be adding any comfort, and the 420 mm handlebars feel rather narrow for gravel use.

Festka One Gravel

The 28 mm Tufo Comtura Duo tires have hardly any profile and quickly reach their limitations on gravel, even though their actual width leans more towards 30 mm. The only thing that really cries out gravel is the colour-matched SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain with a 11–42 t cassette. To sum it up the Festka weighs more than the Open U.P. and has worse off-road characteristics. Fitted with cross tires like Schwalbe’s G-Ones the bike feels much safer and offers far more grip, becoming a lively gravel racer in dry conditions. Yet the restricted tire clearance remains a strong argument against trips in the mud.

Festka One Gravel
Tuning-Tipp: Tires with more aggresive tread, Carbon seatpost and handlebars for added comfort

So is it all bad? Not at all! If you’re looking for an individual and above all, customisable racer which won’t stop you from taking gravel paths, the Festka is a great choice.

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Festka One Gravel
Für viel Schotter erhält man beim Festka One Gravel wenig Gravel-Kompetenz.

Thanks to the optional front derailleur clamp, a custom geometry, and the possibility of adding more durable BSA bottom bracket bearings to the package, this Czech carbon frame with titanium dropouts is an excellent option. Unfortunately all this doesn’t change the fact that the Festka One Gravel was treated as something of an obsolete beauty among our test field. The max tire clearance of 32 mm, the 135 mm dropouts and a very compact geometry for a gravel bike all feel a little outdated.

Festka One Gravel
Helmet Giro Synthe | Glasses Pit Viper The Absolute Freedom | Jersey Rapha Windblock Brevet | Gilet Rapha Brevet | Bibshorts Rapha Brevet | Socks Rapha Brevet | Shoes Shimano XC7

The Festka One Gravel in detail

Drivetrain SRAM Force 1
Wheelset Tune TSR 22 Disc
Brakes SRAM Force HRD
Tires TUFO Comtura 28
Weight 7.80 kg
Price € 4,490 (frameset)

Festka One Gravel
The choice of cockpit has a great impact on comfort and precision. In the case of the 3T aluminium cockpit, the precision feels right, but we’re missing the sort of damping properties we know from a good carbon handlebar.
Festka One Gravel
No makeup: Here we can see the individual carbon tubes and their structure. Festka uses more resistant tube sets on the One Gravel than on the classic One model.
Festka One Gravel
The Tufo Comtura Duo 28 mm tires are not suitable for gravel and limit any off-road ambition the Festka might have.
Festka One Gravel
The Festka is not restricted to just one chainring. If you want to fit a front derailleur you can do so with a classic clamp – a bit old school but in harmony with other technical frame features like the 135 mm rear dropouts.
Festka One Gravel
The slim bottom bracket design is extremely stiff and ensures maximum propulsion. Unfortunately, the rear end offers very little tire clearance for a gravel bike. This limits the use of the bike to nice-weather rides.
Festka One Gravel
On the limit: the spokes are very close to the brake caliper.

Geometry of the Festka One Gravel

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Lots of cash – € 4,490 for the frameset to be precise – for very little gravel-feel. The key data becomes evident in practice; the spec and technical features, tire clearance especially, aren’t recommended for serious off-road use. And even less so for gravel adventures. Despite its name, the Festka One Gravel remains a road bike. But if you are looking for a lively racer with an exclusive touch and want to keep riding when the tarmac runs out, you can have a closer look at the Gravel One.


– Playful and aggressive handling
– Light, super stiff, and precise


– Lacking gravel attitude
– Old-school features
– Slick tires not suitable for off-road use

More info at: www.festka.com

Here you’ll find our current group test on the best gravel bike.

All bikes in test: Legor Cicli LWTUA | Merida Silex 9000 | Moots Routt RSL | Open U.P. | Rondo Ruut CF2Salsa Cutthroat Force 1 | Specialized Diverge Comp | Specialized Sequoia Elite | Trek Crockett 7 Disc | Trek Procaliber 9.9 SL RSL | Votec VRX Elite

Words: Robin Schmitt, Manuel Buck, Benjamin Topf, Hannah Troop Photos: Valentin Rühl

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