In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution we are very proud to offer this VERY limited edition Victor frame. The Velvet Revolution took place between November 17 and December 29, 1989 and is known as the six-week relatively peaceful and bloodless period of demonstrations that saw the overthrow of the Soviet regime in the former Czechoslovakia. Students, but also intellectuals, actors and writers protested in massive crowds on the streets of Prague, forcing the resignation of the Communist Party. The main figure behind the Velvet Revolution was the leader of the dissident Charter 77 movement - the playwright dissident Vaclav Havel. After the fall of communism, on January 1st 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two independent countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Havel was elected the first president of the Czech Republic. You can learn more about the Velvet Revolution here or about a trip to the Czech Republic here.
The Vic frame is our ultralight synthesis of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber material characteristics. Proprietary extruded aluminum down tube and top tubes are used up front, with carbon fiber seat tube, chainstays and seatstays, for a lighter weight and perfectly balanced professional road racing frame with outstanding acceleration, smoothness and high-speed handling. The rear stays are extremely light, yet incredibly stiff for powering over the most challenging hills. Compact frame geometry also deflects rear-end shock by transmitting it less directly towards the saddle, with the elongated seat post absorbing additional road vibration with its natural flex or material damping.
Included with this limited edition frame are 20th Anniversary headset caps (shown above) with a gold anodized bolt and black anodized Czech lion bar end plugs from Purely Custom, gold anodized seat tube clamp from KCNC, custom 20th Anniversary decals (shown above), and name decals from Victory Circle Graphics customized to each owner with your "Czech" name and a Czech Republic flag. Complete customized buildkits based on Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo (click here or image above to see a Record 11 build) components are also available from Fort Bicycles.
Strengths: Ride quality, build quality, handling, customer service and price.
Weaknesses: Haven't found anything about this frame that I don't like.
To call this frame a great value would be to undersell it. It's an outstanding frame, period. I bought it as a back-up to my Scott Addict R1, and in some ways, I like the Fort better. It's more comfortable, and more stable, yet, it corners like an F1 race car. The overall craftsmanship is top of the line and finish quality makes it a work of art. All-in-all, a great frame for long road rides and, slice and dice crit races.
It also needs to be noted that the US distributer is great to work with. When I was looking at this frame, I called him up and talked to the guy for over 20 minutes about what I would need to build up the bike, sizing and exactly which frame I should buy. He was extemely helpful and passionate about what he's selling.