Tucson, Arizona - Fort Bicycles announced today that sales of their limited edition, handmade Velvet Revolution 20th Anniversary Victor frame are now open to the public. "We're very proud to commemorate the Velvet Revolution's 20th anniversary with this frame.", says JJ Rudman, owner of Fort Bicycles here in the US. "We initially only offered this special frame to past customers, loyal friends, and our great vendors. Either way there will only be 20 available in the US market"
Fort Bicycles is the exclusive US importer and retailer of handmade frames from Fort Frames, sro in the Czech Republic. Fort Frames, sro was formed in 1992 by a group of young bike enthusiasts, all recent engineering grads. This was about the same time as the Soviet empire crumbled, prompting a surge of new business enterprises throughout Eastern Europe. 4-time Czech National cross country champion, Radovan Fort's, name was adopted for the brand.
The Victor frame is Fort's ultra-light 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 priced at $799 are 20th Anniversary headset caps 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 decal, and name decals from Victory Circle Graphics customized to each owner with the customer's "Czech" name and a Czech Republic flag. Complete customized buildkits based on Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo components are also available from Fort Bicycles.
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.