Your perfect bike

Hand crafted by Matthew Sowter

Saffron Frameworks creates custom bicycles that are as beautiful as they are functional. Each Saffron frame is unique and every one is hand-crafted especially for you. By first understanding what you want from your bicycle, together we design a frame matching your geometry and cycling goals. Then, after some measuring, cutting, brazing, aligning, polishing and painting I turn that design into your perfect travelling partner on two wheels. We build just a few frames each year, and we treat each one with the same love and care.


Hand crafted by Matthew Sowter

In 2009, I followed my dream of becoming a frame builder. I’d reached a turning point in my life where I was unsatisfied with my daily routine and so I decided to bring my love of bicycles to the forefront and get my hands dirty by creating a tangible object. One which gives me much happiness.

The Saffron story

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 The magic of the chromatic paint playing tricks on the  . The guys @colecoatingsworkshop did an ace job of laying it down. Full @envecomposites finishing kit  From stock to stem: Custom stem for @sammy462 built for a 1 1/2” steerer with integrated stainless cap. Steerer clamp and cap both machined in house then brazed together whilst still in the chuck so the final clean up and shaping on the lathe results in perfect concentricity between both parts. Featuring @paragonmachine stem plates and @reynoldstechnology 853 head tube stock for the length of the stem.  A couple of photo’s to scroll through of @dgoldblum road bike. The guys @colecoatingsworkshop did a fantastic job of getting this Bridget Riley inspired design down on the frame. The paint is so glossy and smooth it is a task to pick up the @columbus_official octagonal Spirit top tube. Danny’s words “The bike is unbelievable. Fast, comfortable, beautiful, clearly my favourite bike ever! And the power meter has completely changed the way I ride too for the better. All in all I am very happy”
 @ridelightweight Meilenstein disc tubs, with @campagnolosrl record EPS H11, killer combo right there   @ali_jardine S&S build is up on the website now, follow the link in the bio above . This is one clean build, thanks to @colecoatingsworkshop for the precise masking and laying down the Snapper Rocks Blue. @sramroad ETap is the perfect group set for this S&S coupler system. @zippspeed finishing kit and a @chriskingbuzz headset to finish this build off nicely.  @columbus_official mix of Spirit, HSS, Life tubing. With a Futura fork with a 28mm tyre clearance. The paint design is inspired from Bridget Riley’s work who is one of the foremost exponents of optical art. Look her up! A shout out to @colecoatingsworkshop for getting the paintwork spot on. Link in bio for the full write up.
 Wheel bang inline   Hydraulic internal routing entry point on the down tube next to which we’ll add entry points for both Di2 and rear light internal wiring. Andrew’s modern audax bike is a mix of @columbus_official Life, HSS, and Zona tubing, built with all the bells and whistles for his long distance riding.  We have fallen behind a bit with posting up new bikes on our website towards the end of last year. I suppose we were to busy building them! That means one thing: we have some beauties to show you. @dgoldblum race bike is now up on the site, link in bio. This is one super clean bike.
 Dan’s super clean road machine. So much good stuff going on with this build. Read all about it on the site. Link in bio   Machined in-house stainless steel adjustable lug going on these @paragonmachine flat mount dropouts. The next stage in this frames process is being handed over to @sebastiancoxltd, watch this space ......  Machining some very special parts for a very special collaborative build with @sebastiancoxltd These components are made in house are bolted onto @paragonmachine 17/4 flat mount through axle dropouts and will receive one end of a piece of English ash. With @columbus_official HSS, @reynoldstechnology 853, and @envecomposites custom carbon tubing we’re looking forward to this project coming together in the workshop in the new year.

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+44 (0) 208 3167432




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Saffron Frameworks
Thames Side Studios
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road)
SE18 5NR