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.

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 Along with winning the @campagnolosrl award at this years @bespokeduk @martbaischful road bike is one of our favourites of our recent builds. She comprises of a mix of tubing. The frame was built around a @columbus_official Max down tube and top tube . The chain stays are Columbus XCR. The wishbone was custom fabricated to have a smooth transition to the top tube. The ISP is carbon fibre. This is 30mm in diameter and the layup is done in such a way that allow flex and thus adding comfort the the ride. The paint is a tribute to Ayrton Senna who passed away 25 years ago to the day the bike was completed. .. Her first spin Martin got a couple of PBs. She ain’t just pretty! #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #stainlesssteel #stainlesssteelroadbike #purecustom #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #columbustubi  Missed out on @bespokeduk last week? Head down to @cafeducycliste_london for another chance to have a look at our new Saffron Custom Range in the flesh (launching soon). 100% bespoke geometry built into a pre-specified killer mix of tubes and build options. With drastically reduced lead times, our new custom range will help you get out on the road faster. Thanks to Cafe du Cyclist for showing off our work next to theirs, and thanks also to @ax.lightness @berkcomposites @envecomposites @campagnolosrl @shimanoroad for helping us kit out our latest creations.  Hiring a Business / Workshop Manager Saffron Frameworks is a multi-award winning bespoke bicycle company based in Woolwich, London. We’re an expanding business, with some exciting new projects for 2019, and we need your help ! Link in bio for details.... Send CV’s to enquiries@saffronframeworks
 “It looks exactly how I wanted. It rides exactly how I wanted. It feels exactly how I wanted. While still exceeding my expectations, which is a little contradictory but absolutely true.” @tomstaniford’s response after a few weeks riding his Saffron out in the wild. This bike was originally going to be British racing green, but we ended up going for something a bit more special using @houseofkolor_ organic green candy over metallic graphite which results in a dark green with far more depth and texture than a flat colour. These paints really come alive and sparkle under the sunlight. We’ve also painted a @silca_velo frame pump to match. Tom’s bike is made from a carefully chosen selection of both @columbus_official and @reynoldstechnology tubing including XCR chainstays to stiffen up the power transfer in the read triangle and also gives us a chance to show off some naked steel . . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #reynolds #roadcycling #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #Columbus #candy #houseofkolor #organicgreen  We’re very happy to be the recipients of two awards at this year’s @bespokeduk @martbaischful ’s #ayrtonsenna inspired speed focused build was chosen for the @campagnolosrl Choice Award. This bike is built with a mix of @columbus_official including XCR and shaped Max tubes, with wishbone seat stays and a custom lay up carbon integrated seat post this is one interesting build, come and have a look at the show before it‘s let out into the wild. 2019 is the first Bespoked since bringing painting in house at Saffron, which makes winning the Outstanding Finish award something we’re especially proud of, this award is on a frame which will be part of the new Custom range.  Stable while descending, comfort on the straight, and light for climbing. Clean vibrant aesthetic with no compromise on finishing kit. @faye_leggett 's full XCR build has a dropped T47 BB for the added stability and comfort, it can take from 25 to 32mm tyres for triathlon racing and for the rougher roads around Somerset and Dublin. Internal routing keeping things tidy and a sky blue to pure white fade with added blue ghost pearl underneath the @southernpolyurethanes clear coat. @envecomposites fork @rideshimano #ultegra #di2 groupset. Full write up now on website, link in bio. . . #saffronframeworks #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #XCR #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike #bespoke #ombre #fade #shimano
 We’ve gone to great lengths to keep Laurence’s all road disc build as neat and tidy as possible. Internal bearings inside a headtube machined to our specifications so the taper meets perfectly with the fork crown’s top diameter. The pinch bolt seat post clamp keeps the seat cluster tidy and internally routed hydraulic cables and wireless electronic shifting from @sramroad Red eTap AXS minimises the number of cables and wires cluttering up the bike. Laurence came to us after seeing @tillschenklive’s pastel multicolour Saffron we exhibited at @rouleurclassic, wanting something with a more industrial feel we toned down the angular shapes to gray, but added in a section of candy red for a splash of colour. . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #roadbikes #bespoke #bespokemakers #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #Columbus #candypaint #candy  We have been a little quite on the social media of late, this is because we have been making some awesome bikes. We are really proud of what we have to show here @bespokeduk this weekend. There are two bikes in our stand which we will be launching later in the year. Still custom but a little different to how we have been working. These are a true expression of what we love and do. Pop by the stand we can tell you more about them.  Noresh's modern classic stainless steel road bike. He liked the smoothness of a tube to tube construction which fillet brazing gives but he liked the classic look of lugs. I think we nailed this producing a hand carved bi-laminated lug for the head tube and married this with a lugged crown for the fork. The rest of the frame was fillet brazed. This allowed us to have free range with the angle of the joints, meaning we were able to put Noresh in the perfect position with keeping the aesthetic completely within our control. The tubes we used were Columbus XCR which are stainless steel. This allow us to polish them up to a shiny finish. The fork blades are Reynold 953, which have been polished. The paint we settled is a tangerine candy which is a produced by House Of Kolor. The tone of the colour changes dependant on the light hitting it. In the sun it sparkles! The stem we made in house. This was to get Noresh in the correct position. The groupset is Campagnolo Potenza which is currently the most classic looking with still having the shifting performance of high end groupsets. - - - - #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #stainlesssteel #stainlesssteelroadbike #purecustom #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike
 “Rides really nice. Feels very rapid off road and more so than I expected. Perfect.” ...Dan’s initial verdict on his cross/gravel Saffron build. @columbus_official HSS and Zona tubes and @mootscycles carbon fork. As usual we’ve routed the hydraulic hosing internally, and have custom turned reinforcement rings on the headtube to match diameters with the @chriskingbuzz headset. Always striving to keep things looking neat and clean we fixed a magnet to the outside of the drive side chainstay for the @rideshimano power meter, smoothed out with filler and hidden under the @houseofkolor_ green candy, it’s one of many details that make this bike. . . . . . #saffronframeworks #cyclocross #gravel #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #Columbus #candy #houseofkolor  Latest saffron to hit the road: “SUCH a pleasure to ride... Very comfortable through mud, gravel, hills and headwinds!” Jane’s build was designed to be as much at home on a weekend club ride as on a multi day audax loaded up with frame bags, and kitted out with dynamo powered light and usb power outlet. The frame is a mix of @columbus_official HSS Life and Zona tubing, with a custom turned tapered headtube sized for a smooth transition to the @envecomposites fork. As usual the hydraulic hoses are routed internally to neaten things up, in keeping with this we added a hidden route for the dynamo wiring up the inside of the fork. The colour stripes on this frame represent @janedennyson ’s Scottish roots: gorse, heather, and @irnbru 󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 . . . #saffronframeworks #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #XCR #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike #bespoke  We are so happy with this build we are doing for @janedennyson ! This is a pure one off. The headtube has internal bearing cups for a 1 1/4 (bottom) steerer. This means we get a smooth transition from headtube to fork crown. The down tube is Columbus HSS HX and the top tube is Spirit octagon shape. Both these tubes are for stiffness. The reason we went this was is that the rider has come off a stiff Caynon and I wanted emulate some of this. 3 sets of bottle cages for long adventures. A 32mm tyre can we run on rough roads but a 25mm can be fitted without looking baggy. The paint takes inspiration from African Elephants to a hint of Ironbru.. proper can’t wait to get this built up . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #purecustom #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #Columbus

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Thames Side Studios
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road)
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