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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 Each frame is handmade from start to finish by @matthewsowter and @billyturvey. The only process we don’t do is the fitting which we rely on experts in this field. From the design to cutting tubes to paint and then finally fitting all the components. We do this so we have control of the whole process to make sure you are getting on a bike which is of the highest standard and is perfect for you! Where on some images of the building process . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #custompaint  Ian’s words on his new bike below.Full write up and studio shots on the website, link above  . “Perfection in terms of look and feel is hard to describe because it's so subjective. But having cycled tens of thousands of miles over 40 years on lots of different bikes made from different materials, it provides a solid benchmark to match the Saffron ride experience against. . Matthew hand crafted together a selection of various Columbus steel tubes to make a ride experience that far exceeds anything else I've ridden before. A bike ride quality that really doesn’t get any better than this. It's as simple as that. . Choose Saffron for craftsmanship, quality and superior ride experience. It's amazing!” . . . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #custompaint  @guynatchanan all road frame is now in it’s homeland of Thailand. We used a mix of @columbus_official Tubes. With a Futura gravel fork. As well as T47 shell which seems to becoming the standard with our disc frames. The paint job is a “House Special” from @colecoatingsworkshop. His daughter’s name is Ruby which happens to the colour of the front end of the frame.
 What a project this mixed material single was! We first started speaking about this project with Julian 4 years ago. The conversation started with "could you make me a bike made from wood with a little steel through in for good measure" . So this is a single speed which can be run as 1x11. Clearance for a 30mm tyre Top tube and seat stays made from Ash by @sebastiancoxltd , @envecomposites ISP, tubes are a mix of @columbus_official @reynoldstechnology . . This one picked up an award at Bespoked 2018 . Julian's words . "I cannot express adequately how thrilled I am with the SS. It rides like a dream and is much faster than you had led me to believe. With gears on it would enjoy the mountains of the Appenines I am sure, but I am going to keep it here and enjoy the SS element. I was pondering as I was riding yesterday, that most people spend their money on things to make their lives more comfortable and easier. I seem to spend mine on being more uncomfortable. A SS, a Cross Bike and a Pashley Guvnor are all great rides, exciting in their own ways, but certainly not easy. I think it is a case of beauty over form, until I reflected on that and realised that there is great form there too as they are all very functional in their own ways and beautifully built! The SS is really a dream. My wife, Jane says , ‘it is so cool!” It really is. As a craftsman you must be so proud of it " . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #singlespeed #custompaint #woodenbike #carbontubes  @tillschenklive above the clouds in the BlackForest. 75km with 2200 meters of climbing with sick single track. 650B’s and 47 byways keeping him in contact with the ground (sometimes) . . . . . #saffronframeworks #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #baaw #offroad #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike #gravelbikes #650B  This gravel bike is at the @rouleurclassic on the @sramroad stand. Possibly the only steel bike at the show ✊. @tillschenklive wanted it to remind him of the colours of autumn in New York. Get down to the show to check this beauty out. This bike is a project we are doing with Pangolin/@danfromnam and Sram watch this space...... A shout out to Hannah of @graftonsaddler for covering this saddle in stingray the night before the show. . . . . . #saffronframeworks #gravelbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #custompaint
 Follow this link to @sramroad stories about this build we did with @bulleitwhiskey and Sram and @zippspeed . . . #saffronframeworks #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #baaw #offroad #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike #gravelbikes  Reza’s @columbus_official XCR road bike. We don’t normally do matt finishes. This is due to the strength of the finish. Because the matt “clear coat” is acrylic which is not as strong as the polyurethane clear coat we normally use. So what we do is first is lay down a polyurethane clear coat rub it back then lay down the acrylic matt. We do it this way to get the strongest finish. It’s amazing how the matt changes through the drying process. . . . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #custompaint  Check out @jamie753green bike on Bikes Of The Bunch @cyclingtips .The interview is with Jamie. It’s worth checking out to see what is it like ordering a Saffron. Link in Bio ☝️
 Can’t wait to see this Count down to Outskirts “The Big Land” By the guys @hereorthereabout @danfromnam repping Saffron 🤟 . . . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #custompaint #thebigland #outskirts  Full stainless steel @columbus_official XCR going through the workshop now. Di2 disc with complete internal and a T47 for good measure  This is @jamie753green completely raw @columbus_official XCR frame. Well it’s not raw in the sense as been unfinished. There has been a massive amount of work that goes into a sending a frame out naked like this. There is no where for shoddy work to hide. This beauty is home is Melbourne in Australia. The complete frame has a brushed finish with the Saffron polished on the Down tube. We really like how she turned out! She is affectionally known as “Kaalgat” The  by Jamie Green . . . #saffronframeworks #kaalgat #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel

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Saffron Frameworks
Thames Side Studios
TB-10
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road)
Woolwich
London
SE18 5NR