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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 Paint details  Picking up Best-in-show at this years @bespokeduk was massive honour . Picking up the Outstanding-Finish for the same bike was quite a surprise! We have just signed up for 2019 edition. Put the this date in your diary next year 3-5 May. We will have some amazing bikes to show you all. The guys behind the bike show in the world are Tessa & Phil (who is giving out the award) #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike  This elegant and classic  stainless steel @reynoldstechnology Bi-lamb is just about to go through our paint shop The colour is going to be a @houseofkolor_ tangerine pearl . Lots and lots and lots of polishing on this one. Can't wait for this to be finished . . . . . . . #saffronframeworks #stainlesssteel  #steelbike  #handmadeinlondon  #handmade #steelisreal  #baaw #roadbike  #columbustubing #custompaint  #cyclist #cycling  #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike  #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram  #custombike
 This stainless steel modern classic is just about to get her components. We used @columbus_official XCR for the front triangle and @reynoldstechnology 953 on the forks. This has a bi-laminated headtube. Our finger prints were sacrificed to the polishing gods on this one. Polishing the inner sleeve on bi-lambs is a bitch. We have been a little quite of late on social media. This is because we have taken the painting in house. This has been a big learning curve and has been very time consuming. @columbus_official put togeater a bespoke course for us. I was a little apprehensive given the cost but I can tell anyone wanting to do it it is defiantly worth the investment. What is really ace is they are happy and willing to answer any questions we have and there has been many. Dan and Ian know their shit period! This frame is painted in a @houseofkolor_ tangerine pearl it is ☄️⚡️ . . . #custompaint #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel  Tasty silver fillets on @columbus_official XCR stainless steel. #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #steelisreal #roadbike #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikesofinstagram #custombike  Bjorn's classic/modern all road bike. She has clearance for up to 32mm tyres. We used a mix of Spirit, HSS and Zona Columbus tubing. No expense was spared with the the finishing kit. Dura Ace Di2 disc, Enve, Brooks, Pro, Hopewheels. This bike is for traveling. Bjorn does a lot of this, he visited us 3 times from Singapore while we were building his frame. Paint by @jackkkingston . . . . . #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #baaw #roadbike #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike
 Dan's @columbus_official XCR S&S coupler is now up on the website. The paint scheme is our variation on the Luxemberg flag. No expense spared on this build. @envecomposites everything, @chriskingbuzz where possible and @sramroad Etap to finish her off. Tan walls= hmmmm but they do look good on these hoops . . #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #s&scoupler  Andrew does some hard riding. To give you an idea this he rode his Giant Trance (full Sus) from Northen England to Portugal. We take our hats to him for completing this crazy trip. We are happy he is on a Saffron to make his trips a bit easier. Andrew had just moved to he Lake District. so we decided to take the inspiration from Lake Windermere for the paint design. There are 3 blues which are from the colours of the lake and the lines are the ordnance survey map of lake. The bikes first trip was straight from our workshop in London to Windermere. Andrews words "First of all, I love the bike! It feels so incredibly smooth and almost cliché but it feels like it grew out of me, it’s absolutely a great fit" #saffronframeworks #bikepacking #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #bikepacking #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #steelisreal #baaw #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikesofinstagram #custombike  Proper touring @joesheffer and his Saffron on his way to the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia from South London. “Made the Danube. Austria bound tomorrow. bikepacking with my @saffronframeworks Wonder tourer. Around 7 days since leaving London” - - - #saffronframeworks #bikepacking #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #bikepacking #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #reynoldstubing
 Mimicking skylines of Mallorca. @ian.mog . . . . #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike  #hereorthereabouts @danfromnam “Pulling in to a New Land” on his adventures across Canada on this do it all Saffron. Last week he was running 40mm tyres this week 28mm tyres. . . . . . . . #saffronframeworks #stainlesssteel  #steelbike  #handmadeinlondon  #handmade #steelisreal  #baaw #gravelbike  #columbustubing #custompaint  #cyclist #cycling  #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike  #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram  #custombike  It's not often we win 2 awards for 1 bike. And two mega wards at that: Best in Show And Best Finish at @bespokeduk this year. This bike was commissioned by @bulleitwhiskey . We went down the route of a gravel bike, with many cool extras. We used a mix of tubes @columbus_official , @reynoldstechnology and @kva_stainless . The front of the bike is copper plated, we used a section of a copper still which was used in the distilling their Bourbon, the rear end in stainless steel This has been the longest build we have had through the workshop taking almost 2 years. The paint was applied by @colecoatingsworkshop The wait seems to have been worth it. Read more about it on the website . . . . #saffronframeworks #reynoldstubing #steelbike #bikeporn #handmadeinlondon #handmade #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #baaw #gravelbike #custombike #copperplate #sram

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+44 (0) 208 3167432

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