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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 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.  Paint details
 @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  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
 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 ☝️  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
 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  Mimicking skylines of Mallorca. @ian.mog . . . . #saffronframeworks #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike

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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