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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 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  Out for delivery! Faye’s first bespoke build shipped out on Monday; a fully stainless @columbus_official XCR disc road bike to be ridden around Ireland and Somerset. As on most of our disc builds we’ve routed the hydro hoses internally around a T47 BB keeping the outside clean and free of clutter. All the better to show off the glossy cool blue fade. In the sun this paint job will shimmer: Exposed stainless stays and lettering on top and the down tubes, we’ve also got a subtle layer of a layer of @whiteapepigments blue ghost pearl under the clear coat waiting to give a little extra shine in the right light. . . #saffronframeworks #steelbike #handmadeinlondon #handmade #steelisreal #XCR #columbustubing #custompaint #cyclist #cycling #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #bikeporn #bikesofinstagram #custombike #bespoke #ombre #fade #shimano #ultegra #di2  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
 Aidan’s XCR stainless steel bike. This is one stiff puppy. Oversized tubes, deep section rims and Ram handlebars. Keeping this one tradition with a horizontal top tube. And understated with a splash  of navy blue with exposed stainless steel coming through, just how we like it. Read about in on our website ☝️ Almost an all Italian build. @columbus_official XCR tubes @ridededa seat post @selle_italia saddle @cinelli_official Ram bars @campagnolosrl chorus group-set . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #stainlesssteel steel #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #custompaint #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #Columbus #custompaint  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
 Freshly cut @columbus_official steel on the @thebicycleacademy jig. Spirit and HSS front end and stainless XCR seat and chain stays to stiffen up the rear. This road frame is going to be built up with @campagnolosrl Record 12 speed and @envecomposites finishing kit before it ships to Klaus in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 . . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #XCR  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
 It’s all about the detail; we’re trialling some new head tube reinforcement rings. Machined in house from 303 stainless, these custom parts provide a smooth transition from Klaus’s 44mm ID @columbus_official HSS head tube to @chriskingbuzz Inset 8 headset (yes it is upside down in this photo). Note that tight silver shoreline 🤙 . . . #saffronframeworks #roadbike #baaw #bikeofinstagram #steelisreal #steelbike #handmade #handmadeinlondon #bikeporn #cyclist #cycling #columbustubing #roadbike #headtubes #headsets #attentiontodetail #cyclingphotography #rideyourbike #custombike #stainlesssteel #headset #machining #manualmachining #lathe #metal  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

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