Robert came to Saffron Frameworks because he wanted a road bike with soul. He’d had his share of off the shelf bikes and was ready for something he could put his name to.
He does 90% of his riding in wet and muddy Wales and so stainless steel was the obvious choice. Stainless is more resistant to water damage than it’s ordinary steel brother and makes for a more flexible bike than it’s carbon cousin.
The frame is built from a mixture of Columbus XCR and Reynolds 953 and it’s complemented by a stainless steel fork, made from Reynolds 953. The head tube has a handmade bi-laminated lug and a pinch bolt integrated into the seat stays. We made a custom stem for a 1 1/8 steerer and an oversized handlebar so that we could create the exact length and angle to suite Robert’s geometry.
The paint scheme is inspired by two sources – the first, glass bead-blasted Titanium and the second a 1960’s Porsche.
I can’t guarantee they’ll be dry, but I wish Robert many comfortable miles on his stainless steel road machine.