Stephen wanted me to build him a Custom Road bike that would “serve him well on the road”. Rather than having a full-out racer, he wanted a road bike that would combine good performance with an element of comfort. After many years of riding, his “first love” was an Independent Fabrication (“IF”) Steel Crown Jewel. Unfortunately it had been written off, but we decided to try and bring elements of the original bike into his new Saffron.
To achieve this we used True Temper chain and seat stays and we matched their colour to the original IF colour which was “Vanilla Shake”. The rest of the bike was a mix of a Columbus Life, Spirit and Reynolds 931. Stephen went for a Cyclefit fitment and we designed the geometry to make him one with his new custom road bike.
Mix of True Temper, Reynolds 931, Columbus Spirit and Life
Gloss Black and Vinallia Shake
Chris King R45 Hubs and with Starley carbon clincher rims
Fizik Aliante covered by Busyman cycles with matching hand made bartape.