For most people commissioning a custom bike is quite a big step. Each Saffron frame is unique, but they have one thing in common… they all start from the same place: understanding what you want from your bicycle.
Below is some general information for new customers and some things to think about that will help us collaborate in building the perfect bike for you. As we get further along in the process the questions will be tailored around your personal requirements, but this is a good place to start if you’re thinking about commissioning a Saffron Frameworks bicycle.
It’s essential that your frame fits you as perfectly as it meets your cycling goals, that’s why all my prices include the cost of a bike fit.
The bike needs to work for you, both functionally and aesthetically. For that, we need to establish the purpose of the bike, produce a design that fits you, and one that uses appropriate materials and components. Last, but by no means least, we’ll look at the finish – paint, polished stainless steel, or a combination of the two.
At the end of the process you will be the owner of a bike that you want to ride as much as you can, and you’ll feel proud to own.
Frame base price (fillet brazed or non-stainless lugged, including fit @ value £200)
The base price for all frames include standard bottle bosses, cable stops (or Di2 routing), mudguard bosses, rack bosses and standard cast dropouts (if requested). This includes a stainless Saffron head tube logo in your choice of finish.
The base price for forks includes mudguard and rack eyelets if requested. Forks are not available without the purchase of a frame from Saffron Frameworks
Extras (Finishing stainless)
Lead times: I have a current lead time of 6 months from the point the deposit is paid.
The process for commissioning a custom bicycle is made up of a few stages:
I prefer to source your components and deliver you a full bike, because then I can ensure that they are well fitted and have the proper clearances. We will discuss your components at your initial visit. Payment for these would be separate from the frame as I require full payment before ordering components. We aim to be competitive on pricing and have accounts with all major parts suppliers
If you’d like to source your own components you can do this, however I won’t be in a position to advise you on the parts and you would need to ensure they are with me before your build starts (i.e. 8 weeks before delivery date). There may also be an extra charge levied to install components from other sources.
Next steps: If you feel that a Saffron Frameworks custom sounds right for you, we can arrange a date and time for you to come to the workshop for a more detailed discussion. I prefer meeting face to face, but if that’s not convenient, we can move things forward over email / phone / or any other method of choice.