Alessandro was part of the first ever Saffron Frame Building Experience in 2023. For the first time this year, we opened the doors of our workshop to four riders who took part in our Frame Building Experience. Each rider was immersed in workshop life for a week, following the process of building their very own custom Saffron frame.
This frame was designed using a mixture of different tubing; we opted for a Columbus HSS down tube and headtube, accompanied by a Reynolds 853 Pro Team toptube and Dedacciai S-Bend chain and seat stays to allow clearance for the 42mm gravel tires we had specified. Alessandro’s goal was to achieve a clean and modern aesthetic with this build, so we opted for a fully integrated ENVE stem paired with Chris King Aero set 3 headset with fully internal cable routing, though the assembly process was challenging, the final outcome was worth it. We were super pleased with the final result and enjoyed combining visions to create this one-of-a-kind build with Alessandro’s presence in the workshop with us.
Coming from an MTB racing background and having hoped to be a part of a similar experience that sadly fell through due to Covid, Alessandro was very clear about what he wanted from the Saffron Frame Building Experience. He wanted a bike suitable for 100km gravel rides in the summer but with the option of mudguards and 32mm tires for winter road rides. We think his build is stunning. See below some feedback from Alesandro about the Saffron Frame Building Experience
“When I saw Saffron’s post about the Experience on Instagram, I jumped onto it, because I knew I could kill two birds with one stone: own a Saffron bike and see the step-by-step process of how a steel bike frame comes into life. From the initial design conversations, all the way to the final polishing of the frame, watching “Maestro” Matthew’s attention to details was mesmerizing. It made me realize how many things one needs to pay attention to while designing and then making a frame. It was impressive to see how Matthew can keep all of them in his mind at the same time. For each of the tasks, he insisted on the highest craftsmanship, even when it was one of us doing the task (my phone still doesn’t recognize my finger-touch id from all the filing with sandpaper). “