Fuad has been interested in cycling from a young age and has a great collection of bikes, some of which have stayed with him since college. He spent 27 years working internationally and traveling consistently around the world; being based in 11 different countries over that period of his career. In search of a more settled lifestyle, Fuad changed careers in 2021 and is now permanently based in his hometown of Kuala Lumpur. Fuad approached Saffron to create an all-road bicycle designed to be enjoyed on the lumpy terrain of his hometown while also having the comfort and capabilities to carry him further on multi-day bikepacking trips. The bucket list ride being a bike-packing trip around Thailand.


The paint design features numerous layers that come together to create a finish that narrates a personal story. This story not only subtly pays homage to his hometown but also evokes fond memories of a previous trip with friends. The contour lines on the base coat are extracted from the topographic map of the renowned Frasers Hill Climb in the Cameron Highlands, a destination Fuad explored during a multi-day cycling trip with three friends. The silver lines that cover his design are derived from the GPX files recorded during his three-day adventure. As an acknowledgment of the frame’s origin, there is a shot-blasted “London 2024” inscription on the internal KVA stainless chainstay.


Fuad’s frame was designed using some of the finest materials we offer at Saffron. We used a mixture of stainless steel and carbon fiber to create Fuad’s forever bike. The headtube, downtube, and toptube are made using Columbus XCR stainless steel. We used KVA S-bend stainless steel chain and seat-stays alongside the Columbus Futura Gravel Fork to allow for extra tire clearance, thus increasing the versatility of the frame. We spec’d a Compotech carbon fiber ISP to keep the weight to a minimum in a bid to help Fuad up the steep climbs Kuala Lumpur is known for.


“Even though I wasn’t able to visit the workshop in London, I had complete trust in Matthew’s ability to create my forever bike. His attention to detail came through in every aspect of the process.”

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