FUAD

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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Fork

Columbus Futura Gravel Fork

Headset

Chris King Inset 8

Stem

Extralite HyperStem – 12 90mm

Handlebar

MCFK

Groupset

Sram Red / Classified Powershift

Crankset

Ingrid Gravel 170mm

Bottom Bracket

Chris King t47 Matte

Saddle

Berk Composites Lupina Padder Carbon Saddle

Seat Topper

Custom Saffron Titanium Topper with Enve internals

Front Wheel

Chris King R45D hub with South Industries GX rim

Back Wheel

Classified Powershift ETS Rear Hub with South Industries GX rim

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