Ordering a Saffron Frameworks bicycle

What's the process?

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. 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.

Price guide

Frames without paint base price from:

  • Columbus XCR/Reynolds 953 
    • Rim brake from £2850
    • Disc brake from £3150
  • Columbus Spirit/HSS/Reynolds 853
    • Rim brake from £2300
    • Disc brake from £2620
  • Columbus Life/Zona/
    • Rim brake from £2200
    • Disc brake from £2520

Average cost of complete bikes £9000



  • Steel: from £395
  • Stainless: from £620



  • Carbon ISP (integrated seat post): £595
  • ISP toppers: from £195
  • Internal routing (rim brake): £130
  • Internal routing (disc brake): £200
  • Rack mounts: £80
  • Mudguard bosses: £100
  • Bottle bosses extra set: £70
  • S&S couplers in stainless steel: £890
  • Integrating seat clamp into frame: £200
  • T47 bottom bracket shells: Steel £55 Stainless steel £85


Extras (Finishing stainless steel)

  • Contact faces: polishing £185 satin £95
  • Chain/Seat stays (each): polishing £185 satin £95
  • Saffron on down tube: polishing £185 satin £95
  • Lugs (each): polishing £185 satin £95
  • Lugged bottom bracket: polishing £555 satin £355
  • Bi-laminated head tube: polishing £220 satin £120
  • Whole frame: polishing £1400 satin £850
  • Whole frame media blasted £330


  • Average paint scheme £1100
  • Paint design service: £275



  • Of components onto frame: £150 – £300


Lead times

We have a current lead time of 11 months from the point the deposit is paid. ( This is based upon the availability components)

What's the process?

The process for commissioning a custom bicycle is made up of a few stages:

  1. Understanding what you want: First we discuss your requirements, and how we can best meet them. If you can come to the workshop in person to do this that’s great, but we can also discuss things via email, phone or Zoom.
  2. Quotation: Based upon this discussion we’ll prepare a detailed quote for you.
  3. Deposit: Once we’ve discussed and agreed to the quote, we require a 40% non-refundable deposit of the frame cost to secure your place in the build queue.
  4. Fitting: You will receive a fitment sheet that will need to be filled in by your fitter of choice, or if your current ride setup works well for you, you can fill in your fitment form by measuring your current bike.
  5. Design/Components: Once we have your fitment details we will design your frame straight. We will arrange a call to go through design of your bike and finalise your component selection. You will receive your component bill at this point. Please note that once the design has been agreed upon we will not make changes from this point.
  6. Paint: 4 months before the delivery date we will be in contact to go through your paint design.
  7. Build: When I start your build this will be based upon the design process being finalised. It will take a further 3 and a bit months to complete your build
  8. Shipping: Just before shipping or collection we will invoice for the remaining amount. We can ship anywhere in the world but are just as happy for you to collect directly from the workshop.


We 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. There may also be an extra charge levied to install components from other sources. If you are supplying your own components will your require the drive train and along with wheel and tires to make sure all the clearances are accounted for.


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.

Frame Design

Is about taking your fitment information and translating it into a measured diagram of your future bicycle. In designing your bicycle there are many factors to take into account - where it will be ridden, your riding style, what additions it will have - racks, mudguards, group sets etc. To take a line from Steve Jobs... "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works".

Paint Design

You give us what inspires you and we will come up with a design that is truly unique to you.


We have created a reputation of building with stainless steel. We predomilty work with Columbus XCR, but we're not restricted by a particular brand and can also work with Reynolds, KVA and Dedacciai. Most importantly, we'll use tube sets which are suited to you and your bicycle.

Construction method

We mainly use 2 construction methods: Fillet brazing to give a smooth transition from one tube to the next. TIG welding which saves over 100grams.


We use 2K wet paints on all our frames. This gives you the highest quality finish. Masks and stencils are always used. We take great pride in the quality of our paint finishing.


Depending on your needs, the final part of the frame building process is building up the components of your finished bicycle. We can source all of your components for your finished bike from various suppliers, all the way through to building your wheels.. We'll also assemble your bicycle so that it's ready for you to take on your first ride.

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