Saffron’s Stainless Road for Campbell

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England’s new school of custom frame builders are but freshers to a hallowed institution, but their antecedents can rest assured: the craft and skill is in safe hands. Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks proves this, frame by frame, especially by his latest fillet brazed, stainless steel road bike. Read More »

Galetti SSCX

Galetti SSCX

The Galetti brand is one branch of the Italian family tree that’s twisted behind the more well known; but just as significant. Like Bianchi, Pinarello, Olmo and Moser, it is originated from a professional racer, Carlo Galetti, who won the 1910, 1911 and 1912 Giro d’Italia.

The name and brand is still alive, continued by a young Max Galetti, who has his finger well and truly on the pulse of modern cycling. The latest model in the 2015 range is purpose-built for the very popular Italian category of single speed cyclocross. Read More »

Masi Special Pista Oro

Masi Special Pista Oro

The latest frame to carry Faliero Masi’s legendary name and coat of arms looks as though it’s targeted directly at the MASH crowd rather than devoted Italophiles. And so it should. Both brand assets are owned by Haro Bikes, and the 2015 Evoluzione is bred for a new generation of road riders.

Here’s something that Faliero prepared earlier: a true Milanese track frame enriched with 24 karat gold, which will appeal to both new and old fans of the marque. Read More »

Nua Bikes SC-01

Nua Bikes SC-01

One of the most likeable innovations to cross over to the world of the bicycle from that of the motorcycle has to be the belt drive. It all looks good on paper: cleaner and quieter than a chain, longer lasting and lighter. They are perfect for the urban bicycle, as proved by the SC-01 from Nua Bikes. Read More »

Sven Cycles Super Light

Sven Cycles Super Light

13.9lb, or 6.3kg, isn’t a bad old weight for a steel road bike now, is it? With his latest build, Weymouth’s Darron Coppin has silenced the naysayers who claim steel is generally a heavier frame material than aluminium or carbon fibre. It’s as thin as a rapier but built with the age-old dependability offered by Reynolds tubes. Read More »

Zanconato Road32

Zanconato Road32

Steel, aluminium or carbon? What’s your favourite material for a frame? These days, a custom frame in any is very accessible — you needn’t feel like you have to resort to a mass produced frame by choosing the latter two. Mike Zanconato has been fabricating aluminium frames that are just as desirable as his steel frames. Read More »

Legor Cicli Road

Legor Cicli Road

We have different reasons for riding the bikes we ride. They fulfil certain requirements for stages of our cycling, and each delivers an individual experience. The story about how each came to be to in our possession is revealing, but the background to the acquisition of a tailored frame is always infinitely more interesting than that of an off-the-peg bike.

Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli is still a passionate Italian, but he now calls Barcelona home, where he’s found a market that is equally fond of colourful, well-made, handcrafted frames. He just completed this road frame for Luis Cordon, painted by the highly skilled auto-artist, Killianboy. Read More »