By the looks of things, the 2014 Bespoked show is going to be the best yet. Lee Valley Velodrome will play host to the best custom framebuilders and purveyors of British cycling culture the United Kingdom has to offer. One of those is Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks, who created this stainless steel road bike for the United Kingdom’s premier ergonomists, Cyclefit.
The bicycle is an intriguing vehicle in that it completely relies on the human body for power. Ergo, a better fitting bicycle becomes a more efficient machine. Cyclefit, located in Covent Garden, have measured and assisted both world champions and old persons achieve better cycling through ergonomics and have partnered with numerous brands to provide a custom cycling solution.
Alongside Trek’s Project One scheme, Seven Cycles, Passoni and Guru, Saffron Frameworks now supply Cyclefit with a frame for those who desire a fully custom, British-built steel frame with all the bells and whistles. Matthew created this demo model with a bi-laminate head and seat tube with a fillet brazed bottom bracket shell.
“I started off by machining a stainless steel tube for the seat tube sleeve,” Matthew says. “I also machined the tube for the hand carved bi-laminated head tube. The routing for the brake cable is internal and the cabling enters and exits on opposite sides so that there is a gentle curve from the shifter to the frame. We used a pinch bolt that was tapped into the seat stays.”
If you live in Europe, be sure to head to London this weekend, the 11th-13th April for Bespoked 2014, and say hullo to Matthew at the Saffron Frameworks stand.