Bespoked - a celebration of handmade bicycles & those who make them
At Saffron Frameworks, we create beautiful and functional bicycles by understanding first, who you are and what you want from your bicycle. We design frames which fit your cycling goals and your geometry. And we turn that into an aesthetically attractive frame. We believe in turning your ideas into designs, and those designs into truly awesome bicycles, making you the perfect traveling partner on two wheels. Primarily we built with steel but throw a bit of carbon into the mix from time to time. Each one of our frames is unique, made with our own hands.
Maker - Matthew Sowter
Designer - Matthew Sowter
Where - London
Saffron Frameworks, TB-10, Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way , London, SE18 5NR
Schwalbe is a family owned company with forty years of design and manufacturing expertise. Famous for our Marathon touring tyres, in recent years our range has expanded into high end mountain bike race tyres and now also top level road race tyres with the new Schwalbe One in clincher, tubeless and tubular versions being used by three pro-tour teams. Being a German based company, we have always produced innovative tyres for the European commuter market and were one of the leaders in balloon bike tyres with the Big Apple and Fat Frank. In addition, we have never forgotten all the old bikes still doing good service out there and so we continue to offer older, and in some cases almost obsolete, sizes with some in traditional whitewall and gumwall.
Schwalbe UK, Schwalbe Centre, Hortonwood 30, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 7ET
+44 1952 602 683
Shand is a bicycle manufacturer located in central Scotland specialising in adventure touring bikes inspired by Scotland’s roads, trails and mountains. Founded by Steven Shand in 2003, the company offers a range of hand-built steel production bikes, all made with the same passion and attention to detail as our custom frames.
Maker - Steven Shand & Russell Stout
Designer - Steven Shand & Russell Stout
Where - Livingston, Scotland
3b Nasmyth Court, Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston, Scotland, UK, EH54 5EG
+44 (0)1506 435 400
Sick! Bicycle Company - Leaders of the new school
Building bikes we want to ride.
Each steel frame is carefully designed and handmade in the UK.
Every single part is cast, cut, extruded milled, turned and brazed here in the UK.
All steel frames are manufactured by Bryan Jackson at Downland Cycles from British Reynolds 853 Steel.
Maker - Bryan Jackson
Designer - Bryan Jackson / Jordan Childs / Tim Allen
Where - Worthing Headquarters and Downland Cycles in Kent
Wilfried Schmidt introduced a prototype of a gearless hub dynamo in 1992, the origin and benchmark for modern dynamos.
Serial production began 1995 in Ulm. Reliable, low-maintenance and long-lasting products destined to make cycling safer and more comfortable.
Maker - Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau
Designer - Wilfried Schmidt
Where - Germany
Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau, Aixer Straße 44, D-72072 Tübingen, Germany
UK Sales SJS - 01278-441500
Spoon Customs is about creating inspiring, wondrous moments and machines. Our bikes work flawlessly, fit perfectly and inspire you to ride more. Designed by Spoon Customs and fabricated in mainly Columbus steel by hand in Northern Italy, our bikes are designed to look rad and go fast.
Designer - Andy Carr and Tony Corke
London & Montgenevre
Where - Fabricated in Veneto, Northern Italy.
0203 856 4047
Stanforth are touring bike specialists, hand building steel frames and complete bikes in the UK. We will be displaying custom versions of our Kibo 26” wheeled expedition bikes for world touring, bespoke Skyelander touring bikes (660b & 700c) and our new Conway, a limited edition disc brake Reynolds 853 touring bike
Maker - Lee Cooper
Designer - Simon Stanforth
Where - Coventry/Brighton
Unit 6, 18a Arthur Street, Hove, BN3 5FD
Starling Cycles makes the fastest, most lively and beautiful steel full suspension mountain bikes. Each frame is constructed in Bristol using Reynolds 853 and Columbus tubing. All frames are available with custom front triangle geometry, and a smattering of other customer options. Currently three models are available, the Murmur a 145mm 29er and Swoop 155mm 275 Enduro race bikes and the Beady Little Eye, a 110mm singlespeed full suspension frame design purely for fun! All of the bikes, especially the Murmur have been received with massive acclaim by the mountain bike media, come to Bespoked to see them in the flesh.
Maker - Joe McEwan
Designer - Joe McEwan
Where - Bristol
Aaron’s life has always been surrounded by bikes, so it only seemed natural that Stinner Frameworks be born. What started out as a part-time passion project has since turned into a full-time obsession. To Aaron, bikes represent an overall lifestyle and sense of freedom that he would love to share with as many people as possible. Aaron strives to bring back American craftsmanship, one build at a time.
Where - California
Stinner Frameworks, 148 Aero Camino Suite G, Goleta CA
Darron Sven has been building and repairing vintage race cars and motorcycles for many years and in 2012 returned to his first love, bicycles, setting up Sven Cycles in Weymouth Dorset. Building lightweight road and track bikes he has recently been collaborating with Mog Mogford (ex Brixton Cycles) to build classically styled hub geared roadsters with a modern twist.
Also offers bike fitting service and frame repairs/renovation.
Maker - Darron Coppin
Designer - Darron Coppin
Where - Dorset, England
+44 (0)1305 776836
Since 1981, Swallow has hand-built only bespoke frames for discerning clients around the World. Each Swallow frame is unique to match the owner's size, needs and style. You will speak with the person that will design and build your frame during a detailed consultation, using a Calfee sizing jig and BikeCAD Pro. We use Reynolds 953, Columbus and other selected stainless and steel tubing with fillet brazing or hand-cut lugs to achieve exactly the bicycle or tandem you desire.
Adventurous clients can build their own frames with one-to-one tuition on our frame-building courses.
Maker - Peter Bird/Robert Wade
Designer - Peter Bird/Robert Wade
Where - Shropshire, England
PS Leisure Ltd – Bicycles by Design, The John Rose Building, High Street, Coalport, Shropshire, TF8 7HT
Swrve makes stylish urban cycling apparel. Our design concept has always been clean and simple lines.
Form follows function, a dash of elegance and a dash of street.
Talbot Frameworks makes quality steel road, cyclocross, touring, track and mountain bike frames. The frames are designed and built in South London, in a workshop attached to Blue Door Bicycles, a shop that until 2010 was owned by the Talbot family, who had built frames in the same workshop from the 1950's. The frames are designed and built by Matt McDonough and once painted, the complete bikes are assembled in the Blue Door Bicycles workshop. In addition to framebuilding we build high quality and specialist wheels under the name 'Talbot Wheelworks'. Wheels are built by Justin Russell. We will be displaying a variety of frames, complete bikes and wheels.
Maker - Matt McDonough
Designer - Matt McDonough
5 & 7 Central Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1BG
020 8670 9767
ted james design
Ted James Design was founded in 2010 by Ted ‘Superted’ James. Ted started building frames eight years ago and has since made a name for himself as a top builder, winning awards at Bespoked in 2013 and 2016 and being chosen by Reynolds to build the first 921 stainless frame for testing. Ted builds all kinds of bikes (MTB, BMX, CX, Road, Touring, Track, Town) in steel, stainless steel and titanium, from custom-built one-offs and prototypes to small batches of frames. He also makes bars, forks and racks and machines a lot of his own parts for his own builds and for other framebuilders, including head tubes and bottom bracket shells. Ted’s bikes, which have been described as “future collectables”, are all hand made in the UK by Ted.
Maker - Ted James
Designer - Ted James
Where - Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Unit 3 M&N, Davids Lane, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL10 3UG
the bicycle academy
The Bicycle Academy provides frame building courses and skills masterclasses for novices, enthusiasts and pro's, and fully equipped workshop hire for those who don't have their own.
This year we're excited to be launching our own range of frame building tools and Jigs, bicycle sizing and fitting courses for frame builders, along with other brand new frame building and skills courses too.
Maker - You
Where - Frome
Unit 1a, The Welsh Mill, Park Hill Drive, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2LE
Toad Custom Cycles design and hand build bespoke steel framed bicycles, using traditional methods. After a few years of building up the business out of a converted old stable yard, Toad has now moved to a dedicated workshop in Great Abington, Cambridgeshire. Each bicycle is uniquely designed and crafted for the individual, to their specific requirements, using the finest materials and components. Since 2012, Toad has created a diverse range of bicycles, from tough Fillet Brazed mountain bikes, sleek and fast Road bikes, through to a very unique 1960’s inspired Light Tourer.
Maker - Toby Gallagher
Designer - Toby Gallagher
Where - Cambridgeshire
Trillion is a UK manufacturer of gravity/enduro focused mountain bikes. Frames are made to order by Shand Cycles in Livingston, Scotland.
Maker - Shand team
Designer - Matt Granger
Where - Scotland
Brake House, Tachbrook Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3SF
+44 (0)1926 359 632
Velo Atelier is a full service bike studio situated in the beautiful countryside just outside Warwick. With over 25 years experience, we combine old-fashioned service and modern thinking. Our clients seek us out. We are not defined by what we build, but by who our clients are. We build bikes collaboratively, inviting our clients into the entire build process. We offer bespoke steel from Meteor Works, custom-engineered carbon/titanium from Bastion Cycles and adventure frames from Open. We sell what we use and thrive on the relationships that grow from designing and building excellent bikes.
Maker - (Lee Prescott - Meteor Works) (Ben Shultz & James Woolcock - Bastion)
Designer - (Lee Prescott - Meteor Works) (Ben Shultz & James Woolcock - Bastion)
Unit 9, Hatton Technology Park, Hatton, Warwickshire. CV35 8XB
+44 1926 842469
university of iowa
Art and engineering students at the University of Iowa Design, Build and Ride hand built bicycles, with new technology and traditional tools. Frames are made in both steel and titanium and have been exhibited at both NAHBS and the Philly Bike Expo. Each frame exhibited is designed and fabricated by one student at the University of Iowa. Since 2010 81 students have built bikes, with some going on to work in the industry and become independent frame builders.
Maker - Professor Steve McGuire and students
Designer - Professor Steve McGuire and students
Where - Iowa, USA
Werking cycles is a startup created in Trentino (in the north of Italy). The main purpose is to made high-performance products for enthusiastic cyclists. All products are made in our workshop in Trentino, nothing is done or made in the Far East. The production process, from concept to delivery of the product is handled internally. The company mission is to make carbon fiber frames, fully customized, suitable for a demanding custumers.
Where - Italy
Sega di Vallarsa, 38068, Italy
Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau
Winter Bicycles manufactures custom bicycles and luxurious necessities including forks, stems, racks and other fittings. All products are individually tailored for the customer’s needs by Eric Estlund in Eugene, Oregon. Winter Bicycles carry a sense of year round versatility with an emphasis on fresh, clean design, practical features and subtle detailing.
Eric will work with you to incorporate the design and features relevant for your uses and priorities, from performance race bikes to everyday city bikes and commuters. Winter Bicycles’ goal is to put you on the best fitting and performing bicycle for your specific needs.
Maker - Eric Estlund
Designer - Eric Estlund
Where - Springfield, Oregon, United States
Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
Already well known as a frame-builder for COLNAGO, Vidmantas “Vitas” Zukauskas has been building best-selling frames from the mid-90s, going by the names Monotitan, Ovaltitan, Ovalmaster, Master BiTitan, CT1, etc. These works of master craftsmanship are broadly recognized and their quality speaks for itself. Over time, Vitas has become more and more well known as a master in ti frame building with worldwide orders from cyclists that value craftsmanship. His son has become involved in ti frame building and they have embarked on a new journey with WITTSON. These are bespoke tailor-made frames built to last a lifetime.
Maker - Vidmantas Zukauskas
Designer - Mindaugas Zukauskas
Where - Lithuania
Svajones g. 8, LT-94105 Klaipeda, Lithuania
+370 600 38 775