Five custom frame builders you need to know about

Buying a custom frame is one of the truly great ways to get your ultimate bike. So here's five custom frame builders from Britain and Ireland we'd definitely recommend

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Shand is an independent British bicycle manufacturer based in Scotland fabricating hand-built custom and production bikes. Our range of steel adventure and touring bikes are designed for on and off road use and inspired by Scotland’s roads, trails and mountains. Versatility is key to our frame designs with each bike compatible with Rohloff gear hub and Gates Carbon Belt Drive.

Bicycles by Design

Purveyors of exquisite bicycle frames since 1981

Swallow - bespoke steel detailing including a solid silver head badge Ironbridge Bicycles - hand-made semi-production modern steel designs with traditional fillet brazing or lugs. Duratec - hand-made European carbon fibre and aluminium frames as light as 760gms. Full bike fitting included with the above or available for your existing bicycle.


+44 (0)20 7269 6820

Condor is one of the oldest names in pro cycling and the London based builder still creates its performance steel, carbon and aluminium frames by hand.

Condor provide a range of handcrafted framesets in nine sizes with a full bike fit included in the price or the go the for their full custom colour, custom geometry option for an extra £150.

Enigma Bicycle Works (01323) 845849

Enigma’s Signature range are 100 per cent made in Britain; we undertake and control every aspect of manufacture. From bespoke frame design through to custom finish; from the silky 3AL 2.5V titanium through to the sublime 6Al 4V titanium. From the refined Spirit HSS through to the ultimate Columbus XCR stainless tubing. Whatever the material - from start to finish your frame will be perfected here in Sussex.


Custom handcrafted carbon fibre racing bikes from Dublin, Ireland. Every bike that we build has its own story. There is an event or a personality trait behind every colour and every symbol and that is what makes a FiftyOne special. It’s more than just carbon fibre bike. It’s an extension of you.

Richard Windsor
Richard Windsor

Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).