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Satoma Cycles

Satoma Cycles
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27 Nov 2015

How one man went from bytes to bikes.

Like many custom frame manufacturers, Satoma Cycles is a one-man band. What is unusual, however, is that Satoma’s owner went straight from founding his company to winning an award at the 2015 Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show within a year.

Before becoming a framebuilder full-time, SaiTong Man was a successful video game designer with a huge passion for woodwork and craft. Carol’s Racer, featured here, won the award at Bespoked for Best Finish/Paint thanks to its intricate bi-laminate lugs, but other Satoma frames are lugged or entirely fillet-brazed. ‘I enjoy the simplicity of building a bicycle with lugs and I equally enjoy the geometric freedom allowed with fillet brazing and the aesthetic freedom bi-lam gives the builder. I combine all types of construction to achieve what the client wants, although my personal preference for aesthetic reasons would be the creative use of bi-lams and hand-carved lugs.’

Carol’s Racer is made from Columbus Spirit tubing but SaiTong is happy working with numerous different tubesets. ‘Most of my customers tend to have a tubeset manufacturer in mind, mostly Reynolds and Columbus,’ he says. ‘Tube selection is mostly a process of selection and elimination based on the specifications of the bicycle.’

Satoma Cycles Carol’s Racer, approx £2,850 (as pictured); frames from £1,000.

satomacycles.com

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