Design & Order

At Saorsa, the design process starts with a conversation. Once you’ve decided you’re interested in a hand built, full custom frame from us, you and I will discuss in detail what you want from your new Saorsa frame. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. When you’re ready to order, a $500 deposit is required. Once we’ve come to some decisions on what you want and need, including components and tires, then several measurements must be taken to achieve the fit and balance your body and style of riding requires.

The true purpose of design is a final frame that puts your body on the bike in a fashion that provides the ride experience you desire.

After these critical elements have been derived and the bike designed on the computer and you accept the design details, I’ll require the balance of the purchase price of your frame for complete build. The most basic design, which is a Columbus Zona tubeset using conventional derailleurs, in two colors (frame in one, logos in the other) starts at $1,285.00. The price can vary depending on the paint scheme, the tubing I’ll need to use and hardware needed to fit your needs. For example, if I use sliding dropouts for a single speed or internal geared hub, the price will increase by $200. After I receive your payment, I’ll order all the parts necessary and hand build your Saorsa in the shop. At that time the Columbus or True Temper tubing will be cut, mitered, fit into the Anvil Journeyman fixture and tig welded. All machining and facing will be done to assure proper fit of your headset and crankset. Once done, it’s sent to a custom paint facility.

Once the frame returns from paint, I’ll install the headset we’ve agreed on. Then, if you choose to have me finish the bike build with the component group chosen, I’ll carefully assemble it using the correct tools and techniques. Proper assembly is critical to the final success of any frameset. Once built, I’ll carefully pack and ship the bike to your home.

Example Build: Jim’s Bike

Side profile of Jim's bike
Front view of Jim's bike
Close up of Jim Findlay signature on top tube of Jim's bike
Close up of handle bars and brake system on Jim's bike


  • Frame: Blend of Columbus Spirit/Dedaccaii Zero Uno Tubing
  • Shifters: Campagnolo Athena 11sp
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Athena 11sp
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Chorus 12-25
  • Rear Hub: White Industries CX 11sp Disc
  • Front Hub: White Industries Road Disc
  • Pedals: Time Atac
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Disc Brakes
  • Saddle: Rivet Independence
  • Seatpost: Kent Eriksen Ti Set Back
  • Rims: Velocity A23
  • Tires: Jack Brown 33
  • Stem: FS1
  • Handlebars: Ritchey Road