Talbot Frameworks is based in London’s Crystal Palace.

The Talbot family started making bikes on the site in the 1940s, they passed on the torch and name to framebuilder Matt McDonough in 2013.

Talbot is dedicated to using the best modern steels available to make cutting edge bicycles that help riders to get the most from every ride.

Modern, oversized, thin walled tubing is used from Reynolds and Columbus, combined with dropouts, head tubes and bottom brackets from Paragon Machine Works.

Some models make use of tubing drawn and formed exclusively for Talbot.

Talbot has a strong focus on the bicycle as a system – a great bike is more than the sum of its parts, if those parts are well chosen.

Integrating Di2, lighting and charging systems into the frame is one of Talbots hallmarks, using pure silver laid onto the paint to create circuits in some cases.

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg


The Talbot workshop has developed significantly over the past year, now boasting a range of turning and milling machines, including a Hardinge tool-room lathe.

We can TIG weld, fillet braze, or bond, depending on the mix of materials and the customer’s requirements, all held securely in our Anvil Journeyman jig.

Finally we now have an on-site paint-booth, which means that what enters the workshop as a box of tubes can leave as a fully finished bicycle, wearing a trademark Talbot fade in hard-wearing two-pack paint.

Situated in Crystal Palace the workshop is halfway between the Kent countryside and the centre of London, making it both convenient to pick up your new bike and also to go for the first ride.

Matt works alongside Adrian, who provides graphic design, customer service and sporadic workshop tidying.

Affy, the tripedal workshop dog keeps everyone company, ensuring that no delivery is unannounced and no visitor lacks a greeting.

Sharing the same premises is Talbot Wheel Works, producing high quality, hand-built wheels based on the customers terrain, riding style and frame type.

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All workshop photos by Will Melling.