Starling Cycles production jumps forward with new release

Starling Cycles has revealed a major move forward in larger volumes of frame production with a new partnership
By Kieran Howells ,

The new Starling Cycles Murmur Factory Edition is the latest hand built 29in mountain bike frame from bike designer Joe McEwan.

The frame is built in Reynolds 853 steel with modern angles to be fast, aggressive and simple.

The new ‘Factory’ frame has been designed in the UK by Starling owner Joe McEwan and hand built in Taiwan by ORA, one of the world’s very best steel mountain bike frame manufacturing facilities.

The collaboration between British-born Starling Cycles and Taiwan’s expert frame builders means that Starling can meet the high demand for their frames whilst maintaining the ride and build quality that has claimed praise from riders. Customers will also see a price reduction when compared to all British-made Starling frames.

As a frame builder, aerospace engineer and designer, McEwan commented that he made the decision after visiting the factory and seeing first-hand the “high quality of manufacturing, work ethics and working conditions”.

The Starling Murmur Factory Edition is built around 29in wheels with 140mm rear travel with room for disc rotors up to 200mm and 2.5in tyre clearance. The frames will fit metric rear shocks and 148 x 12mm Boost rear hub spacings.

Frames will be available in two sizes and with a choice of rear shocks from Rock Shox, DVO or Fox. They can be supplied as a frame-only package or build kits with components from Rockshox, DVO, Fox, SRAM, Hope, Burgtec, Middleburn and Maxxis. Frames will be available in Primer Grey with black graphics as standard or in a choice of custom colours for an extra cost.

Starling Cycles are taking pre-orders now with delivery expected in Autumn 2018.

Frames will be £1850 with a Rockshox Deluxe shock and all pre-orders will receive a Hope headset and seat clamp. Orders paid in full at pre-order will also receive a Burgtec control kit.