First Look: Starling Cycles adds fit and adjusts geometry
With small diameter steel tubing and a single pivot suspension design across their range, small UK brand Starling Cycles says their aim is “”eliminate complexity,” that is, adjustable, ultra-lightweight carbon frames with longer-than-necessary feature lists. Now Starling is making a number of changes to three of its most popular bikes, the Murmur 29er, the Twist. mullet wheels, and the Swoop. With 27.5″ wheels.
• Two travel modes in each frame
• Stronger head tube, refined main pivot
• Sharper seat angles, less BB drop
• 10 color options
• More information: www.starlingcycles.com
Starling calls them third-generation frames, and the changes include updated geometry, new colors, and most importantly, two different travel configurations that owners can easily change between each frame. The front triangles are made from 853 heat-treated steel tubing that is welded by Starling itself, and the steel rear ends come from Asia.
Trail or Enduro modes
Starling was offering each of its frames in two different travel configurations, allowing the customer to choose the most suitable suspension length when ordering the bike. With the new third-generation frames, Starling is using a set of forward-swept bolts that let you choose between two different travel settings; 135mm or 150mm on Murmur, 135mm or 165mm on Twist and 130mm or 160mm on Swoop. Switching between travel settings will require another shock and fork, of course, but at least you won’t have to splash out on a whole new frame when you want to make a wholesale change to your rig.
Using the Murmur as an example, the 135mm travel mode uses a 210 x 55mm shock and 140mm fork, while the enduro mode uses a 150mm 230 x 60mm shock and 160mm fork. with a fork. Other frame updates include a stiffer head tube, refined main pivot area, and moving the main pivot bearings from the front triangle to the swingarm.
New Geometry and Colors
There have also been changes to the geometry table, although this is more a case of tweaking than a complete restart. Many reviewers have praised how well their bikes handle, especially the Murmur, so Starling only wanted to make minor changes. That includes a steeper seat tube angle – the 150mm mumble went from 76.6 to 77.5 degrees – which Starling says was updated “because of feedback from riders who were looking for it”.improve pedaling position.”
The bottom bracket drop, which is how far below the axle line it sits, has also gone from 35mm to 30mm, meaning it sits a little higher off the ground. That’s done”to add a little more clarity and some maneuverability to our very stable geometry.“The wheelbase, wheelbase and reach have not changed, but the stack has also gone down a bit.
There are also ten different colors to choose from, including metallic paint and graphic options, and Starling will happily paint your front and rear triangle different colors if you’re into that.
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