Using small diameter steel tubes and a single pivot suspension layout, small British brand Starling Cycles said their goal was to:Eliminate complexity,” This is flying in the face of many adjustable all-ultralight carbon frames with a longer-than-needed feature list. Now, Sterling has made a number of rolling modifications to his three most popular bikes, the Murmur 29er, Twist with Twist Mallet wheels, and his Swoop on 27.5-inch wheels.
• 2 movement modes for each frame
• Stronger headtube, refined main pivot
• Steeper seat angle, less BB drop
• 10 color options
• Further information: www.starlingcycles.com
Starling calls these third-generation frames, and changes include updated geometry, new colors, and most notably, two different travel configurations for each frame that can be easily changed by the owner. increase. The front triangle is made from 853 heat treated steel tubing and welded by Starling, while the steel rear end is made in Asia.
trail or enduro mode
Starling offered each frame in two different travel configurations, and customers chose the optimal suspension length when ordering the bike. On the new Gen 3 frame, Sterling uses a set of bolt-on forward shock mounts that offer a choice of two different travel settings. 135mm or 150mm for Murmur, 135mm or 165mm for Twist, 130mm or 160mm for Swoop. Of course, you’ll need a different shock and fork to change the travel settings, but at least you won’t have to splurge on a whole new frame if you want to change your equipment significantly.
Take the Murmur for example, in 135mm travel mode it uses a 210x55mm shock and 140mm fork, while in enduro mode it offers 150mm with a 230x60mm shock and 160mm fork. Other frame updates include a stiffer headtube, an improved forged main pivot area and moving the main pivot bearing from the front triangle to the swingarm.
new geometry and colors
There have also been changes to the geometry chart, but it’s a case of tweaking rather than a complete redo. Many reviewers praised the way the bike handled, especially the Murmur, so Starling only wanted to make minor changes. This includes a steeper seat-his tube angle–150mm Murumuru went from 76.6 degrees he went to 77.5 degrees–Sterling said, “Improved pedaling position.”
The bottom bracket drop, which measures how far off the axle it sits, has also gone from 35mm to 30mm, meaning it’s actually a little higher off the ground. It was done.”Adds a little more clearance and maneuverability to a very stable geometry.The chainstays, wheelbase and reach are all unchanged, but the stack is also lowered a bit.
You can also choose from 10 different colors including metallic paint and graphic options. The Starling can be painted with different colors for the front and rear triangles, depending on your preference.