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Starling Cycles now taking pre-orders for 853 steel Murmur 29 Factory frames

Starling Cycles is now taking orders for their Taiwanese made Murmer 29 steel full suspension bike.
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Here’s something you don’t see everyday—a hand-built full-suspension mountain bike made entirely of Reynolds 853 steel tubing. Founded by a former aerospace engineer, Joe McEwan, Starling Cycles is a small British manufacturer dedicated to fabricating bespoke mountain bike frames. Their 29-inch wheeled Murmur has received positive reviews in the last year with demand outpacing supply. McEwan’s trail bike features 140mm of travel, clearance for 2.5-inch tires, and a 148x12mm Boosted rear end shaped to fit a 200mm rotor. It’s a rowdy machine designed to appeal to the latest crop of hard-charging riders.

Starling Cycles is now taking orders for their Taiwanese made Murmer 29 steel full suspension bike.
All images courtesy of Starling Cycles.

Until now, the Murmur 29 was only available as a custom UK-built frame. As a means of increasing production volume and lowering the price, Starling is now offering a new buying program with the release of the Murmur 29 Factory Edition frame.

Starling Cycles is now taking orders for their Taiwanese made Murmer 29 steel full suspension bike.

The Factory Edition frame uses the same Reynolds 853 steel and proven designs but will be hand-crafted by ORA in Taiwan. After researching several options, McEwan determined ORA was the right choice. He felt they were the most aligned with his own manufacturing ethos. The Asian-made frames are still hand-built to Starling’s elevated standards.

Starling Cycles is now taking orders for their Taiwanese made Murmer 29 steel full suspension bike.

Not to abandon the personalized buying experience, the new frames will offer some customization. Although the stock color is a reserved Primer Grey, customers can request custom colors for an extra £125.

Frames are available in three sizes with options for a Rockshox, Fox, or DVO shock. Complete bikes are available with build kits including parts from SRAM, Hope, Burgtec, Middleburn, and Maxxis.

Starling Cycles is now taking orders for their Taiwanese made Murmer 29 steel full suspension bike.

If the stock geometry doesn’t fit the customer’s needs, McEwan will continue to build frames in his UK-based workshop. The Murmer 29 Factory frames will be available for £1850 in autumn of 2018. Pre-orders are accepted now with free part incentives for full payment. For more information visit starling cycles.

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Justin White
Justin White
6 years ago

Isn’t stack usually measured from BB center to head-tube top-center? On that cardboard, stack seems to be axles to head-tube top-rear…

Similar with reach: isn’t it usually BB center to head-tube top-center?

Dominic
Dominic
6 years ago
Reply to  Justin White

That’s probably just parallax because the frame is literally sitting on top of a piece of paper, the field of view forces an offset. It’s also possible that the frame is not the same size as the drawing.

kimbo305
kimbo305
6 years ago

Got a typo in the url title to Starling’s site.

Kristi Benedict
Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  kimbo305

Thanks kimbo305 – it’s fixed now.

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