PRODUCT: THE BRAND NEW STARLING CYCLES MURMUR FACTORY EDITION
The new ‘Factory’ frame is 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 awesome ride and build quality that has claimed praise from riders and press alike. Customers will also see a price reduction when compared to all British-made Starling frames.
The move to Taiwan was a considered one. As a frame builder, aerospace engineer and designer, Joe made the decision after visiting the factory and seeing first-hand the high quality of manufacturing, work ethics and working conditions. ORA’s factory is the perfect setup for hand-crafting the new frames with expert engineers, boasting years of experience in building top-quality mountain bikes.
The Starling Murmur Factory Edition is built around 29” wheels with 140mm rear travel with room for disc rotors up to 200mm and 2.5” 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. Riders who want a custom geometry, British-built Starling frame won’t be disappointed. Starling will continue to hand-build frames in the UK and customers can simply choose whether to commission a one-off UK built frame or order one from the ‘Factory’.
- Starling Cycles is owned and operated by Joe McEwan. Starling Cycles creates hand built, steel mountain bike frames with custom geometry.
- Starling Cycles has a range of full suspension frames – the 27.5” Swoop, the 29” Murmur, the 29” Murmur Factory and the Beady Little Eye.
- The Murmur Factory is built by hand in Taiwan in a high quality manufacturing facility. All other frames are hand built in Bristol, UK.
- Joe McEwan founded Starling Cycles in 2014 with the Starling Swoop, a 155mm full suspension frame that is designed around 27.5” wheels. The 29” Murmur was his second production bike.
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.
Information and photo by Starling Cycles