We've been following Joe McEwan's Starling Cycles since (pretty much) the very beginning. Now he's added a second bike to the fleet and we're very excited.
The Starling Murmur is a 145mm 29er, named after a dancing flock of birds. It will of course be built from steel in Bristol with Joe's ethos behind it - simple = fast.
The bike is designed to be a true all rounder capable of Alpine shuttling or a quick lap round the woods. Despite the steel construction, it's claimed the bike weighs no more than an aluminium equivalent.
The oh-so-important numbers are looking promising too with clearance for 2.35" tyres and a recommended head angle of 66°. Other key figures are -38mm BB drop, 445mm chainstays and 74.5° effective seat tube angle.
The Murmur is available with customisable geometry and as a frame only (with or without shock) or part of a complete, custom build. Customers are able to specify head tube angle, downtube length/reach and seat tube length. If you ask nicely he just might be able to accommodate special requests for extra customisation.
This bike also marks the point that Starling becomes a full time operation. Joe will now be building bikes 9-5 and also managing a race team.
The key question, will it be any good? Well we've currently got the one on test and it's blowing us away. We won't say too much now, but it's proving to be a bit of a curveball and very, very fast.
Frames start at £1,500 and you can place your order on the Starling website. Stay tuned for our full test coming soon.