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Our resident steel boinger fan Benji is currently having a bit of lie down after receiving details of the new Starling Cycles Mega Murmur.
Round about this time last year we reviewed the Starling Cycles Twist Trail, a steel full-suspension mixed-wheel trail bike. It’s fair to say we loved it. A lot.
However, Starling Cycles’ most iconic offering is the Murmur. It’s the bike that effectively made Starling Cycles. 135 or 150mm rear travel, skinny Reynolds 853 steel with 29in wheels front and rear.
Don’t worry. The Murmur is still in Starling Cycles’ range. This new Mega Murmur, as you may be able to guess by the name, is the bigger travel version.
The new Mega Murmur
140 or 165mm of rear travel. Paired with up to 170mm travel forks up front. Time for some bullet points because they are helpful with this sort of thing…
- Longer travel (165mm) version of the Murmur
- Longer (455mm) chain stays than Murmur
- For “riders that want more travel OR taller riders looking for a more balanced fit”
- Reynolds 853 front triangle hand built in Bristol
- Chromoly rear triangle hand built in UK
- Seat tube reinforcing strut on XL and XXL
- Stainless, numbered dropper port
- New machined main pivot part
- Aluminium seat tube insert to reduce seized posts
- Anti-flare head tube
- Revised Starling headtube gusset (triple clamp forks are allowed)
- Bottle mount
- Only available in Large, XL and XXL
- Also available in ‘Trail Mode’ (140mm rear travel)
- SRP £2,330 frame minus shock (inc Hope headset and seat clamp)
- Rear shocks available at time of ordering (Cane Creek, EXT, Öhlins)
- Current lead time of 16 weeks
Where does Starling Cycles say the Mega Murmur is intended for? “Race tracks, big mountains, bike parks, downhill tracks, the Enduro World Cup, and seasons in the mountains.”
I dare say it’d be really good at mucking about in your local woods too, provided there’s enough steep and/or jumpy stuff in there.
Starling Cycles Mega Murmur geometry
Vital stats: 64.1° head angle, 77.2° effective seat angle, 440mm seat tube (Large), 110mm head tube (Large), 485mm reach (Large)
One very welcome – and wise – move is the longer chain stays. This is especially true for those of us around 6ft tall or more. Longer stays not only make things more stable generally, they often make bikes feel like more balanced and centred. There’s less of the whole front-wheel-or-rear-wheel binary bias biking.
Anyways. Yep, nice bike. Interested to have a play on one…
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