• ieuanwilliams


Updated: Aug 11, 2019


New innovation or just old school cool? This is something that may well come to mind when looking at the new Starling Sturn.

This design has most definitely been seen before, with the likes of Brooklyn coming out with the Machineworks. The steel construction and single pivot design with some wild chain function driving the Starlings single speed setup. There is most definitely lots to talk about here, all pointing at past designs at first look. Maybe these guys had nailed something back then?

The Sturn comes with a very up to date 29” wheel platform and some killer 'race ready' geometry. Having one gear, there is also nothing major to go wrong. All positives in my eyes.


It has been some time since I have been able to chat about bike builds having a set of profile cranks on and even more so when talking about a DH bike. But oh my, how WELL these go on this build. The more conventional parts are the Magura MT5 brakes, Fox dampers with the 49 Factory upfront and an X2 coil rear and a nice set of 29” Stans hoops. There really is a nice build up of components, with no need to chat gearing it makes for a much more simple test.

First Impressions

I love the look and thought that has gone into this bike. From the skinny steel rear stays, to the little starling detailing on the head tube gussets. Joe really seems to put some style into steel. How it would ride though is a totally different question. With the high shock mounting and slim construction, it would be interesting to see how precise the bike feels. The weight is not something that would overly bother me but, with that single speed setup, it would be interesting to see how well it would pull off the line if the gradient was not that steep. I really do look forward to seeing how this bike rides. Hopefully it will be in the near future.


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