About Starling Cycles


The Starling Story

Starling Cycles is a small, custom steel mountain bike frame manufacturer. Starling's products are built by hand by Joe McEwan in his workshop in Bristol, UK. 

Joe has brought together his love of mountain bikes and engineering and his expertise from the aerospace industry to create strong, fast, uncomplicated mountain bikes that are as tough and reliable as they are fun to ride. 

Joe believes that a simple bike is a fast bike. By building a tough, strong, reliable single pivot with a linear leverage ratio Joe creates bikes that riders can quickly jump onto, understand and get stuck in to riding. That means more time going fast and less time setting up suspension, maintaining bearings and learning how to ride the bike. Starlings are designed to eliminate complexity. 

Custom but not complex

Starling Cycles are 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 Joe just might be able to accommodate special requests for extra customisation.  

The Next Episode

2017 saw the launch of Joe's second bike, the Murmur, a fast and fun 29". 

The Murmur marks the start of the next episode for Starling Cycles. Where Starling has previously been Joe’s second business, it will now become his sole focus. Joe will now spend his time hand crafting frames, developing new bikes and offering his customers the best possible service. 

You can learn more about the Murmur here and more about the Swoop here. For enquiries, questions, orders or tech help you can get in touch with Joe on the contact page.