Starling Cycles Twist

A sledgehammer up front and a machete behind.
29″ front wheel, 27.5″ back wheel.

Do the Twist

✔ Hand built in Reynolds 853

✔ Available in 3 sizes

✔ 27.5″ and 29″ wheels

✔ Max 160mm front and rear travel

✔ NEW: Shorter travel options available

✔ Demo rides available

✔ Available now


A sledge hammer up front, a machete on the rear.

The Starling Cycles Twist is the love-child of a Swoop and a Murmur with a monster-truck 29″ wheel up front and a fast, fun and flicky 27.5″ wheel out back.

With 160mm rear travel, mullet wheels and plenty of tyre clearance, it’s built to party. The 29″ front wheel offers a ton of gyroscopic stability for monster-trucking through rough terrain. The 27.5″ rear wheel means fun and flicky riding, great manoeuvrability, back-wheel-good-times.

The Twist has 160mm travel on the rear and is built for a 160mm fork. Frames are constructed from custom butted Reynolds 853 tubing, chosen for their combination of lightweight and strength.

Tubes are combined with lasercut and machined steel parts, resulting in a frames where simplicity and a lively ‘feel’.

Like all of our bikes, it’s built to go fast and is beautifully simple to setup, ride and maintain.


  • Front triangle hand built in Bristol, UK
  • Rear triangle hand build by ORA Engineering, Taiwan
  • Maximum 160mm rear travel
  • Maximum 170mm front travel
  • Custom short travel options available (click here to learn more)
  • 27.5″ wheels
  • 2.8″ tyre clearance
  • Up to 200mm rotor
  • Boost rear axle spacing (but fits non-boost)
  • Custom butted Reynolds 853 tubing
  • Individually numbered
  • Integrated seat-clamp, stainless and numbered dropper port and headtube gusset
  • Custom colour options available
  • Choose frame only or full builds
  • Build-kits available with kit from Funn, Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Middleburn and others
  • £1770 without rear shock
  • Full builds starting from £3800
  • No VAT on sales outside of the EU

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Geometry and specifications

The Twist is available in three sizes – all are picked based on our experience of building custom bikes for customers. They’re designed to be stable and planted over rough terrain whilst remaining fun to ride and easy to throw around.

 MediumLargeExtra Large
Wheel size27.5" & 29"27.5" & 29"27.5" & 29"
Rider size range5'6" - 5'10"
167cm - 177cm
5'9" - 6'1"
175cm - 185cm
6'0 - 6'4"
183cm - 193cm
C.Head Angle64.6°64.6°64.6°
D.Seat Tube Length410mm440mm480mm
E.Head Tube Length110mm110mm120mm
F.Fork Length160mm160mm160mm
I.BB Drop35mm(f)/15mm(r)35mm(f)/15mm(r)35mm(f)/15mm(r)
J.Seat Angle76.6°76.6°76.6°
K.Effective Top Tube596mm628mm663mm
Max Seat Post Insertion265mm295mm335mm

Shock230 x 65mm metric
Headset TopZS44/28.6
Headset BottomEC44/40
Seat Tube31.6mm
BB73mm threaded
Seat ClampIntegrated
Integrated Chain Device30T-36T
Integrated Bash MountISCG05
Rear Axle148x12mm Boost
Max Tyre29 x 2.5", 27.5 x 2.8"
Brake MountIS
Max Disc200mm
Front Shock Hardware25x8mm
Rear Shock Hardware35x8mm
Main Pivot Bearings6002 2RS

Un-confusing, simple, well made, unique, fun to ride, at a great price and fast. McEwan has fashioned one hell of a bullet, created a benchmark, one of the best bikes we’ve ridden this year. Performance delivered, expectation raised.

The frame is a beautifully embellished work of art… The super-low 330mm BB height combined with subtle lengthways twist in the frame keeps the rear wheel glued to the ground and the bike feeling amazingly calm as you barrel through rocks