Simply Simple

Light on gears, heavy on fun

Single-speed, single pivot. Riding bikes shouldn’t be complicated.

Think of the Beady Little Eye as a hardtail with a bit more give, a bit more grip and a bit less chatter from the trail. Super-low BB, zero sag, super fun, crazy fast. All the fun of a hardtail but without the jarring landings on big hits.

The first thing to know about the Beady Little Eye is that the chain line is offset from the main pivot/BB centreline. There’s some bob from pedalling, so you run a firm shock with lots of low-speed compression. But the frame is designed with a very regressive leverage ratio, so when there’s a big hit, the suspension moves.

And because of the 90mm rear travel, there’s more grip and less trail chatter than a rigid frame. Not loads, but enough, and that’s the fun of it.

Sounds odd on paper, but in practice, the Beady Little Eye is an absolute blast. It might well be the most fun you can have on two wheels.

29″ / 27.5″wheels
For fun, pure and simple!


  • Front triangle hand-built in Bristol, UK, using Reynolds 853 heat-treated tubing.
  • Rear triangle hand-built in Bristol, UK, using heat-treated Chromoly.
  • Designed for 100-140mm fork.
  • 90mm rear travel.
  • 27.5″ or 29″ wheels.
  • 2.6″ tyre clearance.
  • Up to 200mm rotor.
  • Designed for single speed 142x12mm rear hubs.
  • Design requires specific Middleburn crankset for main pivot system.
  • Unique Starling dropouts system means rear wheel can be removed without adjusting tension.
  • Seat tube reinforcing strut on larger frames.
  • Integrated seat-clamp.
  • Stainless & numbered dropper port.
  • Starling headtube gusset.
  • Bottle mount on most frames.
  • Custom colour options available.
  • Available with full custom sizing as standard.
  • Choose frame-only or full builds.
  • Funn, Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Middleburn available.

Beady Little Eye

  • SHOCKS FROM £195


Contact us for lead times, typically 16 weeks.

Why starling Cycles?

Starling Cycles are made by real flesh-and-blood humans. The perfect blend of precision and passion.

Our frames are hand-crafted with quality, lightweight steel for an unmistakable feel and undeniable speed.

Our single-pivot suspension design eliminates complexity. A blast to ride and a breeze to maintain.

Geometry and sizing

Wheel size29″29″29″27.5″27.5″27.5″
C.Head Angle65°65°65°65°65°65°
D.Seat Tube Length410mm440mm480mm410mm440mm480mm
E.Head Tube Length110mm110mm120mm120mm120mm130mm
F.Fork Length130mm130mm130mm130mm130mm130mm
I.BB Drop50mm50mm50mm35mm35mm35mm
J.Seat Angle76°76°76°76°76°76°
K.Effective Top Tube603mm638mm671mm603mm638mm671mm
Max Seat Post Insertion


Travel 90mm
Shock 210 x 55mm metric
Headset Top ZS44/28.6
Headset Bottom EC44/40
Seat Tube 31.6mm
BB Unique Starling design
Easily serviced using MR2437LLB bearings.
Seat Clamp Integrated
Chain Device None
Rear Axle Rear Axle, 142x12mm
Max Tyre 29 x 2.6″
Brake Mount IS
Max Disc 200mm
Front Shock Hardware 25x8mm
Rear Shock Hardware 35x8mm
Main Pivot Bearings Integrated in to BB
Bash Mount None


Custom colour options

Starling Cycles customisation isn’t just about function, we can also create the best looking bike on your trails.

Starling Cycles frames are supplied as standard with light grey front triangle with black swingarm and graphics.

If you want something special you can customise your colour scheme and graphics to create your dream bike.

Build kits

Your dream build needn’t be a nightmare. We can supply your frame with or without a shock and with build-kits to help you complete your masterpiece.

We’ve hand-picked some of the very best brands in the business, brands that we’ve personally ridden and rated. This includes Funn, Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Middleburn, Magura, BikeYoke build components available.


Sep 2018
“The ride quality offered by the steel tubing gives exceptional grip and a comfortable ride. By fitting high-quality suspension units, the Murmur can be a seriously fast and capable bike.”


Fall 2020
“The Starling Murmur’s feel is second to none. Its raw stainless steel front triangle is elegantly simple and sleek, round tubing speaks of the beauty found in function over form. The Murmur is a bike that’s built to be ridden, plain and simple.”


Sep 2018
“This is simply a shredder of a mountain bike… The idea of a simple, low-maintenance frame that I’m not afraid to ride hard, put away wet, and toss into the weeds on occasion, is appealing. Perhaps a bit indicative of my predilection for slightly off-kilter rides, but this is the kind of bike I’d keep for a good long time, and never get bored of. “

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Introducing Puffin pedallers mountain bikes

Previously known as Starling Cycles, Puffin Pedallers was born out of a commitment to the hard yards of mountain biking. No assistance, no engines, no driver-assist style technology. Just a rider, a bike and the mountain.

When you’re puffin’ on a Puffin no one will be in any doubt that you’re working hard and earning those descents.

Our new website is coming soon. In the meantime, please continue to use the existing Starling Cycles website.