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Simply Shreds

A mid-travel shredder with a mullet.

Built to party, pure and simple.

The Starling Cycles Twist Trail is our mini-mullet. 29″ wheel up front and a fast, fun 27.5″ wheel out-back.

With 140mm rear travel, mullet wheels and plenty of tyre clearance, it’s built to be an absolute riot on the trails. Acres of travel doesn’t always equal mountains of fun, and the Twist Trail proves it.

The 29″ front wheel offers a ton of stability for monster-trucking through rough terrain. The 27.5″ wheel will slash turns, whip through your tightest and techiest and guarantee that speed doesn’t leave behind fun.

29″ / 27.5″wheels
For ‘best lap ever’ days. Between the tape or shuttling the park.
150mm / 140mm


  • Front triangle hand-built in Bristol, UK, using Reynolds 853 heat-treated tubing.
  • Rear triangle hand-built by ORA, Taiwan, using heat-treated Chromoly.
  • 140mm rear travel.
  • 150mm front travel.
  • 27.5″/29″ wheels.
  • 2.6″ tyre clearance.
  • Up to 200mm rotor.
  • Boost rear axle spacing (but fits non-boost with spacer).
  • Integrated seat-clamp.
  • Stainless & numbered dropper port.
  • Starling headtube gusset.
  • Bottle mount in frame on medium & above.
  • Custom colour options available.
  • Choose frame-only or full builds.
  • Funn, Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Middleburn, Magura, BikeYoke build components available.

Twist Trail

  • with standard paint
  • Shocks from £195

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

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 Angle65.465.465.4
D.Seat Tube Length410mm440mm480mm
E.Head Tube Length110mm110mm120mm
F.Fork Length150mm150mm150mm
I.BB Drop35mm35mm35mm
J.Seat Angle77.4°77.4°77.4°
K.Effective Top Tube596mm628mm663mm
Max Seat Post Insertion265mm295mm335mm


Travel 140mm
Shock 210 x 55mm metric
Headset Top ZS44/28.6
Headset Bottom EC44/40
Seat Tube 31.6mm
BB 73mm Threaded
Seat Clamp Integrated
Chain Device Integrated 28T-34T
Bash Mount Integrated ISCG05
Rear Axle 148x12mm Boost*
Max Tyre 27.5 x 2.8″
Brake Mount IS
Max Disc 200mm
Front Shock Hardware 25x8mm
Rear Shock Hardware 35x8mm
Main Pivot Bearings 6002 2RS

*Non- Boost available on special request.

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.


Singletrack Magazine
June 22
“If you want a bike for hammering the heck out of a couple of square kilometres of woodland, the Twist is the one. With the added benefit of being a blast on the occasional obligatory daytrip to some McTrailCentre or other, where it is also a freaking riot.”


Oct 2020
“If the classic skinny lines of a steel-framed bike get you hot under the collar, you will find the Starling a thing of beauty. Playing to the strengths of steel, the mullet Twist is a refreshing concept that puts fun front and centre.”


April 2020
“t’s an eager climber that’ll more than happily spin up just about any incline comfortably. On natural, technical terrain its smooth, forgiving feel and supple rear suspension help to keep it glued to tricky lines with confidence.”

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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.