Simply rips

A sledgehammer up front. A machete out back.

Built for the perfect blend of raw speed and raw fun.

The Starling Cycles Twist is our take on the mullet with a monster-truck 29″ wheel up front and a fast, fun 27.5″ wheel out back.

With 135mm or 165mm of rear travel, mullet wheels and plenty of tyre clearance, it’s built to party.

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 goes hand-in-hand with fun.

And now, for Autumn 2022 and beyond, introducing V3 of the Starling Cycles Twist.

V3 brings a whole heap of subtle but significant updates. We’ve combined ‘Enduro’ and ‘Trail’ models with a simple solution to combine both options into one frame, using an adjustable shock mount. The seat angle has been steepened for a better pedaling position and we’ve raised the BB a touch to add manoeuvrability.

We also now have an aluminium insert in the seat tube to stop seized posts, a stronger anti-flare headtube, a better-looking asymmetrical headtube gusset and we’ve moved the main pivot to the swing arm for a wider interface. Last but not least, we have a new cast main pivot part, which is neater and stronger than ever.

29″ / 27.5″wheels
For ‘best lap ever’ days, between the tape or shuttling the park.
135mm or 165mm


  • V3 frame design with updated technology.
  • Updated design offers ‘Trail’ & ‘Enduro’ modes from same frame.
  • 29″ front wheel / 27.5″ rear wheel.
  • 135mm or 165mm rear travel.
  • Front triangle hand built in Bristol, UK, using Reynolds 853 heat-treated tubing.
  • Rear triangle hand built by ORA, Taiwan, using heat-treated Chromoly.
  • Up to 200mm rotor.
  • Fits standard tapered forks.
  • Boost rear axle spacing (fits non-boost with spacer).
  • Seat tube reinforcing strut on XL.
  • Stainless & numbered dropper port.
  • Starling headtube gusset.
  • Bottle mount in frame on medium & above.
  • Custom colour options available.
  • Choose frame/full build/anything in between.
  • Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Cane Creek, Magura, BikeYoke, Michelin, Funn, Middleburn build kits available.


  • with standard paint


Lead time 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


Travel Trail: 135mm
Enduro: 165mm
Shock Trail: 210x55mm
Enduro: 230x65mm
Headset Top ZS44/28.6
Headset Bottom EC44/40
Seat Tube 31.6mm
BB 73mm Threaded
Seat Clamp 34.9mm
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 30x8mm
Rear Shock Hardware 35x8mm
Main Pivot Bearings 6902 2RS


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.