Starling Cycles frames can be supplied with custom geometry. We can customise your head angle, reach, seat tube length and head tube length.
The modern trend is for slack head angles with some brands racing to make their bikes slacker and slacker. I’d consider ‘slack’ to be anything less than 65°.
A slack head angle is all well and good if you’re an experienced, confident rider that can really throw a bike around. It’ll provide stability and confidence on rough terrain at high speeds. Oppositely, it’ll be a little less easy to throw around at lower speeds and for less technical, less steep, slower speed trails can take away a bike’s playful nature.
For the 27.5” Swoop I’d recommend a head angle of 64°.
For the 29” Murmur I’d recommend 65°.
Reach is the measurement from your bottom bracket to the top of your head tube. It’s roughly the distance from your feet to your hands. It’s a hard thing to measure and I much prefer using downtube length to size bikes.
Starling’s bikes are generally a little longer than most mass-manufactured designs and my recommended reach figures offer a stable, confident ride without sacrificing playfulness.
We can recommend sizing for riders of any size and have designed bikes for riders from 5’2” all the way up to 6’9”.
We’d recommend a reach of 480mm for riders up to 6’.
The maximum reach we can build is 535mm – we just can’t get tubes long enough to go any bigger!
Seat Tube Length
An easy one. Measure your existing seat position from the top of the seat post at full extension. Reduce the measurement by 250mm (the typical post extension from the frame for a 150mm dropper) and you’ve got your magic number.
Head Tube Length
Swoop frames come with a 120mm head tube.
Murmur frames come with a 110mm head tube.
If you like your bars high, we can increase this though going too long makes your frame look like a gate.
If you like them low we can go shorter, but no less than 110mm.