Starling Cycles Murmur Factory 29″
Fast, simple, silent and steel. Designed in the UK, hand built in Taiwan
The new Starling Cycles Murmur Factory Edition is our latest 29” mountain bike frame, hand built in Reynolds 853 steel.
The Murmur Factory is built around 29” wheels with 140mm rear travel and room for disc rotors up to 200mm and 2.5” tyre clearance. It is built for metric rear shocks and 148 x 12mm Boost rear hub spacings.
The new ‘Factory’ frame has been designed at home in the UK and hand built in Taiwan by ORA, one of the World’s very best steel mountain bike frame manufacturing facilities.
The move to Taiwan was a considered one. As a frame builder, aerospace engineer and designer, Joe made the decision after visiting the factory and seeing first-hand the high quality of manufacturing, work ethics and working conditions.
ORA’s factory is the perfect setup for hand-crafting the new frames with expert engineers, boasting years of experience in building top-quality mountain bikes.
THE FINE DETAILS
- Designed and tested by Starling Cycles
- Hand built in Taiwan by the experts at ORA
- Built with Reynolds 853 steel and heat treated high strength steel
- 140mm rear travel
- Built for 29″ wheels
- 2.5″ tyre clearance
- Up to 200mm rotors
- Integrated chain guide
- Integrated ISCG05 bashguard mounts
- Available in 3 sizes, including XL
- Grey with black graphics or custom-colours for +£125
- Choose no shock or a rear shock from Rock Shox, DVO or Fox.
- Choose frame only or build-kit with kit from Burgtec, SRAM, Hope, Middleburn and Maxxis.
- £1850 w/ RS Debonair shock
- Reduced price, £1682, without local tax for sales outside of EU.
Shop, distributor or group of riders? Contact us to discuss batch orders.
Designed by Starling, hand built by ORA
✔ Hand built in Taiwan by ORA
✔ Lower price vs UK-made frames
✔ Available in 3 sizes
✔ TIG welded
✔ Demo rides available
✔ Autumn 2018 delivery
The Murmur Factory has been designed and tested in the UK and hand built in Taiwan by the experts at ORA.
Whilst our Murmur and Swoop frames are UK-made, the ‘Factory’ edition frame is hand made in Taiwan. By collaborating with ORA we’re able to produce enough frames to meet the huge demand whilst also keeping the quality high.
Joe visited the ORA Factory and was super impressed with the work ethic, skill and experience of the frame builders and the working conditions and quality of the factory. It’s a world class facility and we’re proud to trust them with our frames.
The Factory frames will be a bit cheaper than a British built frame and will be available in three sizes (XL now available). They won’t have the fancy headtube gusset with Starling details or the numbered stainless steel dropper-routing port but that’s it.
Other than a change from brazing to TIG welding and a few minor detail changes they’ll look, feel and ride exactly the same as a British made Starling.
Of course, if you want a British built frame with custom geometry you can order one here.
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.
Beautifully-balanced suspension, geometry and stiffness make for a truly rapid ride.
The comfortable speed it offers compared to most bikes is phenomenal but it has one extra attribute which many other “so called” enduro bikes don’t possess; the Murmur would not be too out of sorts if spending the day on the gnarliest of DH tracks!
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
Geometry and specifications
The Murmur Factory 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.
DIRT MAGAZINE REVIEW
“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”
Read more on Dirt Magazine here.
BIKE RADAR FIRST RIDE
“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”
Read more on BikeRadar here.
All Factory frames come in Primer Grey with black graphics as standard.
For an extra £125 you can customise your frame with your own colour scheme – with choices of paint and graphics.