Starling Cycles Sturn

Old school vs new school. A downhill bike for metal heads.


I’ve always had a downhill bike in my head. Floating around in my imagination, on sketches and in pub chats with our bike builders and riders.

Like all of my bikes, I wanted to make a bike that I’d want to ride and that would be grown out of my own experience on the trails.

I knew I wanted big wheels, so I made it 29″ to go fast on rough, gnarly tracks. It would have to be steel and hand made in the Workshop in Bristol, naturally.

I also knew that I wanted it to be single-speed. I always found gears to be more of a hindrance than a help on my downhill bikes.

It’s a bike for riders that want no hassle from broken mechs or bashed up gears. It won’t skip a beat through the winter or through a season of gnarly gnarly. It’s a bike for a big summer in the mountains or a long year on the race circuit.


  • Hand built in steel in Bristol, UK.
  • Custom geometry available
  • 29″ wheels for flat-out speed
  • Single-speed for low maintenance and simple riding
  • Room for up to 2.7″ tyres
  • Reynolds 853 tubing with a custom-butted downtube
  • Jack-drive inspired design
  • Adjustable geometry
  • Now available with +3MTB setup and coaching.

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✔ Hand built in Bristol, UK

✔ Custom geometry – choose your own or ask us

The Starling Sturn is hand built in the UK with custom geometry.

You can supply your own numbers or we can give you some advice base on our experience of what works.

Click here to learn more about custom geometry.

Custom colours

The Sturn is available with custom colours on request.