Video: BoostedBryn Gets Buck Wild on the Starling Swoop

Oct 23, 2020
by Tom Caldwell  

Reece Richards.. what a guy.

Commonly known as BoostedBryn from his Instagram name, Reece is from Bristol in the UK and I’ve been meaning to try and shoot something with him for a while now. I kept seeing him sending wild gaps on Instagram and knew he would cut the mustard for a wild P&Z video. Lucky for us, he got offered a ride from Starling Cycles last year and headed over to NZ to bed ‘er in, once he returned (and the worldwide pandemic somewhat calmed down), Starling’s big dog Joe McEwan brought us together down south and we got down to business. 

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.

As well as being pinned on the Starling Cycles Swoop, Reece was handed a Starling Klunker and a wild fancy dress outfit (not sure it was fancy dress for him though, just the norm) for us to give a good beating and grab some attention. 60 psi, dangerous drifts and sore wrists ensued. And also lots of laughs.. and very strange looks. He actually convinced a chap (fully in character) at Belmont that he was legit looking to send the biggest gaps on it. Said chap was very worried for his safety.



Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Exactly as dangerous as it looks. Such a contrast to the norm.. and lots of fun.

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Hold on tight, once she gets up to speed, she likes to stay there.

Making the most of the last of the summer, we headed to some of the Southwest’s finest spots where berms were concrete hard and tech was loose and dusty.

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Find a good looking corner, and go mach 10 at it.

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Floating through Belmont on a late summers day.



Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Reviewing some P’s and Z’s. It’s always really good (and efficient) to work with a media-aware rider who knows the score, what looks good, and how hard he needs to push.



Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Descending into some Triscombe tech, the Swoop poised to attack.



Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Quick snack stop n’ that.

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
Bouncing through some of the old school DH Triscombe has to offer. Proper rough and raw.

Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.
The man himself, BoostedBryn. The nicest of chaps and always keen to send and give the Starling a battering. Cheers to Starling Cycles for making it all happen, along with Belmont trails. Ciao ciao.

For those of you who don't know, Starling Cycles handbuilt stupidly fast steel full-suspension frames from their HQ in Reece's hometown of Bristol. In the video, Reece is riding the Starling Swoop - built with 27.5" wheels, 160mm travel and with a custom butted Reynolds 853 frame. 



Starling Cycles project - Reece Richards. All images by Dave Price Photo.

You can learn more about Starling Cycles at www.starlingcycles.com and follow them on Instagram at @starlingcycles.

Reece, and Starling, would love to thank: @bikeyoke @magura_bicycle @funnmtb @betdcomponents @sprungsuspension @morvelomtb
@ohlinsmtb @cushcore @ryanbuildswheels @theoverlandstore @morvelo for the support.



Video, Words - Caldwell Visuals

Photos - Dave Price Photo

Thanks - Jamie Edwards, John Lambert.
Soundtrack - 'Low Commotion' - Tony Dork


47 Comments

  • 12 1
 "The suspension has a rising leverage ratio towards the end, it will ride like crap, esp with a coil"

"The simple, single pivot is so 1999. It won't keep up with modern, patented designs"

"Its way too flexy. You need a stiff ride to navigate rock gardens"

"Steel is so heavy. You can't ride a bike over 30 pounds without an uplift"
  • 5 0
 exactly, video must be fake
  • 2 0
 Where's the wink emoji?
  • 2 1
 @phutphutend: whats an emoji
  • 2 0
 Lol spot on. Been on one of these for a while now. 29 lbs with pedals. Rides like a goddam dream.
  • 10 0
 Great bike, great bike riding and great bike riding music, thanks.
  • 4 0
 Thank f**k this was posted on a Friday and I only have to wait till tomorra to go get shreddy because this video (as with all Tommy C's films) makes me want to go ride my bike and get rad in the woods.
Another belter.
P.s where does one get caldwell stickers then?
  • 1 0
 So true, all of Tom's stuff is rad.
  • 1 0
 Cheers chap! Good to hear. Have a good rip round the woods tomorrow. Message me your deets and I'll sort some out for you no probs.
  • 1 0
 @watchtower: Big up! Much appreciated bud
  • 7 0
 I'm amazed he can even get round those corners on a single pivot.
  • 6 0
 This dude RIPS. So cool to see, good work lads!
  • 6 0
 All killer and no filler. BOOM!
  • 5 0
 beautiful bikes! i want that klunker!
  • 4 0
 Treeemendous! What a savage this lad is! Only a month or so till my Murmur arrives, can't wait!
  • 3 1
 Oh ffs. I just finished a frame, super stoked on the colour. I come here and there’s a bloody Starling exactly the same lol
  • 2 0
 Yeeeah bryn being bryn ! Loving your work as always ???????????????? Big up to tommy c Bless up me babbers ????????
  • 3 0
 Class and I want that bike.
  • 3 0
 Best thing since sliced bread
  • 3 0
 Belter that lads well done ????????
  • 2 0
 That klunker looks like so much fun, anyone know of a cheaper one?
  • 1 0
 Surly Lowside?
  • 1 0
 Put some renthals on any 1990s Raleigh. 30 quid klunker
  • 2 0
 well that was right gert lush...
  • 2 0
 Hoped for more Klunker...
  • 3 1
 29ers gonna hate
  • 2 0
 Makes me want a Swoop to go with the Murmur I already have.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: You like your murmur? Have you run it with a coil?
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: love it,got an Öhlims coil out back, also loving it.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: funny that, I want a murmur to go with my swoop ????
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: So the murmur has a pretty flat suspension curve, with a slight regression at bottom out. Everyone says thats a terrible recipe for a coil. You disagree?
  • 2 0
 @fartymarty: I was torn on which one to get between the two - Couldn't decide - so went with a Twist. Loving it.
  • 1 0
 @freeryder0228: same, but now i need murmur and swoop to go with the twist....
  • 1 1
 Serious, can anybody address the supposed incompatibility with coil shocks? The industry says they should be terrible on these bikes, but everyone is shredding on coils. Any feedback/review on a coil Starling? I'm considering getting one.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: From Starling Cycles social media:

Coil or air? Giving this a repost to help a few customers that have been in touch this week.

The more I've used coils the better I think they are on my frames. I’ve had one on my bike for nearly two years now, and all my race team are on @ohlinsmtb coil shocks.

Popular wisdom is that they don't work on frames with linear leverage ratios. But I disagree... Air shocks are stiff at the start of the stroke whilst overcoming stiction, they then go soft and lack support mid-stroke, then ramp up in last third of travel.

A coil is super supple at start (for fantastic traction), then provides great support in the middle (as you can run a slightly firmer spring as there's less stiction to overcome). An air spring does slightly stiffen in the last third of it's travel, but it's only by a small amount.

But my frames don't have a harsh bottom out anyway, and the new @extremeshox Storia V3 has a hydraulic bump stop.

Additionally, coil shocks have more space internally due to a smaller shaft. This allows more space for internals and more oil flow, so better damping through the throw of the travel. ..So coils for the win!
  • 1 0
 @phutphutend: Any idea what proportion of Starling owners are on coils?
  • 1 0
 Sick bike, savage rider ????
  • 2 0
 Yeaaaah Reece!
  • 1 0
 Belter that lads well done
  • 2 0
 Animal!
  • 1 0
 Great video, love my Murmur.
  • 1 1
 Anyone know where this is filmed?
  • 3 1
 Jump lines are Belmont near Bristol, the rest looks like Triscombe on the Quantocks.
  • 2 0
 @SamClarke96: rode Triscombe on the way home from the southern champs in Minehead last year. Loads of trails concentrated together. Not super steep but rocky and rooty in a good way. Bumped into some really friendly riders too.
  • 2 0
 In the woods.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: yup, Triscombe has some amazing trails, used to be an uplift service there years ago, now we just take turns in driving the van back up the hill, also the stuff nearby on the quantocks is superb

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