Starling Cycles Announces New MegaMurmur - More Travel, Longer Swingarm

Jul 24, 2023 at 3:50
by Starling Cycles  

PRESS RELEASE: Starling Cycles

Starling Cycles is mega excited to announce the latest bike in its handbuilt, steel-framed collection, the MegaMurmur.

The MegaMurmur takes the award-winning, beautifully simple, brutally fast, single-pivot Murmur 29er and makes it MEGA - boosting those numbers up a notch for bigger terrain and harder charging.

Starling Cycles MegaMurmur

29" Wheels
140mm or 165mm Rear Travel
170mm Front Travel
455mm Chainstay

Longer travel and with a longer swing arm than the classic Murmur, the MegaMurmur is for race tracks, big mountains, bike parks, downhill tracks, the Enduro World Cup, and seasons in the mountains.

It’s built to go bigger, faster and harder.


The heart of the MegaMurmur is a new, longer swing arm with a 455mm chainstay length, 10mm longer than the classic Murmur.

The added chainstay length provides a few benefits.

First, it adds stability when charging big, rough, high-speed trails creating a more planted, stable and solid ride.

After testing, Starling found 455mm to be a sweet spot that creates a real heels-down, brakes-off trail plougher with only a small compromise to the playfulness, twist and pop that makes the Murmur so fun to ride.

Second, the longer swing arm provides taller riders (especially those riding size XL and above) the option for a larger bike. To many riders the longer swing arm will feel more balanced over the classic design, providing them a more central riding position and an all-around better fit.

The Mega Murmur swing arm is also handmade in the UK - bringing production back to Starling’s home country and creating a steel frame that’s almost 100% made on British soil.


But it's not just geometry changes.

The new, longer swing arm also allows the travel to increase, moving up to 165mm rear travel and a suggested 170mm up front. Riders can, if they wish, run the MegaMurmur with a dual crown fork.

Like all of Starling’s Core frames, the Mega Murmur will be available in two travel configurations - Trail with 140mm rear travel and Enduro with 165mm. The Mega Murmur can either be a big travel, big hitter or a shorter travel, trail bike with the stability of a longer swing arm.

Riders specify 'Trail' or 'Enduro' when they order and have the ability to switch using the frame's adjustable shock mount. No need to buy a new frame if you decide you'd like a shorter or longer travel setup.


V3 Features

The MegaMurmur also includes all of those new V3 design features, including a new machined main pivot part, an aluminium seat tube insert to reduce seized posts, a neater headtube gusset, an anti-flare headtube and a redesigned main pivot to offer a wider interface.

It's handmade using recycled, British-made, Reynolds steel tubing. Like all of Starling's frames, it's made to be easy to set up, ride and maintain with a deliberately uncomplicated, hard-charging single-pivot suspension platform and just two bearings to look after.

Standards are sensible and designed to be future-proof, with no hard-to-source component sizes and the ability to run both boost and non-boost rear wheels.

Frames are made from recycled steel with a lower carbon footprint than carbon fibre or aluminium frames and are repairable when damaged and recyclable at end-of-life. Starling's Environmental Footprint Assessment is available here to read.


Custom Options

Riders often choose Starling because they want a unique bike that isn't the same as everything else on the trails.

There are heaps of custom paint and graphics options and all frames are available with a range of components from Starling's partners Hope, Öhlins, RockShox, Cane Creek, Magura, BikeYoke, Michelin, Funn, DTSwiss and Middleburn.

Frames can be supplied with or without rear shocks and suspension is available from CaneCreek, EXT and Ohlins.

All frames are covered by Starling’s two-year guarantee and crash repair/replacement policy. Policies include options for non-original owners and there's a frame refurbishment and repair service available for all owners, new or second-hand.

Geometry and Specs



- Front triangle hand-built in Bristol, UK, using Reynolds 853 heat-treated tubing
- Rear triangle hand-built in the UK using heat-treated Chromoly
- 29" wheels
- Up to 200mm rotor
- Boost rear axle spacing (but fits non-boost with spacer)
- Seat tube reinforcing strut on XL and XXL
- Stainless & numbered dropper port
- Starling headtube gusset
- Bottle mount in frame on medium & above



TRAIL MODE SHOCK/TRAVEL 210x55mm for 140mm travel
ENDURO MODE SHOCK/TRAVEL 230x65mm for 165mm travel
SEAT TUBE 31.6mm
BB 73mm Threaded
CHAIN DEVICE Integrated 28T-34T
BASH MOUNT Integrated ISCG05
REAR AXLE 148x12mm Boost*
MAX TYRE 29 x 2.6"
MAX DISC 200mm

Pricing and Availability

The MegaMurmur is available to order immediately from

MegaMurmurs will be strictly small batch with limited quantities available at launch. Lead time 16 weeks.

The MegaMurmur frame, minus rear shock, is £2330.
This price includes a Hope headset and seat clamp.

Full details of the new Starling Cycles MegaMurmur here.

Photo location: Moor Beer Brewery and Tap Room, Bristol, UK. "With an unseasonably wet British summer, our MegaMurmur photoshoot was at risk of being rained off. A friend introduced us to the team at Moor and they offered us some space for a unique location to shoot. Just like Starling, Moor is an independent, small-batch manufacturer based in Bristol, UK that ships all over the world. They brew unfined, unfiltered and unpasteurised beers that are always live, always natural and always vegan friendly. Find out Moor here.

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  • 70 5
 Boutique steel frame handmade in the UK costing >$1000 USD less than a made in china carbon frame from a brand like Santa Cruz or Yeti or even Trek these days. Wild. If I was in the market for a new bike, would highly consider one of these guys
  • 4 7
 Aren't the rear triangles made in Taiwan?
  • 18 0
 @wburnes: It states in the article the rear triangles for this bike are made in the UK
  • 25 6
 Im not sure I follow your math? The price of the frame alone is ~$3000US, add another $1000+US for a shock and you are north of $4000 US for frame and shock.

A Megatower CC frame from SC is ~$4000US
A 150 SB from Yeti is ~$4700US
A Slash carbon from Trek is ~$3900US

Once you factor in getting the Starling shipped anywhere but the UK (esp North America), it is going to be a much more expensive bike frame than any of those you listed.
  • 18 1

The fully UK manufactured MegaMurmur is more expensive than other models.

Shipping to USA is £125, or we have a USA dealer, TrailLabs.

Plus, a Starling will last a lifetime... It depends what you value I suppose!
  • 5 0
 @phutphutend: I'll take the opportunity to ask this here as I'm sure more people would be interrested.
Do you have any plans for selling rear triangles only to customers who have bought a frame? Reason I ask is it'd be pretty sweet to have a Twist and a spare 445mm or 455mm rear triangle to turn it into a Murmur or the other way around, put a Swoop triangle on the Murmur and make a Twist. I could have 4 different bikes with 2 different shocks and 2 rear triangles with just the one front triangle Smile

Thought of another question too, is the MegaMurmur front triangle different from the standard Murmur front triangle in any way? Thicker tubing etc?
  • 6 0

We will supply swingarms only, but not in the immediate future. Supply is limited and we need to prioritise full frames for now. Also, they will be for V3 frames only.

There is no change to front triangle. It's plenty strong, and the longer fork does the right correction to the geometry fort the travel.

But as you point out, the whole platform is super versatile. Down Country to Enduro all on the same frame, many of my customer have done exactly this... You can even do a Tellum (search it up).
  • 1 0
 @shoreboy1866: I concur on shipping costs + US tax, after purchasing a Privateer. Yes, FedEx notifies the IRS and you need to pay taxes. Ugh!
  • 1 0
 @phutphutend: Haha yeah I remember the Tellum... thanks for replying to my questions. I've another one if you don't mind. When you will start supplying swingarms is the idea to sell the 455 only or all three?
  • 1 0
 @phutphutend: Quick question, can I ask why this new one has a rear triangle made in the UK but the others dont?
  • 3 0
 @Takaya94: It allows us to do smaller quantities, whilst we gauge demand for the frame.
  • 1 0
 @shoreboy1866: Did you take UK VAT off that price?
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I used the advertised price in pounds (£2330), and converted it to USD. Is VAT included in the list price of bikes? I did my calculation based on the list price not including VAT.
  • 2 0
 @shoreboy1866: You are miles off in that case then I think.

Everything except for exempt items are VAT applicable in the UK, it is removed when an item is sold overseas.

So being realistic are about $800 off.
  • 1 0
 @wburnes: rear triangles are mostly made in Taiwan when they are out of alloy, such as Cotic and Stanton's frames for instance.
  • 14 0
 Steel is a feel Love my FlareMax
  • 1 0
 Plus the dwlink and the aluminum rear triangle. Monie$$$
  • 13 0
 they have an XXL that's actually has geo of what XXL should be, count me in
  • 2 0
 I just wish they put a picture of the larger sizes, they say that the larger sizes have a seat tube brace which will change the look of the frame. I'm lanky but I'd still like my bike to look good, I like the clean lines of the pictured frame and I'm not sure the brace will still look good.
  • 1 0
 @DC1988: i'm sure if someone inquired directly they'd provide one!
  • 3 0
 @DC1988: We can do frames without the brace, but you'd have to have a shorter set tube. I promise you the frame with brace looks much better than raising up the top tube.

But contact us via the website to dicuss...
  • 12 0
 Megamurmur = speech?
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  • 6 0
 I spoke with Joe and demoed a Murmur at Bentonville Bike Fest. Great chap and lovely bikes! I am very tempted to pick one up. I have several 170-180mm frames, so their shorter travel options is what I would personally go for. Here are my first impressions of the Murmur:

- Firm and direct pedaling platform. Off the top the back end feels stiff, but easily activates smooth travel when going over roots and rocks.
- Back end travels smoothly through the mid-stroke. It feels linear through most of it's travel until the last 10-20% which ramps up quickly. I never experienced bottom outs even in larger 5ft drops and 20ft table tops.
- I did feel the back end flex in berms, but not in a bad way. It springs out of g-outs and berms like a dream.
- Very playful and poppy. The stiff off-the-top feel makes it pop off small bumps in the trail easily.
- Soft feeling ride quality. A trait of their steel frame – and smaller tubing in the back end – makes this bike really comfy on rocky singletrack. Trail-chatter felt significantly reduced on the Murmur.

Just some quick thoughts after 8 miles of riding.
  • 4 0
 I've got exactly the same feelings after 4 years on my Murmur.
  • 8 0
 Browsed the comments wondering why I'm the only one thinking it should be called "Moremur" or better still "Mormurmur" ...
  • 11 0
 Ha, we spent a long time thinking about the name...

Super Murmur
Mammo Murmur
Monster Murmur
Mucho Murmur
King Murmur
Jumbo Murmur
Major Murmur
Murmur 170
Murmur LT (uurggh)
Murmur XTRA
  • 3 0
 @phutphutend: Major Murmur *salute*
  • 6 0
 @phutphutend: can we just make sure the downcountry/short travel one is called a Le-mur, okay?
  • 1 0
 @phutphutend: MagnifiMur..... I'd have picked that as the winner.
  • 2 0
Now you can race it in the Mega Avalache.
  • 2 1
 @phutphutend: Innovators you are, borrowing a naming convention from Santa Cruz seems tepid. Murdur the marketers responsible.
  • 2 0
 @rider001: Santa Cruz! What about Nukeproof, they did it well before SC. And what about the mathematicians, Mega =10^6...

Agreed, it has been used before, but it was the working name and nothing else worked...

Murder is a bit harsh in any sense.
  • 7 2
 Ticks a lot of boxes for me but that bend on the upper tubes of rear triangle makes my teeth curl..
why not have a nice straight one?
  • 5 0
 Does it make your toes itch too? Wink I must say I like it, it smooths the transition into the line of the rear shock.. its in the eye of the beholder I suppose.
  • 3 0
 @ddmonkey: yeah i guess its all in the eye of the beholder but I can’t bear a bent tube where a straight one could go..
Its not as bad as some frames, haibikes from a few years back spring to mind. Eeeurgh!
  • 4 0
 I remember Joe floating the idea of these as a one-off batch on the FB group a year or so ago, cool to see it's actually happened and the enduro geometry looks awesome. The "two-bikes-in-one factor" is great too.
  • 4 0
 There's REEB, Starling, and Chromag's Darco - still waiting for that short-travel, downcountry steel full squish rig
  • 8 0
 The SST is definitely on the downcountry category no? 120 rear
  • 12 0
 Cotic, Pipe Dream, Ferrum, Coal, Calndestine, Ra, and plenty more out there as well. Not sure what you mean by "still waiting", they already exist.
  • 6 0
 REEB SST is 120mm travel!
  • 2 0
 @prosauce: Feel like the reeb is more of a 150 front/120 rear monster like the darco, at least how people I know ride it. @mkul7r4, sweet list!
  • 7 0
 Starling Murmur can readily be built as a 120mm DownCountry bike, plenty of customers have done this and they ride great. We've got a special Downcountry build coming soon...
  • 4 1
 Had Joe & crew build me up a custom Swoop this year. It’s a beauty! Such a cool company I’m proud to support and also the bike rides sooo good!!!
  • 3 0
 Loving your work starling! Make a M please, ideally with a seat tube no longer than 380 so some shorter riders can get a very long dropper.
  • 3 0
 Pretty good work making it from recycled steel

I mean, obviously steel is recyclable, but I didn't realise this also happened for high-end/performance applications
  • 1 0
 I was looking at one at ardrock and had a chat with the frame builder/designer he's a nice lad and the bike was really nice . I couldn't believe how light it was. I would love to have a go on one. I can't afford a new bike tho
  • 1 0
 Looks so primitive, so basic. I love it. Years ago I had a crap URT (Catamount), but I loved the clean, lean look of the steel front triangle. So much more to be done with metal. Carbon fiber is cool, but steel is.... well, you know.
  • 3 3
 "creating a steel frame that’s almost 100% made on British soil" almost? Is the steel in the rear triangle Taiwanese, not quite sure on the "almost" claim.
I'm a fan of what Starling are doing , I'd like to see a complete Taiwanese made one at a lower price.
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing it's bearings or hardware that's made elsewhere.
  • 4 0
 We did a Taiwanese Murmur a while back. It was good, but getting swingarms from Taiwan and making the front triangles in the UK gives us much more business flexibility. The standard Murmurs, Twist and Swoops all have Taiwanese swingarms and a lower price.
  • 4 0

Some of the machinings are done in Taiwan, as well as main pivot and a few other parts. Unlike other brands I don't like to bullshit and say its fully made in the UK, when it isn't.

There loads of companies who only assemble their bikes in UK, but still say UK made...
  • 1 1
 You want the material to be processed in the country of final manufacture to be classed as made in that country too now?

You want starling to start mining the ore too?
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: he’s referring to frames made overseas and shipped for assembly in uk, yet state made in the uk on them i believe.
  • 1 0
 @Davebob: Exactly, there's a lot of bullshit out there. I just like to try to be transparent.
  • 3 1
 Beautiful bike, beautiful lines. The headtube gusset reminds me of my beloved 1999 Rocky Mountain Pipeline.
  • 4 1
 Love the colors of the frame, but those alloy crank arms are out of tune!
  • 1 0
 I'm picturing it with some Appleman cranks painted white. That would be pretty sweet..
  • 1 0
 If I wasn't a cheap bastard, I'd 100% buy a Murmur. If came into a decent amount of extra money, a Beady Little Eye would be sweet too.
  • 1 0
 i had a similar geom with marino frame the 455 chainstay is extremely boring...i will never go above 445 again. 445 cs 530 reach is perfect combo for me.
  • 4 2
 Beautiful bikes my my god if you’re a heavier rider boy do they flex
  • 4 3
 That's not the feedback we've had from our customers.

Have you ridden a Starling? if so, which one?
  • 2 0
 @phutphutend: I rode a 2020 murmur, was lovely but I am 95kg and prefer stiffer feeling bikes, just a preference
  • 1 0
 @squiffybiker: What bikes have been stiff enough for ya? Just curious.
  • 2 1
 @Takaya94: my Mondraker superfoxy was pretty good
  • 1 0
 would love to get one again. was hoping they make one with more travel, but 455 cs is too long for me.
  • 1 0
 If you want longer travel with shorter stays, the Enduro Twist is the option. Wheel size has less impact than chainstay length on how it rides.
  • 2 1
 Just to add this is still cool!
  • 5 4
 It's beautiful. But it's also degressiv (falling rate suspension)
  • 6 2
 It's linear. It rides great! Read any review of a Starling and they all agree the suspension works great.
  • 5 7
 As with all non-linkage-driven single pivots, it needs a carefully selected and set up shock to work. Won't ever reach the finely tuned characteristics of a well designed linkage but it should be good enough for most purposes.
  • 11 1
 @Ttimer: I'm afraid that's not our experience. The linear suspension means its super easy to get a shock to work, and the performance is great. Have you ridden a Starling?
  • 2 0
 @phutphutend: Some people are quick to buy into the marketing hype of large bike companies, but slow to realize most of it is "hype" for a reason.
  • 1 0
 @whiskybiker: While true, please don’t forget that there is plenty of hype about the alleged ride qualities of steel frames. And that stories of „made in small batches by craftsmen from locally sourced material“ is THE hot thing in marketing right now.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: think there is also a lot of hype about finely tuned characteristics of well designed linkages.
  • 1 0
 Why are the chainstays so short?
  • 1 0
 holy firkin look at all that steel
  • 1 0
 Looks so ooooold. I love it!
  • 1 0
 Bikes + Beers.
These are a few of my favorite tings.
  • 1 0
 Mega Murr-Fect
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 lmao deleted comment because the bike name is the equivalent of a heart attack?
  • 1 2
 this bike is named after a huge heart attack and if you ride it you will die
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