This steel singlespeed 29er DH bike delights and confuses all at once

This Bristol-made prototype DH features some amazing tech

We take a closer look at this amazing steel prototype DH bike from Starling

There's probably not many people crying out for a steel 29er singlespeed downhill bike that uses a heady mix of traditional DH and BMX components, but that hasn't stopped Bristol-based Starling Cycles from making exactly that.

In our latest video, Jack ditches his organically-sourced earth-boy-beanie in favour of a downhill-approved snapback cap to channel the energy of downhill racing and talk us through this truly unique and amazingly well-crafted bike.

This isn’t the first bike from Starling that has passed through the hallowed halls of BikeRadar HQ, we’ve also spent time on and reviewed its Murmur and Swoop trail bikes.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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