The Best Descending Bike Starling Has Ever Produced: The Spur

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The Starling Cycles Spur

The Best Descending Bike Starling Has Ever Produced

Starling Cycles is pleased to announce the launch of the new Starling Cycles Spur.

Our latest ‘Rare’ bike, the Spur joins our family of limited edition misfits with a high-pivot suspension platform, an Effigear gearbox and 170mm of travel. It is, to put it simply, an absolute monster.

Check out The Loam Wolf’s exclusive review of the Starling Spur here.

Key Features:

  • Front triangle and swingarm hand-built in Bristol, UK, using Reynolds 853 heat-treated tubing
  • 170mm travel
  • Effigear 9spd drivetrain with 440% range, including cranks, shifter and cogs
  • 29″ wheels
  • 2.6″ tyre clearance
  • Up to 200mm rotor
  • Designed for single speed 142x12mm rear hubs
  • Unique Starling dropouts system means rear wheel can be removed without adjusting tension
  • Seattube reinforcing strut on XL
  • Integrated seat-clamp
  • Stainless & numbered dropper port
  • Starling headtube gusset
  • Bottle mount in frame on medium & above

Packing 170mm of travel, 29″ wheels and the Effigear system, the Spur is the bike for big-terrain enduro racing, double-black bike park laps and hassle-free seasons in the mountains.

The Spur’s high-pivot, gearbox design is deadly fast on rough, technical terrain. Zero chain growth, zero chain forces, zero worries about smashing mechs. You’ll experience incredible small bump performance, endless grip in all conditions, a beautifully light rear wheel and the best descending bike we’ve ever made.


The Spur wasn’t a quick bike to create. We’ve worked closely with Effigear to build the bike from scratch around their 9-speed system, offering a 440% range to get you up those technical climbs to the trailhead. The Effigear system works with a standard trigger shifter, meaning no annoying gripshift. You’ll also experience a super light rear-wheel which adds up to an amazing suspension feel on the trail and no rear mechs to maintain, damage or replace.

In building the high-pivot suspension platform, we took everything we’d learned from the Starling Staer and Sturn. The high pivot reduces any of the forces that affect suspension performance on the trail and creates an incredibly planted bike that offers mountains of grip in all conditions, including under braking.

The Spur is available to order now from Starling Cycles and is built by hand in Bristol, UK using Reynolds 853 steel heat-treated tubing. There is a 16 week lead time on all orders and frames are available with or without shock and with a variety of components to help build your dream bike.

As a member of Starling’s ‘Rare’ collection, the Spur will be limited edition and made to order on a first-come-first-served basis.

To place your order and learn more about the Spur, please visit Starling Cycles.