It's no secret here at AVT we love steel bikes and frequently feature them in our Bling Builds blog feature. But a 29er steel full suspension bike is a much rarer beast.. and one that gets a killer ride review from legendary Dirt Mag journo Steve Jones is pretty much a total unicorn.
"THIS GARDEN SHED BUILT STEEL 145MM BIKE has changed our expectations GREATLY. NOW WE KNOW HOW A GOOD MID TRAVEL BIKE CAN AND SHOULD FEEL LIKE. the Starling Murmur LEAVES US ASKING THE QUESTION – DOES ALUMINIUM OR CARBON FIBER REALLY HAVE A PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGE AT ALL?" Steve Jones - Dirt Magazine.
So we just had to include the Starling Murmur in our top 12 Bling Builds of 2018. No it doesn't come with a full flight of Chris King or White Industries components...in fact it doesn't have any of those.
But for a full sus rig, that's designed in a garden shed in Bristol, England its certainly worthy of it's place. Stay tuned in 2019 as we'd love to get our hands on one of these (with a full component of Chris King goodies) to rail down our local trails here in Ashland, Oregon.
We've said it before, but why not just say it again: after decades of black wheels taking the top spot on the podium of desirability, it's just really cool to see more silver options that blend modern technology with classic looks. This wheelset blends classic looks with modern amenities.