Starling Cycles Roost Stainless Steel Hardtail: Is It A Bike Forever?

You might expect a UK-based frame company to start with hardtails and potentially move to full-suspension bikes, but that wasn’t the route for Starling Cycles founder Joe McEwan. This new Perch the hardtail is the brand’s first hard-tail mountain bike offering, and it’s built with stainless steel to last a long time in the stable. The Roost uses a mixed-wheel setup, and it’s optimized for a 140mm fork, though Starling says 120-160mm will work.

The stainless steel tubing is made in Taiwan by ORA, and paired with the external BB and cable routing, this bike should be about as easy to maintain as it gets. The aesthetically pleasing base yoke leaves room for up to 2.8-inch tires in the rear with mud clearance to spare. The rear is also Boost and non-Boost compatible to match your current wheel setup, which is an option mentioned by McEwan in our recent axle spacing interview.

The hand-feet measurement (reach) for the three Roost sizes is 440, 475 and 505 mm respectively. Seat tube lengths increase significantly between sizes, so shorter riders may want to measure their current bike and compare before ordering a size up. Chainstay length varies by frame size, at 425mm on medium, 430mm on large and 435mm on taller riders. The head tube angles down to 64° with the recommended 140mm fork fitted, and the seat tube angle is 76° before sag. All of those numbers should make for a super fun trail experience with very little maintenance.

This smooth-looking hardtail is available as a frameset for £1,220, and there are several complete build options to choose from. Pre-orders are open now, frames are expected to ship in early April 2022.

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