Sneak peek: Starley JKS Stainless frameset

British brand adds a new steel frame with plenty of clearance to the line-up

by Mat Brett   July 25, 2013  

Starley JKS Stainless full bike

Starley Bikes are adding a new model to their road bike line-up in the shape of the JKS Stainless, a stainless steel frame that’s designed to be lightweight, fast and comfortable.

The JKS Stainless comes with a tapered head tube, a BB30 bottom bracket, and internal cable routing. It weighs in at 1.3kg, making it only 200g heavier than Starley’s current carbon models. There’s enough clearance for 28mm tyres/mudguards, so you could use it for year-round UK riding.

The frameset comes with a carbon fork and a carbon seat post, and a headset is included in the £1,499 price. You get a lifetime warranty.

The geometry is very similar to that of Starley’s existing R1 frame, so you’ll get a fairly aggressive ride position. The head tube on the 56cm model, for example, is 15cm tall.

As with the other models in Starley’s range, you can have the JKS Stainless painted in the colour/design of your choice. Everything is painted to order in Starley’s Altrincham, Cheshire factory where they have recently opened a new showroom.

Frames are available for pre order now, and expected delivery is in 12 weeks. The JKS Stainless will be added to the Starley website within the next couple of weeks, and you’ll then be able to buy it as a complete bike, prices depending on the build you select. Go to to see how that works with the existing bikes in the range.

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My oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my.

Any news on who is actually making them?

posted by thebungle [115 posts]
25th July 2013 - 11:16


What kind of stainless? KVA?

posted by Alb [89 posts]
25th July 2013 - 11:41


Oh my goodness, that is beautiful.

posted by declan1 [3 posts]
25th July 2013 - 12:31


Classy and understated...likey likey leeeee


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posted by The _Kaner [481 posts]
25th July 2013 - 12:42


There's another frame to add to the ever growing list for my new bike Big Grin Plus the colour is pretty much the same as my club kit!

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posted by Coodsta [99 posts]
25th July 2013 - 12:54


Looks lovely - but couldn't see eyelets for the mudguards that there's room for..

posted by chorltonjon [34 posts]
25th July 2013 - 13:12


Alb wrote:
What kind of stainless? KVA?

Good question. If I were to buy yet another steel frame, I'd insist on cold drawn.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
25th July 2013 - 13:12


It's gotta be said; that is one sexy looking bike...

posted by Al'76 [126 posts]
25th July 2013 - 19:30


yep, the consensus is right - that's a looker and a half.

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
26th July 2013 - 0:59


showroom is half a mile from my office, there's Monday lunch sorted

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posted by colinth [188 posts]
26th July 2013 - 7:27


What's the point in including clearence for mudguards if there's nowhere to screw them on? Clip ons are rubbish.

Other than that, it IS pretty.

posted by Al__S [620 posts]
26th July 2013 - 7:31


You think you could get both 28mm tyres AND mudguards in there, at the same time? Looks doubtful. Although the brake shoes are right at the bottom, it has standard drop brakes. I think you might mean 28mm tyres without guards, or max 25mm tyres with guards.

As has been said above,we need to know what kind of stainless tubing it, it's essential info.

posted by bikeylikey [171 posts]
26th July 2013 - 16:51


Hi all - firstly a thanks for the nice comments, I thought I would hop on to answer a few questions.

Yes clearance is 28mm so mudguards or tyre - not room for both!

The tubing is made by KVA for us. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to phone the factory showroom or drop us an email

posted by Starleybikes [5 posts]
27th July 2013 - 7:18