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 starleybikes.com to see how that works with the existing bikes in the range.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.