Tune Starkes Stuck review£94.99

Super light but high-priced and a pain to set up

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The Starkes Stuck post has been one of Tune's trademark pieces for years. The shaft is machine shaped externally and internally for maximum strength at minimum weight, and it's tough enough to be a bling choice among European downhill riders.

The minimalist twin T-bar and loose cradle clamp help to keep the weight super low but, unfortunately, the up and-under design with narrow T-bars means the post is a sod to set up and it rattled apart within minutes on the first ride. Once cranked up even tighter, it still creaked for ages and needed a couple more re-tightenings to finally settle it into place. The price is also super high, although you can special order anodised colours at no extra cost.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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