DMR Trailstar frame review£299.99

Proven play chassis

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DMR have been dedicated to dirt jumping for 15 years and the Trailstar is a proven play bike. Thick ring-reinforcing throughout handles nosedive landings, and the frame has a three-year warranty.

The ‘Swopout’ dropouts can be switched to singlespeed-friendly horizontal slots or 12mm bolt-through axle versions. There’s an ISCG mount, and the skinny 26.8mm seat tube is compatible with BMX-style top bolt posts. It takes the sting out of the solid ride too.

Both this 90-110mm fork frame and the 110-130mm fork LT version are relatively steep angled, at 71 to 72.5 degrees, which is great for slopestylers or four-cross racers but not so clever for downhill or steep cross-country use. The hefty weight means you need lots of muscle to get it going too.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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