DMR Trailstar frame review£280.00

More versatile-than-ever version of long-time framewrecker's fave

BikeRadar score4/5

The Trailstar has been a favourite of framewreckers for years, and the latest version is more versatile than ever.

With a massive, aluminium-sized tapered down tube, thickwall reinforced head tube, big throat gusset and even a steel ISCG chainguide mount ring on the bottom bracket, this is by far the heaviest frame on test here and no friend on uphills.

It’s quite simply in another league when it comes to the amount of hammer it’ll handle, though, and it certainly won’t shy away from anything you’re brave/stupid enough to try.

It’s no stumpy, sawn-off jump bike, though (DMR does a whole range of those). This is a proper BSX/XC frame that’s long enough to pedal your lungs out. Revised geometry means it’s ready to take a 120-130mm fork without getting too steady to turn tricks, making it a fantastic option for those who want extra strength (and single chainring security) in a standard format trail frame.

Build quality is excellent, there are three colour options and the new ‘Swopout’ dropouts let you switch between vertical geared, horizontal 10mm or 14mm singlespeed or even Maxle 12mm screw thru axles on the same frame. It doesn’t have any bottle mounts and only comes in two sizes, which is a bit of a shame on a bike that’d be so good for big blokes.

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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