RJ: WHAT WERE YOUR DESIGN GOALS WITH IT?
TB: My first full suspension bike was a YT Jeffsy. I was stoked with how it rode for my trails back home in Hampshire – trail bikes are perfect there. But when I went on my first trip to Morzine and started going to uplift days in Wales I felt undergunned on it. I couldn’t really afford a second bike though.
I thought it would be cool to have a bike that was like a trail bike in one configuration but then you could do something to it to beef it up for Alps trips and uplift days. I came up with the idea of using some kind of flipchip so that the same frame could be run with a 140 fork, to give trail geometry, or you could bump the fork travel up to 160 and flip the chip and have an enduro mode with more aggressive geo. That way I wouldn’t need two bikes and I could feel like I was on the right bike more of the time.
RJ: HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE OF TAKING A CONCEPT AND MAKING IT HAPPEN?
TB: It was definitely challenging. I had to formulate my own plan to get from where I was to where I wanted to be and then see through my own plan. That definitely requires a lot of faith in both your ideas and your ability to realize them. It’s been difficult at times but super fulfilling and I’m enjoying it a lot.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?
TB: Too much to even list.
RJ: WHAT’S NEXT FOR MORPH CYCLES?
TB: I’m hoping to sell 5 frames in April 2020. They’ll be Reynolds 853 tubing with stainless hardware, 142mm rear travel and compatible with 140 or 160mm travel forks. Geo and sizing will be customizable on each frame. I’m going to call them the “First-Edition” bikes and they will all come numbered so they’re identifiable as some of the first bikes.
You can run the frames with a fixed length fork and never touch the flipchip if you want, or if you’re interested you can switch it up. Some forks would require you to change the air shaft out to change the travel, but some forks, like DVO’s Diamond, you only have to move a spacer inside and you’re good to go.
RJ: FINAL QUESTION – CHOOSE 3 RIDERS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ON YOUR BIKES?
TB: So hard to choose man. I’m a big fan of Olly Wilkins, he’s a local hero around Hampshire and Surrey where I’m from. I’m a big fan of Craig Evans’ riding. That guy boosts like crazy. I also love to watch Jeff Kendall Weed ride – his technical climbing videos particularly are so sick.
MORPH CYCLES FULL-SUSPENSION 29
*For a 470mm reach frame.
Custom sizing will be available on each frame, so you can get the exact reach you’re after.
Visit Morphcycles.co.uk to learn more