About Morph Cycles
Morph Cycles is a manufacturer of custom mountain bike frames based in Hampshire, UK.
Morph is best known for producing full suspension, steel trail/enduro bikes - which have been featured on Pinkbike, WideOpen, Singletrack, The Loam Wolf and GMBN Tech.
Why are Morph Frames Different?
Tom Bugler, Morph Cycles founder:
"Back in 2017 I was riding a popular trail bike from a big brand - and it was a good bike. On my local trails in Hampshire it was super good - but whenever I went to bike parks and tackled bigger and gnarlier stuff I was just wishing for a bit more bike. More aggressive geo and a bit more travel, particularly up front"
"This lead me to think about how a bike could be adapted for different kinds of riding - wouldn't it be cool if I could put a 160 fork on my trail bike without messing up the geo? This got me thinking and lead me to come up with the flipchip you currently see on Morph Cycles bikes"
Morph Cycles frames can be run with a 140 or 160mm fork. With a 140 fork and the flipchip in the highest position the bike has trail bike geometry and characteristics. Switch to a 160 fork though and put the flipchip in the lowest position and the geometry is much more aggressive and the extra travel and higher front end helps the bike to navigate steeper terrain. The BB remains the same height and the pedalling position is great in both configuration. It's kind of like two bikes in one.
Why Single Pivot?
Single pivot designs have always had great advantages. The platform is very predictable, can be tuned to give a wide variety of characteristics and is extremely simple to maintain.
Historically, single pivot designs have had a reputation for bobbing under pedalling and their flat leverage curves didn't work well with coil shocks. However, the advent of 1x drivetrains has changed the game for single pivot. A single front chainring paired with careful pivot placement means the anti-squat is over 100% in all of the climbing gears, eradicating the pedal bob problem of old. Almost all modern shocks now feature ramp control (normally via volume spacers) and many modern coil shocks have hydraulic bumper stops and the option to run progressive springs. This means you have way more control of your suspension setup than ever before - and the neutral platform provided by a single pivot gives you a great base from which to find your perfect setup.
Steel bikes have a timelessness not seen in other frame materials. They don't look like last year's model after only 1-2 seasons. Steel also gives beautiful clean lines, excellent fatigue resistance and desirable flex characteristics.
This is also no ordinary straight-gauge steel tubing; the UK is home to Reynolds, makers of some of the finest bicycle tubing available anywhere. The Reynolds 853 DZB tube set used is triple butted, heat treated and air hardened. This means these tubes have great mechanical properties and there's more material where the stresses are higher and less material where it's not needed to save weight.
Materials and Components
The tubeset and components used on Morph frames are second to none - up there with the best available anywhere.
The top tube, down tube, seat tube, bottom bracket and chainstays are Reynolds 853 and the seatstays are Reynolds 725. This isn't a frame that uses a couple of Reynolds tubes and cheap steel elsewhere, every tube used on these frames is quality.
The dropouts are manufactured in the UK by Bear Frame Supplies and feature both a replaceable alumnium hanger, replaceable threads and the option to use 1.5 or 1.0 pitch axles. The dropouts are beautiful to look at and ensure longevity and serviceability.
Quality and Workmanship
All the major frame components are produced in the UK or France. The tubing and CNC machined parts are all sourced from the UK and the frames are brazed and painted in Toulouse, France. The final touches to the frames are made in Hampshire, UK, before being delivered directly to customers.
These frames are made by only a handful of people, each an expert in what they do.
Morph Cycles is keen to minimise its' impact on the planet wherever possible. The frames are designed to be easily fixed and serviced and spare parts will always be available. This is to maximise the usable life of the frames. Morph frames don't have model years and there won't be any effort to date older frames by changing up paint schemes or adding meaningless new features. Morph frames are an investment in quality and rejection of bikes that are designed to be replaced after only 1 or 2 seasons.
Some packaging is required to ensure safe transportation, but this will always be recyclable packaging where possible.
The frame uses highly standard parts throughout. This is intended to help with compatibility, now and in the future, and creating a low cost of ownership.
These standards include:
148x12mm Boost rear spacing with standard 1.5mm pitch axle threads
73mm threaded bottom bracket (standard)
44mm headtube for use with tapered steerer forks - Headset is Hope H2 or EC44/ZS44
31.6mm dropper post
A 34.9mm seat clamp
Replaceable mech hanger (available here)
6902RS bearings - widely available, I recommend the ones from Enduro
IS brake mount - compatible with 160, 180, 200 and 203mm rotors
Morph Cycles was founded by Tom Bugler whilst at studying at Loughborough University in the UK.
Tom got his first proper mountain bike at age 11 and first began customising and modifying bikes in his early teens. His first custom build was a steel 2012 Octane One Void Dirt Jump bike that was built almost entirely on paperound money! Things have progressed a bit since then, but love for creating unique bikes is still at the core of things.
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