Morphine is the most versatile all around freeride hardtail on the planet. The "Morphing" geometry enables the frame to change geometry for different riding disciplines, by changing the wheel size and fork travel.Morphines can be built up between 30 and 45lb. 4 sizes fit riders from 5'0 to 6'10.
Strengths: Everything! gussets are massive and everywhere , its light for what it is and its the strongest bike ive EVER rode ,i've had it over a year and i've dropped 20ft + drops , ride street , downhill , huge jumps , everything and no problems with it at all!! i run mine with MARZOCCHI MONSTER T's and 24" wheels with 3" tyres , and there's still loads of tyre room! rides amazing , and it will take EVERYTHING!
Weaknesses: NONE , apart from making me depressed when im not riding it haha
HOLY HUCK . go big or go home . this is a TANK , get one now!
a Weekend Warrior
from Lost city of atlantis
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2010
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Bike Setup: DH oriented. Marzocchi 66 RVC 180mm travel; Sunline V-One Bar, Stem, and headset; '09 Saint Brakes & Shifter; XTR RD; Funn Hooka DH Cranks, Souljam Viper pedal; MRP system 1; KCNC 38T single ring; Tiagra cassettes; Sunrims Double Track; Kenda Nevegal SWS 26x2.35
Date Reviewed: January 16, 2008
Strengths: exactly... it's massively strong.... Every gusset and every weld is built for strength. This is the strongest aluminum frame ever made.
Weaknesses: I am the weakest thing on this bike... The 10 year warranty is not honored for the second owner of the frame but who cares... it's a MORPHINE...! The warranty is second to only SWD bikes lifetime no questions asked warranty...
This is the one bike to rule them all. I can ride trails, dirt jumps, street, Full on Freeride and Downhill with this frame and I never had issues. I bought this frame second hand and have had no problems with it whatsoever. I have run 24" front and rear, 26" front and rear, 24"-26" combo, Rigid forks, 100mm forks, 170mm forks, Dual Crown forks, and this bike kills it with everything... The horizontal drop outs have allow regular QR and allow you to snug the wheel up as close as you want to the frame to adjust wheelbase and effective chainstay length... (the shorter the easier to manual). If you want a Hardtail frame that can handle anything and everything... This is the bike for you... oh yeah... I'm 250 lbs and I send it off cliffs, rock faces and whatever I can wrap my brain around. The only thing it's not good for is Trials... the present build is at 37lbs. previously at 32lbs. Don't buy this if you are a spandex wearing weight weenie... you want something titanium and have wasted your time reading this.
Purchased At: used - Internet - (gay color)bike.com
Similar Products Used: Specialized Big Hit DH, P1, P2, Hard Rock Pro, Banshee Scratch, Norco Bigfoot, Norco 250, Santa Cruz Bullit, Evil Imperial, LeToy 3 and a Trek something or other which was not memorable enough.
Bike Setup: Sherman Firefly, Ringle Singles, Hussefelt bars, stem, cranks, Avid BB7 - All of these parts failed after one year - Presently has Marzocchi 66RC, Atomlab Air Corps, Deity crank, .234 FR racing Bar, Stem combo, 8" Avid Juicy 7's.... Occasionally set up single speed as well....
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2007
Strengths: seriously strong. compatable with most components, extreme gusseting. lightness for what you get and so versatile
Weaknesses: the right chainstay is left unpainted so the chain slap doesnt churn the paint up. although it could be worse if they painted it
if you want a versatile frame i think this is the best one out there. it is soooo strong and even comes with a 10 year warrenty. worth every penny
a Weekend Warrior
from oak lawn. il US
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2007
Strengths: This thing is built like a tank, and light as a feather. it takes abosultly everything i dish out. i would recomend to everyone
The guys at Richards were super helpfull. They answered all my questions and got me off on my way with a sick bike talor built to my every specification. Anyone who i likes awsome bikes, great service and great deals, check out RichardsBicycles.com
Weaknesses: Cockpit too short,dont corner as well as people think,ive had it setup many way's but it dont feel as good on the corner's or even as smooth as my Evil or Sinister.
Good for drops and some light DH,gets a little to scekthy on the real technical tight corner's,its a good bike at a good price,but if you want something that rail's round corner's and is smoother then silk,buy a Imperial :)
Strengths: Very strong!!!!!!! tears up the switchbacks and loves flowy singletracks. Fun for urban too
Weaknesses: a tad heavy for the up hill
This is a fun bike for anyone who wants a hardtail that can do it all. I rode everything from resorts to college campuses. The bike is definately above me and probably most people out there but it is sure fun to try. if you are only going to have one bike for rocky trails then get a full suspension but if you want one that can do urban, smooth singletracks, and take a beating then this is your bike
Bike Setup: morphine, manitu sherman jumper 80, sun rim s-types, demoliton 3p crank set with 33 tooth standard sproket, syncros stem, and bulk bars, 06 hayes elcaminoe hydrolic brakes, animal pedals and grips, fresstcyle cool lite chain, and thats about it