Written by Brien Kielb…
Santa Ana's Fit Bike Company currently houses one of the largest and most diverse teams in BMX, and 2015 saw their size grow even more with the addition of Morgan Long to the pro ranks. With his official welcoming comes the release of his first-ever signature frame, the Hoodbird. The Midwestern native made the move to Cali years ago, making it much easier to work in-house at The Building to dial in the specs to precisely his liking, and while this frame follows Fit's tradition of strong, no-frills America-made quality, there are a few features to familiarize yourself with when considering your next ride upgrade.
You probably don't need me to tell you that the Hoodbird is constructed with full 4130 chromoly tubing, but what does need to be pointed out are the straight-gauge rear stays and Supertherm down tube, aiding in dent resistance where you need it most. The Supertherm top tube gets the butted treatment; if you're worried about denting your TT, you probably need to work on your technique, my friend. No need to buy a seat clamp as there's an investment cast 4130 clamp topping the seat tube, but if you plan on running brakes, you'll need to pick up a thread-on brake kit that fits perfectly with Fit's five-degree angled brake mounts. Big tires won't be an issue with curved seat and chainstay bridges widening the rear-end gap, and welded to the end of the S-curved stays are a pair 6mm thick, 4Q Baked dropouts, slotted for 14mm axles.
The trend of taller bars and stems has done wonders for back problems of riders everywhere, but the need for extra room up front also brought a need for more headset spacers. Not necessary on the Hoodbird, as Morgan chose a 5" head tube with dual embossed gussets for a clean look and increased front-end stiffness. In keeping with the tall theme, Long's frame also has a 9.5" stand over, making the bike look like a real machine and not a whip-friendly scooter cousin of yesteryear. The 11.8" high bottom bracket features Fit/S&M's new "EZ-Out" bearing-removal slots for those who wear out BB's faster than most. Other important numbers to point out would be the 75.75 degree HT, and a 13.4"-13.9" rear end which allows for faster handling while avoiding the twitchiness that some riders feel with stays below 13".
The Fit Hoodbird is available now where Fit and S&M goods are sold, and you can choose from three sizes and two colors, with graphics drawn up by Eben Fischer of Cement Face. Head over to Fit's site for any technical tidbits I've missed, and check out their gearing chart to figure out exactly how your gear ratio affects your rear end length.
- Sizes: 20.75″, 21″, 21.25″
- Rear End Length: 13.4″-13.9″
- Heat Tube Angle: 75.75
- Seat Tube Angle: 71
- Bottom Bracket Height: 11.8"
- Bottom Bracket: Mid W/EZ-out punch slots
- Standover: 9.5"
- 5" Head Tube (.375" taller than normal)
- Double Gusset With Embossed F-it Logo
- Butted Supertherm Top Tube
- Straight Gauge Supertherm Down Tube
- Straight Gauge S-Bend Tapered Chain Stays
- Straight Gauge Ultra-Tapered Seat Stays
- 4″ Tire Clearance (even when slammed)
- 5 Degree Angled Brake Inserts
- BB has EZ-out Punch Slots
- Curved Seat and Chain Stay Bridges
- Investment Cast Seat Clamp
- 6mm (1/4 inch) Thick Dropouts
- Available in Gloss Clear and Translucent Gold
- American Made
- Weight: 5.275b (20.75"), 5.32lb (21"), 5.335lb (21.25)