Morgan Long describes his bike as “tall, fast and strong.” And with a name like Hoodbird, would you expect anything less? Peep all the pieces of this no pegs, bump jumping, wallriding machine…
Frame: Fit Hoodbird 21.25"
Fork: Fit Blade V3 33mm offset
Bars: Fit Hoodbird
Stem: Fit High Top 49mm
Grips: S&M Hoder grips
Headset: Prototype Fit
Seatpost: Fit Pivotal
Seat: Fit Barstool
Pedals: Fit Mac sealed (pins on one side)
Cranks: Fit Indent 165mm
Sprocket: Fit Key Guard 28-tooth
Chain: Shadow Supreme
Front Tire: Fit T/A 2.4"
Front Wheel: Shadow Raptor 36-H, Shadow Corvus rim
Rear Tire: Fit T/A 2.4"
Rear Wheel: Shadow BTR 2 SDS cassette 36-H LHD, Shadow Corvus rim
How would you describe your bike?
Tall, fast and strong.
What are some preferences for your bike set up? What makes it your ride?
Big tires with around 60 psi, bars high and straight up and down, tight chain.
What were some specifics for you when designing your signature frame and bars?
I wanted them made in America so strength was no concern. The frame had to be taller than most with a 9.5" standover and a half inch taller headtube. The bars have a 9.5" rise to match the standover of my frame with large dual radius bends for strength and butted to keep the weight down.
Your frame stickers are sick! Tell us more about them.
Thanks! It’s awesome because so many people have mentioned something about the graphics to me. I worked with one of my best friends, Eben Fisher, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The whole frame is themed after my dads Iconic 79 Trans Am. On the downtube the car is turning into a bird that is hauling ass down the freeway, Eben worked in a bunch of details. The bird has a ring with a big diamond to represent my hometown of Quincy, Illinois, that is known as the “Gem City." Fit and Hoodbird is spelled out of the road lines on the top of the downtube. We didn’t want to use the traditional Phoenix Trans Am bird, so Eben came up with our own design where the shape of the bird makes an ML shape to represent my initials. On the seat tube Eben used an old Pontiac font to spell out Fit and the glowing shape behind it is the snow flake rim design that came on the Trans Ams. Huge shout out to Eben for putting in so many hours and effort into my graphics it really paid off.
Why are you running your Key Guard sprocket backward?
I switched it back up to LHD awhile back and it helps not hit my chain on pedal/ crank arm grinds since I grind on the right side.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
Frame/bar geometry, bar position, gear ratio (28/9), big tires, and keep everything tight and quite.
I know you used to change out your chain often. But probably not anymore, tell us more about that Shadow chain…
Man, nothing beats the feeling of a new chain. I used to try to change out my chain every three months or so, but now I’ve been running the new Shadow Supreme chain and this thing lasts forever. All the links are forged so the chain is way stronger and doesn’t stretch nearly as quick as a traditional half link chain. I actually noticed when we were doing the bike check that I some how put my chain on backwards when I built up this new bike so I had to flip it.
Part or setup wise, what was the last big change you made?
Going back to LHD opened up more doors to what I can grind.