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What I Ride – Ty Morrow

Ty Morrow recently joined the ranks of the already stacked Éclat team and he’s loving his new bike. Check out all the details of Ty Morrow’s new Fiend / Éclat build, featuring Ty’s signature Fiend frame, stem, and seat, and then keep reading to get the full scoop on Ty’s personal bike setup preferences.

Height: 6'1″
Weight: 185 lbs.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Sponsors: Fiend, Éclat, Vans, The Trip

Frame: Fiend Morrow V3, 21″
Fork: Éclat Storm
Bars: Éclat Dive, 10″
Stem: Fiend Morrow V3
Grips: Éclat Pulsar
Barends: Éclat
Headset: Éclat Cargo
Seatpost: Éclat Tripod
Seat: Fiend Morrow V2, Corduroy, Black, Tripod
Pedals: Éclat Seeker
Cranks: Éclat Tibia, 165mm
Sprocket: Éclat AK with Nylon Guard
Chain: Éclat Diesel
Front Tire: Éclat Fireball
Front Wheel: Éclat Teck hub laced to the Éclat Raven rim with Teck PC guards
Rear Tire: Éclat Fireball
Rear Wheel: Éclat Cortex LHD Coaster laced to Éclat Polar rim with PC guards
Pegs: Éclat Venom, 4.5″

Since you made the move over to Éclat you changed up a bunch of parts along the way. How does your new bike feel?
I couldn't be happier with it right now. Everything éclat makes looks good and is built to last by some really good designers.

Of all the Éclat parts you're running, which are you must hyped on?
Hard to say right now, to be honest. I'm kinda hyped on everything, but if there was one product I am most excited on getting back on my bike, it would be the Tibia cranks. They have held up to years of abuse by some of the gnarliest dudes in the game and were the standard option for a lot of my good friends and I before we had parts sponsors.

The Éclat catalog is pretty extensive—they make a lot of options for some parts. Was it hard to choose which parts to run?
It definitely was… Outside of there being multiple options for a lot of their parts, there are lots of dope colors to chose from. Knowing I was going to get a new frame within a couple months of making the switch to éclat, I decided to order two color ways of a lot of parts so that I would for 1; have backups and 2; be able to experiment with some color ways I had in my head. This is my first time riding colored tires and I'm really psyched on the way my bike ended up looking with them. Had éclat not have been as courteous with giving me a couple options for colors, I may have never stumbled upon the color way of my current build.

What are some specifics of how you like to have your bike setup… PSI, bar position, etc…
I'm definitely pretty OCD with the way my bike feels and am instantly aware when something isn't the way I've been riding my bikes for years. I would say tire pressure is one my biggest things—I run my tires with just enough pressure to be able to take drops, get good carves for spins, be able to land sideways a little bit without your tire peeling off the rim and just enough to where I don't have to pump my tires up every time I carve a bowl. On average I run about 55-60 psi in the rear and 45-50 in the front. I've preferred my bike to be this way for as long as I can remember and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon. Aside form that, I like my bars a little bit past straight up and down with the forks, uncut bars, minimal headset spacers and I always run my chain at a happy medium of being loose enough to feel no resistance while pedaling and tight enough to not spin my cranks on whips or hit the frame on drops.

What are you must particular about? In general, what makes this your ride?
As bad as this sounds, overall look is definitely one thing I'm most particular about. By look, I suppose I mean the actual shape of the completed bike and the colors used to build it. Of course, the most important thing should be the way it feels. Although I believe you can get used to pretty much any BMX setup, I have found what works for me in terms of ergonomics and that seems to be tall and wide bars, fat tires and a short back end with short cranks.

This is your V3 signature Fiend frame, what's new with it?
For my V3 frame, I decided to shorten the backend to 13" for a sharper response on manual/grind tricks and more control while riding backwards. I technically had a V2, V2.5 and then V3, so one of the changes that were implemented on the "V2.5" carried over to my V3 and that was the steeper head tube of 75.5 degrees. We also spent a lot of time perfecting the rear triangle of the bike to allow for very wide tires with enough clearance for the average street rider that doesn't have a perfectly straight wheel—about 3/4" on each side when slammed. To top it off, I worked very closely with Eben Fischer designing the new graphics for my frame. I couldn’t be happier with how those turned out and feel you have to see the stickers in person to truly appreciate the amount of detail and hard work he put into them. Thanks Eben!

You signature Fiend seat in the corduroy looks dope. I don't even know if I've ever seen a corduroy seat before…
Thanks! The corduroy seat is actually my V2 seat. We just got a few samples of the V3 and I probably should be riding that, but I had to give the corduroy one more run before I retired it! We've done 3 color ways including black, olive and khaki so far. Some of you may not have tried out the Tripod seats and I've gotta go on record and say that you're sleeping if that's the case! It's definitely the cleanest looking setup for a seat and is actually A LOT stronger than the Pivotal mold.