It's not uncommon for riders just starting out to want to emulate the pros they look up to. Let's be honest; it's not uncommon for anyone who steps over a top tube to want ride like their heroes, but for the little kiddies just figuring out how to 180, feeling a connection to their favorite pro can be extra inspiring. In saying that, while you might rock the same t-shirt or sticker up your frame to look like the rider you idolize, if you're still learning the basics, riding a bike with pro-level geometry might not be the best route to take. A 5 foot tall 12 year old has no business riding 9" handlebars, nor do they need a 21.25" top tube with a large standover height; angles like that only prolong the learning curve. Over the last few years, Fit Bike Company has tailored their complete bikes to the rides of their pro team members, building top-shelf bikes that can match the performance of their higher end aftermarket components, but also producing more affordable entry level bikes that share the look and the feel of their proverbial bigger brothers. Longtime team member Morgan Long was recently granted his first signature frame, the Hoodbird, and hot on the heels of that comes his first signature complete bike, the Long One.

The Long One, at first glance, doesn't look much different than one of Morgan's recent builds. The Long One is available with translucent gold paint, just like the Hoodbird, and both of the frames feature avian-inspired graphics. Even the gum rubber TA tires and Long Tech grips are straight from Long's daily ride, but you need to look a little closer at the specs to really tell the difference. The Long One features a 20.75" top tube tri-moly frame, which is a great intermediate size for smaller riders just jumping up to a 20", but also long enough for taller riders to feel comfortable. Unlike the Hoodbird, the Long One has a much shorter 8.25" standover height, which keeps the Barstool seat better tucked away when learning new moves. The Long One features a slightly mellower head tube at 75.5 degrees, but features a shorter rear end (13.1"), which helps smaller guys get off the ground with ease. Fit Indent 8-spline cranks with 170mm arms power the drivetrain, along with a 25t Fit CroMo Key sprocket, Odyssey Twisted PC pedals, and a fully-sealed Revenge SW1 wheelset. Steering is provided by chromoly 8.7" rise handlebars, mounted to a Fit top load stem and held together with a sealed integrated headset. Morgan might not need brakes, but it's not a bad idea for beginners to keep them on while they dial in their bike control.

The Fit Long One complete bike is available now at Dans Comp and all Fit Bike Company retailers. You'll need to shell out $354.99 to ride the exact frame that Morgan is riding, but for only $399.99, you can get a whole bike that looks just like his. For complete details and technical information, head on over to www.fitbikeco.com now.

FRAME: CRMO TT, DT AND ST
TOP TUBE 20.75"
FORK STEERER TUBE: CrMo
LEGS: Tapered
HANDLEBAR:2 Piece 8.7" X 29"
STEM: Top Load
GRIPS: LONG TECH Flangeless
REAR BRAKE: Alloy 990 U-Brake, Soft Compound Pads
BRAKE LEVER: Alloy Hinged
BRAKE CABLE: Slic
SEAT: BARSTOOL Textured Pivotal
SEAT POST: 200mm Pivotal
GEARING:25/9
CRANKS: Indented CrMo 170mm 8 Spline
BOTTOM BRACKET: Sealed Bearing MID
SPROCKET: CrMo Key 25T
PEDALS: Odyssey Twisted PC
CHAIN: KMC Z410H
WHEELS: Revenge SW1 Single-Wall Rims – Sealed 3/8″ front, Sealed 14mm rear
TIRES: 2.3 T/A 65 PSI
WEIGHT: 27.05 LBS / 12.26 KG
COLOR: Trans Gold
GEOMETRY
HEAD ANGLE: 75.5°
SEAT ANGLE: 69°
CHAINSTAY: 13.11"
BB HEIGHT: 11.7"
STANDOVER: 8.25"