Bike Check: Ty Morrow

Ty Morrow is one of the most powerful and progressive riders in BMX today and here’s the bike he gets it done on—complete with a bunch of sample Fiend parts including cranks, seat, and forks, as well as a sample Primo freecoaster as well.

Name: Ty Morrow
Age: 23
Height: 6′
Weight: 185 lbs.
Location: San Diego, California
Sponsors: Fiend, Primo, Vans, Deadline, The Trip

Frame: Fiend Morrow 21″
Fork: Fiend 26* Offset samples
Bars: Fiend 9″ Samples
Stem: Fiend Morrow
Grips: Fiend
Barends: Fiend
Headset: Primo
Clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Primo
Seat: Fiend Morrow sample
Pedals: Primo
Cranks: Fiend Wedge bolt samples
Sprocket: Primo
Chain: Generic
Front Tire: Cult Dehart
Front Wheel: Primo N4fl
Rear Tire: Primo V-Monster
Rear Wheel: Primo V rim laced to Primo freecoaster sample
Pegs: Fiend Metals/ Primo Plastic

How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one? Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?
I usually try to build up an entirely new bike when I get a new frame. I change frames every 3-6 months depending on the amount of abuse they’ve taken. Within that time I just replace parts as they bend/break.

What parts do you change out the most often
I end up replacing pedals more often than anything—plastics tend to wear quick from crank arm grinds and my bike is always falling in some weird fashion causing the spindles to bend. Fiend grips come pretty soft out of the package so I usually go through a set every month or two.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
Grips and seat—I haven’t changed my set up in years. Mushroom [style] grips and fat capital seats for life.

How long have you been running the freecoaster for? And what are your thoughts on it?
I think I started riding a coaster in February/March, so… about four-five months? I think it’s awesome and I don’t see myself going back anytime soon.

It seems like you made your front end a little taller as of recently, is that right? How is that feeling for you?
Yeah, I stepped up to the 9” bars from 8.75”, shortened my toptube, and tried steeper forks a couple months ago. I wanted my bike to feel a little more snappy and it did the trick.

I’m diggin’ the photo inspired headtube sticker, what other Ty specific specs are on the frame?
Thanks. Kevin Conners and I rushed the graphics last minute so I’m glad we got something we were both happy with for the time being. As far as the specs go; I wanted a higher bottom bracket (11.8” instead of 11.625”) for crooked grinds, more round shaped dropouts, shaved down welds on the inside of the dropouts for proper hub guard fitting and more classic shaped headset & BB cups.

Tell us more about the Fiend cranks and the unique bolt system…
It’s a pretty simple wedge system. The cranks slide on with ease, you tighten down the spindle bolt and then tighten the smaller, pinch-style bolt below to press the wedge into the spindle. I’ve ridden mine for almost three months and haven’t had to tighten them once.