Morpheus Conspiracy - Review

Feb 27, 2017
by AJ Barlas  



Morpheus is certainly a brand known more for their slopestyle bikes, ridden by the likes of Anthony Messere, than they are for trail or downhill bikes. That said, many are undoubtedly aware that the brand has been working on a downhill sled for a number of years now. The bike is aimed at park/freeride, but, with a few simple changes, Morpheus claim it is completely capable as a downhill race bike, able to take all that the aggressive DH tracks can dish out.

The frame is carbon and can be purchased as a stand-alone for $2,795 USD, allowing you to build the bike how you see fit. There are also two complete builds available. The Standard build goes for $4,195 USD and features a Shimano Zee drivetrain and brakes, SR Suntour Rux fork, and DT Swiss wheels. The Premium build, tested here, will set you back $5,595 USD and sees an upgrade to a Saint drivetrain and brakes, Fox 40 fork, and carbon SixC goodies from Race Face.
Morpheus Conspiracy Details
• Intended use: bike park/freeride/downhill
• Travel: 200mm
• 27.5" wheels
• 63° head angle
• 426mm chainstays / 1,230mm wheelbase (size large)
• 12 x 157mm rear spacing
• Full carbon frame
• OPS suspension design
• Internal cable routing
• Integrated frame protection
• Sizes: M, L, XL
• Weight (size large): 32.6lb / 14.8kg
• Price: $5,595 USD
www.morpheusbikes.com

The Premium Conspiracy is the top-of-the-line build and it features components to suit. From the super reliable Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes, down to the DT Swiss E512 rims and Fox suspension, the bike is fitted with a parts spec' that's ready to take a beating and keep you riding longer. To top it off, there are a number of components from Race Face's SixC range hanging off of it. All of this adds up to a pretty light DH bike, weighing in at 14.8kg.

Carbon Racface SixC bars and Morpheus Direct mount stem. 31.8 diameter
Carbon Race Face SixC bars and Morpheus direct mount stem at 31.8 diameter.
The shock sits very low in the bike but is not something that is new to DH bikes. Cable routing is clean.
Carbon cranks and the Float X2 shock, and clean cable routing.


Frame Details

On a regular basis, the first things most people noticed with the Conspiracy is the super low-slung frame design and large downtube. Morpheus went to a number of lengths in order to keep the weight of the bike as low as possible. This includes things like utilizing the PF107 BB, which they say allowed them to have the shock as low in the frame as it could be without negatively affecting how stiff the frame is—another focal point in the process of its design. The large downtube is the other notable feature and this was also part of the process taken to achieve a frame that was stiff and strong, while keeping the weight of the shock low in the frame. For Morpheus, the goal with stiffness was to develop a frame that was "at least equal to, or exceeded what our best competitors can do".

The downtube is a large box shaped one that tapers.
The downtube is a large, box-shaped one that tapers, allowing the shock to sit very low in the frame.

Aside from the construction of the frame and the goals for the design, the team spent time working on integrating protection. To that end, the frame features a large, rubberized section on the downtube while another fully encompasses almost the full length of the chainstay. To keep the lines clean, cable routing was taken down the more common internal route now seen on bikes; that's true of the rear brake line as well.


Suspension Design

The Conspiracy utilizes Morpheus' OPS suspension design, a Horst Link design that is altered slightly through the use of an additional link. Morpheus chose to base the bike around a Horst Link suspension design because they liked its pedaling and braking characteristics. The fact that they could control the leverage ratio without "adding complicated links" was something that appealed to their goals, noting the fact that they could make the bike's frame components 100% carbon was another plus (the link to the shock is also carbon).

As for the added linkage, when we asked Morpheus what they were looking to achieve that the Horst Link didn't already provide, they responded: "We tried to achieve a DH bike that can pedal as well as a trail bike, but that can absorb big hits. It makes it a very versatile bike, from World Cup DH performer to all-day, bike-park shredder."

Horst Link with an added link for extra tune-ability.
The linkage driven Horst Link.

When we dug a little deeper, Morpheus noted that; "when comparing a regular Horst Link design utilized by some of our larger competitors, the design has an instant center (I.C.) far away from the rider, that varies greatly back and forth throughout the travel, compromising its efficiency. We have a much more centered I.C., giving the bike excellent pedaling and braking characteristics with a suspension that is still sensitive enough to give it great traction on the roughest terrain. It makes the suspension much easier to set up as well, with lower air pressures (or spring rates) that give both a sensitive suspension and great bottom-out resistance." Morpheus also remark that bikes with a suspension design featuring an I.C. farther away from the rider often result in more of a compromise between sensitivity and support being necessary.

The bike was primarily designed around an air shock, with the brand spending a lot of their time developing it with the Fox Float X2 in mind. Morpheus feel that an air shock is far better in terms of versatility, ease of tuning, and weight, also claiming that for park riding—what the bike is primarily aimed toward—an air shock is superior. This isn't to say that they haven't tested it with a coil shock and they state that when considering DH racing, they felt the use of a coil shock held several advantages (notably more traction and stability at high speeds), but have spec'ed both models with an air shock.
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Despite wanting to provide a bike that had good pedaling efficiency, being able to access all 200mm of travel when needed was equally important. A lot of time was spent analyzing what was felt to be an appropriate ending ramp rate that would accommodate both air and coil shocks. Morpheus feel they have found that balance, and feel that with the Float X2 packed with five spacers (the max recommended in a 240x76mm/9.5x3.0inch shock) they have achieved this.

Morpheus Conspiracy Geo
Morpheus Conspiracy Geo


Geometry/Sizing

The trend to larger downhill bikes has become a welcome one for a rider that measures in at 193cm (6'3"). That said, there still are only a few that actually fit well. The Morpheus wasn't bad, with the XL frame tested featuring a reach of 455mm, and while I would still prefer a longer option, especially as their largest offering, it was a far cry more comfortable than a number of more recent DH bikes I have swung a leg over.

The bike felt very neutral, which was welcomed, and the 1,255mm wheelbase helped make it feel stable enough, without feeling like I was steering a boat down tighter trails. The 436mm chainstay strikes a good balance with the rest of the bike and the 63º head angle played into this as well. There isn't anything really groundbreaking with the numbers on the Conspiracy, but the mix makes for a comfortable-feeling bike that was maneuverable without feeling unstable when speeds increased.


Specifications
Specifications
Release Date Late 2016
Price $5595
Travel 200mm
Rear Shock Fox Float X2
Fork Fox Float 40
Headset Cane Creek 40
Cassette Shimano 10sp 11–25
Crankarms Race Face SixC 170mm
Chainguide e*thirteen LG1
Bottom Bracket PF107 BB
Pedals Race Face Atlas
Rear Derailleur Shimano Saint 10sp
Front Derailleur N/A
Shifter Pods Shimano Saint Shadow
Handlebar Race Face SixC
Stem Morpheus 45–50mm
Grips Race Face Sniper
Brakes Shimano Saint
Hubs DT 340
Rim DT Swiss E512
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary Bike Park
Seat Race Face Atlas I-Beam
Seatpost SDG I-Beam Carbon

Morpheus Conspiracy






Handling

Minus a couple of test runs to establish some starting points with the settings and a few later on to take the final pics, all riding aboard the Conspiracy was done in the Whistler Bike Park. The review began shortly after Crankworx Whistler, which resulted in the bike being subjected to some of the roughest, most beat-up trails before the park crew had completed working their magic and buffed everything up to perfection. The initial settings required fine tuning once the speeds and the rougher trails of the bike park were brought into the picture. There was also the odd scenario where I would bottom harder than expected with these earlier settings.

Once the adjustments were made I never felt it bottom again and the 200mm of rear travel was now more active. Initially, the bike was setup with more compression damping (LSC – 13 clicks out, HSC – 9 clicks), but with these settings, the rear didn't track well—it was overdamped, in pretty much any situation. This isn't unique to the Morpheus, but it was something that I was dealing with and is worth noting. The settings restricted shaft movement too much and as I tuned them more toward the open end, the bike began to track better and come to life. Regardless, what I really wanted to adjust was the spring curve later in the stroke, but with that not possible, I was left with increasing overall pressure to compensate. Not the end of the world for some, but it did change the entire stroke, and I was happy with the initial third at the first set, 30% sag.

In the end, I found the bike to perform best with the sag changed from 30% to around 25%, and the damper settings were, for the most part, wound out to almost completely off. On the compression side, the HSC and LSC were each set to 20 clicks out, while the HSR was set to wide open, and the LSR rebound ended up being 13 clicks out. At the front, the 40 felt best for me with about 27mm of sag, LSC 19 clicks out, HSC was eventually set to wide open and rebound sat around 10 out from closed. The bike felt very well balanced front to rear and never did anything unexpected, further adding to its comfortable ride.


Morpheus Conspiracy Review

bigquotes When under heavy braking the bike remained very stable, rarely skipping off line or doing anything that would result in additonal rider adjustments being required.


With the settings changed the Conspiracy stayed up in its travel better overall. High-speed hits were better compensated for by the bike, sending less feedback through to the rider, allowing for more control and to be better able to hold speed through rough terrain. This resulted in a number of 'oh shit' moments as a result of coming into sections hotter than expecting. The stability and comfort that the bike now offered also made it harder to reach its limit, but unlike other bikes tested, it was comfortable enough that, rather than drag the brakes to check up on things, I found myself holding off them for longer, pushing braking later into the approach to turns and checking up less into many of the rougher sections. When under heavy braking the bike remained very stable, rarely skipping off line or doing anything that would result in additional rider adjustments being required in order to still enter the section of trail how and where intended. In short, it was really good!

Morpheus Conspiracy Review

The desire for Morpheus to have a bike that pedaled better presented itself more in how the travel felt beyond the sag point, with it tending to feel quite linear through most of the latter ~60% of what is available. When getting on the gas out of corners or after a mistake, the bike got up and went reasonably well, though it didn’t exhibit the same sportiness as the Devinci Wilson, or the updated Kona Operator. I found that more support in the mid-stroke and bottom end were desired, but with the max recommended volume spacers for the X2 (five for this length) already installed stock on the Morpheus, there was no opportunity to add more progression to the rear than it already possessed. This is also the reason that pressure was increased to achieve 25% of sag, rather than my initial 30% setting. If there were the ability to have adjusted the spring curve to be more progressive, I would have been better able to maintain the great top-end traction found at 30%, but improve the use of travel deeper throughout the stroke. However, this is really the only quibble I have for the bike and it’s largely a personal thing. If you are a rider that enjoys a good amount of progression through the stroke, the Conspiracy may fall short for you.

The comfort of the bike extended beyond geometry, with the carbon frame helping to provide a more muted ride, and although the frame is constructed entirely of carbon, it never felt too stiff or harsh. Keeping the bike on line across off cambers and through chatter was no stress. When considered along with the suspension and wheels/tires, the bike tracked very well and I never found it deflecting off obstacles. The balanced feel of the Conspiracy made it very comfortable in the air too.


Issues

I already mentioned the lack of being able to make the bike more progressive and how, currently, I found it to use most of the latter half of the travel quite quickly. While we have heard of Fox athletes running up to seven spacers in their Float X2 shocks, it isn't recommended by Fox. There is some progression designed into the end of the stroke, but I personally didn’t find it to be enough when I wanted to run the sag closer to 30%. However, this didn’t stop me from being excited to ride the Conspiracy, I only wanted to be able to dial it in more to my personal tastes. At 25% sag it was better, but this obviously affected the whole stroke, rather than just the portion that I was looking to tweak.

Wear to the carbon stay as a result of the moulded protection not quite being long enough
Wear to the carbon stay as a result of the integrated protection not being long enough

I found the internal cable routing to rattle inside the frame when riding through rough terrain. The cables are loose inside the frame and when the going got rowdy, the cables tended to clang about. It wasn't the loudest I’ve ridden, and as a result, I never found it to be overbearing, but it is there nonetheless. The chain is also loud as it makes contact with a portion of the carbon chainstays that are not covered by the integrated protection. It’s interesting given the attention to detail with the integrated protection elsewhere on the stays (and beneath the downtube), but unfortunately, it falls a little short, leaving room for the chain to connect on the top side—it also hits, to a lesser extent, on the bottom. This is easy enough to fix with some mastic tape and by no means a deal breaker at the end of the day.



Component Check

• Fox Float 40 Factory and Float X2: Fox suspension is at the top end of the market, and it’s obvious why. After spending a good amount of time on these products, it’s not hard to see why so many world cup teams are running their equipment. It works really well and there is a good amount of room for fine tuning, externally as well.

• Schwalbe Magic Mary (Bike Park): The test bike arrived with these and to be honest, I wasn’t aware of the bike park variation of Schwalbe’s fantastic MM tire. After riding it I now know why. Wear is at a whole new level and after a couple of months in the bike park, they show little sign of action. Traction was lacking, though, even on days when the dirt was perfect, and that for me is a priority, especially up front.

• DT Swiss E512 Rims: DT’s claimed enduro rim served really well, remaining true throughout testing and standing up to the heinous conditions of the Whistler Bike Park. There is the odd ding in the rear, but nothing major. They outlasted a test wheel that was on the bike for a few days, only to be taken off after breaking a rim (more on that in a future review).


Morpheus Conspiracy Review


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIt would be great to be able to adjust the progression of the bottom end of the Conspiracy, but it wasn't enough to make it a bad bike to ride. If you're looking for a downhill bike that is confidence inspiring and fun as heck to ride in bike parks, especially on jump trails, the Morpheus Conspiracy is one bike worthy of some serious consideration.AJ Barlas







About the Reviewer
Stats: Age: 36 • Height: 6'3" • Inseam: 34" • Weight: 163lb • Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Originally, what started as something to do when the waves were bad back home on the East Coast of Australia 17 years ago, eventually took over to be the main activity of choice. Nowadays AJ Barlas is most at home in the mountains of Coastal B.C., but not without a fix of sunshine and beach time while most are chasing white dust. Having worked in bike shops in Australia, Ontario, and Whistler, he isn't adverse to wrenching and spent years trying to make things "better" on his own bikes. AJ's also been shooting, writing, and testing in the industry for the better part of 6 years now and is always looking to better understand how, and why, things are the way they are within this crazy little mtb world.



143 Comments

  • 252 12
 Somehow i thought it's an E-Bike...
  • 19 3
 I thought the same thing at first glance. The large downtube near the BB and bottom sweep looked quite bottom-heavy.
  • 131 1
 Must be a conspiracy
  • 8 3
 Riders are gna get the anti ebike shout out as they pass by for sure.
  • 24 2
 I think it looks clean! Nice job Morpheus
  • 7 0
 i was looking at where this extra link is, still looking.
  • 6 1
 apparently it pedals like a trail bike, so you don't even need a motor!
  • 3 1
 I went straight to comments sections to make sure I wasn't the only one!
  • 59 2
 Not an E-Bike just robust, but it wouldn't be genuine pinkbike comment section if we didn't get a couple digs.

A couple corrections to the article if you don't mind:

Morpheus has three sizes for this model at this moment in time, small medium and large and the large was tested here.

The bike was designed for a coil but during testing the majority of pro and consumer preferred the feel and versatility of the air. Our more elite racers are using a coil and there will be an announcement shortly about a coil option for the bike.
  • 10 0
 @morpheus-bikes: Just a note to Morpheus Bikes: On the website, when clicking on "Standard Build", the spec list shows the "Premium Build" specs. May wanna correct that.
  • 23 1
 @MTB-Colada: thanks we will look into that
  • 17 0
 I don't love the look of it, but at $6k, under 15kg, and with that spec sheet, this bike is a smoking deal.
  • 1 0
 Big Grin You are not alone Big Grin That downtube!
  • 4 0
 @MTB-Colada: note: website is correct with standard build spec. When you click on "downhill" scroll to standard build click and scroll down it shows both premium spec and standard spec.
  • 2 0
 @chadkelly: Thanks. You are right about where those specs are, but I was referring to when you click on "The Standard Build" halfway the page, which dorected one to an overview with premium specs. Looks like they are working on it now as you can't click on it now. Sorry, not trying to be a smarty! Great looking bike at an amazing weight!
  • 1 0
 @morpheus-bikes: If the bike was designed for coil why does it come with so many spacers in the air spring?
  • 3 0
 @mackster23: When $6k for a gravity specific bike becomes a smoking deal, I'll smoke something else.
  • 1 0
 @teamtoad: Come on now, I clearly prefaced it by adding quite a few qualifiers, such as the weight and spec. I am in total agreement that bikes are insanely expensive, but a smoking deal is relative to the quality of the product, not in an absolute sense.
  • 3 0
 @teamtoad: nothing ever good enough eh? Relative to the market the price for a bike specced the way this is is pretty decent. Could they sell for less? Sure! Would it be sustainable? Doubt it.
  • 1 0
 @VwHarman: I'm surprised that any of the $6k-$10k+ bikes are sustainable. One would think that the ever rising prices of high end bikes would plateau at some point - it's kind of out of control. Maybe that's why ebikes have gained so much traction. Maybe people are saying to themselves "for that price, it may as well have a motor.'

I would agree though that relative to the current market, it seems like a competitive price.
  • 154 0
 Am I crazy or... is 5k a really great price for Saint, 40s and carbon...?
  • 107 1
 Both. That's a great deal. And you're fukcin nutty.
  • 44 4
 Really good price. Kona is specing theirs like crap and charging like 8 grand. They dont even have a rear shock that is worth keeping. So yes this is very good.
  • 5 1
 For sure! Compare it to these £8+ bikes coming out atm with house brand components and lower tier suspension.
  • 10 0
 i can say this is a amazing bike i got mine last summer. cost to value can not be beat.
  • 44 1
 @Ozziefish: Whenever I see a new bike I always ask myself "what is this offering"? There seems to be a lot of bikes in the mix where manufacturers are simply looking to exist in the market to cash-in on their slice of the pie. Reading through the spec list with carbon frame, bars, cranks, and top-end Fox suspension I think back to my first downhill bike - a 2003 Norco Team DH with a sticker price of $5,999. Ignoring advancements in technology, that too was the top-end bike and this is less $$. Factoring in an annual inflation rate of 3%, today that bike would be $8,500. (For reference, the current top-spec Norco Autumn Carbon is $9,499). This bike is theoretically 36% cheaper and realistically 42% cheaper than the competition. That is hands-down amazing and I hope Morpheus get the commendation they deserve.
  • 1 0
 Was thinking the same! I don't even ride a DH bike anymore, but kinda wish I did as this looks like a steal to me!
  • 13 0
 Great price and with their history I would trust it...even to ride the gnarly cornfields of Indiana. Most brands crumble under the pollen count and other knee buckling features of our glacier-flattened terrain, but I bet this wouldn't even flinch.
  • 4 1
 True, and so far not one mention about getting two YT or Canyon bikes for the price of the reviewed bike!
  • 1 0
 Great looking and spec-ed bike, for indeed a reasonable price. And don't forget the weight: 14.8kg, that is pretty amazing for a DH bike! Geo is not for the tallest riders though with 455mm Reach for the XL.
  • 2 1
 @chillrider199: i cant wait to shwoop in dis summer when they are getting desperate and haven't sold any Smile
  • 89 0
 It would be cool if all of Pinkbike' reviewers would sum up all of their reviews in one page as a guide to help riders select bikes based on intended riding type.

For instance, if you are looking for a downhill bike: A list of all the reviewed DH bikes with links to the full articles and maybe a simple rating system for some basic characteristics to held narrowing your research.
  • 75 0
 Agreed @t1000 This is something that we're looking into!
  • 28 0
 @AJBarlas: get rid of the Products page and just put this in haha. Its a great idea!
  • 3 0
 @AJBarlas: If your doing a list, make sure to include bike from previous years as not everyone buys new and current models
  • 1 0
 @AJBarlas: doesn't need to be this bike is better than another, maybe just a quick reference to a bikes specs and attributes, what its good at, what its not.
  • 79 3
 More DH bikes reviews please. Make downhill great again ! Sorry Canadian here
  • 20 0
 Downhill is great and for ever will be.
  • 63 3
 You didn't need to say you were Canadian you could've just left it at "Sorry"
  • 7 9
 Make Canada Great Ag...!!.. oh, wait. nvm.
  • 55 2
 So much frame space. Specialized would have a billion little storage hatches.
  • 6 13
flag Boxxer1237 (Feb 27, 2017 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 SWAT
  • 30 1
 @Boxxer1237: More like: MESS (Morpheus Extra Storage Space)
  • 7 1
 You don't need a water bottle with this bike either. Just use the catch basin underneath the shock mount when you ride through a creek and you got water for the rest of the day !
  • 1 0
 @TheDoctoRR: the bottom is opened. It might catch some mud, but no water Wink
  • 25 2
 If Morpheus is gonna bring out a DH bike that sounds more than capable and comes in at a really good price point can we all just agree they should pump out a new 140-160 all mountain rig??

DH rigs are cool and all but the oversaturated market of high priced trail bikes can always use another competitor that will help push the prices down.
  • 14 0
 judging by their website they are working on one now.
  • 3 0
 I use my Skyla for everything - comes in at under 30lbs with AM wheelset - from street riding, trails, dirt jumps, etc. If they came out with a trail-specific frame, though, I'd be on it!
  • 4 0
 Take a look at their site under the "Trail" header. It sounds like they've got something in the works (no details present though). I'd be excited for another new slick carbon trail frame to become an option. Having a few rides on a few different buddies' VSlopes makes me very interested in what they may do with an AM/Enduro/Trail/Whatever rig.
  • 1 0
 @avidthrasher: it will be carbon from what I was told by an employee of Morpheus. We'll see
  • 23 0
 " A lot of time was spent analyzing what was felt to be an appropriate ending ramp rate that would accommodate both air and coil shocks. Morpheus feel they have found that balance, and feel that with the Float X2 packed with five spacers (the max recommended in a 240x76mm/9.5x3.0inch shock) they have achieved this."

This doesn't make any sense to me. How can the "spring rate balance tuning" between a naturally linear spring (coil) and a naturally progressive spring (air) end up requiring air spring to be set up at its most progressive setting? Isn't that going to seriously compromise the coil? Or is there a flip chip that I missed?
  • 9 0
 Yeah you can see that in the review, he wanted to make the rear end more progressive, a coil would have to be run at 10% sag to not bottom out all the time. Definitely a design flaw
  • 2 1
 @morpheus-bikes can you comment on this?
  • 1 0
 @Sardine yes noticed that too, makes no sense
  • 9 0
 This bike has a regressive leverage ratio just at the end of the travel to counteract the final ramp-up of an air spring. Therefore it would make the final travel more linear. Although a coil spring is linear by nature, a coil spring shock has the elastomer bumper to promote a ramp-up at the end of the travel. In my opinion, it would be better if the final leverage was not regressive (either using coil or air). This regressive hook is common on trail bikes, but for DH its better to have that final ramp-up to avoid harsh bottom-outs on bigger impacts. Also, the comments about the instant center on the article have a lot of marketing BS.
  • 14 0
 There's so much room for a̶c̶t̶i̶v̶i̶t̶i̶e̶s̶ mechanical doping concealment
  • 8 0
 When was the last time that someone reviewed a bike and said "It's shit. It is not a good bike. Go and buy something else."? It can not be a good bike if it has a construction/design issues and if you can not dial it properly.
  • 13 3
 Fox needs to upgrade the x2. There's an issue when 5-7 spacers are needed(and its not just 4 this bike)
  • 3 0
 My fox EVOL shock pushed through travel really easy as well and I had to stuff the second from biggest spacer to have it even get close to ramp up the way my monarch did.

Too much negative air chamber volume...?? Can that even be a thing?? Lol
  • 20 1
 I think that the bike designers are the one's in charge here. They need to make a more progressive linkage and not rely on the progessiveness of an air spring
  • 11 1
 @bashhard: correct. Relying on an air spring for progression, on a DH bike, is a flaw.
  • 4 0
 @bashhard: I have found on all mountain bikes I'd rather a more linear linkage. It's more predictable and when playing with volume spacers you can feel the change a little more, which helps give the feedback to the rider so they can decide if they need more or less ramp up.

On a DH bike though... Yeah the design needs to be progressive at the end stroke. There's nothing worse than plowing through travel and trying to navigate a fast DH trail... Bikes get a little zesty when the suspension is compressed.
  • 3 7
flag Doomsdave (Feb 27, 2017 at 23:57) (Below Threshold)
 @atrokz: show us how its done. Start a company, build a dh frame, and try to please all of the wanna be designers/engineers here on the PB forum. Were waiting.
  • 7 2
 @Doomsdave: every time you land in a 787. 777. 350. Etc you use my work. Same goes for my former job and various other military aircraft. Make a bike? Easy enough but no thanks, had my hand in this industry beforel and its bottom dollar compared to aerospace or defence. Theres a reason designers and engineers generally end up in better paying jobs. Good effort on the attempt at a slam though.
  • 1 1
 @bashhard: I think the point @jrocksdh was trying to make is that the suspension isn't not progressive enough, but that there was a problem with the shock fitted. A shock without issues would have given a more progressive feel.
  • 6 0
 @Doomsdave: Hahaha hahaha haha! You came at @atrokz with some childish shit and you got told to sit down and shut up. Ha! Love it.
  • 1 1
 @VwHarman: dude go bug someone else. @atrokz asked me to relay a message. He doesn't want anymore blowjobs from you......at least until you wear a mouth guard.
Hahaha hahaha haha!

What a loser.
  • 2 0
 @Doomsdave: got no teeth so a mouth guard won't make a huge difference. Get your facts straight.
  • 2 0
 @VwHarman: Its amazing how childish we can All get. Mountain bikes should be the magnet that unites us not divides us. Peace.
  • 9 0
 Also still looking for that additional link. Looks like a normal Horstlink 4bar to me.
  • 14 9
 "The frame is carbon and can be purchased as a stand-alone for $2795, allowing you to build the bike how you see fit." Thanks for teaching us what to do when buying a frame. I almost let it sit there on the floor, unrideable.
  • 12 4
 Looks like a Session....made love to an E-bike.
  • 9 0
 a Fat E-Session.
  • 3 1
 I was just waiting for a session comment. Nice spin on the most over-used PB joke.
  • 2 2
 I guess I'm kind of new here, but what is the whole session joke? It seems like there should be a forum tread or something about it but I can't find anything.
  • 4 0
 @Joegrant: well, it's not so much a joke, but every new bike basically looks like a trek session, because the platform works so well in all manners. So not by way of copying, lots of other manufacturers have come out with designs that look identical. So the classic "looks like a session" comment goes out on here for all new releases, regardless of whether it looks like one or not. Some people are tired of it, some moan, some laugh. I'm in the latter category! Slay it out there, even if it's a seatpost review!! :-)
  • 1 0
 @cunning-linguist: that's sort of what I thought. I've always found it funny, but never was fully sure what the "joke" or whatever it is, was.
Thanks for explaining it!

My thoughts as a newbie: keep it going!
  • 8 1
 You can ride on chemtrails with this bike
  • 4 1
 Honestly man, I don't understand why the reviewer didn't put mastic or velcro on the chainstay. Kinda neglectful to not do so just because the stock rubber protector didn't cover the entire chainstay. Also, shoutout to those easton pedals, classics
  • 3 0
 So Euro build gets "domestic" brand I9 wheels while US market gets DTSwiss... is I9 even an option? The price can't possibly stay the same, I9s are like $1200/set but are pretty badass.
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 14.8 Kg ---> 32.6 Lbs
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flag chadkelly (Feb 27, 2017 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 The weight of the premium build is 34lbs not 32.6. Not sure why this article has some wrong info. Good job PINKBIKE
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 @chadkelly: Looks like Pinkbike has the same info as the Morpheus website. It states 14.8kg for the premium build - www.morpheusbikes.com/product-page/conspiracy-premiun-build

and 14.8kg = 32.6lbs
convertwizard.com/14_8-kilograms-to-pounds
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 @kasie: my apologies website was wrong on the the US site. It's fixed now. Keep it rad
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 @chadkelly: All good - DH rigs at 34lbs still sound great!
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 I thought that this bike was a straight out of a Taiwanese bike manufacturers catalogue, I could be completely wrong but I thought I saw an unbranded version of this frame in 2015 on Pinkbike.
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 150x12mm hub spacing!!!!! Way to keep it old school, there's hope for my chris king hubs yet! Now if someone could bring back 20mm front axles.....
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 The bike is 157x12, typo?
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 bring back? at least 90% of downhill bikes still use 20mm front axles...
  • 2 1
 I'm still trying to get used to the trend towards the horizontal section of the down tube that extends in front of the bottom bracket. What is the advantage of that design? Is there one, or is does it just make it easier to place the rear shock?
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 would be interested to hear more on the bikepark magic mary's. they are a smoking deal online.
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 Bad tires. I had one on the rear it is acceptable for bike parks but on wet, completely useless. Magic mary vertstar now fron and rear, sticks like glue
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 Honestly, the odd lines in the seat stays and top tube look really unusual. Is that aesthetic or do they serve a purpose? It sort of looks like an overgrown kids bike with great components. "I'm a big kid now." Whatever though, if people dig it, then....cool.
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 455 reach on an XL? Bike for ants.
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 Thats most mediums!
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 @Boxxer1237: Thaanks Smile
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 What is this! A center for ants?
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 Morpheus does not make an XL frame
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 Pinkbike should do mor of these reviews phor us on boutique companies, it's good to see what other companies are putting out.
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 @AJBarlas the spec sheet for the top end bike lists DT Swiss in your article.

The @morpheus-bikes website lists Industry Nine wheels. Can we get clarification? That's a big difference.
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 What you are looking at is their European build. The US build is DT Swiss
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 The indursty nine wheels come on the European spec'd version of the bike.
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 There ya go @bizutch Good catch and thanks for the clarification @chadkelly and @mitch1616
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 i get a chuckle that the american I-9s go on the european build and the european dt's go on the american build.
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 @adrennan: I'd prefer the I9's
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 @mtbakerpow: i think everyone would prefer the I-9s.
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 Should have picked up on the wear on the chainstay at prototype. Easy fix but worrying oversight.
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 I have had mine for a season have not had that problem.
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 @kman603: wow, do you never do anything aggressive enough to slap the chain on that exposed carbon?
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 @Bustacrimes: I have raced that bike and have ridden some of the gnarliest trails and mountains the north east has to offer. rocks roots and jumps this bike rocks.
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 Was wondering why produced a bike like this, not likely make many sales as nothing special as falling rate through usable travel not great unless want to boost jumps, so try different rocker to use for racing
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 I've seen a few reviews now that list how many clicks in or out each suspension dial is adjusted. Does this actually help any one? Not every brand uses the same number of clicks on their dials. "Hey - how do you like you suspension set-up? 12, 18 and 22"... I mean, huh?
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 This is the reviewers riding setup for a Fox X2 and is very helpful for evaluating your own setup (if you have the same). Note this setup is dependent upon rider weight and preference (aggressive/plush/firm etc), but you could easily scale it based on Fox factory recommendation comparison i.e. he had HSC and HSC more open than shock factory recommendations. Just baseline info...ignore if you don't have bike...or same number of volume reducers.
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 I know what you're getting at! Everyone likes the speed and sensitivity different. Plus we all weigh different amounts, so it's totally useless info.
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 That down tube is thicccc
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 Just wait until you get a small piece of rock stuck down near the shock reservoir. What a horrible sound that would be....
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 Man those trails look awesome
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 What are the goggles he is wearing called?
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 ryders
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 Not the most flattering angle for the carbon layup on that fourth picture. Looks shimmering and glossy in the next. Illusion?
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 Pretty sure it's an illusion, looks like a rocky hillside is reflecting off of it and making it look shit..
  • 3 1
 Wear to the stay seems to be an issue with too many bikes right now
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 Just got the bike a little while ago and loving it, would definitely recommend it!
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 So where is that "extra link" then? Might have to go troll their website to find it
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 Neither builds come with ibeam carbon seat post or seat WTF WHY A THE WRONG INFO?
  • 1 1
 looks as light as my Knolly Podium
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 Bit small for an xl
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 It's actually a large, but is their largest offering. That's my bad. Fixed in the article.
  • 1 1
 Downtube looks sweet. Not too big at all. You guys are trippin.
  • 1 1
 Sporty means it pedals well? The new Operator pedals well?
  • 1 1
 Looks like the kinda bike noone will want in a years time
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 What's the carbon grade? 700,800,900
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 Holy down tube Batman!
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 Morpheus must ride a Morpheus in the Matrix.
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 I wonder how much lighter it would be if the frame was filled with Helium?
  • 2 5
 looks like a slayer
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 Great review
  • 1 1
 What a logic.. it's review unit, you have to find flaws.
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