First Look: Olly Morris’ Stif Morf Long Termer.

Our Olly Morris has taken delivery of this rather fetching Stif Morf. Beyond the bright yellow hue, is a progressive hardtail designed by Brant Richards to do everything a modern trail bike can.

Olly will be hammering the Morf over the coming months to see just how capable a long and slack steel hardtail is.

Here’s Olly’s first impressions of Stif’s first foray into making their own bikes. That bike is the Morf hardtail.Stif Morf Jungle Products Wideopenmag

  • Frame £499.00, bike (seen here) £1,999.00.
  • 65 degree head angle.
  • 27.5″ Wheels.
  • Clearance for 2.4″ tyres with up to a 36t chainring.
  •  Super short 420 mm chainstays.
  • 4130 cro-mo, TIG-Welded, steel frame.
  • Stealth dropper post routing.
  • Stif Performance Products.

Here I present you with the Stif Morf, a steel hardtail designed in partnership with legendary frame designer Brant Richards to offer maximum fun on the trail and minimum maintenance in the workshop. It has 27.5″ wheels with a geometry that will match your all mountain/enduro bike, and a build kit that will handle anything you offer it.

In recent years, we have seen more brands release an aggressive hardtail like this, evidence there is a market for them and whilst I don’t see loads on the trails (as everyone seems to want a full bouncer now) there are a few floating around. Add to that, the people riding them always seem to be smiling, I am intrigued to see what this bike can do.

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As you will see in the pictures, the Morf has an interesting look about it, check out the rear triangle with a lower chain-stay, a kind of cut out section for the crankset as well as a slightly bent downtube. That mixed with the fact it is yellow, I think this bike will certainly turn heads. I wonder how this interesting look translates to the feel on the trail.

As I said, this bike is built just like a 160mm travel enduro bike, the only part they have changed is the frame. Rockshox Pike forks, dropper seat post, 11 speed XT and XT Brakes. Burgtec bars and Stem, Hope hubs and headset, WTB rims and finished off with Maxxis Minion DHF 3C tyres. They haven’t really held back on building an aggressive bike.Stif Performance Products Morf Jungle Products Wideopenmag

My opinion is the geometry of a bike is more important than the suspension and it seems like Stif have taken on that belief with the Morf. It has a slack 65 degree head angle, long front and short rear. Just what riders are calling for nowadays. I am looking forward to getting this out on the trails over the next few months, keep your eyes out for a detailed report.

Keep your eyes peeled for a full review over the summer. Head over to the Morf page on Stif’s website for full details. Why not check out our other product reviews while you’re at it?