Is the Morpheus for us?
With its mix of seating, the Morpheus is the perfect sociable tandem. Unlike conventional configurations, both riders can look forward at the same view and, because the riders’ heads are very close, conversation is relaxed. The recumbent seat also offers much greater comfort for the passenger, very often the stumbling block for potential tandem owners.
The Morpheus is not only a versatile tandem, but also, in its own right, a superb cargo bike.
In standard configuration, it can take a conventional rear rack to which can be fitted panniers and/or a child seat, and an underseat racking system that will take a second pair of panniers.
However, the front seat can be quickly replaced by a very large platform rack, the Cargo, that transforms the bike from tandem to dedicated cargo bike. In this configuration, the Morpheus can take very large items of cargo or a car baby seat.
To accommodate smaller riders, the Morpheus has a dedicated kiddie crank system that moves the pedals much closer to the front seat and is easily adjustable for different heights or to allow for growth. Also available is a good quality 125mm junior crank.
For safety, a shoulder harness can be fitted to the front seat.
Back rider 100kg / 220lbs – front rider 90kg / 190lbs – Overall 200kg / 441lbs –
The Morpheus is designed to accommodate an unusually wide range of rider heights. Back rider 142-196cm / 4’10” to 6’5″ – front rider 107-188cm / 3’6″ to 6’2″. The probability is that it will fit you, but if you are approaching the recommended extremes, it is strongly advised to get a test ride.
The primary advantages of the Morpheus are in passenger comfort and enhanced sociability. With the Cargo rack instead of the front seat, it also makes a fully functional cargo bike. The Helios is more of a sporty, light bike that is remarkably compact for transportation and storage.
Carrying sufficient luggage for a couple is one problem of self-contained tandem touring. The Morpheus gets around this with, in addition to a conventional rear rack that can take a large pair of panniers and rack pack, an underseat rack that can also take a second pair of large panniers. In addition there is plenty of room behind the recumbent seat for all sorts of bags. If this is still insufficient, we recommend our Altas trailer.
The Morpheus and Helios both function as tandems for adults and children, or as load carrying bikes, and, as such, their usage overlaps, however, there are differences in emphasis.
The Helios is more compact and lighter and is ideally suited to city and sporting use. It works particularly well for commuting, the school run and sporty day rides. It also works well for utility use, like shopping, or load carrying and for any type of touring.
The Morpheus is more of a sociable bike. It is very manoeuvrable for city use, but is ideal for leisurely day rides or long tours where comfort and enjoying the scenery are more important than speed. In its own right, it is also a fully-fledged cargo bike, capable of taking large or awkward size packages.
We use 20″ (ISO 406) wheels. Tandems need strong wheels and smaller wheels offer an unbeatable combination of strength and light weight. In the ISO 406 size, there is a vast range of tyres from the super light, fast 1″ Schwalbe Durano, through a variety of 1.5 – 1.75″ general use, or touring, tyres.
Using the smaller wheel size also allowed us to make the tandem more compact and, consequently, manageable.
With its large comfortable seat and high handlebar, the Morpheus does not easily fit into the average car. However, the seat or front rack can be quickly removed, and the handlebar rotated flat to significantly compact it down. Prepared in this way, it will fit into larger estates or people carriers without adjustment.
The freewheel system fitted to the Morpheus is not a truly independent pedalling system, rather, unlike most conventional tandems where the riders’ pedals are linked, it means that the front rider can choose whether, and how much, or little, they want to pedal, independent of what the rear rider is doing.
The standard colour for the Morpheus is gloss white, but for something more distinctive, or personalised, we can offer custom paint finishes. Depending on the finish and complexity, this costs around £300
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