Black Market Killswitch - Interbike 2009

Oct 2, 2009
by Mike Levy  
About a month ago Black Market released a bit of info as well as some pictures of their new Killswitch 4" travel frame. Interest in the new bike was off the charts but there really wasn't that much information to share at the time. Fortunately for you guys we were able to catch up with Carter Holland of Black Market while in 'Vegas to give us the lowdown in his new machine. Inside we have loads of new pictures, as well as Carter on video explaining the new Killswitch!

Read on...

Watch the video and let Cater tell you about his new ride!
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2010 Black Market Killswitch

Five years after blowing up the street and DJ scene with his original Mob frame, Carter Holland is back again with the new Killswitch. Built with the same simple lines and massive stand over of their Mob and Riot frames, the Killswitch is a 4" travel aluminum bike that is designed to take a beating and outlast you.

Hammer-Link actuates the shock giving 4" of travel

The shock is not mounted to the front triangle, being bolted to the swingarm on the bottom end and the link at the top

Pablo Tafoya (designer of the Killswitch) and Carter worked together to come up with a machine that has all the benefits and forgiveness of a 4" park bike, but lost none of the fun and playful feel that the original Black Market bikes are known for. The 6061 T6 aluminum frame has one of the lowest stand over heights of any FS frame, something that all prospective riders of the Killswitch will surely appreciate. The new bike's chainstays sit a 16", still shorter than some other companies hardtail offerings!



More details:

1) The Hammer-link's custom full floating suspension "rate" guards the rider from(or fights) the large scale(worst) impacts that come with pushing the limits of DJ, trail and street.

2)The Hammer-link dumps "traditional" for a full floating system and new level of compact, sleek construction...this gives the rider the best performance possible when progressing to larger and more difficult styles of riding.

3) The Killswitch's function and "look" are meant to give you confidence over the growing traditional copies of copies on the market.


Killswitch Vital Statistics:

• TT - 21" Actual or 22.25”
• CS - 16"/406mm
• SO - 26"/ 660mm
• BB - 13"/ 330mm
• WB - 41.25"/ 1047.75mm
• Shock - 6.5" x 1.5"/ 165mm x 38mm air
• HA - 69 standard with the option of 68 or 70 with concentric headset
• Weight - 8 lbs./ 3.62 kgs. with shock
• 26.5 lbs./ 12 kgs. as shown
• Travel - 4"


• Seat clamp - 34.9mm (included)
• Seat post - 30.9mm
• ISCG 05 mounts
• Internal headset

Options: Concentric headset, Replaceable drop-outs available in: Maxle Horizontal or 10mm QR

Colors: Flat black with gloss grey and black sticker kits, Flat grey with gloss grey and black sticker kits, Flat purple with gloss purple and black sticker kits.

The Killswitch has very hardtail-esque lines


Versatility is the name of the game with the Killswitch. Knowing that the new bike will be used to tackle many different kinds of terrain, from skate parks and dirt jumps or bike parks and local mountains, it was decided to use a 1 1/8" concentric headset to adjust the steering angle to suit the terrain. The Killswitch also uses replaceable dropouts that can be easily configured to run gears or single speed, as well as a Maxle option.

Multi use replaceable dropouts make it easy to run gears or a simple single speed setup

Carter, just outside Interbike

Head over to Blackmarketbikes.com to see the entire line of bikes and gear!

Mike Levy




120 Comments

  • + 26
 I want one!!!
  • + 2
 yep nice
  • + 12
 looks nicer and nicer everytime i look at it!!! grrr i need some cash Razz
  • + 2
 i am getting one right when they come out!
  • - 7
flag brodoyouevenbike (Oct 2, 2009 at 13:41) (Below Threshold)
 WOW, looks like a hardtail from the distance!

must ride so nicely Smile
  • + 6
 prolly riddes soooo well on dj's. prolly not too shabby on the 4x trail either
  • + 2
 SICK bike
  • + 2
 im loving the way the shock isnt mounted on the frame. just the swing arm!! sweet bike.
  • + 0
 Does anyone know if it's made in the s/m factory or overseas? Not that it really matters I just didn't know those guys did anything with aluminum. Cool Bike tho!
  • - 1
 how much is it?
  • + 1
 We have NOTHING to do with S&M, nor will we ever again.

Carter
  • + 0
 Wow, what's this all about?
  • + 1
 oh really? my bad sorry carter!
  • + 1
 i cant follow how the rear travel works if its connected to the rear triangle. someone fill me in =]
  • + 1
 now i know what love feels like
  • + 1
 just wanna say it like a kona bass and it's true so you kona hatter's idk what you have to say about this
  • + 1
 its not really like a kona bass. just the whole bottom brackett and having a full suspension single speed is the same. shock placement and frame geometry is way different
  • + 7
 The lower stand over height is nice. I predict a lot of hard tail dirt riders going over to to short travel bikes like these , they're so much more forgiving. They need to improve the prices on these frames tho , 1400 bux is too much for a bike pretty much limited to dirt riding. Yea you could ride some street on it but its not nearly as efficient as a hard tail.
  • + 4
 you could ride street on that bke aswell just adjust the pedaling platform on the shock and it will pedal and feel much like a hardtail while still absorbing big hits
  • + 2
 thats so true. correct me if im wrong, but the atomlab forks arent considered suspension, because their only active on a hard hit. couldnt they apply the same concept to a dually frame?
  • + 1
 yes thats what a pedalling platform does, they are designed to give optimum pedaling performance while still absorbing larger hits
  • + 7
 any one got an idea of price in the UK and when they will be here, i really want one!!!
  • + 1
 Can someone explain how this linkage works? I can't figure out how the triangle or linkage attaches to the frame. I see the concentric pivot around the bb but if that's the only place the rear triangle touches the frame wouldn't the entire triangle just fall forward?
  • + 1
 The link up top attaches to the frame. it attaches to shock, then swingarm, then frame. Its just hidden.
  • + 2
 thats what i thought ninja, there must be a secret link to the frame somewhere like hummer says Smile
  • + 2
 The Hammer Link...

The Killswitch utilizes 2 links to actuate the shock. The first link is a dog link that attaches to a beefy CNC’d mount located under the top tube/seat tube junction. This link connects to the bottom of the “Hammer Link” which acts as a rocker both compressing and rotating the shock towards the downtube. This is what allows our design to remain compact and stiff. I hope this helps....

Carter
  • + 1
 neat
  • + 5
 word up, blk mrkt actually made there loook good. dob can t say that.
  • + 5
 any local canadian tire
  • + 4
 It's a nice good looking bike but I'd still have the Transition Double.
  • + 1
 i agree
  • + 0
 f*ck yes. my dream bike list has been updated, its now, 1) Yeti 4X 2) transition double, 3) blackmarket killswitch 4) kona bass 09 5) ns metropolis 2 09. its deffinatly gonna be on the scene in a short while.
  • + 1
 super nice design looks dope and floowy for whatever soots ur needs if costs less then rampant i might think of picking one up whats the msrp in the states on this bike
  • + 2
 I don't do any DJ or slopestyle riding, but this bike is so sick it makes me wanna start! BlkMrkt makes really good stuff.
  • + 2
 I WANT THAT FRAME SO BAD!!!
  • + 2
 carter had a pretty hard time reading the info on the bike
  • + 1
 i couldnt watch the whole thing because of it.
  • + 4
 I can't help it... I freak out in front of the camera...
  • + 1
 farm3.static.flickr.com/2151/2431393951_d34f35aeb4_o.jpg
No you don't :-P (You scared the hell out of him)
  • + 1
 anyone know a uk price?
i know when its cumin out,
just makin sure i got the funds!
  • + 1
 This must be the first dirt / park bike I really enjoy. Looks neat and clean. Nice work.
  • + 2
 Sounds scripted, But nice bike.
  • + 3
 such a sexy bike
  • + 3
 she is damn pretty
  • + 1
 1400 is the msrp for the frame
  • + 2
 I LOVE CARTER HOLLAND!
  • + 1
 Dang that bike is nice, i want one so bad
  • + 1
 how much will this bike cost with all the components
  • + 1
 i think its frame only
  • + 1
 mannnn thats a crazzyyy!!! bike.....Smile
  • + 1
 omg * orgazim *
beautiful bike ! great job !
  • + 0
 .... this ride is simply awesome ....

Dobermann .. Double .. or Killswitch .... sweet trouble .... Smile
  • + 1
 has anyone heard how much the frame costs
  • + 1
 26 lbs?!!!! thats lighter than my hardtail!
  • + 1
 where can you get them now ?
  • + 1
 Does anybody know what rims is on that bike? I want some!
  • + 1
 atomlab?
  • + 1
 Are they lol? .. Atomlab what, do you know?
  • + 1
 Are they not XT?
  • + 3
 XT wheelset on the black bike. Atomlab Pimplites on the purple.
  • + 1
 Im defo getting one they are sweet
  • + 1
 this bike is sick if anyone is saling one i well be intrested
  • + 1
 its a nice frame but id take the NS over this anyday
  • + 1
 Look for that bike on BlkMrkt to see it for yourself.
  • + 1
 Sick - I want one!
  • + 1
 where can i buy one
  • + 1
 i want one
  • + 1
 Dude nice bike
  • + 1
 que chimbaaa
  • + 1
 how much in the uk??
  • + 1
 i want one to
  • + 1
 SOOOOOO SICK!!!!
  • + 1
 im gonna get one
  • + 1
 mmmmm'gaddaamn.
  • + 1
 i like it,
  • + 1
 Sooo Sick!
  • + 1
 that bike is sick shit
  • + 1
 feakin sick
  • + 1
 beautiful bike.
  • + 1
 OMG they look awesome!
  • + 1
 sweet
  • + 1
 sick as fuck
  • + 1
 26 POUNDS?!?!?!?!
  • + 1
 i want this bike
  • + 1
 thats a nice bike
  • + 1
 Awesome.
  • + 1
 MINT!
  • + 1
 How much in aus???
  • + 0
 how much
  • + 2
 watch the first video, $1400usd for frame, shock and headset...
  • + 16
 and seatpost clamp Big Grin
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