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!
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!
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
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