2011 Black Market Killswitch - Previewed

Nov 25, 2010
by Reece Wallace  
Black Market, the originators of arguably the most influential dirt and street frames on the market, have stirred the pot and spread their wings into the world of slope style to produce an equally bad ass slope machine. Carter Holland and the rest of the crew at Black Market Bikes have done the work to know exactly what slope style riders need and want and the result is the 100mm travel Black Market Killswitch.

Check out what the Killswitch has to offer!


Black Market Killswitch


Black Market's origins are deeply rooted in BMX; therefore, keeping things simple, clean, and effective seem to be a priority as portrayed by their newest addition to the family - the Killswitch. In contrast with the Mob or Riot, the Killswitch is manufactured from a 6061 T6 custom aluminum tube set, opposed to the traditional chromoly.  The decision to fabricate the Killswitch from aluminum was a wise one.  Although hardtails flow amazingly on flexible high carbon chromoly steel tube sets, the same is not true for full suspension frames.  Aluminum is stiffer, lighter, and more responsive than steel, which are all essential traits for a full suspension bike, nor will pivot points ovalize as easily when constructed with aluminum.
Black Market's origins are deeply rooted in BMX; therefore, keeping things simple, clean, and effective seem to be a priority as portrayed by their newest addition to the family - the Killswitch. In contrast with the Mob or Riot, the Killswitch is manufactured from a 6061 T6 custom aluminum tube set, opposed to the traditional chromoly. The decision to fabricate the Killswitch from aluminum was a wise one. Although hardtails flow amazingly on flexible high carbon chromoly steel tube sets, the same is not true for full suspension frames. Aluminum is stiffer, lighter, and more responsive than steel, which are all essential traits for a full suspension bike, nor will pivot points ovalize as easily when constructed with aluminum.
The first time I rode a Killswitch was last spring, when Black Market rider Justin Wyper received his prototype.  To my astonishment, the Killswitch handled exactly like a hard tail as I rode steep jumps and tall berms. Pivoting around the 12.5
The first time I rode a Killswitch was last spring, when Black Market rider Justin Wyper received his prototype. To my astonishment, the Killswitch handled exactly like a hard tail as I rode steep jumps and tall berms. Pivoting around the 12.5" high bottom bracket, the Hammer Link floating suspension system felt to offer an extremely stiff and responsive rear end that does not hinder pumping or preloading - this is essential to maintaining speed throughout a set or increasing speed in transitions. This may be the reason for the popularity of the Killswitch, not to mention that it is available in black, gray, purple, and the limited edition polished finish that you see here. One of the goals while designing the Killswitch was to create a bike that handles very similar to a hardtail; this was done by setting parameters on the geometry and working the suspension around that. The Killswitch is available in small with a 21" top tube, medium with 22" top tube, and a large that uses a 23" top tube.

BlackMarket Killswitch details:

  • • Black Market’s Hammer Link design with 100mm of travel
  • • Handmade from 6061 T6 custom tube set with precision cnc’d linkages and yokes
  • • Replaceable nylock nuts and/or threaded inserts at all bolt locations
  • • Custom tuned X-Fusion 02 RCX rear shock 6.5” x 1.5” stroke (included)
  • • 44mm Black Market cartridge sealed bearing headset (included)
  • • Travel - 4"/100mm
  • • Weight - 7 lbs. 10 oz. with shock
  • • Seat clamp - 34.9mm (included)
  • • Seat post - 30.9mm
  • • ISCG 05 mounts
  • Black Market Bikes
  • • $1399 USD MSRP

As slope style events continue to push the envelope with gnarlier jumps and features, riders are demanding small full suspension bikes that can take the punishment.  The Killswitch has an ample 100mm of rear, progressive travel accompanied by the custom tuned for Black Market X-Fusion O2 RCX rear shock (6.5
As slope style events continue to push the envelope with gnarlier jumps and features, riders are demanding small full suspension bikes that can take the punishment. The Killswitch has an ample 100mm of rear, progressive travel accompanied by the custom tuned for Black Market X-Fusion O2 RCX rear shock (6.5" x 1.5" stroke). The O2 RCX was tuned specifically for the Killswitch and slope style and dirt jump riding. The engineers and product designers at X-Fusion collaborated with Carter and Black Market to design a shock which has a large emphasis on high platform suspension systems, in other words, ensuring that the rider does not initially blow through the travel on the terrain leading up to the jump or feature. Furthermore, the 02 RCX has four compression adjustments and finer tuned positive and negative air chambers which all contribute to a more stable ride. The adjustability of this slope style machine accounts for its stability.
Due to the shock choice, geometry, and weight, the Killswitch can be utilized for many genres of riding including slope style, dirt jumping, and even trail riding.  However, the bike definitely excels on big jumps that hard tails may not be stable enough to ride.  With a relatively steep 69 degree head tube angle and a short wheel base, the Killswitch is easy to control and maneuver.  In addition, the Killswitch features an incredibly low stand over which makes for great leg clearance over the top tube and a bit of grace if you miss the pedals and happen to ball-ride out of a landing.
Due to the shock choice, geometry, and weight, the Killswitch can be utilized for many genres of riding including slope style, dirt jumping, and even trail riding. However, the bike definitely excels on big jumps that hard tails may not be stable enough to ride. With a relatively steep 69 degree head tube angle and a short wheel base, the Killswitch is easy to control and maneuver. In addition, the Killswitch features an incredibly low stand over which makes for great leg clearance over the top tube and a bit of grace if you miss the pedals and happen to ball-ride out of a landing.

Black Market Killswitch geometry

Head angle69 degrees
Top Tube22"
Chainstay16"
Bottom Bracket height12.5"
Stand over26"
Wheelbase41.25"


Some other notable features of the Killswitch include an effective and industry standard 1 1/8
Some other notable features of the Killswitch include an effective and industry standard 1 1/8" integrated, zero stack head tube, replaceable horizontal drop outs with derailleur hanger (optional vertical dropouts), and replaceable Nylock nuts and threaded inserts at all bolt and pivot locations. A Black Market zero stack integrated headset is included in the frame and shock package.

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As snow lies on the ground here on the West Coast of British Columbia, the Killswitch remains dormant for now. But keep a look out later in the year as I give the Killswitch a run for its money and a full riding review. In the meantime, let's hear what you think of BlackMarket's 4" travel slope style bike - put those opinions down below!

-Reece Wallace


94 Comments

  • 5 0
 nice bikes thats for sure.... theirs one aspect though that actualy makes me sick inside, "the originators of arguably the most influential dirt and street frames on the market" you've gota be shitting me? credibility for the first steel street frames that caused major influence is definitly DMR. DMR goes so far back its insane.
  • 2 1
 Although DMR had steel frames before, the Black Market definitely sparked the chromoly revolution in North America and since then many manufacturers have mimicked the Black Market design because it rides so well and was so successful, not so much the DMR.
  • 2 1
 of course you need to infact support the bike your ride.... you really think that everyone bases their frames off black market? cause i truly dont. Doberman made their own geo its dam sexy, so did many other companies. although they are all so similar.... my point is the basis started with dmr.. dmr brought out the idea of mtbmx... blackmarket has made some nice frames, but so had doberman and hundreds of other steel frame manufacturers. black market in my mind doesnt have anymore credibility to the cause then doberman etc... although dmr is the one who really pulled it out of the blue. before dmr their wasnt many companies that were know to make steel frames made for djs and street.
  • 2 2
 Black Market came out after DMR yes but Black Market started with much more dialled geo than any of DMRs old bikes and thats the main thing that got Black Market to stand out over the others.
  • 2 1
 The bottom line and point that I was trying to make is that a dialed hard tail manufacturer will most likely produce a dialed full susp. too; not to knock any other bikes down a notch. To each his own.
  • 3 0
 Spoke with "Mondo" of blkmrkt at the SF Bike Expo. These guys really know what they're doing. The Killswitch is definitely one of those "bikes I'd like to own, just need the $." I've been a hardtail kid for a while, but my knees are starting to go. So this thing would be perfect for me!
  • 3 0
 theres alot of these short travel jump frames about now, and i say keep them coming! this one looks amazing, awsum job black market Beer
  • 1 0
 I totally agree! I can't ride a hardtail now due to injury, it's nice to know I can still get building up a solid dirt/street bike without
Worrying I'll only ride it to the shops And back!
  • 1 0
 Reece any chance you'd be willing to bring your bike out to one of the Abbotsford 4X practice nights?

We're going to be dealing these in 2011 and I'd love to throw my leg over some to get an idea of sizing, feel, etc...

I'll be there both Tuesday and Thursday next week (barring any more snow storms) if you could bring it out I'd be grateful to check it out!


Matt
  • 2 0
 Yeah for sure, I will bring it next thursday
  • 1 0
 Great rundown! I've got one set up with an MRP guide and run SS, love it on everything - single track, crankworx courses, local dirt jumps, skate parks, the works! Even the occasional windy XC trail, this ups the level of fun to a whole new degree on any trail. It's starting to get snowy here in Colorado, but I can't wait to brave the cold tomorrow and rip it up in Fruita!
  • 1 0
 Carter Holland has done the homework on this one I would trade 2 pairs of Shivers and a built hard tail for just this frame and fork . prob jumps better than my SX trail,Demo 7, or Shore.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if there gonna send decals with these frames. There really bad at that. I know 3 people that did not get any decals.
  • 1 0
 i didnt get any decals with mine and im glad i didnt. im my opinion the decals are ugly
  • 1 1
 another short travel FS dirt jump frame, where the main pivot is around the BB, so you can run single speed?

yawn... there aren't already a dozen of those released in the last year... same product, different day...
  • 1 0
 VERY cleaver and clean design but a bit hard to figure out because you can't see all of the linkage. A rig made to kill it, well done BM. PROPS!
  • 2 0
 Wowa! That bike is sick! Blk Mrkt never fails to meet many people's standards!
  • 1 0
 It is hard to believe i want another bike,this is it. I got a vision that it could be the answer to giving the confidence i need to take it to the next level.
  • 1 0
 Good write up. Sick bike. If you get the chance to throw a leg over one, you'll be left smiling.
  • 1 0
 Good write up except for the steel vs. aluminum bit. Steel is stiffer and less likely to ovalize than aluminum. The reason full suspension bikes are made from aluminum is the cost of manufacturing and weight. Machining steel is a bitch when you have to make complex bits (linkage, etc...). The only reason hardtails are steel is their simple construction and for ride quality. An aluminum hard tail would be too harsh, but an aluminum FS bike isn't due to the suspension.
  • 1 0
 Well actually aluminum is stiffer and more brittle than steel, which is why it is used for full suspension bikes. Steel is also more likely to ovalize or bend, whereas aluminum is more likely to crack or snap.
  • 2 0
 k that bike is fucking dope.
  • 2 0
 I thought they done a green version aswell. Who imports them into the U.K.
  • 2 0
 Hotlines are the Distributors for the UK. 0131 31 91 444 www.hotlines-uk.com
  • 1 0
 that polished looks amazing. is it going to be available in polished? the first runs were black, grey and purple
  • 1 0
 Straight from the article: "it is available in black, gray, purple, and the limited edition polished finish that you see here."
  • 1 0
 Article lists 2010 colors. New colors will be white, neon green, and black...

www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Frames,7/Black-Market-Bikes/Killswitch,2192
  • 1 0
 i'm no dirt jumper, but i'd love to have it as an urban assault bike with a 120-140mm fork.
  • 1 0
 sickist bike ever i want the bike so bad dont like the color of this one tho
  • 1 0
 really cool write up, and a wicked frame!
  • 6 1
 sickest single speed linkage EVERRRRRR! thats all i have to say.
  • 1 0
 Such a sick frame....I would like one.
  • 31 0
 i guess i know where my student loan next year is going
  • 2 0
 if only i had like $1500
  • 2 1
 sick bike!
  • 2 1
 Loving the chrome
  • 1 0
 what ISCG means?
  • 5 0
 ISCG is a thing to determine what chainguide that you would need.
  • 1 0
 Oh, thanks Beer
  • 4 0
 ^^ International Standard Chainguide Mount Smile
  • 2 0
 international standard chain guide
  • 4 0
 This was the frame Justin Wyper did his epic frontflip on !! www.pinkbike.com/video/167277
  • 1 0
 I WANT THIS BIKE. Urmm, hey Santa Big Grin
  • 4 0
 sorry but whats changed from last year?
because the price all of a sudden went from around 800 quid to 1300!
what do you get for the 500 quid?
the option of a chrome one?
  • 1 2
 I think it's because it's aluminum tubing instead of chromoly.
  • 1 0
 I hope they will offer the neon green version
www.pinkbike.com/photo/5800528

got all my parts, waiting on the frame release!
  • 1 0
 I've heard the hammer link changes the center of gravity.... not good. bike looks amazing though.
  • 1 8
flag thedemo7rider (Nov 25, 2010 at 17:34) (Below Threshold)
 would this bike be good for dirt jumping
  • 4 0
 ^^^ I can't believe you asked that.

Straight from the article.

"Due to the shock choice, geometry, and weight, the Killswitch can be utilized for many genres of riding including slope style, dirt jumping, and even trail riding. However, the bike definitely excels on big jumps that hard tails may not be stable enough to ride. "

READ NEXT TIME.
  • 1 6
flag sashamtbrider (Nov 25, 2010 at 22:30) (Below Threshold)
 thedemo7rider Dude this bike is PERFECT FOR EVERYTHING! street, dirt, park....even downhill.
  • 1 0
 bikemike2 they never made it out of cromo its always been alloy and i cant help but wonder if they actually changed anything because they dont say that its changed on this artical, the artical seems like its just come or something
  • 1 0
 that thing is brutel, and it looks even better in black !
  • 1 0
 I would love to swap my transition frame for this!!
  • 1 0
 I love the look of that frame.
  • 1 0
 I have ridden it already! It was dope!!!
  • 1 0
 how heavy is it?
  • 1 0
 7 pounds 10 ounces with shock, my complete build is around 26 lbs.
  • 1 0
 Dopest bike ever!! Gotta have me one!
  • 1 0
 Such a sexy frame, I want one
  • 1 0
 VERY SEXY BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Oh mannn that is so nice.
  • 1 0
 in the pic it really doesnt look like a 69 head angle but that is gnarikll
  • 1 0
 drooooooler
  • 1 0
 DROOLLL definitely giving my specialized sx a run for its money!
  • 1 0
 It's going to be fun riding the Killswitch at camp I can't wait. Ken
  • 1 0
 How the back linkage is working? I just can't imagine. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Pivots around the bottom bracket, ideal for jumping!
  • 1 0
 Yes, but how the shock works? It's attached to back linkage, but not the frame. So how does it work?
  • 1 0
 Nah, I think I just got it how it works
  • 1 0
 eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
  • 1 0
 defietly the best and most versitle bike ive ridden
  • 1 0
 Post a scale shot. 26lbs?
  • 1 0
 i would trade my downhill frame for one of these
  • 1 0
 Ummm...just one thing, it bobs under sprinting; more than I like
  • 1 0
 i want one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 does anyone know if the built in derailleur hanger mount dropout can be replaced with a dropout without the mount??
  • 1 0
 It doesn't really matter if you have the mount or not, you can cut off the mount with a hack saw if you really wanted to; probably just best to rock it incase you ever wanted to run gears.
  • 1 1
 dude. thats a little harsh to do to a frame. and it disrupts the structural integrety or the dropouts. and if you rock this bike you are silly to ever run gears. you cant just hack it off. you just cannot. im gonna e-mail blk market and see if i can get the dropout without the mount. if tou were to buy a new frame like this and take a hack saw to it. you are crazy crazy!!
  • 1 0
 The drop outs are not attached to the frame, so it would not cause any harm to the frame. Furthermore, why would you want to get rid of the hanger? It adds only a few grams to the weight and is hardly noticable and is great if you wanted to run gears in the future. Doesn't make any sense to pay more money to get dropouts without a hanger. I have seen them cut off bikes many times before if that's the route you want to go. Also, running gears on a slope bike is a great idea because one gear may not have enough resistance for larger slope style jumps. I plan on running gears on it like many other slope riders.
  • 1 1
 your still butchering the dropouts. do you see how there are verticle groves on the back, your going to ruen the structure of them and the whole dropout wont be safe. if they sold the dropout without the hanger i would buy it i a second. theres no way i would run gears on such a beautiful bike. theres pleanty of gears you can run on any and all djs!

atm=alien time machine
  • 1 0
 I wouldn't worry about a tiny little hanger...haha.
  • 1 0
 Best bike to own. I can ride my blkmrkt killswitch in almost any place.
  • 1 0
 BLACK MARKET BIKES 4 EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 xxx :X
  • 1 0
 i want one!
  • 1 0
 dreamy....
  • 1 1
 $1399 for just frame or built bike?
  • 3 0
 just the frame
  • 1 0
 i want one its so sick
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