Online store issues

I love the internet... it's amazing for sure but right now its being a pain in the ass. Our store has been down for a week and I would like to apologize for the store not working properly. We just found out PayPal changed one of the buttons and now we ned to change our buttons before it will work again and that will happen after this long holiday weekend. Until then feel free to send an e mail to or call 714 925 9942 with an questions or concerns.

Thanks again and we apologize any inconvenience,

Got Gates?

Jeremy Tooker from San Diego did what more and more riders are doing, built up this clean Riot with the BMX track in mind. Our local BMX track is the Orange "Y" BMX track in Orange, Ca. has even started having a free 4cross race on friday nights for anyone on a 26". SO, if you're in the OC area bring your hardtail to the track and get it on!!!

See you on the track

Happy Thanksgiving

Greg Watts... seriously??? image by carter
Zink 3's a massive sniper line in Whistler. image by carter
Cam McCaul Superflips the cooking spoon in Whistler during Crankworx. image by carter

Brian Miller carves the poop out of Woodward's Freeride course.
Jimbo T-Bog's out of the wall from the landing into the lip. image by carterLisa Myklak shredding the Post Office...  image by Jason PetersArrash Sadie killin' 65 st. image by carterEd Bonnin inverts in Oz
Carter lookback at Sunday's in Austin image by Caveman
Steven Bafus at 9th st. during our summer road trip to Austin, Tx. image by Caveman

Here's a slew of random photos from everybody everywhere... now its time to go eat turkey, drink too much and watch steroid freaks chase a guy with a ball. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Cure for the turkey hangover...

I'm sure there'll be lots of this stuff going on too...
SF Puke Fest 08 ??? Could be...

How are you going to work off that turkey pudge you developed over the Thanksgiving break??? Head over to the Cow Palace in San Francisco for Ride SFO's first ever Velo Swap and GoldSprints and pedaling your ass off and buying some stuff for your chick's bike or yours???
It's your cash... go crazy! There will be ramps, racing, beer, bands and lots of local companies promoting their wares... Black Market will be there showing the 2009 stuff as well having a few demo bikes for you to ride. See you there.


New video clips...

New Step-Down Session from George Ryan on Vimeo.

The Eastsiders are killing it right now... George Ryan put this short clip together. Enjoy.

South So. Cal.

Jake ripping Home Ave.

Jake Kinney from San Diego sent us a few photos proving he can do more than snap a gate... thanks Jake. All photos by Erik Winkler.


Hazy Shade of Winter...

these things run amuck in the fall on the trails in Lo. Cal.

Carter 1 foot euro... photo by Sergio
TJ Ellis dips... by Sergio
... to this opo 1 foot table 3.... did you get that?                             by Sergio
Mike spins this 3 table...                   by Sergio
The full rigid Contraband's first day in the dirt was a good one. by Sergio
Sergio with a different angle on Hucker's 3
Huckstick dumped damn it... 

Yesterday I made time to get out to the trails with Hucker, Pedro, TJ Ellis, Fernando and a few foreign pro BMX racers. It was a beautiful November morning, no clouds and blue skies with Hucker spinning the most ridiculous 3's over the biggest/steepest set while giant spiders took over the yard... well, 1 big tarantula got harassed by a bunch of humans. 

Today was also the first day on the new rigid Tech 9 fork... more to come on that subject shortly. The Contraband is undergoing some mods before final production. Details soon.


BlkMrkt on

All of the 2009 product line now available online for comparison at This site is great for seeing how we stack up against the other brands out there... Happy shopping!!!


2nd Annual Race for Tara....

Race for Tara 2 pro podium: Blk Mrkt mounted Nor Cal reppin' Drew Powers 1st, Jared Rando 2nd & Mike Haderer 3rd... I would love to see photos of this race if anybody has any!!!
Tara speaks to the crowd

Source: Giant Bicycles


On Saturday November 8, 2008, dozens of mountain bike 4-Cross racers turned out to compete at the Sand Hill Ranch Bike Park in Brentwood, CA. The event was Race for Tara 2, the second annual race created to benefit MTB pro Tara Llanes.

The former Dual Slalom National Champion suffered a severe spinal injury in a crash during a mountain bike race in Colorado on Sept. 1, 2007. Since then fellow pros, fans, and friends, have rallied around Tara as she has made remarkable progress in her recovery and rehabilitation.

Several of Tara’s team mates on the Giant Mountain Bike team turned out for Race for Tara 2. US National XC and Super D champ Adam Craig and 4-time Australian National Champion Jared Rando both competed in the Pro 4-Cross event. Jared wound up placing 2nd overall.

Most important, the day’s events raised $8500 for Tara. A year ago, Tara was still in the hospital during the first Race for Tara. She was able to thank the folks at Sand Hill Ranch via telephone. This year, Tara was present at Sand Hill and able to watch the races, sign autographs, and mingle with the crowd. In remarks in person this time, Tara fought back tears as she thanked the crowd for attending. And she vowed that she would keep fighting to regain the ability to once again ride a bicycle.

The Race for Tara series is the result of the collaboration of several folks; among them are father and son Thayne and Brian Bolin. “Shortly after Tara was injured last year, my son said, ‘dad, we’ve got to do something,’” said Thayne Bolin. “We worked to quickly get together the first Race for Tara. To see the support grow this year has just been incredible.”

Also crucial to the event’s success are Phil and Rene Anderson, owners of Sand Hill Ranch. The ranch encompasses a large area for motorcycle and bicycle racing; The Andersons donate the use of the course for the Race for Tara series.

Also in on the planning for the successful series are Giant Bicycle Account Executive Mike Stewart, and Giant for Women Program Manager Tiffany Brown. Giant and Giant for Women are among the sponsors of the event and so are three Giant retailers. Special thanks go to The Bicycle Trip of Santa Cruz, Danville Bicycles, and Alameda Bicycle. Daniel Cress of Alameda Bicycle is also in on the planning of the race, and served as the official starter for the event. Giant retailer Hank and Frank Bicycles also helped out with support.

The bike shops, along with sponsors Giant, Giant for Women, and Fox Clothing donated prizes that were awarded in a raffle. Other supporters and contributors of raffle prizes were: Fox Racing, Michelin, Easton/Bell sports, Troy Lee, RideSFO, Smith Optics, WTC, Syncros, Felt, Raleigh, Leatt Sport Braces, Voler, Defeet, Black Market Bikes, Santa Cruz, and Casa Orozco restaurant in Livermore.

10 November 2008

No waaayyy duuude.......

It's Rick Nolte's birthday and he lives a warm climate with trails, street and a sick park all a stones throw from San Diego... here are the details.


Super Session Cancelled...

"I regret to inform you that due to issues beyond my control, I have to cancel the Supersession this year. For those of you who have already registered, please note that no payments have been processed. I'm very disappointed and really sorry for any inconvenience." - Mike Flaherty, Atomlab

2009's are here!!!

The all new Riot complete is stacked... 09 Riot frame, Marzocchi DJ1, Intense Micro Knobbies the list goes on... check the spec yo. 
2009 Riot MSRP $1449.99
.three57's & Riots available in colors as shown...
The 2009 BlkMrkt .three57 in gets colors, graphics and updated spec including 09 BlkMrkt bars, stems and S&M Logo grips. MSRP $1049.99

The 2009 products are shipping immediately so hit up your local dealer and let them know you want BlkMrkt in your local shop. The new stuff is sick!!! We've refined our bars, stems, seats & the .three57 as well as added the pro level Riot complete to the mix.

note: the BlkMrkt online store will be shutting down shortly in order to better support our dealer network. Completes not available online so if you're shop doesn't carry BlkMrkt, drop us a line and we'll do our best to find a way to get it done. Thank you for your support both online and on the trail.


Jason Peters' clean Mob... Nor Cal Pride
Sergio... flat.
Sergio's custom painted Riot
Nathan Camboum kicks a no can on his candy Mob

Liam tweeks his Riot down New Zealand way.
Liam's build

Here's few more submissions from you... enjoy.


Ray's gets turned inside out in Ohio...

Ray's indoor mountain bike park in Cleveland, Oh. put on a new event called the Inside Out... the idea is to race from the roof of Ray's through the parking lot and back into the building... check out the clip...

If you're in the Cleveland area and you own a bike... get to Ray's and look for the 2009 BlkMrkt demo bikes that will be arriving soon.

Got ink?

Braden's inspiration

I love this!!!

Braden Bohme does... talent and time too. Braden has been putting some serious time into his machine... over 50 hours to date. Here's some comments I found on his thread, click the link below to read all the comments... I know he's offering custom one offs too so, drop him a line... he'll hook you up.