Cool Edit featuring Up & Coming Derek Vondracek

While scrolling thru PinkBike tonight I found this web edit by Nic Genovese featuring the inspiring riding of Derek Vondracek... It's not everyday you find someone's riding style enjoyable to watch not to mention a great filming, editing and song choice.
Nice work put in by both Nic and Derek.

Be on look out for some crazy bars in the later segments... I think he ripped those off of Gary Fisher's Klunker...







Enjoy... I did.

Loop Magazine Visits Adam's Pad in NJ




Last week I got a call from Nick Brandreth in the middle of the day saying there's a an impromptu session happening in Adam's yard for Loop Magazine out of Japan. Takayua Sakamoto was there shooting bike checks and taking in the Jersey scene...

Loop Magazine's Tak in Jersey
Check out Loop if you get a chance... nice to see more Unity in cycling!!!

Nick's rusty Mob
Tak in action...
Adam is still on the mend after his 2nd wrist surgery... this time for a bone graft.
Good times, get better buddy.
DeMarzo looking shady but happy...

The lost footage

Adam Hauck "The Lost Footage" from George Ryan on Vimeo.



"The Lost Footage" by Gears N' Roses featuring Adam Hauck.
This footage of Adam Hauck was shot over the last few years in anticipation of a possible DVD part. Due to a hard drive crash, the footage was thought to be lost forever and would never see the light of day. That is until it was miraculously recovered a couple weeks ago. Adam is currently recovering from a recent surgery on his wrist to repair some nagging problems, so recent footage has been scarce. Once he is all healed up though, you can bet that he will be back riding better than ever and filming for future edits.
So now, without further adieu, Gears N' Roses presents "The Lost Footage - featuring Adam Hauck"

G "n" R

Kevin Sorichetti's Malice

Had a good session at the park today with Kevin Sorichetti. He decided to have some fun and "learn" flairs. If you pull every single one first try, does it still count as learning? Anyways, this is the end result. I've never been into graphic design so I hope this is pleasing to you all. Enjoy!
-Kalin Law
Kevin Flair Profile

The Killswitch on PinkBike.com

2011 Black Market Killswitch - Previewed

Nov 25, 2010


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.

Check out Black Market Bikes for more!


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

Groms Rule!!!


Killswitch makes MB UK's 2011's Sexiest Bike List

Pure Sexiness....


SD Trail Riding with Jake Kinney


Jake Kinney has seriously stepped up his game this year... How many pro 4 cross racers are throwing barspins and double whips in sections or making finals at AT's Showdown???
Not many is the answer...

Jake Kinney sent in a few pics of a recent evening trail sesh on his Killswitch at Miracle in SD shot by local rider, Joey Wendorf.

Enjoy...




Love this lazy nac.....




The 7th Annual Tour De Tryptophan


Get ready to lose that Thanksgiving stuffing at the 7th Annual Tour de Tryptophan around the infamous Fullerton Loop. Not only will you help yourself but you'll be helping someone in need...

That someone this year is Tyler Blick... 5 year old son to Oakley's Steve Blick. Tyler has been diagnosed with Leukemia and needs your help... so come do some laps and some good.

Black Market Moves Office and Warehouse to Laguna Hills


For the past 7 + years as Black Market has struggled to make a name for itself and get to where we can stand on our own feet. Well, we've finally taken that step and signed a lease for a warehouse & office in Laguna Hills, Ca.

Mondo and I are stoked to finally have a place to call home!!!


Pegged Jeans Rock!!!


Honestly not sure what to think about Dad's pegged acid washed jeans but Sandra's a ripper!!!

Sandra Holley Ridin' with Dad from Sandra Holley on Vimeo.


Emily Johnston in "Seasonaries"

Emily Johnston.

I told you about a web series that our very own Emily Johnston was going to have a segment in... well, here it is!!!

Enjoy!


Cartel... New Hampshire


John Barreria just sent me this cool shot of his first ever backflip to resi and I felt like sharing...
Shot by Nick Keating


Happy Birthday Zeus!!!!

Happy Birthday Buddy!!!


Today is Zeus' 3rd birthday too... damn good day!

NSF in Japan!!!

Kyoichi's Black Market NSF

Kyoichi-PINP.jpg
Photo by Kyoichi Ozaki

This is awesome. I haven't heard a peep from Kyoichi in what seems to be a year and then all of a sudden, this bad-ass Black Market NSF build pops up on his Flickr. I'm not sure if some of you remember 3Bancho or 100%Hardcore, both of Kyoichi's other handles but this dude was one of the original Tokyo fixed freestylers. He, MKM and Fixika used to have the Japanese scene on lock. I guess that's why I'm so stoked to see this. Goes to show you're never "out of" fixed freestyle.

Check out more photos here at his Flickr!

Here's the Flickr stuff...

blkmrkt NSF

新しいチャリ組みました。black market bikesのNSF。サイズは47cm。RIOT(同じくblkmrktの26インチmtbフレーム)からの乗換ですが特に違和感なく、乗り味も結構似てる。

組むのにmtbからtrackフレームだったので新たにリアエンド120mm用のホイール組まなきゃいけなかったのと、リアエンドがかなり短いのでチェーンを合わせるのに半コマ用意したりとちょっと時間かかりました。リアエンドに関しては、現状より5mmほど伸ばすみたいです。

何かの写真でみたときにバースピンの時のトゥーのクリアランスが結構シビアなイメージがあったんだけど、この一番小さいフレームサイズでもわりと干渉なく回せましたよ。ただこれも最終的にはシートをもう少したててクリアランスをもう少し確保するみたい。

重量はフレーム単体で2600gフォークが1040gと恐らく既存のトリック系の太チャリと同じぐらいかな?

リアに関しては47Cがギリギリだったと聞いてます。写真で、履いているのはcity slicker 2の38Cです。

見た目に関しては相当カッコイイ!見た目で買ったと言っていいぐらい。鉄の味を生かしたカラーリングもシートチューブの肉抜きもかなり気にいっています。

後は気になるところは強度かな?まぁ最近のトリック系最先端の人ほどビシビシトリックは決められないのでどれだけ自分が負荷かけられるのか分からないけど色々と使い倒してみたいと思います♬

NSFに関しては既にオーダーは終わっていると思いますが、取り扱い元はTKC Productionsなので問い合わせはそちらの方によろしくです!


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Comments

Im stoked to see one of the godfathers of fgfs getting back onto the scene and making moves too with blk mkt? 2011 will be the year to see if fgfs will be more than a fad and cash cow for companies

Posted by: Phil rinthalukay | October 26, 2010 10:55 PM


what up! thanks for the post, JP!

yeah, i haven't been keeping up with the
trick scene, but have been riding my bike!

Posted by: hc100 | October 27, 2010 3:08 AM

Happy Veteran's Day to those who choose to serve...



Remember those who gave....

On a lighter note, this is Carl Lein.... he serves our country in the US Army. Here's an older photo of Carl patrolling the Iraqi skies aboard his 26". Thanks Carl!

Cartel... New Zealand

Our distributor in New Zealand, Wide Open, is stoked that summer has just begun down under and they just held their distributor show and product launch.

GETTING WIDE OPEN

Posted by Lester on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Stolen from Spokemagazine.com

The downhillers warm up on the Pump Track; Matt Scoles leads Brook MacDonald.

Caleb I have been chasing the Wide Open team around the Bay of Plenty today. First stop was Wide Open HQ out the back of Rotorua to meet up with the crew, then we shot through to Summer Hill in Tauranga. Here’s a gaggle of shots from the day….

The Summer Hill pump track is a sweet bit of fun. John Sanderson has been adding some of his finesse with a spade and making the place flow like water.

Southerner Conor MacFarlane does a bit of tweaking to his freshly piled lip. Killer shot on Caleb's camera from this one!

Sheep and dirt farmer, Brett Frew. The Dirt Whisperer...?

Bikes and dirt.

Brook MacDonald, moustaching up the lip (of the jump).

Karl Cavenar (left) keeps an eye on the Summer Hill jumps. He fitted a new fence around the roll in area while we were sifting around.

Brett checks the roll in. Needless to say it was no dramas.

Whips on!

Conor was super dialled on the trails, good pop and super flow. His enthusiasm was rubbing off on everyone and getting them amped!

Caleb getting the shot!

Conor, dialled!

WIDE OPEN DAY 2

Posted by Lester on Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Paul's place, well actually his parents place but this is what you see just before seeing the dirt setup.

Wow, what a hectic couple of days it’s been! After a midnight lights-out following an hour or so of banter and abuse dished around the Wide Open and Spoke crews, it was a 6:20am blaring alarm that got us dragging our carcasses out of bed and into action for the day.

Paul Langlands; whistle while you work. Paul broke his ankle a month or so ago and was fresh out of his 'moon boot' hobbling around tweaking his jumps. Then, he rode - more on that further down the post!

The plan was to head from our base in Rotorua over to Cambridge to session Paul Langland’s backyard trail spot. On the road by just after 7am we made an obligatory coffee stop and trucked on to C-town. Once on the Mamaku ranges we were confronted with dark clouds, grunty rain, and gale force winds. Not the ideal conditions if you’re planning on getting your bike off the ground!

After a couple of phone calls we decided to push on to Cambridge and see what we could do. Literally two minutes of driving after making this decision the skies cleared and the wind dropped a little. Once at the Langlands compound the boys donned their pads and hit the trails.

Matt Scoles whipped way out. He was hammering out heaps of these over the session.

We battled the elements with showers passing through and winds blustering, causing a little havoc with the riders but Caleb managed to squeeze out a couple of decent shots, Peiter got some solid footage and I threw my camera around snapping everything in sight.

Recent addition to the Wide Open squad, Conor MacFarlane was killing things with these shoulder barges. He also swung a few 360 X-ups but no decent photos were snapped of them.

Wide Open 'old-timer' Brett Frew threw out a bunch of spins over the hip. Caleb got the good shot, I didn't!

Brett took a bit of a rodeo after landing the last jump and ended up tangled in the live electric fence. Shocking.

Brook MacDonald keeping things waayyy moto! One footed downside tables like the best of them.

BOOM. Conor rules.

As mentioned earlier, Paul Langlands is fresh off a broken ankle. He was itching to ride (although probably shouldn't have been) so grabbed his bike and had a quick shred, absolutely killing it in the process.

The rain came in about half an hour before we were due to roll back to Rotorua (for the product launch where I'm sitting right now). After a hustle in the garage we loaded the troops and headed for base, just as the weather was clearing once again! Always the way.

WIDE OPEN DAY 3

Posted by Lester on Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Demo day before it got busy. Plenty of bikes to try although many on the rack in the pic are dealers personal rides.

Day 2.5 and Day 3 of the Wide Open product launch were a little different. The end of day 2 (let’s call it Day 2.5) wrapped up with Wide Open throwing down dinner for their dealers, team and associated hanger-oners (that’s Caleb and me). Abracadabra was the spot, a decent Moroccan place with amazing Lamb shanks on Potato mash!The evening wrapped up with a few pints of Crouchers Pilsner, general banter and lot of smiles all round.

Matt Whittaker (left) is the kingpin of Wide Open, here he is preparing to tuck in to dinner. 'Dog Boy' was super busy over the last few days and can be proud of his effort!

Matt V from FSA (pretty obvious which person that is) and umbrella brands had flown out from the USA to give dealers the low down on their HUGE range of products.

Team Wide Open getting amongst the action.

Dog Boy mingles with some of his dealers (yes, that guy on the right owns a shop - Tim from T-Whites Bikes)

Brook MacDonald - Stoking.

Friday morning dawned (let’s call that day 3) at 7am. The team showered, Weet-Bixed and headed to the forest to to set up base camp for the day. With a complete fleet of demo bikes racked up for dealers to try and a clear blue sky, things were looking pretty good for the day!

Dealers rolled in and took each of the bikes for a thrash, either taking laps of the downhill track on the gravity machines, or looping a small section of trail to the side of the base on the trail and XC bikes. Lunch time came and dealers were fed and watered and set out to pasture for an hour or so, took a bit of a sit down and were back into it.

Matt V (FSA) getting amongst the action.

As the dealers headed for the hills we (the Spoke posse) rounded up the team for a bit of a pedal across the forest to shape and hit a couple of spots. Looking outside of the normal ‘gravity’ realm we hit the singletrack aboard everything from short travel jump bikes (Black Market Killswitch) and downhill bikes (Turners of course).

Matt Scoles mid corner. The 'print' shot from this spot is killer!

We bagged some shots, got some sun stroke, talked some mindless rubbish and were generally happy with the day! Until we had to ride back across the forest with heavy bags of cameras, flashes and tripods. But hey, that’s part of the job right?

Matt Scoles, flash check model.

Scolsey getting whipped on the DH rig.

Caleb, fearless Spoke editor getting a shot. Yeah, he forgot his riding kit so had to roll 'skate-rat' style.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out plenty of content from the Wide Open product launch, more photos and videos.

Keep an eye open in a future print edition of Spoke Magazine for a full article and all the good photos.

I hear I'm invited next year....



WideOpen Road Trip around North Island from firstfloor on Vimeo.