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2011 Black Market Bikes Contraband

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“Blk Market”

The Good: Serious geometry, strong build, beautiful

The Bad: not sure yet. Has held up great for me and I put my bike through hell

Overall Review:

I swear by Black market! I've been on these bikes for about 6 years now. Love them. The geometry is incredible. Has held up strong. I've beaten mine up pretty good and it's still in great condition. Wish I could afford to get new ones as he produces and updates his frames, but budget hold me back. Excited for the latest edit. Hoping to build one up soon!

“Contraband: Bmx feel with mountain bike forgiveness”

The Good: This bike is way more versatile than the 24 inch, steel build would let on. It is light stiff and provides a completely bombproof build right out of the box. The Contraband has a short wheelbase but somehow achieves the balance needed to supply a stable feel. The bike is unbelievably playful in street and skatepark applications yet is able to feel like a 26 inch dirt jump bike on the larger, more technical jumps. The bike will simply disappear underneath the rider and supply some unreal control.

The Bad: The stock tires are pretty heavy and truthfully, the entire stock build leaves some to be desired. The frame alone might be the better purchase if you are a rider who knows what they want. If you are not a rider who knows what they want, then you will notice fairly quickly what you like and dislike about the stock build.

Overall Review:

Overall this bike is perfect for BMx riders making the transition into MTB or for slopestyle riders looking to mob around the streets and skateparks with a more interactive bike than a normal 26inch DJ bike. This will serve as a workhorse on any level and certainly makes a good addition to any riders collection or bikes, or a beginner's garage. The price makes this bike indisputably one of the best freestyle mountain bikes out there, despite being rather specialized to certain riding.

Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


Model Year 2011
Riding Type Dirt Jump / Urban, Other
Sizes and Geometry

S, M View Geometry

Size S, M
Top Tube Length 21.5
Head Tube Angle 71*
Head Tube Length 117mm
Seat Tube Angle 71*
Seat Tube Length 12
Bottom Bracket Height 11.5
Chainstay Length 14.3
Standover 24
Frame Material Custom Drawn & Butted Sanko Chromoly Tubing
Rear Travel N/A
Rear Shock N/A
Fork BlkMrkt Tech9 395mm - Tapered And Butted Legs, Internally Fluted Steerer 9mm Drops
Fork Travel N/A
Head Tube Diameter 1 1/8"
Headset BlkMrkt Cartridge 45/45 Integrated Sealed Bearing
Handlebar BlkMrkt Bada Boom 22.2mm x 29" Custom Drawn & Double Butted 100% Heat Treated Chromoly
Stem BlkMrkt Underboss 22.2mm 6061 T6 Al w/ 6mm hardware
Grips BlkMrkt Adam Hauck w/ endplugs
Brakes Hayes MX4 Mechanical Disc 160mm Rotor
Brake Levers Hayes MX4
Shifters N/A
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur N/A
Chainguide N/A
Cranks 175mm Tubular Heat Treated Chromoly BMX Type - Pinch-Bolt- W/ 19mm X 8 spline Cr-Mo Spindle, Sealed Euro BB
Chainrings BlkMrkt Revolver Lite 28t 7075 T6 Al.
Bottom Bracket 73mm Euro Seal Bearing
Pedals C4 Plastique
Chain KMC Z-410
Cassette SS Cassette
Rims X350 by Jalco
Hubs 10mm X 100mm 32H Alloy Sealed Bearing Cr-Mo Axle, 10mm X 135mm 32H Alloy Sealed Bearing Cassette
Spokes 14G Stainless Black W/ 12G Brass Nipples
Tires Kenda K-Rad 2.3
Saddle BlkMrkt Brass Knuckle Slim
Seatpost BlkMrkt Oney 27.2mm 6061 T6 Al. One Bolt Operation
Seat Post Diameter 27.2mm
Seatpost Clamp Integrated W/ Replaceable Threaded Insert
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 10mm X 135mm Horizontal
Max. Tire Size 2.4"
Bottle Cage Mounts N/A
Colors Flat Black, Blue, Grey
Warranty http://www.blackmarketbikes.com/pdf/warranty.pdf

26 lb 0 oz (11.8 kg)

Price $899.99
More Info Black Market Bikes website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry