2011 Black Market Contraband

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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.

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    Product Black Market Contraband
    Model Year 2011
    Riding Type Dirt Jump / Urban, Other
    Rider Unisex
    Sizes and 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 Chromoly
    Frame Material Details Custom Drawn & Butted Sanko Chromoly Tubing
    Rear Travel Hardtail
    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
    Drivetrain 1x
    Shifters N/A
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur N/A
    ISCG Tabs 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
    Wheel Size
    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
    Weight 26 lb 0 oz (11793 g)
    Price $899.99
    More Info Black Market Bikes website