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Dirt Jump Bikes – Specialized P2, Black Market Malice & Haro Steel Reserves

Posted by thefixbikes on May 4, 2011

Specialized P2

Darren Berrecloth used his park and free ride experience to help design the P Series bikes for Specialized. The result is a great line-up of bikes that truly perform in the park and in the air.

The Specialized P2 is the mid-level bike in the P Series and offers great value. The tough Reynolds 520 Cr-Mo, chromoly, frame can take a beating. A MID BB, horizontal dropouts, and an integrated chain tensioner keep this single speed dirt jumper dialed. As with any dirt jumper the wheels need to be strong and be able to handle abuse. The P2 comes stock with super strong double-walled, 36 spoke wheels and a 80 mm travel Marzocchi DJ2 fork to cushion the big hits. The stock build also includes a rear Avid mechanical disc brake. The Marzocchi has mounts for a front brake but the front hub won’t take a rotor.

While test riders found this bike to perform best on jumps, on the pump track and in the park, they weren’t as satisfied on the dirt as an all around bike that climbs and descends well on anything.

Overall, if you just like to play in the street or park this bike is for you. Also, if you want to add a bike to your quiver, this is a good value to get a dirt jumping, whip that will last.

Black Market Malice

Unlike most urban, park, and dirt jump bike manufacturers, Black Market solely focuses on freestyle, dirt jumping, park, urban bikes. That focus and dedication shines through in their bikes. Every bike is made to be tough and lightweight with the best geometry to enhance performance.

In 2010 Black Market Bikes made the Malice available as a complete bike. For some reason, in 2011 the Malice is only sold as a frame with a build kit sold separately. For some this custom ability is great. However, there is huge savings when you buy a complete bike. Plus, the Malice had a sick build kit with Hayes Stroker brakes, 20mm thru axle Marzocchi DJ 1 fork, and Microdrive drivetrain. The Fix Bikes bought the remaining inventory of complete Black Market Malice Bikes so we could pass the savings on to you, our customers.

If you want a sick looking, tougher than nails, competition proven bike at a phenomenal price, get the Malice. These complete bikes won’t last long. Hit us up and we will take care of you.

Haro Steel Reserves

The Steel Reserve freestyle bikes from Haro Bicycles have some great advantages and are great all-around bikes. These complete bikes offer graduated specs with the Steel Reserve 1.1 being the most budget oriented and the 1.3 being the most tricked-out while the 1.2 provides great balance of budget and performance. Haro complete setups are rare in that they work well for tall riders or anyone over 6 feet.

All Haro Steel Reserve Frames use tough 4130 double-butted cromoly tubing. The 1.1 is ridged with a Cr-Mo dirt jump specific fork, while the 1.2 and the 1.3 are stocked with a little travel up front. Each bike only has a rear brake yet all have the ability to mount a front brake. Check out the individual product pages for complete specs of each.

As you go up in price, the componentry gets better. If you’re a big rider, you’ll want the extra strong crank on the 1.3 and the better wheels as well. As with most everything, you have to pay for what you get.

The bottom line is the Haro Steel Reserve bikes handle abuse, look nice, and are simple to maintain with good geometry. This bike is versatile too. Try it in 4x and even a little downhill riding and you’ll be surprised. Obviously, you can find a better bike for each condition but this bike will perform outside the park and urban assaults jumping and whipping around.

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2010 Black Market Bikes- Malice, Soldier, Contraband, Killswitch

Posted by thefixbikes on March 11, 2010

Black Market Bikes is back at it for 2010 with some awesome looking new product.  The big news is the introduction of their new full suspension frame, The Killswitch, which is already getting rave reviews from the lucky few who are riding it and looks absolutely sinister.  They also have a new 24″ hardtail frame with The Contraband, featuring a press-in Mid bottom bracket and integrated seat clamp.

Also in store for 2010 are the new complete bikes, The Malice and The Soldier, replacing the outgoing 357 and Riot completes with some seriously slick new graphics and the same can’t-be-beat pricing the old bikes were known for.

The higher end of the two bikes, The Malice, offers a butted cro-mo frame, a Hayes Stroker hydraulic brake, 20mm Marzocchi DJ 1 fork, Microdrive drivetrain, and of course the world famous Black Market geometry. $1300.

We’re taking pre-orders for all the new Black Market products at The Fix, check em out here!

Malice Tan

Malice Blue

Black Market’s entry level offering gives you the exact same geometry and toughness that made their frames famous, with a solid parts kit that keeps the price within reach.  You get a straight gauge cromoly frame, Marzocchi DJ 3 fork, Hayes Mechanical Brakes, and Microdrive drivetrain.  $1000.

Soldier White

Soldier Blue

The Contraband takes some features from the Mob and Riot frames, but it features new 24″ wheel geometry with nice short stays,  new Sanko tubing and a Mid BB shell for running a BMX style press-in bottom bracket.  Two colors for now to satisfy you 24-inchers out there, check em out.  Price is at $399.

Contraband Black

Contraband Green

Finally, Black Market’s brand spanking new full suspension frame, The Killswitch, is due to hit our shores within the next few weeks.  A totally new and in-house design, The Killswitch applies Black Market’s world famous geometry to the full suspension market, creating a bike that is perfect for slopestyle, dirt jumping, or general do-it-all goodness.  Combine that with ultra clean lines, interchangeable dropouts, and an exciting new suspension design called the hammerlink and you get one of the most exciting new bikes this season.

Killswitch

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2010 Specialized P Bikes, Easy as P.1, P.2, P.3

Posted by thefixbikes on March 2, 2010

The venerable Specialized P. bikes are back and better than ever.  Great looking new graphics, awesome specs and screaming deals are all here for the 2010 P. bikes.

Top o' the heap- the new P.3. Aluminum frame, Avid Elixer Brakes, Microdrive hub, 20mm thru-axle, bling. $1650. Color coordination has been taken to it's logical extreme here.

The P.2 model is offered in aluminum and cro-moly versions, giving some options for the multi-speed crew.

P.2 Aluminum. Multi-speed, lightweight, perfect for the rider looking for some versatility. $1350 gets you hydraulic discs from Avid, and Sram X.7 drivetrain.

P.2 Steel, gears on a budget. $1100 with all the goods from the P.2 Aluminum and Mechanical discs.

The P.1 is being offered in two color schemes, white with blue accents for those looking for some flash, and blacked out for those trying to keep it stealthy.

P.1 White. Steel, singlespeed... the classic dirt jumper. $940 price tag makes the P.1 a hard-to-beat deal.

P.1 Black. Bringing stealthy back.

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Teva Games Slopestyle Pics and Video

Posted by thefixbikes on June 11, 2009

Mountain bike slopestyle went off in Vail, Colorado last Sunday at the 2009 Teva Games Slopestyle event. Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Paul Basagoitia, Greg Watts and more blasted big jumps, flips and tailwhips in between hail and rain showers. Check out 42 Teva Games photos and a video at Littermag.com.

Click for 42 photos and a video

Click for 42 photos and a video

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Valmont Bike Park Underway!

Posted by thefixbikes on June 9, 2009

The City Planning Board of Boulder, Colorado unanimously approved the 4.5 million dollar Phase One of the Valmont City Park which includes construction of the bike park. It’s only taken 10 years, but now one of the greatest bike parks in the country will begin construction very soon. The Fix can’t wait and I’m sure you can’t either!

Visit www.bma-mtb.org for all the info regarding the Valmont Bike Park

Reality for the Valmont Bike Park is Here!

Reality for the Valmont Bike Park is Here!

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Commencal Absolut 4X Bike Check

Posted by thefixbikes on April 8, 2009

Chris Shewmake is the youngest member of the SolVista Bike Park gravity team. Age really isn’t relevant, but it’s nice to have a member of the squad wearing tight pants and crazy, hyper-printed sweatshirts with fur-lined hoods…keeps things diverse, ya know?

Chris got his 2009 Commencal Absolut 4X bike put together so we snipered it at the Gunbarrel trails in Boulder a couple weeks ago. Now, you get to listen to the details and check out the pics.

Chris Shewmakes Commencal Absolut 4X Bike

Chris Shewmake’s Commencal Absolut 4X Bike

driveside

A diverse, snappy hardtail made for gated racing.

A diverse, snappy hardtail made for gated racing.

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The Absolut 4X will shred your local jump spot too. Shewmake in action.

The Absolut 4X will shred your local jump spot too. Shewmake in action.

berm blaster

e.thirteen equipped with SRAM drivetrain and Truvativ cranks.

e.thirteen equipped with SRAM drivetrain and Truvativ cranks.

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Burgtec Penthouse Flat pedals!

Burgtec Penthouse Flat pedals!

pedals

A dialed cockpit area with adjustable headtube design.

A dialed cockpit area with adjustable headtube design.

cockpit

Rear end with 3 options for dropouts. Standard 10mm (seen here), 12mm or mAxle.

Hayes Stroker brakes and a rear end with 3 options for dropouts. Standard 10mm (seen here), 12mm or mAxle.

axle

Burn and turn.

Burn and turn.

berm

Custom SDG SolVista Bike Park saddle.

Custom SDG SolVista Bike Park saddle.

saddle

Intense System 4 tire, light-weight with aggressive tread pattern.

Intense System 4 tire, light-weight with aggressive tread pattern.

tires

Sun Ringle wheelset.

Sun Ringle wheelset.

wheels

X.0 shifter, Thomson stem, Sunline bars.

X.0 shifter, Thomson stem, Sunline bars.

cockpit

Killer graphics. The Absolut 4X VIP frameset looks good.

Killer graphics. The Absolut 4X VIP frameset looks good.

graphics

THANKS CHRIS!

THANKS CHRIS!

A complete selection of Commencal bikes will be available for demo at the SolVista Bike Park in 2009 and you can purchase them from The Fix Bikes in Boulder, Colorado.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jump Jam, Pumptrack TT and Movie Premiere!

Posted by thefixbikes on March 9, 2009

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March 17th, starting at 5pm, The Fix will be hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day Jump Jam and Pumptrack Time Trial. A fun evening is planned with riding starting at The Fix and then a NWD 9 and 970 Biking Issue 7 movie premiere at The Boulder Theater. Doors for the movie open at 7 and the movie rolls at 8pm.

Riding session is free and movie tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the Valmont Bike Park! Wear green and get $1 raffle tickets. SEE YA THERE!!!

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Adam Hauck and Jason Perz Odd Couple Video

Posted by thefixbikes on February 18, 2009

Black Market’s Adam Hauck joins Jason Perz in the Ray’s MTB Odd Couple video contest. The concept was pretty cool. Pair up a BMX rider and a mountain bike rider to film a video part in Ray’s park. This is only one of the bangers from all the participants.

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Comparing the 2009 Black Market Riot and 357 Completes

Posted by thefixbikes on January 13, 2009

The Fix worked with Littermag.com to bring you a comparison of the new, 2009 Black Market complete bikes!

Bikes provided by The Fix Bikes – Photographs by Shawn Spomer

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Click to Enlarge: The Black Market Three57 (left) and Riot (right)

Spring is around the corner which means dirt jump season is too. With the so-called financial crisis going on in the World today, many mountain bikers are looking for ways to cut costs so they can stay on the trail. A custom-built dirt jump hardtail can get spendy in a hurry and there aren’t a lot of choices for pre-packaged complete dirt jumpers out there. The complete bikes that do exist may be lacking in geometry, spec or just plain style. As an answer to all of the above, Black Market Bikes released their first budget bike last year, dubbed the Three57. The bike was succesful and a great way to get into the dirt jump scene without going broke. A new year means a new introduction. The Three57 is out again with a refined look, but Black Market also introduced the 2009 Riot complete which keeps the budget fair, but provides some of those necessities for the serious shredder. Let’s look at the two side by side and see what makes these brothers from the same mother different.

The 2009 Three57 ($1049) vs. The 2009 Riot ($1449)

The Frames

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Everyone knows and loves the Riot frame because of its geometry and refinement. Offered up in a 21.5 or 22-inch top tube, the Riot quickly became the standard frame for riders and other frame manufacturers alike. There are no surprises with the Riot. It is simple, clean and the frames used to make complete bike are the same as the individual frame kits.

The strength of the Three57 complete lies in its frame. The only difference you’ll find in geometry is the chainstay. Instead of 15.5-inches like the Riot, you’ll have to settle for 15.625, a meer 1/8-inch longer. In addition, the tubeset is different and the Three57 doesn’t have the capacity to run gyro tabs (which most of you won’t be doing anyways). Aside from the small weight penalty of the Three57 frame, you could peel off the stickers (which actually look pretty good) and you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these two frames.

The Forks

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Probably the biggest advantage of the Riot complete over the Three57 complete is the fork and front wheel. The Marzocchi DJ 1 may not be an air-sprung Argyle, but it’ll get the job done, it’s strong enough and most importantly, has a 20mm thru-axle interface. If you plan to upgrade your fork to something nicer, your wheel is ready to go…that’s handy. At 80mm of travel, the fork keeps the geometry aggressive and appropriate. You don’t need a 5-inch travel fork on your jump bike. 80mm is the stock goods.

The DJ 3 fork and standard axle front wheel of the Three57 will keep you happy if you’re new to the game. You’ll notice the flex, but you’ll also have no reason to be concerned about integrity. Just remember, when you upgrade to a nicer fork, you’ll most likely need a new 20mm front wheel, too.

The Drivetrains

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You may not notice it at first, but the Riot excels in this department. The Three57 does have the cool looking Black Market Revolver sprocket, but the gear range is definitely that of a budget bike. The 30-15 of the Three57 will spin out more quickly than the 26-12 of the Riot, but both will be more than appropriate for rhythm and skateparks. These bikes are meant to be pumped and maneuvered more than pedaled. The Riot comes with the Revolver Lite sprocket (which is more svelte than the Revolver) and a 12-tooth one-piece driver on the hub, rather than a cassette hub and cog. The set up is a little nicer and a little more en vogue.

Brakes:
The Riot comes with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes as opposed to mechanical brakes like the Three57. Some of you may like this, some of you may not. Braking is never the biggest concern of most dirt jumpers, so regardless of value and power, the hydraulic brakes may just be more of a headache if you plan on spininng your bars or if you get them snagged on some skateboarder’s face at the park. Neither bike comes with a front brake (but they are ready for one) and the bottomline is that the Tektros will stop your back wheel, skidding you up that immaculate lip, as you bitch out on that double for the 14th time.

The Tires
If nothing else, the Intense Microknobby tires look cool. A jillion little knobs, nice round profile and a 2.25-inch width make the bike look legit.

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You’ll get attention from the tires, and on buffed trails or skateparks, you’ll be fine. If you desire more aggressive cornering potential, the Microknobbies might leave you on the low-side of your turn. Though the Kenda tires on the Three57 are a little skinny, they have a pretty nice tread pattern for dirt riders. Fast down the middle with some side knobs (that aren’t too big) for cornering. If only they were a smidge wider…

Wheels: Identical (basically)
Both bikes use Jalco X350 disc-specific rims and generic hubs. Aside from the axle size of the front wheel and the driver/cog differences, you’re getting the same wheels. Quality is good enough out of the box and the color options on the different models keep the bikes looking unique. As long as you stay on top of your spoke tension the first few times out, the wheels should do you right. They won’t handle punishment like a hand-built wheelset, but chances are you’re buying one of these bikes to make upgrades later on, as you need them.

Cockpit: Identical
The Riot and the Three57 share similarities throughout their spec.

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The highlights are the Black Market parts. Bada Boom bars with a 25.4 clamp size and 2-inch rise are designed well. Their sweep and feel mate well with the bike. You get a Black Market stem that looks like an Underboss, but it’s not quite as refined and little heavier. It does the job and has that ever-so-important Black Market logo on it. Saddle and post are Black Market goods and one of the nicest feeling parts on the bikes are the grips. If you like a thin grip, you’ll be stoked on the S&M logo grips. They’re soft and engaging. I’d rather go through 30 pairs of grips like this than 1 pair of bulky, rough clunkers. Both bikes also come with a stem cap bolt that allow you to run a front brake cable through your steer tube. Way to look into the future for the rider who may opt for the front brake!

If you’re an aspiring dirt jumper or an experienced rider needing a complete bike on a budget, both of the Black Market completes are worth considering. It should be obvious that Littermag encourages you to save up that extra $400 and go for the Riot. If you just can’t wait, the Three57 will get your foot in the hardtail door as you learn to manual, pump and fufanu your way to Crankworx.

Complete Spec and Features

2009 Riot Complete

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Frame: 2009 RIOT frame, 100-percent CrMo
Fork: Marzocchi DJ 1, 80mm travel, 20mm axle
Headset: FSA Impact (integrated)
Cranks: CrMo 3PC, 48 Splined, Sealed Euro BB
Sprocket: Black Market Revolver Lite 26T
Rear Brake: Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc, 160mm rotor
Brake Lever: Tektro Auriga Comp
Rims: Jalco X350 disc specific, 32 hole with eyelets
Front Hub: 20mm Through-Axle with Disc Brake Mount
Rear Hub: Sealed Cassette with 12T one-piece driver
Tires: Intense MicroKobby 26 x 2.25-inches
Stem: Black Market Full CNC
Handlebar: Black Market BADA BOOM 25.4mm x 2-inch
Grips: S&M Logo
Seat Post: Black Market Riot Stick 27.2mm
Seat Clamp: Black Market Seat Clamp 30mm
Saddle: Black Market Brass Knuckles

2009 Three57 Complete

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Frame: 2009 Three57 Frame, 100-percent CrMo
Fork: Marzocchi DJ 3, 80mm travel
Headset: FSA Impact(integrated)
Cranks: CrMo 3PC, 48 Splined, Sealed Euro BB
Sprocket: Black Market Revolver 30T
Rear Brake: Tektro Aquila Mechanical Disc, 160mm rotor
Brake Lever: Tektro
Rims: Jalco X350 disc specific, 32 hole with eyelets
Front Hub: 10mm Axle with Disc Brake Mount
Rear Hub: Cassette with 15T Cog
Tires: KENDA 26 x 2.10-inches
Stem: Black Market Full CNC
Handlebar: Black Market BADA BOOM 25.4mm x 2-inch
Grips: S&M Logo
Seat Post: Black Market Riot Stick 27.2mm
Seat Clamp: Black Market Seat Clamp 30mm
Saddle: Black Market Brass Knuckles

Geometry / Measurements

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All Black Market frames are designed for 1 1/8-inch integrated style headsets (Campagnolo compatible 45/45-degree with 41.8mm O.D. cups), Euro bottom brackets, 10mm rear axles, and 27.2mm seatposts. All dimensions and geometry are based around a 26-inch tire and a 457mm axle to crown fork.

TOP TUBE: 21.5 or 22-inch
CHAINSTAY: 15.5 (Riot), 15.625 (Three57)
HEAD ANGLE: 69-degrees (haha, 69)
SEAT ANGLE: 70-degrees
BB HEIGHT: 12.25-inches
BRAKE TYPE: Disc Only
GYRO TABS: Yes (Riot), No (Three57)
WEIGHT (LBS): 30.00 (Riot), 31.25 (Three57)

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You can buy Black Market Bikes and products at www.thefixbikes.com located in Boulder, Colorado.

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Demo Superco at Ray’s MTB Park

Posted by thefixbikes on January 9, 2009

Ray’s MTB has added Superco to their demo fleet.
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Visitors to the Cleveland Ohio indoor park now have the opportunity to check out the Superco Satellite (24″) or Charger (26″) for a fifteen minute demo or full day rental. 

The Superco demo bikes for Ray’s MTB were made possible through the support of the good folks at RockShox/Avid, Deity and Atomlab.

For additional information about Ray’s MTB and their terrific rental program, or to reserve a Superco for your next visit to the park please contact Ray’s MTB: www.raysmtb.com.

Contact Superco directly for details on the Satellite and Charger or to place an order for Superco frames, t-shirts and decals.  801-973-0656,
ride@ridesuperco.com, www.ridesuperco.com.

Thank you,
Terry and Doc

SuperCo, LLC
p:801-973-0656
PO Box 26372
Salt Lake City, UT 84126-0372
www.ridesuperco.com

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