GEAR REVIEW’s Marshal Olson recently used his Black Market Roam to test and review what I and others in the Enduro/Freeride/All-Mountain world have been praying for since the day we cut the cable on our front derailleurs for good!

The SRAM XX1 1 X 11 speed drivetrain!!! Thank you SRAM!!!

The review is rather long and completely dedicated to the SRAM XX1 build kit, so I have hijacked their photos with a link to the entire review so the post doesn’t push everything else off the page. The only real comments regarding the Roam will be in the “comments” section at the end of the review. Marshal is planning a full review on his time on the Roam soon. Stay tuned!!!

Sram XX1 Build Kit Test on the BlkMrkt Roam

Specs: 2013 Sram XX1 Group (shifter, derailleur, crankset, cassette, chain)

Bike Setup: Black Market Roam, 160mm Travel, Enve AM wheelset, Saint 203mm Brakes
Days Tested: 30 rides, 60+ hours
Test Locations: Pedal and shuttle-access trails, Salt Lake metro area, Utah.
Click Link Below For’s full SRAM XX1 Build Kit Review
Marshal Olsen rails aboard his XX1 equipped Black Market Roam set-up with Enve 26″carbon wheels.

The New SRAM XX1 drivetrain, I’m guessing the “Best thing since sliced bread”.
 Black Market Roam with XX1 Build Kit

I’m not quite sure why Marshal has a chain guide other than piece of mind… I thought one of the benefits was no guide needed. 
A.W.D. System 26 dropouts allow you to run the SRAM XX1 System with any current MTB production wheel size, 26″, 27.5″ (650B) or 29″.

With the SRAM XX1 and Roam, there’s nowhere you can’t shred!


For the past few years I have working in whistler for the Camp of Champions. It is always a blast and the kids shred! Check out some of the shredders this year in a camp video Justin Hartney (Camper) and Chris Ricci made with one day of shooting in the park.

I just received an update from Adam Hauck, who is in the North East right now… Here’e what’s up with The Jersey Strangler…  
Heres a little update from this past weekend. I was doing a Air Bag Demo for RedBull / Highland Mountain at the Quick Check Air Balloon Festival. Throughout 3 days, there were over 160,000 people in attendance. The event was super fun as I got the chance to talk bikes with seasoned riders and new riders looking to get more involved. As well as shredding the Redbull Air Bag for huge crowds.
Awesome time!!! Here are some photos… I’m off to Vermont for the Bike & Brew Festival at Burke Mountain. 
Go Shred
Jersey Stangler 


The last time Mike Zinger and I worked together was in 2012 in the Whistler-Crankworx Deep Summer Photo Challenge. Deep summer was the most stressful three days on a bike ever…

When Mike and I set out to make this short video we wanted it to be stress free, no deadlines, just getting back to the roots… having fun riding and shooting. 

Mike killed it… Wicked video with no slow-mo, raw quick cuts, filmed in the Whistler Bike Park & Pemberton Valley. Big thanks to all my sponsors Black Market Bicycle Co, Bern Unlimited, Profile Racing, Rock Shox, Fiveten Shoes & Varden Oilfeilds.  


Justin Wyper: Whistler Trails on Pinkbike

Video and photos by Mike Zinger

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Ricky Crompton : Riderz Tour 2013 

Mission : To Inspire children and parents across Scotland to cycle to school more often whilst making motorist aware of the space they need to give cyclist on the roads.
After packing my little van to the brim with bikes,clothes,equipment and guitar. I set sail on the ferry from Belfast NI to sunny Scotland on the 18th April leaving behind my new house and pregnant girlfriend, with a positive mission in mind that im extremely passionate about.
Some heavy metal music combined with energy drinks soon woke me up for the drive to Glasgow in the early hours once arriving at the ferry port in Cairnryan Scotland.Getting to Scotland a few days early gave me chance to relax unpack and get my new Black market malice built up before the shows started on Monday. It was such a relief to have a shiny new bike to ride with new Rockshox Argyle forks brand new wheels built by chain reaction cycles and a complete BLKMRKT build kit/Malice frame.

New Malice build… stoked!

ready to rip…
Monday mornings always a big press launch on the Riderz Tour so we are joined by Marc Beaumont (World record holder Round the world cyclist) to launch the Campaign along with a host of newspapers and Film crews
The first show is always full of excitement and a sense of nervousness,is everything set up tight, have i practised enough,is the weather going to hold off for the press and the show,will the kids be impressed and receptive. The first show all went to plan kids went crazy for it ,the press got the filming they needed for the TV release and news papers captured there pictures.
Throughout the next 2 months we visited 28 primary schools and performed in front of over 10,000 children sending a really positive message to all the children,parents and importantly the drivers on the roads.We showed children how much fun cycling can be and just what is possible on a bike if you practice and get out and have fun. Waking up to this view every morning was fantastic loved every minute of it ,cant beat riding bikes everyday and inspiring others to….

Lucky for us are accommodation for the whole trip was rite next to a new concrete skate park in Stirling ,needless to say we rode there nearly ever night after finishing the school shows, it was nice just to ride for fun together as a group of friends an unwind without a thousand screaming kids haha…

Weekends where know time for a break ,we had more shows booked at sports events and community events my body soon started to feel the strain of riding shows 7 days a week but had to battle on through cause thats what we do….

I also performed at the Scottish bike show in the “sir Chris Hoy velodrome” and put some laps in on a borrowed track bike over the 2 days …more fitness training needed for a gold medal though haha

With the Scottish weather being so unpredictable we had to be prepared for all occasions riding shows in gail force winds and rain/hail storms, not letting it put us off we all made it through the tour with just a few minor scraps and bruises and many great memories. There are now thousands of enthusiastic kids raring to get out on there bikes all over Scotland ……Mission completed ! Then its time to head home to Belfast for a few weeks enjoy my new house spend time with my girlfriend before Riding yet more shows back in Scotland at the Royal Highland show just in time for the arrival of my 1st child …hahah hectic times but wouldn’t have it any other way. 
Thanks for reading,