|“||The device you see here has a unique power source. It's the same engine that graced the bike you sold my nephew.||”|
— John's tape[src]
Design and function
The trap is a large funnel composed of a coiled blade, which rotates in place. The rotation is powered by a motorcycle, fixed atop the coil. The handbrake for the motorcycle rests on the floor at the bottom of the coil. The subject is lowered, head-first, into the center of the coil, and must retrieve the handbrake to deactivate the trap without bumping into the coil surrounding him or her.
|“||Hello, Mitch. You've admitted to selling a boy a motorcycle. But you have not told the entire story, have you? $600 for a bike that you listed in excellent condition. Even though you knew the brakes were faulty. You took his 600 bucks and, in return, you delivered him to his end. He was my nephew, and he never hurt anyone. The device you see here has a unique power source. It's the same engine that graced the bike you sold my nephew. However, I assure you, the brake lever for this one works perfectly. Avoid the dangers around you, hit the motorcycle brake handle and the motor will stop. Live or die, Mitch. The choice is yours.||”|
— Mitch's Tape
The person tested in this trap was Mitch, who caused the death of John Kramer's nephew by selling him a motorcycle in poor condition, which resulted in him being run over by a truck. One day, Mitch was abducted and taken to the Tuck's Pig Farm by John Kramer, the original Jigsaw, and put to the test along with Carly, Anna, Ryan, and Logan Nelson. This trap was the third test of the group and the first where Mitch was the main victim. (Jigsaw)
After Ryan had lost his leg in a previous trap, Anna and Mitch leave him to rest and recover while they look for a way out of the barn. Mitch finds a tape with his name on it, which Anna tells him to play. When Mitch plays the tape, his legs are snared by a rope, which suspends him over the trap. John explains on the tape that Mitch has not told the truth. He actually knew that the bike he sold had faulty brakes, but lied in order to get full price for it. John says that the trap is powered by the very engine of that same bike, and that Mitch has to pull a functional brake lever at the bottom to save himself.
After the tape stops, Mitch begins to be lowered into the trap. As he is lowered, Anna climbs to the top of the machine in an attempt to stop it. Mitch attempts to grab the brake, but he hesitates. His arm is cut by the coil, causing him to pull it back. Anna reaches the top of the trap and jams a metal rod into the motorcycle's wheel. This causes the trap to stop. Mitch thanks Anna for saving him and asks her to help him out. However, the metal bar breaks, causing the trap to start again. Mitch is then shredded in the trap, killing him. His corpse falls out of the bottom of the trap and is seen by Ryan, who screams in fear. (Jigsaw)
The Murderers' Trial is recreated 10 years later by Logan Nelson, who had become John's successor. He places three test subjects in the same traps in the original game. After the other two players fail, the last captive is caught in the cycle trap. Just like Mitch, he fails and is shredded by the trap. (Jigsaw)
Eventually, the Jigsaw murders came to an end. However, Jigsaw had a lot of admirers who praised him for his philosophy. One particularly passionate admirer of his work was Eleanor Bonneville, a pathologist working for the Metropolitan Police Department. At one point, she bought a building which she used as a studio and a storage for several replicas of Jigsaw's traps that she built on her own with materials she bought on the internet. There was also a version of the Cycle Trap among these replicas.
Ten years after the murder series had come to an end, new victims turned up all around the city. Eventually, Eleanor and her mentor, Dr. Logan Nelson, were both suspected to be responsible for the killings by Detective Brad Halloran, who investigated the case. Therefore, he ordered Detective Keith Hunt to follow and observe the two of them. Eventually, Eleanor showed her studio to Logan, who was apparently shocked and told her to get rid of the replicas as soon as possible. Unnoticed by them, Keith took numerous photos of the studio and showed them to Halloran.
- The large spiral blade resembles the design painted onto the cheeks of Billy.
- This is the second trap in the series that involves the victim being required to deactivate the engine of a vehicle, the first being the Horsepower Trap.
- Chronologically, however, the Cycle Trap is actually the first trap of this type.
- The idea of this trap was originally planned for a blender trap in an early scrapped version of Saw IV, which would have marked Jeff Denlon and Chris's deaths.
Public Execution Trap • Pain Train • Horsepower Trap • Lawnmower Trap • Bobby's Trial • Suspended Cage • Silence Circle • Impalement Wheel • Hangman's Noose • Wisdom Teeth Combination • Brazen Bull • Sentry Gun Trap • Cyanide Box • Reverse Beartrap