State Bicycle Black Label 6061 Aluminum Fixed Gear Bike
$673.18 - $759.00
- Lightweight 6061 Aluminum frame, double butted and tig-welded
- Essor USA carbon fiber fork with full carbon fiber steer tube
- Limited Edition Galaxy 46T Crankset and Galaxy Hold Fast Straps
- Flip-Flop Hub
- 49cm. Recommended rider height: 5'0" to 5'3"
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The State Bicycle Co. 6061 Black Label bike features a lightweight 6061 double butted and tig-welded aluminum frame with an Essor USA full carbon fiber fork and steering tube. The wheels feature a sealed bearing hub with a flip-flop hub in the rear for fixed or single speed riding. Lastly, each bike comes with an oversized 31.6mm seat post, 31.8mm stem, and our State Bicycle Co. Pista drop bars.
49cm: Recommended height is 5'0" to 5'3"
52cm: Recommended height is 5'3" to 5'6"
55cm: Recommended height 5'6" to 5'9"
57cm: Recommended height 5'9" to 6'0"
59cm: Recommended height is 6'0" to 6'3"
62cm: Recommended height is 6'3" to 6'6"
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Aero
Fork: Essor Carbon
Headset: NECO H148 M 1-1/8"
Stem: 1-1/8" 3D Forged Alloy, 31.8mm Clamp
Seatpost: Zoom 6061 Alloy, 31.6mm
Saddle: PU Race Saddle, Steel Rails
Crankset: Limited Edition Galaxy 46T Crankset
Chain: KMC Z510H
Wheels: 700c Track Wheels, 43mm Depth, 32Hx14G
Hubs: 32Hx14G High Flange, Sealed Bearings
Tires: CST 700x23c
Tubes: 700cX23, Presta
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm 6'2 so I got a 59cm frame and it fits me perfectly with the Atlas risers. If you have experience working on bikes and some basic tools the bike should go together easily. I spent a little extra time adjusting the headset ( it was really tight), shortening the brake cables and generally making sure everything was tight and properly adjusted.
Here's a rundown of the bike piece by piece....
Frame - light enough and fairly stiff, really responsive geometry, paint looks good from 5 feet away with a few imperfections if you really look for them. I know track bikes don't need water bottle braze-ons, but I wish the bike had them.
Fork - the carbon looks a little like plastic but it has a nice shape and seems to absorb some of the bumps.
Headset - not so smooth. An entry level FSA or Cane Creek 10 would be a cheap upgrade.
Wheels - bearings are super smooth for cheap wheels. The rims have a really scary gap hidden under a SBC sticker. Apparently welding across the entire joint on the rim is not necessary? I have never seen rims like this on even the cheapest bikes. For $700+ I would expect better rims! If the gaps weren't hidden by the stickers I would have thought they were defects. Anyone from State have an explanation?? Who knows maybe the rims will last forever, they just don't inspire a lot of confidence.
Tires - basic CST's. Some Gatorskins or Thick Slicks will be my next upgrade.
Crankset and Chain - SRAM Cranks/ bottom bracket and a KMC chain nothing fancy but both function well.
Brakes - Actually work really well if you take the time to adjust them correctly. Most people will ride this bike fixed and never even take the brakes out of the box. I cut the cables shorter front and rear.
Stem and Seatpost - Generic, a little heavy, but they get the job done.
Bars and Seat - Ditched the stock bars for my old risers. I may try some bullhorns at some point. Stock seat is a bit heavy and looks like its from the 70's but it is actually comfortable. My WTB Volt will be on before my next ride.
Pedals - basic Wellgos with plastic cages and straps. Currently in the drawer with all the other pedals I never used.
The bike rides really nice and actually feels light despite all the heavy components. My mountain bike is loaded with high end components so I was surprised at how well all the chinese crap worked! This is a good entry level bike and a few upgrades will make this bike even better. Tires, handlebars, seat, and pedals will probably be most peoples first mods. Only time will tell if the wheels hold together. A nice wheelset will cost as much as the entire bike, so I may just lace some decent rims to the stock hubs. Overall I really like the look of the bike. It is comfortable for my normal rides of 16-18 miles. Based on what your getting I think it would be a better deal around $500. For the price I would like to see a better headset and tires and did I mention the gap in the rims? Three stars because the rims look dangerous.
so far its been wonderful, it came very well packaged, not a flaw in the paint, or blemish of any kind, its a beautiful bike. assembly was easy enough I'd expect with some basic knowledge of bikes. I immediately upgraded to a set of gatorskins and a badass set of pedals. it only comes fixed gear, so I opted for the front brake which came nicely packed and basically set up ready to install.
the clearances are very tight and I'm getting some chain noise, probably add one link and will be fine, but for that a 4 star.
ill update when I have a few nyc commutes under my belt,
but I'm so stoked to own this great bike
okay, got a new sram nickel chain on her and wow this bike is pretty amazing. reponsive, agile, fast. its so sweet!
more to follow...
alright, so I've had this bike about a week and (honestly I look forward to riding it each and every chance I get) now have a dozen or lockups and have my first scratch and have had my first flat, and also had to tighten up the bottom bracket as it started to creak.
besides those.minor items Ive had no problems. this is a great bike I love the way it handles in corners as well as long straights getting max speed, simply amazing. buy this bike.
However I can't complain about the ride on this bike. I don't track it (no tracks here) but I do ride with a road group several times a week from 30-40 miles per ride. The road quality around here is pretty good but there are a few rough stretches. I've found that on washboard surfaces the forks do a good job of absorbing the vibration, but on very rough rocky pavement not so much. The turning is very sharp. The frame is stiff even when pushing hard. I've read other reviews that mention the stock headset has vibration when you really dive into a turn, but I haven't noticed this myself - however if this is a concern State offers a choice of headsets if you buy just the frame and they might work with you on the headset with a full build.
It comes with a 48 chainring and a 15 cog. I found the 15 a bit much to start out with so I got the Sugino 3-cog set and started out with the 17. With the Sugino cog mount I haven't been able to get a perfect chainline, but it's not bad. Not sure about the State wheelset, but if you go to a larger cog on this bike you might have difficulty getting enough space between the seat tube and the tire (look at the stock picture, barely any gap) - I added an extra chain link. Also note that the bike does not come with chain tensioners, and I found that the State tensioners don't fit well. I went with the Origin 8 tensioners which fit perfectly.
I get a lot of compliments about this bike, even from people who are not really into cycling. I'm very happy with it.
I have 1500 miles on it so far. I'm 6"2 195lbs and ride the 57cm. With a 110mm stem it is a perfect fit.