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Gravel, asphalt, single track...the State Bicycle Company Thunderbird absolutely shreds it all! This bike is a great price with extremely solid components. I went with the 58cm frame and it weighed almost 23 lbs out of the box. The bits that come on it are great for everyday rides but yeah a little heavy for racing. So I threw on some carbon wheels, carbon seat, and a new sick handlebar/stem combo and it’s down to a very respectible 20ish lbs. I’ve also been very pleased to find that a set of 27.5 wheels with 1.75” Specialized Sawtooth tires adds tons of volume for the flowy single track. Get one before they’re gone!
Purchased the frame second hand and went to town with all the components. Love the ability to run gears on it. Running a Force 22 drivetrain. Taken it on a couple of Gravel Grinders and ride it around town. Performs as it should and rides like a dream. Weighs 24lbs with the bargain wheels and 2xll drivetrain but intend to shave off a couple more pounds with the addition of better wheels and going tubeless. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into gravel riding.
Needed a bike for beer/growler runs. The bike needed a few modifications to outrun authorities. Adjustments where made and am happy to report I am still on the lam.
I’m a lover of all things cycling, but I didn’t have a sscx bike in my stable. My search lead me to State Bicycles’ Thunderbird. First, I was very impressed with the easy ordering on their page. Second, the shipping price and quick delivery was great. Third and most important, the bike is much more than I expected. The frame and the welds are great. I really like the paint colors and scheme/livery. The brakes modulate well, and have a couple adjustment points. An extra cool point, there’s cable routing and a rear hanger if you wanted to add a 1x drivetrain. I’m very pleased with the bike, expressly at this price point.
Awesome! One of the coolest bikes that I have. Very well finished and excelent items. Exceeded my expectation. Love to ride it! Cheers
After doing the research looking for a single speed gravel/cyclocross bike that was both affordable and easily upgraded, I decided to go with the State Bicycle Thunderbird. I spent my money on this bike and these are my observations.
The bike came ridiculously fast, 2 days from Phoenix to Denver! It was a straightforward build, it came well packed and there were no issues putting it together. While assembling the bike I noticed there was some paint chipping off near the rear dropouts, but that was luckily the horrifically colored pink which I planned on painting anyway.
The components are decent middle of the road quality. I purchased the size 55cm, it came with 40cm bars and 170mm cranks which are too small for that size bike. I swapped them out for 44cm wide bars and 175mm cranks. The bottom bracket is high enough, there is no reason to go with such short cranks. The seat looks nice and seems to fit my butt, I realize that is subjective though.
The bike isn't light, but isn't a tank either. A few things that would drop some weight: A good quality tubeless wheel set (with lighter folding tires), better quality crank set, swap the BB5’s for BB7’s (more adjustable, sealed from the elements and lighter), swapping out the 1/8" chain for for a 3/32" and a carbon post would improve ride quality and drop some weight.
I now have almost 200 miles on my Tbird and the bottom line is when asked the question "would you buy it again?" and the answer is yes, I would buy it again.
(Should be a 4.5 star review)
Industry standard 135mm rear & 100mm quick release wheel spacing
Lightweight aluminum frame & carbon fiber fork
Eccentric bottom bracket for chain tensioning
Good quality Ritchey Logic components
Sram/Avid brakes & levers
More than 1 water bottle mount
Heavy non-tubeless, no-name rims laced to low end Joytech/Novatec hubs
Narrow 40cm bars on the size large frame
Short 170mm and heavy no name crank set
Obnoxious color choices
Purchased this bike in may, I’ve been racing it and beating crap out of it for 5 months now. 2-300 miles in (mostly a cx race bike ) and this thing hasn’t missed a beat. I’ve had no issues and only replace a chain and brake pads.(northeast cx races get muddy) the bike is a great entry level race bike or even a gravel bike to rip around your local paths and roads your afraid to take your road bike down. You can’t beat the price point on this bike esp. with the ritchey components. 10-10 but this bike and do rad stuff!
This is truly the best bike for the minimalist who wants it all-Gravel,CX,Road,Singlespeed.Dont tell my wife tho or I gotta get rid of all my other bikes.
Upon arrival, this bicycle explodeded it's way out of the box and sprang to life like an anthropomorphic vehicle from a Michael Bay franchise. In no time(very minimal assembly required), I was absolutely crushng my local streets like a killdozer. I got arrested for property destruction by municipal law enforcement, but there was Thunderbird, waiting at detention to bail me out. After a few beers and laughs, I commented on the Thunderbird's sexy lines and rock solid build, which led to an all night ride. This one's a keeper.
I'm 5'11" and the 55 fits great.
Fast shipping and good customer service.
Great looking, easy build, but the hub on back wheel has issues after 4 rides, already has side to side play and something clanging around inside the hub. Kind of a bummer.