I unpackaged this bike and instantly understood what King Arthur felt when he unsheathed Excalibur from the stone. When I saddled up this beast power rushed through my body from my handlebar mustache to my cuffed jeans. I signed a deal with devil and threw away the brakes that came in the box. When I did so a sleeve tattoo appeared on my arm, I think I leveled up to a new type of hipster.
If you’re looking at this bike, chances are you know what you want: an entry level fixed gear bicycle that will work. Out of the box, this bike will perform just fine for the casual city cruiser or the eager weekend warrior. The (mostly) no-name components seem plenty capable of regular use for years to come. The wheels are a bit hefty (cartridge bearings are a nice touch) and will probably require regular truing, the drivetrain is smooth and quiet enough, the saddle will work, the frame is just as flexy, yet smooth as you’d expect from this steel, and the thing just looks damn good. I have chosen to replace/upgrade some of the components, not out of necessity, but simply because I enjoy wrenching on and nerding out on my bikes. I weighed many options in this price range and I’m glad I landed on this particular cycle. Be it a commuter, a project bike, or just an entry into the world of fixies, I’m sure you will not be disappointed. Pull the trigger. Get this neat, affordable bike. Be happy.
I bought this bike because I wanted something solid and reliable for a decent price. What I go was way more than I could have imagined! I have owned this bike for a year now and have over 3,400 miles on it. From commuting, to workout rides, to doing my first century. If you are looking at getting into single speed/fixed riding or just want a solid set up to get you back and forth, this monster will do it with a smile on its face for a price that fits with ANY BUDGET! I can't say enough about how much I love this thing. You will not be sorry, the only regret you will have is that you didn't buy two. ***I have updated the front fork, wheels, and cranks over the past year, but don't let that be a deterrent. Those upgrades were WANTS, not NEEDS***
I probably have low standards. This is the first time I've purchased a new bike that wasn't a Wal-mart or Academy special, and my last bike was a hand-me-down from my brother-in-law who is shorter than me. I had the seat on that thing set as high as it would go and my knees were still half bent at the end of each down stroke. Anyways, I probably have low standards.
When that other bike was stolen off my back porch (no thanks to my dog Sydney, the friendliest guard dog ever), I decided to actually give some thought to the kind of bike I wanted. I didn't want anything too expensive. I didn't want anything too complicated. And I didn't want something I would regret riding to work everyday.
This bike does all of that and more. It's a joy to ride. I feel good riding it, and for someone who hasn't done much riding, that's about the best thing I can ask for.
I guess my main complaint is that because I'm fat, anytime I'm riding against the wind I feel like the world is trying to kill me. But that's not really a complaint about the bike. So there you go.
Out of the box the Black Label v2 is a beautiful looking bike. Clean paint job, low-key branding and unified design. Very impressed. The build was easy too. Everything needed was in the box and it was all carefully and thoughtfully packaged for shipping.
As other reviewers have noted, the stock tires are garbage, narrow and cheap. The tan sidewalls look great, but not even racers are riding 700x23c tires anymore. They really detract from the overall impression and are an immediate, necessary upgrade as nothing about them feels useful. Lots of other things can be upgraded when ordering, the tires should be an option too. Or just make a reasonably sized tire standard. Additionally, and this is a small quibble because most people will probably ride this bike without brakes, but if you're going to make brakes available, include cable guides on the frame. Having to tape or zip tie the rear cable to the frame ruins the aesthetic and again, detracts from the overall, finished impression.
Finally, the front wheel needed truing and tensioning. It had all types of hops in it and the spokes were incredibly loose. Not a problem if you're having a shop build it but because it's an online order, lots of people might choose to assemble the bike themselves and getting the wheels tensioned and true is a big ask.
First few ride impressions are positive once I put some decent tires on the wheels. The bike is comfortable, confident and nimble. Really enjoying it and happy with my purchase. Would definitely but again and recommend.
I just got this bike and have been whippin' around the streets of Grand Rapids, MI and I gotta tell ya, she handles like a dream. It's super light and fast, agile and responsive, and very sexy. Ever since buying this bike, I have gotten 12 girlfriends each week, made LOTS more money, and the instant I ride by a homeless person in the city, they become not homeless. I'm pretty sure all of this ties back to the bike, It changed my life, it could change yours too. Love State, love the bike, the price and service have been amazing. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go save more homeless people and cure all diseases known to man -all with my bike.
Looks way better in person, has a well-balanced geometry. The 55cm fits me like a glove even though the sizing chart says I should be the next size up (im 5’ 11) so that is something to consider.
The piece itself is nice. Could've weighted it or added a flat spot so it doesn't roll. Would also be much handier for the weed smokin rider if the other plug was a container for the bud. For version 2.0 next year!
I like the bike but if I don't pay extra for assembly I don't get a warranty?
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.
I will keep it short - I was on the hunt for a timeless bike crate and after spending time hunting bike shops and the internets I found this setup. Lets list all the **** you sent me: • Wood was banged to ****, I know its for a bike but I like to bang things to **** on my own terms. • Was expecting a built product for that much shipping cost and retail. NOPE might as well gone to IKEA • Screws were WAYYYYY too long - not sure how much you know about wood working but screws that long in a board that thin make thing splinter and crack. It is a really nice look when you mount it. • Why even include a childs screwdriver? You have to bore enough screws to build a dog house into this piece of **** • No mounting bolts for the frame - glad I have a buttload of zip ties but now my bike looks like it is being held together by its its last threads - super classy guys super classy. • **** this product, **** the time I wasted • Sandwiches and sodas fit great in the crate.
Hey bike is good but didn’t have a chance to register warranty due to lack of bike repair Personnel availability re: covid. Had to build it myself. Hope y’all are safe over there in Arizona. Don’t forget to not vote for Donald Trump in 2020 because he’s a child.
My over all experience was ok. I bought the bike after a bunch of research that showed good and bad experiences with state bicycle. I thought free shipping and returns that’s cool till I realized I would pay the return shipping. I received the bike in good time and opened it to find I needed to have a bike shop assemble the bike to have the warranty active. Not so fun I live in the middle of nowhere and the one bike shop has a two week wait. So I built it my self, didn’t seem scary for an experienced acft mechanic. Got the packaging open and the spokes were all chipped up so I called and was told I would have to mail the whole thing back. At this point I said forget it I’ll keep the bike buy some paint and have learned my lesson.
Ok, I don't know much about bikes, this was my first bike purchase that doesn't have a motor in it in over 10 years. My good friend buys bike from State and he sent me the link and said "buy this bike right now".....so I did. And....the bike is awesome. That said, upon arrival I took the bike to the local bike shop and paid to get it built and get tubeless tires. My first "official" ride, aka ride that wasn't from the bike shop back to my apt, I was bombing down pch trying to keep up with my friend when out of nowhere my left crank shaft came flying off. Definitely didn't see that coming! My friend had enough tools to "MacGyver" the crank shaft back on however it came flying off again as I got close to home. I did the walk of shame with the bike to said bike shop and they fixed the crank shaft and did a full once over on the bike and since then no issues. So....other than completely losing a crank shaft on my first ride this bike has been awesome and I look forward to more adventures with it.
Got my 4130 and put her through the paces tonight. I’m a bicycle mechanic by trade so am pretty familiar with how these things work out of the box. A few things I’d like to address right off the bat...
1. The badge work leaves something to be desired as it’s not properly riveted on and pops off easily. MAJOR BUMMER!
2. There were a number of chips in the paint up by the head tube and around the seat clamp area. These things happen but it gives me a chance to scope the paint job, it’s pretty thin and I can tell it’ll be getting powder coated within the year most likely.
3. The seat tube down by the bottom bracket looks like it has a slight curvature to it. I’ll be checking for certain with a level tomorrow.
Aside from those few things the bike is really well put together and for the price is a great little pony to ride. She shifts smoothly, runs quiet and sprints up climbs like she was born for it. This is my second State Bicycle and I’d recommend them for entry level cyclists.
Upon receiving the bike, the first night was spent fishing a piece of scrap metal out of the deep-v rims that was clanking around anytime the wheel moved (1). I'll spare you the numerous science experiments I conducted trying to get it out. The rims were scratched from the shipping process (2). The front brake cable was short (3), so I ended up having to cut down the rear brake cable and using it for the front. The front wheel is not inline with the front fork (4), causing a bit of concern. The front brake pads that came with the bike are too long (5) and are rubbing against the front fork. After all that, the 62 cm frame is incredibly small (6). I've ridden it under 10 miles and I'm already working on my post for CraigsList, hoping to redeem some of my money back and not have to box the bike up and then eat the shipping cost. Overall, I am feeling extremely defeated by this experience. I did my best to work through the various issues that arose, but it was just one thing after another. Once I had the bike up and running and realized that the frame was too small (I've been riding 60-64 cm bikes for the last decade), I was over it and ready to move on. My friend got a State Bicycle a few months back and it's working out perfectly, but unfortunately after this experience I'm not sure if I would be able to recommend this brand to anyone.
I bought this bike to launch my new business as a real estate agent who does home tours by bike here in Portland, Or and I wanted a bike other than my racer bikes and wanted something classy looking as I tour my clients around town and the Elliston was the perfect fit. I can load it up when needed or head out as is and it will always look good! As I grow "Your Home by Bike", I might get to the point of buying additional Elliston's for my out of town clients since they are super easy and comfortable to pedal around.
So far I'm really loving this bike. The fame is stout and well suited to roll loaded up with bikepacking gear. The long rear end really helps it track straight and not be too twitchy. The state branded components are also working well so far. The shifting is light and accurate and the brakes seem to be strong enough to stop effectively, even with about 40 lbs of cargo. One thing to note though, the XS 43cm only has one set of bottle cage braze-ons even though there appears to be room for one on the seat tube. I can't wait to log some serious miles on this thing. I think it's going to be in my fleet for a very long time.
The good: as advertised it's a solid serviceable bike at a good price point.
The no so good: the valve stems were bent on both tubes that shipped with the bike so the tubes were useless. The front wheel was not true out of the box. The deraileur is a little sticky across the middle cogs. I've played around with the tension a bit but I can't seem to get all 8 cogs dialed in just right. My sense is that State Bicycle Co. is better at fixies and single speeds than they are at geared bikes at the moment.
Love, love, LOVE this bike! Arrived Friday, easy assembly, very fun to ride. Just returned from a 12 mile ride with lots of hills....Had a smile on my face the entire time. Only complaint; Arrived with a small dent on the frame (See picture) and the front wheel needed to be trued. Minor issues for a bike of this quality at this price. I am looking forward to the many miles that I will put on this beautiful bike and I will absolutely be purchasing more bikes from State in the future. Highly recommend!
I bought the Wulf as my daily commuter/kick around the city bike. First of all, the pictures don't do this bike justice. It just looks good.
As my first Fixie, it was and still is a bit of a challenge for me to get used too, coming from a geared roadie. But the bike is everything I expected and wanted. Sturdy and rugged to handle the Philadelphia street. Nimble enough for me to get through traffic. Solid enough for me to lock up outside and not worry about it. It looks great, in a very sleek and understated way, and feels good to ride.
This bike is rad - even has rainbow SPARKLES on the frame which adds to the awesome. Was delivered quickly and without any damage.
These wheels look super cool on your bike but if you're an everyday long distance rider these are not for you! Ive had these tires for a little over a month and ive already gotten a flat, i wish they were stronger and perhaps thorn resistant, i hope this helps with choosing the right type of tires you need.
For the price tag I was expecting much more than a nice paint job. After ~200miles rear hub already needs to be greased. Brakes are hard to adjust as well. Replaced saddle immediately because of how uncomfortable it was. The crank is constantly coming undone and I've needed to tighten it 3 times already.