Ordering was a breeze. Delivery was quicker than expected. Paint job looks even better in person. The 57cm fits me like a glove (5’11”). This bike is really great at making me look faster than I actually am. I wish the frame was drilled for a bottle cage, but other than that, super happy.
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.
This bike is rad - even has rainbow SPARKLES on the frame which adds to the awesome. Was delivered quickly and without any damage.
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.
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.
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
Bought the bike based on raving reviews. However, I am 5'1 (27 inseam) and i can BARELY reach the ground stand over the top tube on tip toed (nowhere near the 2-3 inch clearance suggested by the merchant). It is very disappointing that I followed the guide, match all the criteria, even emailed a rep to confirm before purchasing, spent $70 on assembly, $20 bucks taxi to the bike shop, and now have to an additional $60 to disassemble & ship this thing back. For a company of this caliber, I would have think there would be more accountability on the part of the merchant to at least offer free return shipping. Rep was super nice (hence the 2 star)...unfortunately the company policy was not as helpful as I had hoped. Overall poor experience.
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.
My first time with drop bars and downtube shifter. Was an easy transition, felt pretty comfortable with it after my first day of riding. I didn't know what to expect with downtube shifting, but I love it, so smooth. This bike looks awesome and is a nice ride, I use it for commuting and for leisure. Super stoked!
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***
This bike is amazing, it is super light and sturdy. It is very responsive and the matte black looks very aggressive around the city!!
So far the bike is great! Only complaint is that the photos online do not adequately represent the actual color of the frame. Online the Beorn looks like a light metallic teal with a gloss finish, it’s not it’s dark aqua with a flat finish.
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.
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.
Smooth, almost basically the bike version of a Cadillac. Loving every moment of this bike.
So glad State decided to go gears. I wouldn’t have bought a geared bike if state didn’t make em.
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!
Ordered this Crankset and FSA bottom bracket with my BLACK LABEL V2. Very nice looking CNC machined. Color and design of crank are beautiful. And at 561 grams, this baby is light. I prefer square taper to Omnium interface. I have my reasons. While technically better on paper, the BLACK LABEL CRANK is, IMO, more crank and bb than 99% of street riders out there can need or use. Installation is key. Grease bb threads and frame threads well, install with "accurate" torque wrench. Manufactures send bb's out with grease on axle ends or spindles. This part is what fits into crank arms, the square taper. Clean ALL grease off spindle and crank receiving hole, insert dry, blue loctite CLEAN crank arm bolt to recommended torque, NO MORE. After 2 rides, re-torque arms. They will settle in. I torque mine crank bolts 20 ft. Lbs., no more. Highly recommend these cranks.
I had ordered this bike and waited in anticipation for it to get here! As soon as I had received it, I had Sonoran Cycles in Yuma, AZ assemble it for me. All of the parts were there. I took it out for a test ride to make sure the seat and bars were adjusted properly. I purchased the Mate Black 6 - 4130 Core-line bicycle and I don’t regret that decision at all! Great frame, awesome frame, and has a great ride. I have recently added new bars and saddle and have changed the pedals to give myself straps. I highly recommend purchasing this bike if you are at a crossroads as to what to get. Seriously, best decision I could’ve made was get into cycling and the next best decision was to buy this bicycle. I couldn’t be anymore happy with their quality and fast ship time. 🙌🙌🙌
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 realize, that most fixed gear/single speed buyers are Hipsters Douches, but not all are. Some of the buyers, just want a simple low maintenance bike. That’s me. This is what State Bicycle should put on all there builds, not the deep dish, heavy, just for looks”track wheel set.” The ride quality is so much better with the “low pro” wheel set and now the bike isn’t unnecessarily heavy.
Very impressed with the entire State Bike process. The shipping was much faster than I anticipated, the bike came without a scratch, easy to assemble and the price is on point. I put wider bars on and an 18 tooth on the back, (I live around hills, but want to ride flats too). The general componentry on the bike is awesome, can’t believe I got this for only $299, totally stoked.
This is my second bike from State. The first was a Matte Black III. That one's been great, but my new Black Label v2 is much lighter and rides really smoothly. Love the Army Green too. I added a freewheel as I'm not much of a fixed rider. I swapped my bullhorns over. Just like the look better. If you are thinking about ordering, go ahead. Good company, good bike.