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Kevin Rider (Cleves, US)
Great budget bike to customize

Bought this to build a dependable klunker/campground/ all around fun cruiser bike for days that I'm bored with my other bikes. Everything but the frame, fork, and wheels were tossed in favor of higher quality parts. Installed a sealed headset and bottom bracket, and spare bmx parts I had set aside.

State did a good job with this frame, two bottle mounts, rack mounts, and excellent tire clearance on frame and fork. I have 2.6" tires on it, you might even get away with 2.8". The stock rims are double wall with 28mm internal width. I bought some tubeless tape, schrader valves, sealant, and tires, and set it up tubeless with no issues. The hubs are basic KT coaster brake loose ball bearings. Pull them apart, repack them with better grease, and they'll be just fine if you take care of them. I've had a blast riding this thing, a few "pucker" moments bombing familiar mtb trails, you will definitely have a new appreciation for the modern mountain bike after riding one of these haha.

Hopefully this helps anyone thinking about buying one of these to ride off road, if you're hard on bikes you'll definitely need to upgrade a few things. The stock cranks are square taper and the sprocket is pressed onto the crank arm, they won't last. Still a great bike for the price, buy one, have fun.

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Robert South (Vinemont, US)
Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Klunker details

Let me start by saying this is a great value and a fun bike. However, as I long time rider, I was let down on the tech specs available. Even the reviews online by outside resources fell short of telling anything useful. The bike comes with loose bearings everywhere. This keeps cost down, but sealed bearings are not that much more expensive. The bottom bracket is a Euro bottom bracket. The cranks are square taper spindle. The pedals I received with both Grateful Dead models looked like they should be on a kid's department store bike and went straight into the trash.
As far as assembly, it is basically the same as any complete bike out of the box, except the grips are not installed on the handlebars. Not a big deal, but different. While the bike has a threadless 1-1/8 inch stem, the stem and handlebars are the old straight lined scored/embossed at the mounting surface instead of the modern cross hatching found on BMX bikes. The seat is mounted to the seat post by seat guts, so if you want to upgrade the post, it is 25.4 and you can ditch the guts.
I know this sounds negative, but I have been riding a long time, so I have rode through many changes in "technology" that has improved the bicycle, has made maintenance easier, and the ride more enjoyable.
I have included a couple of pictures that show a few small changes from stock. I added Odyssey Twisted pedals, JW Racing seat clamp, no name sealed bearing headset from Amazon, and take off parts from some SE Bikes (handlebars, stem, and seat post. I had the red Cult grips from another bike that I replaced with the lock-on version.

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Jeffry e Dence (Morrisville, US)
Love this bike

This is not a klunker. A klunker is something you pulled out of the shed in your parents back yard and threw some parts on to make it rideable or maybe you bought it at a yard sale for dirt cheap. This bike is not one of those. I have been thinking about building a klunker for a while now. Maybe not necessarily a klunker but a single speed cruiser. maybe not a cruiser but a retro bmx inspired mountain bike? I don’t really know what i had in mind as it changed constantly. Every time I would find a old frame, usually a old Schwinn , I would debate in my head and pass on it. Everyone seems to be building them and i didn’t want the same old thing. My quest for a nice coaster brake wheel led me to @monebikes.
He claims to be the “bottom of the rabbit hole” for legit coaster brake wheels. He builds some really cool stuff. His frames and bars look great. A post on his Instagram about a State Bicycle Co. Klunker really had me interested. 27.5” wheels had me even more interested. When i saw the Grateful Dead collaboration i pulled the trigger. I had a bunch of retro bmx parts in the garage I’ve been sitting on forever and knew they would be perfect for the SBC bike. Now this bike is definitely not a klunker by definition just a really cool retro inspired bike.
There’s nothing wrong with the loose ball headset it’s in fact more serviceable than a sealed bearing HS. All of the SE retro bikes come with a similar headset.

The bike rides great. The big wheels and tires make for a really fast and smooth ride. I get looks and thumbs up whenever i ride it. Last week i took it on a local mountain bike trail and it rode great. The coaster brake on the trail took some getting used to but it did fine.

Upgrades I’ve made:
•Knight Bike Co. Ruf-Neck (red) and top cap
•Redline retro v-bars
•A’me uni-tron grips (red)
•Redline flight cranks
•Redline flight bottom bracket
•Knight Bike Co. Flight Chainwheel
•Basic bicycles crank hardware, valve stem dice (red) and axle nuts (red)
•Haro fusion pedals (red)
•SE Bikes fluted seatpost (black)
•Knight Bike Co. Cobra seat clamp

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Bobby Soper
2nd purchase from State

The Klunkers are sick, very happy overall. Amazing quality for the price as always. I picked up an Undefeated - Le Mans a few years back and love it as well. Cool to see that exact bike on the owners guide!

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Joe fernandes (Redding, US)
Grateful Dead Klunker

This bike is great! Super solid build right out of the box! If you are considering this bike, don’t hesitate! No regrets with this one. :)

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kathryn elksnis (Jacksonville, US)
Grateful Dead bikes

The bicycles are so great looking! Just took them for our first ride and it was awesome!

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David (Covina, US)
Cruising

A very simple fun bicycle to add to your collection

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DeClemente, Justin (Houston, US)
State's tool for the end times...

My State Bicycle 'Klunker,' is the perfect tool for the Zombie Nuclear Apocolyss (Si Robertson phrase). Perfectly geared, nice big wheels shod with knobblies and perfect ergo's. I am ditching the seat (uncomfortable) for an tan, pleated unit from amazon. A+

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Zachary Graham (Langley, CA)
Always Grateful

My two favourite bikes

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Traci Rose (Greensboro, US)
Awesome!

Brought back memories and made for many to come! Need the Lightening Klunker now!

State Bicycle Co. x Grateful Dead - Dancing Bears Klunker (27.5")
Limited Edition Collaboration

Both State Bicycle Co. and Grateful Dead have built their respective followings around awareness, self-expression, and freedom. Now, these two brands announce a collaboration to offer a full line of bicycles, cycling apparel, and accessories. Each piece is adorned with the most treasured symbols associated with the Dead: the Dancing Bears and the 13 point Lightning Bolt.

See What the Experts Have to Say! (Read The Reviews):

The Klunker. What is it? A beautiful, retro-inspired, mash-up of: part beach cruiser, part mountain bike, and part BMX. The perfect “DGAF” bike, for neighborhood cruises, trips to the corner store, and walking the dog….OR… if you’re feeling audacious, mount up and rip a trail.

The SBC Klunker has the durable wheels, frame, and handlebars of a BMX bike, with ground-eating mountain bike tires, so mount up and rip a trail if you are feeling audacious. It is the ultimate all-purpose bicycle. Think of all the advantages:

  • Simplicity. No gears to shift. No derailleurs or cables to adjust and maintain.
  • 27.5” wheels for easy rolling and 2.3” WTB knobby tires for durability and traction.
  • The Klunker has a coaster brake. Nothing could be simpler, more durable, and maintenance-free.
  • The Klunker has a comfortable, upright seating position.
  • The Klunker is provided with flat pedals. Ride with any shoes, even sandals.
  • Order your Klunker with optional LED lights, pedal straps, water bottle cage, and bike lock. The bottle opener is standard!

All these features make the Klunker a practical commuter bike. But the SBC Klunker is downright cool and turns heads. It is totally awesome and minimalist at the same time!

The State Bicycle Klunker is built to take a beating and look good while doing it. It will never let you down. The Klunker will deliver more smiles per mile than any other bike. It’s the most bike and fun you can buy for under $500.00.

Details:

  • Sized for riders 5'5" to 6'3"
  • Frame: Durable Steel Frame & Fork w/ 5 Year Warranty
  • Handlebars: BMX Style V-bar with 7" rise, 30” extra-wide with Vans Grips
  • Wheels: Extra Durable 36h BMX Style Rim w/ 2.3" WTB Mountain Bike Tires
  • Saddle: Retro-style Leatherette Comfort Saddle
  • Gear: 42t Crank with 22t Coaster Style Cog for cruising
  • Brakes: Coaster Brake - Just Pedal Backwards
  • Pedals: Flat MTB Style Platform Pedals 
  • Extras: Bottle Opener Included 

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RETURNS & Exchanges: State Bicycle Co. proudly offers FREE RETURNS for EXCHANGES - please see details of our Return Policy here.

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WARRANTY: 
5-year Warranty on all bicycle frames
1-year Warranty non-consumable parts
2-year Warranty on Essor USA products

    Warranty activated only after you submit proof of professional assembly.


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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
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    Kevin Rider (Cleves, US)
    Great budget bike to customize

    Bought this to build a dependable klunker/campground/ all around fun cruiser bike for days that I'm bored with my other bikes. Everything but the frame, fork, and wheels were tossed in favor of higher quality parts. Installed a sealed headset and bottom bracket, and spare bmx parts I had set aside.

    State did a good job with this frame, two bottle mounts, rack mounts, and excellent tire clearance on frame and fork. I have 2.6" tires on it, you might even get away with 2.8". The stock rims are double wall with 28mm internal width. I bought some tubeless tape, schrader valves, sealant, and tires, and set it up tubeless with no issues. The hubs are basic KT coaster brake loose ball bearings. Pull them apart, repack them with better grease, and they'll be just fine if you take care of them. I've had a blast riding this thing, a few "pucker" moments bombing familiar mtb trails, you will definitely have a new appreciation for the modern mountain bike after riding one of these haha.

    Hopefully this helps anyone thinking about buying one of these to ride off road, if you're hard on bikes you'll definitely need to upgrade a few things. The stock cranks are square taper and the sprocket is pressed onto the crank arm, they won't last. Still a great bike for the price, buy one, have fun.

    R
    Robert South (Vinemont, US)
    Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Klunker details

    Let me start by saying this is a great value and a fun bike. However, as I long time rider, I was let down on the tech specs available. Even the reviews online by outside resources fell short of telling anything useful. The bike comes with loose bearings everywhere. This keeps cost down, but sealed bearings are not that much more expensive. The bottom bracket is a Euro bottom bracket. The cranks are square taper spindle. The pedals I received with both Grateful Dead models looked like they should be on a kid's department store bike and went straight into the trash.
    As far as assembly, it is basically the same as any complete bike out of the box, except the grips are not installed on the handlebars. Not a big deal, but different. While the bike has a threadless 1-1/8 inch stem, the stem and handlebars are the old straight lined scored/embossed at the mounting surface instead of the modern cross hatching found on BMX bikes. The seat is mounted to the seat post by seat guts, so if you want to upgrade the post, it is 25.4 and you can ditch the guts.
    I know this sounds negative, but I have been riding a long time, so I have rode through many changes in "technology" that has improved the bicycle, has made maintenance easier, and the ride more enjoyable.
    I have included a couple of pictures that show a few small changes from stock. I added Odyssey Twisted pedals, JW Racing seat clamp, no name sealed bearing headset from Amazon, and take off parts from some SE Bikes (handlebars, stem, and seat post. I had the red Cult grips from another bike that I replaced with the lock-on version.

    J
    Jeffry e Dence (Morrisville, US)
    Love this bike

    This is not a klunker. A klunker is something you pulled out of the shed in your parents back yard and threw some parts on to make it rideable or maybe you bought it at a yard sale for dirt cheap. This bike is not one of those. I have been thinking about building a klunker for a while now. Maybe not necessarily a klunker but a single speed cruiser. maybe not a cruiser but a retro bmx inspired mountain bike? I don’t really know what i had in mind as it changed constantly. Every time I would find a old frame, usually a old Schwinn , I would debate in my head and pass on it. Everyone seems to be building them and i didn’t want the same old thing. My quest for a nice coaster brake wheel led me to @monebikes.
    He claims to be the “bottom of the rabbit hole” for legit coaster brake wheels. He builds some really cool stuff. His frames and bars look great. A post on his Instagram about a State Bicycle Co. Klunker really had me interested. 27.5” wheels had me even more interested. When i saw the Grateful Dead collaboration i pulled the trigger. I had a bunch of retro bmx parts in the garage I’ve been sitting on forever and knew they would be perfect for the SBC bike. Now this bike is definitely not a klunker by definition just a really cool retro inspired bike.
    There’s nothing wrong with the loose ball headset it’s in fact more serviceable than a sealed bearing HS. All of the SE retro bikes come with a similar headset.

    The bike rides great. The big wheels and tires make for a really fast and smooth ride. I get looks and thumbs up whenever i ride it. Last week i took it on a local mountain bike trail and it rode great. The coaster brake on the trail took some getting used to but it did fine.

    Upgrades I’ve made:
    •Knight Bike Co. Ruf-Neck (red) and top cap
    •Redline retro v-bars
    •A’me uni-tron grips (red)
    •Redline flight cranks
    •Redline flight bottom bracket
    •Knight Bike Co. Flight Chainwheel
    •Basic bicycles crank hardware, valve stem dice (red) and axle nuts (red)
    •Haro fusion pedals (red)
    •SE Bikes fluted seatpost (black)
    •Knight Bike Co. Cobra seat clamp

    B
    Bobby Soper
    2nd purchase from State

    The Klunkers are sick, very happy overall. Amazing quality for the price as always. I picked up an Undefeated - Le Mans a few years back and love it as well. Cool to see that exact bike on the owners guide!

    J
    Joe fernandes (Redding, US)
    Grateful Dead Klunker

    This bike is great! Super solid build right out of the box! If you are considering this bike, don’t hesitate! No regrets with this one. :)

    k
    kathryn elksnis (Jacksonville, US)
    Grateful Dead bikes

    The bicycles are so great looking! Just took them for our first ride and it was awesome!

    D
    David (Covina, US)
    Cruising

    A very simple fun bicycle to add to your collection

    D
    DeClemente, Justin (Houston, US)
    State's tool for the end times...

    My State Bicycle 'Klunker,' is the perfect tool for the Zombie Nuclear Apocolyss (Si Robertson phrase). Perfectly geared, nice big wheels shod with knobblies and perfect ergo's. I am ditching the seat (uncomfortable) for an tan, pleated unit from amazon. A+

    Z
    Zachary Graham (Langley, CA)
    Always Grateful

    My two favourite bikes

    T
    Traci Rose (Greensboro, US)
    Awesome!

    Brought back memories and made for many to come! Need the Lightening Klunker now!