State Bicycle Co. is breaking new ground beyond the single speed, offering their first geared road bike. Simply called the 4130, the new bike features a steel frame (duh), along with a vintage look and downtube shifters. Using a 1×8 drivetrain, State is aiming to offer maximum value at the lowest possible price, for the times when a single speed just won’t cut it.

State Bicycle Co. 4130 Road geared steel road bike

It’s not April Fool’s Day, though we’re normally reporting on the bread and butter of State Bicycle Co’s product line – single speed bikes. While single speeds are great and work in many areas, sometimes a few gears are in order to better tackle hills or keep up with a competitive ride. State has the answer, with a new sub-$550 complete road bike, called the 4130 Road.

The build centers around a 1×8 drivetrain with downtube shifters. The rear derailleur is a Sunrace RD-R81, and mates to an 11×28 cassette. Gearing up front is a single 44 tooth ring, which does not appear to use a narrow-wide 1x-specific profile, but rather a non-ramped steel ring.

The frame and 1 1/8″ threadless fork are both made of 4130 Chromoly steel.

Exact brake spec was not given, but they appear to be mid or long-reach road calipers, because the tire clearance is listed at 32mm. That’s a very smart spec choice, giving the option to run almost any road tire you want, without requiring disc brakes or adding extra cost.  28mm tires are on from the factory.

A synthetic leather saddle is included, along with Wellgo alloy pedals.

Five sizes are offered, said to fit riders from 5’1″ to 6’6″. Weight comes in a 22 lbs, 10 oz for a 55cm complete bike with pedals.

The 4130 Road is available now for $549.99 in the US, £549.99 in the UK, or €639.99 in the EU, with free exchanges if it’s not working for you. Two color options are available – Black & Metallic, or Americana.

StateBicycle.com

11 COMMENTS

  1. This is a pretty sensible city bike. Sure DT shifters are antiquated, but for just putzing around town they are great as they are nearly impossible to get out of tune and they look great. I see a lot of people riding around on vintage bikes that don’t fit properly. This could solve that problem.
    Head tubes are too short though. They should be at 40mm longer for sure. Nobody riding this bike is going to slam their stem.

  2. Agreed. I was close to sending this to a hipster coworker who just moved downtown and is looking for a pub crawl bike, but as a non-cyclist I just don’t think he’s going to be happy with that bar/stem setup. It is a really nice package though, I’d consider buying one if I had a little extra scratch.

    • Why wouldnt a non-cyclist like the bar/stem setup? Do you mean he’d prefer flat/riser bars? Just wondering thanks!

  3. That’s a really nice looking bike at a great price. The chainring though looks like a standard run with no narrow-wide teeth, if so it really should have a chain guide. Perhaps State Bicycle Co could comment on this?

    • Narrow wide was developed for off road use. Don’t see this bike in places where narrow wide rings are going to make a bit of difference. Many of my commuters dating back 20 years have been 1x, no clutch no narrow wide, no dropped chains.

  4. Nice looking overall, but the straight fork blades look out of place.

    BikesDirect has quite a few steel bikes, some with CrMo forks. For example, the Motobecane Strada LTD with mostly Shimano Claris for $500.

    • p.s. BikesDirect even has a model with Reynolds 853 tubing. Their mid-range frames have Reynolds 520 tubing.

      Jamis has their Quest line of steel bikes including the Elite with Reynolds 631 tubing. The sloping top tube doesn’t look very classic though.

  5. I rode something remarkably similar to this in the 1980s. Unfortunately I did drop the chain with annoying regularity. Eventually I gave up and went to 2X.

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