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.