State Bicycle Co. gives their popular and affordable steel 4130 All-Road gravel bike a killer new no-finish, finish update – exposing the Raw steel of their frame and fork. Plus, this new build quietly gets an 11-speed drivetrain upgrade that means you’d be able to run a wider gearing spread. All that, and it still sells for less than $900.
Plus, you can completely customize your individual build with 650b or 700c wheels, rigid or suspension forks, and plenty of optional accessories tailored to how you ride…
State 4130 All-Road Raw affordable steel gravel bike
It’s been more than 3 years since State Bicycle Co. jumped fully into gravel with their 4130 All-Road bike and own 1x 11-speed groupset. And it’s still one of the most affordable bikes to get into the gravel scene. Whether you’re looking for a fast gravel 700c or backcountry bikepacking adventure 650b build.
Very little has changed with the 4130 All-Road. But don’t mess with what works, right?
So, let’s just hit some gravel raw.
Probably the coolest new feature of this gravel bike is just its lack of paint. Every off-road cyclist loves a raw paintjob, am I right? But the 4130 All-Road Raw isn’t exactly raw steel. Instead, State have cleaned up the bike after welding and given it a phosphate conversion coating that does protect against corrosion before they brazed-on all the accessory mounts. It then gets a matte clear coat on top. But the bike will still eventually rust and “patina” over time.
I personally think it’s pretty cool to see a bike sold this cheaply, reveal how much it is actually still worked by hand.
New State All-Road 1 Derailleur 2.0
Like the flat bar gravel builds we saw this spring, the Raw bike does also include the new upgraded State All-Road 1×11 derailleur that we got a teas of earlier this year. What’s new in v2.0 is a new internally adjustable clutch design. That gives cyclists the option to add more tension and more chain retention security for riding rougher off-road terrain. Or dial back the tension a bit for less drivetrain drag if you ride smoother terrain where retention is less an issue.
The new State All-Road 1 Rear Derailleur 2.0 also features a slightly longer cage. That means you can now officially run up to a max 46-tooth on your 11-speed cassette. State still specs this 4130 All-Road Raw with an 11-42T cassette. But this drivetrain is directly compatible with SRAM 1:1 11-speed components, so a wider range cassette upgrade would be easy to find.
Sadly, we’ll still have to wait for State’s own hydraulic dropbar brakeset, after they debuted their own hydro brakes on the flat bar gravel builds.
All the rest of the technical details of this Raw bike are unchanged since the original versatile 4130 All-Road debut. Up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 50mm tire clearance. 12mm thru-axles, flat mount disc brakes, 44mm headtube for straight or tapered steerers. A 68mm threaded bottom bracket, 27.2mm seatpost, and modular external cable routing.
You also get a couple of mounts for bottle cages, anything cages on the fork, rear rack mounts, and tabs for full coverage fenders front & rear.
All-Road Suspension Fork option?
Another new possibility in custom builds is State’s own new All-Road Suspension Fork that launched just over a month ago. Offering 40mm of front wheel travel, State claims it weighs only 1600g . Interestingly, that could be as little as 100-200g heavier than the low-cost steel unicrown fork that comes standard on the 4130 All-Road.
Plus, you actually save a hundred bucks off retail when buying the new suspension fork with a complete State bike. Get one for $350 extra when you buy the State 4130 All-Road Raw.
State 4130 All-Road Raw – Pricing, options & availability
The new Raw finish is available now in4 frames sizes (XS-L) and complete bike builds starting at $899.99. For that, you get State’s own updated 1x 11-speed drivetrain.
And you get to pick from 2 sizes of alloy wheels. 650b wheels with knobby 2.1″ Vittoria Barzo mountain bike tires. Or 700c wheels with fast-rolling 38mm Vittoria Terreno Zero semi-slick gravel bike tires.
Technically, the 4130 All-Road Raw is also available as a $430 frameset. But it sold out before we even saw it was offered. Fingers crossed that State might bring it back in the future.