After more than a decade of manufacturing and 5+ years since major changes, State Bicycle Co. is giving the popular 4130 an overhaul. The updates seek to expand the capabilities of the reliable fixed gear and single-speed road/commuter bikes to include gravel riding or sloppy conditions.
As usual, affordability is a key draw to the new State offerings.
The most significant change from the old 4130 is in the chassis. For the new design, State employed a wishbone-style seatstay paired with a segmented fork. As a result, the bike accommodates wide tire clearance (up to 42c) on the frame and fork.
The 4130 Chromoly steel frame is stiff, and the changes should help give it a little compliance and comfort on rough roads and trails. Also unlike on the old State 4130, the new frame features mounts on the fork and rear of the frame for racks, bags, or panniers.
State also changed out the wheels, looking to add capability on rough surfaces. Tubeless-compatible rims (tape, sealant, and tubeless tires needed) fit 700c x 25 to 42mm tires. And a 32-hole sealed bearing flip-flop hub lets riders choose to coast on a freewheel or go fixie.
The redesigned 4130 comes with a 700 x 38c stock tire, which State says is the fattest stock tire you can find on a complete fixie anywhere on the market. The tread pattern aims at performing on pavement or hard-packed gravel with a smooth center for cruising and scored sides for cornering.
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State Bicycle Co. 4130 redesign: for work or play
State said that the redesign answers what it saw as a demand for workhorse bikes that could handle adverse conditions.
“Our riders are using these in the city to commute or even to work (as messengers). They needed something that could handle rain, snow, and potholes. We think these new changes will really help with all of that, plus giving these bikes extra versatility to be used off-road,” said Mehdi Farsi, State’s Chief Brand Officer.
You also get a couple of options between handlebars with the State 4130 — either the Wide Riser flat bar or a drop bar, borrowed from the beefier All-Road collection.
Riders can choose between four paint schemes that include options both with flare and subdued.