The State Black Label All-Road follows up their ultra-affordable steel gravel bike from earlier this summer, with a new alloy frame & build that saves up to 5lb, while retaining pricing that won’t break the bank. Lighter and faster the new 6061 Black Label aluminum frame gets a new carbon fork too, plus fast 700c or more-capable 650b options to build up a very affordable bike for gravel, commuting, or bikepacking…

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike

To be honest, State Bicycle Co. kinda blew us away with their $800 complete 4130 All-Road in June with their own $350 1x groupset. Of course that sold out as fast as you can say ‘COVID bike boom’. But now State is back with another affordable all-road & gravel option in the signature 6061 aluminum of their Black Label line up.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, angled

all photos c. State Bicycle Co.

Just like we’ve seen with their fixies & urban singlespeeds, Black Label brings a substantial step up in component spec, while shedding a lot of weight, yet not hurting too much in the wallet.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, frameset

The latest addition to the geared bike family, the new State Black Label All-Road starts with a lightweight, custom shaped 6061 alloy tubeset matched to a full-carbon, tapered fork. Then, a performance build mixing SRAM Apex 1x shifting to their own house-brand components delivers high on both performance and value.

Mixed-surface, fast gravel geometry

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, fast gravel

The Black Label frame itself is what you’d expect from State’s 6061 alloy – quite light & responsive, here working with similar geometry to the original 4130 All-Road for comfortable long days riding mixed surfaces & terrain. Claimed frame weight ranges from 1814-2013g, depending on size, plus 450g for the carbon fork.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, fast gravel geometry

The alloy bike does get a slightly faster ride thanks to substantially shorter 435mm chainstays, and higher 68mm bottom bracket drop. While frame Reach lengths are mostly the same as the steel bike, the 6061 alloy bike does cut almost 2cm of Stack height of each size to allow for a lower, faster & more aero handlebar position – fitting to the racier Black Label family.

Black Label All-Road – Tech details

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, big tire clearance

There’s still plenty of room for big tires to soak up gravel road bumps – up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 2.2″

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, frame detail

The alloy frame features internal cable routing through the front triangle, 12mm thru-axles, two standard sets of bottle bosses, plus mounts for full-coverage fenders. Both the base steel fork & The base carbon fork includes a lowrider rack mount, and the new carbon Monster Fork includes 3-pack mounts  on each leg to load up for your bikepacking adventure, plus fender tabs and the ability to mount racks or dynamo lights (but not with internal dynamo routing).

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, non-driveside

State 6061 Black Label All-Road – Pricing, spec options & availability

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, 700c or 650b

700c or 650b

Gravel All-Road bike builds are available with either tubeless-ready 700c wheels and 38mm Vittoria Terreno Zero tires, tubeless-ready 650b wheels and 47mm (1.9″) Vittoria Terreno Dry gravel tires, or an option for both wheel setups (for an extra $350, including extra cassette, rotors & tubes). Pop back and forth from fast all-road for the weekday commute, to capable gravel for off-road weekend fun.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, build kitComplete bikes get a set of SRAM Apex 1×11 shifters & rear derailleur, paired to State’s own 11-42T cassette & 40T alloy crankset and Tektro mechanical disc brakes.

The most affordable Black Label builds start at $1400, actually spec’d with the same steel fork as the low-cost 4130 All-Road this standard carbon fork with single lowrider   rack/fender mounts.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, angled

But there’s also the new full-carbon Monster Fork option too, that brings the premium State Black Label All-Road build up to $1580, at a claimed weight of 9.6kg (21.2lb) for a medium complete bike (down from 12.0kg/26.4lb for the medium 4130.)

Either way, you get to pick 650b or 700c wheel/tire combos for the same price. And an extra $350 will get you the double wheelset option.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, frame

6061 Black Label All-Road pigeon gray frameset

There are also alloy Black Label All-Road framesets available with the standard carbon fork for $680 in copper brown or pigeon gray. The copper brown complete bikes aren’t in stock, but pretty much every other option is available now, direct from State Bicycle Co.

State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike, gravel roadriding

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mud
mud
1 year ago

What State Bike is doing is pretty cool. The carbon fork has only a single braze-on, not 3-pack mounts as the story says. If someone wants the 3-pack mounts, they can get the steel fork. it wouldn’t hurt if they had put top tube braze-ons for a bag, though.

Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew
1 year ago

Affordable, be serious!

Hernando
Hernando
1 year ago

The copper brown sure does look good. I don’t quite see the value. You can get an aluminum Giant revolt with a full carbon fork for a few hundred less ($1200) and get shop support. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/revolt-2-2021

dr_lha
dr_lha
1 year ago

Maybe it’s just me but $1400 for an alloy bike with a house-branded Chinese groupset doesn’t seem like a great deal.

Erik A. Schnautz
Erik A. Schnautz
11 months ago
Reply to  dr_lha

I’ve wondered about the groupset myself and haven’t read any reviews that have much to say about the components. The big issue would be compatibility. Even IF the house-branded groupset were decent, parts break and wear out and I would MUCH rather know I could trade out Shimano or SRAM components. I put a query to State Bicycles about compatibility, but haven’t yet heard back.