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State’s New Gravel Suspension Fork Tames the Trail without Straining the Wallet

State Bicycle All Road Suspension Fork side shotPhoto c. State Bicycle Co.
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Keeping with their commitment to offering affordable bicycles and components, State Bicycle Co. is at it again. This time we get affordable front suspension for our gravel bikes in the new State Bicycles Co All-Road Suspension Fork.

At a mere fraction of the cost of some of the bigger names in the suspension game, the new State All-Road Suspension Fork makes this type of upgrade more accessible to those who want it.

The All-Road Suspension Fork

State Bicycle All Road Suspension Fork lock out and air
Photo c. State Bicycle Co.

SBC says that this new fork will add next-level comfort and control while out exploring rough terrain, washboard, and anywhere else a bicycle can take you… without needing to sell an organ.

You’ll notice its clean lines and minimal design with subtle branding. That’s on purpose so when adding it to your current gravel/all-road bike, it won’t look out of place. I’m a sucker for versatility and like it or not, when you add a suspension fork to your gravel/all-road bike, it becomes a more versatile bicycle.

State Bicycle All Road Suspension Fork outside

The new fork weighs in at 1600g (w/ an uncut steerer). SBC also adds that “if you add the new fork to a 4130 All-Road, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that you’re only adding about 10 ounces or less”.

Adding 40mm of travel will help you keep you fast and efficient over the chunky stuff while adding overall comfort to your adventures. Making for a quick and easy install, the All-Road Suspension Fork has flat brake mounts and external routing.

If upgrading your 4130, SBC even offers the headset lower and bearing, ensuring a seamless transition.

Offers a Geometry Change

The All-Road Suspension Fork may make your current gravel bike’s geometry slacker. Meaning the head tube angle is a bit more relaxed. Some things to know about geometry that is “slacker”.

State Bicycle All Road Suspension Fork on gravel

You’ll gain stability at higher speeds, as well as improving the way your bike descends. Whether it be on a rough, technical down hill section, or a smooth paved road descent, a slack head tube angle means easier handling and more control. One thing to keep in mind though, if your bike isn’t suspension corrected at all, adding a longer fork will raise the bottom bracket as well.

A front suspension fork can ease rider fatigue from small bumps and vibrations, helping the rider to stay comfy on long gravel rides. The All-Road Suspension Fork will absorb the bumps, keeping the front wheel active. With the front wheel moving over the bumps instead of bouncing over them, it stays in contact with the ground, helping with traction and improving handling.

Features, Tech Specs, and Retail

Retail: $450 ($350 if purchased with a bike)

Features:

  • 40mm of air-sprung travel with Lockout
  • Clearance for 58 x 700 Or 2.3″ x 650b
  • Weight: 1600g (Uncut)
  • Flat Mount Disc Interface

Tech Specs:

  • Material: 6000 series/7075 series alloy tubes w/ 6000 series alloy steerer
  • Steerer: 1 1/8 – 1 1/2″ tapered (280mm uncut)
  • Dropouts: 12×100 thru-axle
  • Axle to Crown: 440mm
  • Stanchion Diameter: 30mm
  • Rake: 52mm

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Dane Gliesach
Dane Gliesach
6 months ago

Any word on adjustments?

Dockboy
Dockboy
6 months ago

Okay now make it with a straight steerer for older bikes.

Dinger
Dinger
6 months ago
Reply to  Dockboy

This would probably require a new thru-axle front wheel and likely conversion to disc brakes too since the overlap between 1-1/8 head tubes and disc brakes was pretty short. Unlikely that there are enough riders who would invest this much into upgrading old bikes.

Dwight
Dwight
6 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

Tell that to All-City

Roberto
Roberto
6 months ago

Looks great. State is really kicking it these days..

sirbikealot
6 months ago

so about $600 CDN dollars for a non adjustable fork? seems like a HUGE strain on a wallet for a basic OEM level fork they sourced from Taiwan for $45 and slapped a logo on

Shad
6 months ago
Reply to  sirbikealot

It’s an air fork so it’s adjustable. And no, this isn’t just slapping a sticker on a fork that was already made. They actually had a lot of input into how it’s made.

Last edited 6 months ago by Shad
ShopMechanic
ShopMechanic
6 months ago
Reply to  sirbikealot

Price is reasonable and fair IMHO, but I am afraid that without a rebound damping adjuster, I wouldn’t consider buying one.

Sure, many riders might not need it, but if you’re outside of the optimal weight range the damper was designed for, you’re going to need to compensate for the air spring pressure to get a good ride without a harsh top out or poor performance over repeated small bumps depending on which side of the weight spectrum you’re on.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
6 months ago

This is a weird article. In most of the pics it looks like it’s mounted to your personal bike (we know how you love that bar tape and purple Paul’s brakes), but there’s no mention of internals or damping adjustments? I’d assume you would’ve wanted to adjust it, or at least know how to adjust it, or provide some kind of ride review… Nope. It’s just pontificating on the possible benefits of suspension. Not even really talking about this specific fork all that much.

And this is just the bike nerd in me looking at numbers, but if 1600g (3.5lbs) is 10 ounces heavier than their steel fork, that means their steel fork is a couple ounces heavier than either a Fox TC or RockShox Rudy. I know the high-end version of both of those forks are significantly more expensive than this and aimed at a much different market, but it looks like the standard versions of both of them are available online for about $100 more than this.

Also, M12 is a thread diameter, not a thread pitch.

Last edited 6 months ago by Roger Pedacter
Zee
Zee
6 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

I think this is @souphorse’s on insta (or he at least shot the photos), and not Ron’s bike. But yeah, a bit more detail on the fork would be nice.

FrictionDi2
FrictionDi2
6 months ago

Run wider tires at a lower pressure. A gravel sus fork is a lot of added weight for minimal benefit.

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