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