Good bicycles are rarely accused of being affordable, but State Bicycle Co. of Tempe, Arizona has built a business keeping riders on good looking bikes that don’t break the bank. Their Core line of bikes starts at a buck under $300 and the newly updated Black Label V2 furthers their dedication to bang-for-buck bicycles.
As the name implies, the State 6061 Black Label V2 is built around an aluminum frame similar to what’s been in their lineup for several years. The new frame retains the aerodynamic tube shapes and track-inspired geometry of its predecessor, but now includes a tapered headtube and carbon fiber fork to further improve stiffness and handling, two traits the bike was already known for.
The second generation Black Label bike is also fitted with upgraded wheels with sealed bearing hubs and a new CNC machined crank which lends the bike a more refined aesthetic. Available with compact drop bars or a wide riser flat-bar, the customizable options don’t stop there. Choose from a number of add-on items and upgrades like a Brooks saddle or carbon fiber tri-spoke front wheel.
Available in five sizes and four colors including purple, army green, raw aluminum, and matte black, the base model Black Label V2 clocks in at just $639. For riders and commuters not ready to go full fixie, the rear flip/flop hub accommodates a singlespeed freewheel and each bike ships with uninstalled front and rear brakes. Bottle cage mounts are there for extended ride times. If you’re of the part-collecting ilk with a closet full of bike components needing a purpose, the Black Label V2 can be purchased as just a frame and fork for $299.