State Bicycle Co. made a name for itself as a purveyor of affordable, good-looking fixie and single-speed bikes. The brand has branched into road and gravel segments in recent years.
Today, State enters the buzzing e-bike market with its release of the 6061 eBike Commuter — an aluminum single-speed that packs five levels of pedal assistance. And it comes in well below the $2,000 mark.
Single-speed e-Bike Commuter
The first thing we noticed about State’s flagship e-bike is how similar it looks to the company’s non-electric 6061 city bike. In a word, it’s stealthy.
Geometry and design
True to State’s original designs, the e-bike’s 6061 aluminum frame and matte-black finish prioritize practicality over flash.
The rear hub motor and electrical system are so low-key that it’s almost impossible to tell the eBike Commuter from its manual predecessor. Even the handlebar-mounted LCD and controller are easily mistakable for a cycling computer.
In terms of added motor and battery weight, the bike is about on par with other urban e-bikes. A medium-sized 6061 eBike weighs just under 39 lbs.
If the popularity of State’s Core Line design is any indicator, the simplicity of this e-bike will probably appeal to a wide range of riders.
Power and range
With pedal assist turned off, the bike runs on the magic of a single-speed drivetrain and good old-fashioned leg power. With pedal assist activated, the 36V 250W AKM hub motor can achieve up to 20 miles per hour.
Activating pedal assist is possible via the bike’s thumb-adjacent controller. The controller also allows riders to toggle between modes and view essential info on the bike’s LCD panel (assist level, battery life, mileage, speed, warnings, etc.).
When set on the lowest level of assistance, or “gear,” a fully charged 6061 eBike can harness up to 100 miles of range. The highest gear cuts that range down pretty substantially — between 18 and 24 miles per charge.
The juice comes from a concealed LG 36V10Ah lithium battery.
Charging is possible via a camouflaged charging port near the front of the downtube. According to State, a dead battery should reach a full charge in about 3.5 hours.
Availability, pricing, and warranty
The 6061 aluminum eBike Commuter is available in small, medium, and large frame sizes as of June 21, 2022.
The standard setup costs just $1,500 MSRP and includes a comprehensive e-bike warranty.
Check out the complete spec list here, then head to State’s website to place your order.