State Bicycles steps back into the ring with the Contender II Track Bike

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Fixie culture may not be what it once was, but thanks to a resurgence in track racing and fixed gear racing on the streets, the bikes are still here. Only this time, many of the companies that sort of came about during the fixed gear craze are building lighter, more racy bikes that are just as at home on the track or on the street.

For State Bicycle, the Contender has been one of their most popular models. Naturally, the Contender II is built to be a fast ride, fixed or free…

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Starting with a Reynolds 520 chromoly steel frame, the frameset is completed with an Essor USA carbon fork with an aluminum steerer (Essor is a carbon components brand that was founded by the team behind State Bicycle). The build kit is simple but light and effective with a SRAM S100 Track crank and Powerspline BB, FSA Orbit MX headset, deep V wheels with sealed bearing hubs, and the ability to upgrade multiple components at the time of purchase.

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Offered in six sizes and four colors, Contender IIs retail for $649 and include free shipping.

Specs:
  • Frame: Reynolds 520 Chromoly Steel
  • Fork: Essor USA Carbon Fiber w/ aluminium steer tube
  • Crank: SRAM S100 Track Crank w/ Truvativ Powerspline bottom bracket
  • Headset: FSA MX Orbit
  • Wheelset:  43mm deep-v style wheels w/sealed bearing hub
  • Saddle: Premium aerodynamic race saddle
  • Size:  6 frames to fit any height from 4’10 to 6’6 (55cm pictured)
  • Brakes:  Includes front & rear brakes
  • Pedals:  Includes alloy pedal w/ toe cages
  • Weight: 19lbs 13oz
  • Available in 4 Colors (Blue, Red, Silver, Green)

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satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
6 years ago

carbon forks on classic steel lines always ruin it for me.

Burton
Burton
6 years ago

Definitely an improvement over Contender I, and it holds up well compared to offerings from some other companies. I would spring for it myself if the head tube angle were a little steeper, the wheels lighter, and it didn’t have unsightly braze-on rack mounts on the seat stays.

David Tollefson
6 years ago

Road fixie, not a track bike.