We were on day two of the REVEAL media summit a month ago when State Bicycle announced their first geared all-road/gravel rig, the 4130. At $799 complete, we quickly pushed the story out only to find out we weren’t supposed to tell anyone… but not anymore. It’s official.
Named after its frame material 4130 steel that’s pretty much made to be abused, the thru-axle, externally cabled steed comes stocked with State’s own branded 1×11 drivetrain with a 40t ring up front plus a SunRace 11-42 cassette out back. Stopping duties are handled with dual mechanical disc brakes and an aluminum cockpit with a flared drop bar.
Since it’s made for adventures, there are plenty of mounting points for accessories and fenders on the frame and on the steel fork. There will be a choice of 700c (with smooth thread Panaracer 35c Gravel king) or 650b (with knobby Panaracer 1.9″ GravelKing SK tires) wheel options to choose from. Having said that, it’s totally cool if you want to have both wheel sizes too, as States will include the second set, along with cassette, rotors, tubes and tires installed and ready to go for $349. A pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
In addition, the fork can be customized as well. The 4130 comes standard with a matching steel fork with multiple mounting points, but there will be optional upgrades for the $249 lighter carbon “race” fork with 1.9″ max clearance with no mounting points, or a $289 carbon “monster” fork, shown above, with 2.3″ max clearance with mounting points.
The 4130 is available now in Sonoran Tan or Pigeon Gray in four sizes to fit riders from 5’1″ to 6’4″. Stay tuned for an in depth review!
With beefy aluminum tubing, a tapered fork, an eye-melting paint scheme and a digestible price tag, State Bicycle Co.’s Undefeated II checks many attractive boxes for the flamboyant trackie on a budget. Yet the full build of this stiff-sprinting rig includes some head-scratching part choices for riders who specialize in turning left, and those who are considering the Undefeated II as an affordable track racer should consider building up this frame from scratch.
First, the frame: State’s Undefeated II is a 4 pound, 11 ounce (size 62cm) 7005 aluminum platform, with old-school-oversize rounded tube profiles, a new-school tapered headtube and a full-carbon fork. The frame features stainless rear dropout inserts, and trackies will be delighted to know it does not include water bottle bosses.
The paint deserves a mention on its own – you will gasp when you see the sunlight catch what State calls the “black prism” colorway. There are rainbow iridescent flecks all throughout this otherwise murdered-out aesthetic, and the way it catches bright sunlight leaves you lightheaded. Photos just can’t do it justice. It’s spiritual. 10 out of 5 stars.
Ride quality for the Undefeated frame is excellent. At Portland Oregon’s Alpenrose Velodrome, the Undefeated was clearly stiffer than this tester’s old-school steel racing rig. The frame handles hard acceleration with great stability, and the stiffness from the tapered fork was noticeable. At speed, the Undefeated feels very stable and predictable. It’s a frame that just works.
On to the parts list, starting with the highlights. The Undefeated ships with the Essor USA Bolt track wheelset, which includes a semi-aero rim profile and attractive high-flange hubs featuring large cutouts. The hubs turn smoothly, and the wheels feel plenty stiff. State describes this wheelset, at 2,200 grams, as light enough to race but durable enough for the street. I would call these wheels “just fine,” but low hanging fruit for upgrade. The Michelin Dynamic Sports tires wrapping the wheelset are nice and grippy.
The no-name saddle is another unexpected highlight, one I initially wrote off as a fashion statement. The suede surface does a great job gently holding a rider’s rear end in perfect place, and a flared back offers a nice platform for hard efforts. I wonder about long-term durability, but I’ll admit, it was great!
Now for the head scratchers – this 62 centimeter-size Undefeated ships with 175 millimeter crankarms, which many would consider appropriate for an equivalently sized road rig but too long for track use. (Other sizes are spec’d with 170mm crankarms – ed.) This Essor Aerodash crankset marks other positive boxes with a true-to-track chainring sizing and an aerodynamic closed spider design, but this is a part to swap for velodrome use.
The top tube of the Undefeated is also rather short to ship with a stubby 90 millimeter stem, and the wide road handlebars feel out of place for the velodrome.
So add it up: riding this fully built Undefeated at the track means swapping a crank at a minimum, with the possibility of swapping a stem and handlebar to get everything dialed in. Throw in a wheelset upgrade and possibly even a saddle, and you can see how building from scratch is the better option for the track.
State makes no mention of velodrome use in its promotional materials for the Undefeated II, branding this bike as a fixie criterium machine. Yet I argue the frame is a great option for a rider on a budget, costing only $580. Full builds retail for $980, and my 62cm test unit comes in at 17 pounds even.