State Bicycle Co. Black Label

80/100
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Weight
17.69, 17.88 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the State Bicycle Co. Black Label. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • The Black Label’s geometry made for a fun, fast, nimble and responsive ride.
  • A 6061 aluminum frame and full carbon fork were lightweight.
  • Sharp angles plus aggro geometry and oversized tubing equalled high style.
  • Colors were loved, including a demure Army Green and a ‘ridiculous’ Hot Pink.
  • Experts said the price of the Black Label was spot-on.
  • The full-carbon fork offered a ride-quality that impressed owners.
  • For this lower-cost set of wheels, bearings rolled smoothly.
  • Brandless brakes did their job well.
  • A reviewer admired the staunch SRAM S100 crankset.
  • After 2 months of urban abuse by a working messenger, the carbon fork held up.
  • Although weighty, the 43mm deep rims were sturdy.
  • All-round, components struck an expert as durable.
  • With basic tools and bike experience, the Black Label came together nicely.
  • Customer service was lauded by riders and reviewers.

12 reasons not to buy

  • With 43mm deep rims, these wheels were heavy.
  • Stock tires were narrow at 23c. Owners often replaced them.
  • Gaps in wheel rim-seams did not inspire confidence.
  • Some saw this rig as overpriced; considering wheel rims, headset and tire quality.
  • An urban-track enthusiast found the Pista Velo drop bars too narrow.
  • The stock saddle butt-hurt some reviewers on longer rides.
  • For an expert, the carbon fork’s compression plug was dangerously overtightened.
  • Reach on the O.E.M. handlebar was too deep for one reviewer.
  • A taller, experienced, urban-track rider sought longer 170mm cranks.
  • Matt-finish paint jobs scratched easily.
  • An expert pointed out that bar-spins weren’t possible on the Black Label.
  • As a pure track frame, the Black Label has no water bottle braze-ons.

Bottom line

The Black Label is State’s single-speed aluminum option. With aggressively attractive lines and geometry, this is a racy number intended for the urban-track crowd. It also suits those folk that just want a good-looking, decently built fixed-gear or single-speed. With a full-carbon fork, the frameset is lightweight. Wheels were somewhat husky, but came across as robust. A number of parts were mid-range and unbranded (or ‘State’ branded), but this didn’t mean they were cheap. After a while, owners often swapped out their wheels, handlebar and saddle. Experts said its a mid-range option that’s fast, fun and worth the asking price. Many owners said they would buy this model again.

Expert Reviews

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Zach Gallardo
Level 3 expert

My Favorite Aluminum Bike? | State Bike Co. 6061 Black Label v2 Review

Level 3 expert

The stiff aluminum bottom bracket and that beefy downtube make for zippy sprinting… The trackish geometry gives the bike nimble handling… With the Black Label, you get what you pay for – and that amounts to a reliable, fun, fast bike that, so far has been my favorite aluminum fixed-gear.

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Locked In
Level 1 expert

State Bicycle Co Black Label Bike Review

Level 1 expert

It’s a solid platform for anybody looking for a sporty fixed-gear that they might want to eventually race. But I would definitely pay a little bit more for the handlebar upgrade.

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63fixed
Level 1 expert

State Bicycle Co Black Label V2 – Full Review

Level 1 expert

I really enjoyed riding this bike… Normally with an aluminum frame, you feel everything but with this it’s a smooth ride… When it comes to maneuvering or steering, it does feel like you’ve got a lot of control… get your own pedals …

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TrackOrDieNYC
Level 1 expert

State Bicycle Co : Black Label Series. A T.O.D Review

Level 1 expert

For a complete 6061 Aluminum track bike, I don’t think the price tag will break the bank… in my opinion the Black Label series is a solid build. I think a stock build will be great for a novice to intermediate rider and with some upgrades, the Black Label can be a problem in the streets.

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The Awarewolfs
Level 1 expert

State Bicycle Co Black Label Review

Level 1 expert

The Black Label is a quality ride at an entry level price… after heavy shredding, its really hard to see why other aluminum bikes go for so much more… GREAT geometry for fast corners, handling traffic or racing… Since the back wheel is more under your butt, whip skidding and wheelies are easier… the head tube is steeper, the steering is more responsive…

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User Ratings

89/100 based on 24 ratings
  • 5 star
    63%
  • 4 star
    21%
  • 3 star
    17%
  • 2 star
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