State Bicycle Co. Core-Line

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24.5, 25.14, 25.53, 25.88, 26.17 lb
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Summary of Reviews

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

14 reasons to buy

  • Many Core-Line owners described a smooth ride aboard this bike.
  • A flip-flop rear hub allows the Core-Line to be ridden as either a fixed-gear or freewheeling single-speed bike.
  • Owners found the Core-Line light enough to easily lift and carry upstairs.
  • The bike’s low price is what attracts most Core-Line buyers.
  • The Core-Line is available with riser, bullhorn or drop handlebars.
  • The Core-Line comes in four frame sizes to fit riders from 5’0” to 6’2”.
  • By almost every report, the Core-Line is easy to assemble.
  • Undeniably, the Core-Line is a simple and low-maintenance choice.
  • The Core-Line’s 44 x 16 tooth gearing suits most riders for casual urban use.
  • A rear rack can be attached to the available mounts on the Core-Line’s seat-stays.
  • With a dense hi-tensile steel frame, the Core-Line is deemed to be sturdy.
  • The Core-Line is available in a variety of color schemes and themes, in addition to a ‘National Park Foundation – Redwood’ special edition.
  • The Core-Line is described as ‘good-lookin’’ with a ‘gorgeous’ paint-job.
  • Owners admired the Cult x Vans branded waffle-pattern grips on the Core-Line.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some riders found the Core-Line to be heavier than expected.
  • To some folk, the Core-Line’s saddle is uncomfortable.
  • Occasionally, small parts were damaged or missing from the Core Line. State was quick to replace these parts.
  • Paintwork scratches marred the buyer experience for some Core-Line owners.
  • One reviewer feels that the Core-Line’s brakes are underpowered.

Bottom line

The Core-Line comes from State Bicycle Co. as their entry-level budget option for single-speed and fixed-gear riders. A hi-tensile steel frame adds some weight but keeps the price low. It’s the cut-price alternative to their chromoly steel 4130 range. Owners say the Core-Line delivers a smooth ride and works well as a short-trip commuter, campus bike, or runaround. The Core-Line’s bottom bracket and hubs are sealed. The headset and fork are threadless. While occasional minor damage or missing small parents did occur, State Bicycle Co. was quick to rectify and replace where needed. It’s an entry-level bike but one of the more decent options. One owner states, “I don't ride bikes much so as a person who wanted a simple bike at a good price this was a great choice.”

Expert Reviews

70/100 based on 1 rated expert review

State Bicycle Co. Things You Should Consider Before You Buy | Core-Line Thoughts and Review

The bike’s great, love it… it really does just feel smooth… it looks really good too… a little bit on the heavy side as far as road bikes go… The brakes aren’t too responsive so be careful… If you’re using it to get from point A to point B in a small town, this is a good little bike…

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Ronnie Dan

2021 State Bicycle Core-Line Rigby

It’s just a beautiful, simple bike… it’s super-simple, which is the number one property of a fixie or a freewheeling single-speed… Heavy? Obviously. But not too heavy.

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State Bicycle Co. Core-Line Custom Bike Check

Now, the chain tensioners work well but it is a b***** to get this wheel out man… I just don’t think the spacing on the frame is right…

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State’s Core-Line Is the Epitome of Cycling’s Rebellion

The State Core-Line is the epitome of cycling’s insurgent soul.

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User Ratings

89/100 based on 57 ratings
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