State Bicycle Co. City Bike

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29.44, 32.75, 28.81, 30.13 lb
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Summary of Reviews

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

16 reasons to buy

  • Owners admire the Azure’s attractive color and understated appearance.
  • City Bike owners are quick to point out the “handsome minimalism” of the Elliston and its matte-black finish.
  • Step-through models, The Azure and Bubble-Gum, are easy to mount and dismount in traffic, especially for shorter cyclists and riders wearing dresses/skirts.
  • State's City Bike is available in Bubble-Gum, Black & Tan, Azure, and plain black colorways.
  • Owners found City Bikes to be durable and of solid build.
  • Buyers are pleased that deluxe Ellistons include front and rear racks.
  • Riders report that the City Bike delivers a smooth ride.
  • The City Bike’s simple component spec delivers a good value.
  • Customer service is prompt if City Bike owners experience issues.
  • Buyers of 3-speed models find that the Shimano Nexus hub shifts smoothly.
  • Urban riders love the City Bike’s full-size fenders.
  • Tall riders are happy with the Elliston’s 58cm frame option.
  • The City Bike’s coaster brake delivers simple, skid-happy braking.
  • Owners described the City Bike as well-suited to casual commuting.
  • City Bikes are appreciated for their simple, low-maintenance builds.
  • State Bicycle Co.'s City Bikes are very affordable.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers found that their Elliston arrived with wheels sorely out-of-true. In rare instances, some of the Azure’s parts, including fenders, arrived bent.
  • Hubs were overtightened, for some Elliston buyers.
  • The City Bike’s warranty is only valid when the bike is assembled by a professional bicycle mechanic.
  • Some buyers found the old-school saddle was hard and unforgiving.
  • The City Bike’s faux-leather grip-covers could slip off after a few days' use.
  • A number of riders found the instructions for the Azure’s basket and rack insufficient.
  • Some buyers were disappointed with their City Bike’s 'lackluster' packaging, which resulted in scratches, dents, and loose small parts.

Bottom line

Urban riders chose the simple and elegant City Bike as a runaround for short-distance commutes, errands, pub rides, and park jaunts. The step-over versions are known as 'The Elliston' and 'The Black & Tan'. 'The Azure' and 'Bubble-Gum' cover step-through models. Both frame shapes are available as a single-speed or with a three-speed internal Shimano Nexus hub. Deluxe options include front and rear racks and a bell. As a call-back to vintage town bikes, the City Bike is somewhat weighty but also sturdy. State Bicycle Co. declares that the bike should be assembled by an experienced mechanic, to validate their warranty and to ensure a safe ride. This is reflected in buyer reviews, which state that wheels need truing and components require adjustment, assembly and lubrication. A simple, cost-effective and elegant town bike.

Expert Reviews

82/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Momentum Mag

State Bicycle Co. Saturday Deluxe City Bike Review

For under $███, this bike is ready to ride, carry, and commute so long as your route doesn’t involve the biggest hills in town. By equipping this bike with city accessories, it’s not just a minimal fixie-style with mustache bars, but a load-carrying, all-weather bike.

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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Louis Vuitton Is Selling a $35,000 Bike

The Louis Vuitton by Maison Tamboite City Bike is mind-bogglingly expensive… For $35,000 you could also buy 70 of State Bicycle Co.’s very similar-looking Elliston City Bike, which even has one speed more than the LV bike.

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Business Insider

The 6 Best Commuter Bikes of 2021 for Any Budget

The State Bicycle Deluxe 3 Speed City Bike comes with everything you need to commute in all types of weather so you don’t have to worry about purchasing extras a la carte.

Pros: Attractive appearance, comes with all you need to start commuting to work, handles an array of road conditions

Cons: Hard to assemble, complaints about flimsy parts

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User Ratings

80/100 based on 2 ratings
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