State Bicycle Co. Elliston

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29.44, 29.56, 29.69, 30.50, 30.62, 30.75, 31.44, 31.56, 31.69, 32.50, 32.62, 32.75 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

13 reasons to buy

  • Elliston owners are quick to point out how handsome this bike is.
  • Owners found the Elliston to be of solid build.
  • Buyers are pleased that deluxe Ellistons include front and rear racks.
  • Riders report that the Elliston delivers a smooth ride.
  • The Elliston’s simple component spec delivers a good value.
  • Customer service is prompt if Elliston owners experience issues.
  • Buyers of 3-speed Elliston models find that the Shimano Nexus hub shifts smoothly.
  • Urban riders love the Elliston’s full-size fenders.
  • The “handsome minimalism” of the Elliston’s matte-black finish appeals to owners.
  • Tall riders are happy with the Elliston’s 58cm frame option.
  • The Elliston’s coaster brake delivers simple, skid-happy braking.
  • Owners described the Elliston as well-suited to casual commuting.
  • Some riders commended the quality of the Elliston’s packaging.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Buyers found that their Elliston arrived with wheels sorely out-of-true.
  • Hubs were overtightened, for some Elliston buyers.
  • The Elliston’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 Elliston’s faux-leather grip-covers could slip off after a few day's use.
  • Some buyers were disappointed with the Elliston’s lackluster packaging, which resulted in scratches, dents and loose small parts.

Bottom line

Urban riders chose the simple and elegant Elliston as a runaround for short-distance commutes, errands, pub rides and park jaunts. The Elliston is available in single-speed and three-speed options (with an internal Shimano Nexus hub). Deluxe options include front and rear racks and a bell. As a call-back to vintage town bikes, the Elliston is somewhat weighty but sturdy. Like old-school town bikes, it is available only in a minimalist matte-black. State Bicycle declares that the bike should be assembled by an experienced mechanic, to validate the Elliston’s 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

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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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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

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