The State Black Label All-Road follows up their ultra-affordable steel gravel bike from earlier this summer, with a new alloy frame & build that saves up to 5lb, while retaining pricing that won’t break the bank. Lighter and faster the new 6061 Black Label aluminum frame gets a new carbon fork too, plus fast 700c or more-capable 650b options to build up a very affordable bike for gravel, commuting, or bikepacking…
State 6061 Black Label All-Road affordable alloy gravel bike
To be honest, State Bicycle Co. kinda blew us away with their $800 complete 4130 All-Road in June with their own $350 1x groupset. Of course that sold out as fast as you can say ‘COVID bike boom’. But now State is back with another affordable all-road & gravel option in the signature 6061 aluminum of their Black Label line up.
Just like we’ve seen with their fixies & urban singlespeeds, Black Label brings a substantial step up in component spec, while shedding a lot of weight, yet not hurting too much in the wallet.
The latest addition to the geared bike family, the new State Black Label All-Road starts with a lightweight, custom shaped 6061 alloy tubeset matched to a full-carbon, tapered fork. Then, a performance build mixing SRAM Apex 1x shifting to their own house-brand components delivers high on both performance and value.
Mixed-surface, fast gravel geometry
The Black Label frame itself is what you’d expect from State’s 6061 alloy – quite light & responsive, here working with similar geometry to the original 4130 All-Road for comfortable long days riding mixed surfaces & terrain. Claimed frame weight ranges from 1814-2013g, depending on size, plus 450g for the carbon fork.
The alloy bike does get a slightly faster ride thanks to substantially shorter 435mm chainstays, and higher 68mm bottom bracket drop. While frame Reach lengths are mostly the same as the steel bike, the 6061 alloy bike does cut almost 2cm of Stack height of each size to allow for a lower, faster & more aero handlebar position – fitting to the racier Black Label family.
Black Label All-Road – Tech details
There’s still plenty of room for big tires to soak up gravel road bumps – up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 2.2″
The alloy frame features internal cable routing through the front triangle, 12mm thru-axles, two standard sets of bottle bosses, plus mounts for full-coverage fenders. Both the base steel fork & new carbon Monster Fork include 3-pack mounts on each leg to load up for your bikepacking adventure, plus fender tabs and the ability to mount racks or dynamo lights (but not with internal dynamo routing).
State 6061 Black Label All-Road – Pricing, spec options & availability
Gravel All-Road bike builds are available with either tubeless-ready 700c wheels and 38mm Vittoria Terreno Zero tires, tubeless-ready 650b wheels and 47mm (1.9″) Vittoria Terreno Dry gravel tires, or an option for both wheel setups (for an extra $350, including extra cassette, rotors & tubes). Pop back and forth from fast all-road for the weekday commute, to capable gravel for off-road weekend fun.
The most affordable Black Label builds start at $1400, actually spec’d with the same steel fork as the low-cost 4130 All-Road.
But there’s also the new full-carbon Monster Fork option too, that brings the premium State Black Label All-Road build up to $1580, at a claimed weight of 9.6kg (21.2lb) for a medium complete bike (down from 12.0kg/26.4lb for the medium 4130.)
Either way, you get to pick 650b or 700c wheel/tire combos for the same price. And an extra $350 will get you the double wheelset option.
There are also alloy Black Label All-Road framesets available with the carbon fork for $680 in copper brown or pigeon gray. The copper brown complete bikes aren’t in stock, but pretty much every other option is available now, direct from State Bicycle Co.