State Bicycle Co. 4130 “Acoustic” Flat Bar Bike — CT Examined

State Bicycle Co. not too long ago introduced a contemporary set of updates for its wonderful 4130 All-Highway flat-bar bicycle that features a vital brake improve, a brand new, buttery-smooth rear derailleur, and an eye catching new colour scheme with a Tiffany inexperienced colorway (above) that was proper up my alley. I merely needed to have it, however “acoustic” bikes aren’t actually our factor at CleanTechnica — which acquired me considering: why don’t we cowl extra bicycles!?

A Little bit of Context

Picture courtesy Electrify Expo.

For the reason that first wave of pandemic lockdowns hit within the spring of 2020, CleanTechnica has been completely inundated with e-bikes. I imply that each figuratively, within the sense that there are actually lots of of manufacturers of e-bikes and 1000’s of particular fashions, and actually, within the sense that I’ve personally reviewed not lower than ten (10) e-bikes. Add in critiques from Kyle, Tina, Derek, Paul, Jennifer, and … properly, you get the thought.

E-bikes made a ton of sense for a inhabitants that discovered itself kind of compelled open air after years of doom-scrolling and commuting to and from work. They acquired individuals outdoors, gave them just a little train, and by-and-large enabled them to expertise all the fun of using a bicycle with out the nagging strains and pains of center age. And, not like many developments of the early pandemic (what number of of you continue to have an energetic sourdough starter?), e-bikes have held on — in some small half as a result of they’re sensible, however in some bigger half as a result of they’re genuinely a blast to experience.

However now, a couple of years and a fairly few miles into the two-wheeled behavior, a few of us are feeling just a little higher about ourselves. We’ve got fewer aches and pains after lengthy rides, we’re a bit stronger than we was once, a bit fitter. Not all of us, in fact — however a few of us … and people e-bikes? We’re discovering ourselves twisting the throttle much less and fewer on the way in which to the Piggly Wiggly, we’re asking ourselves if that is actually the perfect use of all that lithium, and we’re discovering {that a} 60 or 70 or 96 lb. e-bike is form of a trouble to get on a motorbike rack or out to a path.

The place can we go from right here, then?

There are a selection of choices starting from folding e-bike to “beefier bike rack” to larger automobile to get your bike to the path — however me? I’d determined to go the “correct bicycle” route, and was teetering getting ready to decision-making when that black and inexperienced State 4130 pushed me over the sting. And let me let you know this: I ought to have jumped sooner.

The Bike, Itself

For 2023, State Bicycle Co.’s 4130 will get all-new mineral oil hydraulic disc brakes to offer distinctive braking modulation and warmth administration for lengthy descents or closely loaded stops, whereas the brand new rear derailleur options an internally adjustable clutch to maintain the chain in place “even when issues get additional rowdy,” based on the official copy.

I can’t converse to the rowdiness, however I can converse to the truth that the 4130 appears like an exceptionally high-end piece of cyclery, regardless of its $899 beginning worth. In comparison with my brother-in-law’s Trek Domane AL 2 (which, at $1129, does not have disc brakes as customary, not to mention hydraulic ones), the State feels heavier, positive, however each bit as flickable, and the State’s chain drive is quieter, if not noticeably smoother — and that bike additionally lacks the State’s rack-ready entrance forks.

For me, State’s 4130 All-Highway appeared like a no brainer. In a broader sense, although, the subsequent logical step for a bike owner who’s previous their first or second electrical bicycle and who’s able to cease hiding behind the digital amplification is to unplug and go absolutely acoustic … however that’s me. Try the 4130’s official specs, under, then tell us what you consider the entire “electrons vs. Chevro-legs” angle within the feedback part on the backside of the web page.

State Bicycle Co. 4130 Specs

Picture courtesy State Bicycle Co.

  • Body: 4130 Chromoly Metal with Through-Axle Dropouts (142mm rear spacing) w/ 2 water bottle mounts, rear mounts for rack and/or fenders
  • Fork: 4130 Chromoly Metal with Through-Axle Dropouts (100mm fork spacing)
    ​and 5 units of mounts for water bottles, equipment, fenders, or racks, or add the Carbon Fiber “Monster Fork” for $299.99
  • Wheelset: 
    • 700c: Tubeless Succesful Wheel Set w/ Vittoria Terreno Zero Tires, 38mm (tubeless prepared)
    • 650b: Tubeless Succesful Wheel Set w/ Vittoria Barzo Tires, 2.1″ (53mm)
    • EXTRA COST OPTION: Order a SECOND wheel set with tires and tubes, plus matching hubs, cassette, and brake rotors for $399.99.
  • Handlebars: ​ State Bicycle Co. Black Label Riser Bars
  • Brakes: ​ State Bicycle Co. All-Highway 1 Flat-Mount Hydraulic Disc. w/ 160mm Rotors (6-Bolt)
  • Drive practice: ​ State Bicycle Co. All-Highway 1 (1×11 Drive Prepare) w/ Set off Shift
    • Crank – State Bicycle Co. All-Highway 1 (42t)
    • Cassette – 11-42t
    • All-New Adjustable Clutch Rear Derailleur

Unique content material from CleanTechnica; 4130 provided by State for the purposes of this review.


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