Why such a big fuss over the bicycle you see in the gallery? Well, now's the time to view those images, if you haven't done so already, and then come back to the text so that we can both marvel at what I could very well be putting on this year's Christmas list.
Now, State's All-Road lineup is one we've presented before, but the previous models were all crafted from aluminum; this is the first and only present All-Road crafted from carbon fiber for this brand, and aside from the fact that it's only $2K, it's actually built to handle quite a bit of abuse, all made possible by T800 carbon fiber. This results in a frame that weighs 2.5 lbs. Yes, the fork is carbon fiber too.
From here, we need to consider the sort of tire size this frame can handle. Luckily for gravel and light off-road lovers, 650x55c and 700x45c tires can be dropped onto this thing. This allows future owners to customize their riding experience based on the level of grip and softness they want from their tires.
Think about that for a second, and really picture yourself owning this $2,000 piece of carbon fiber on wheels. Imagine heading to work on a Monday, throwing your laptop bag in one of the bags on the rear of your bike. Hop on and ride off; all the while, that carbon frame is absorbing some of the hits the road throws at you. After the work day, head home, maybe even pick up some groceries along the way.
However, once the weekend rolls around, the All-Road is bound to show you why it's named the way it is. You'll hop on again, but this time with those pannier bags filled with food, drink, and tools, while a frame bag houses the tent in which you'll be sleeping. Let's not forget about the racks mounted onto the fork.
As you ride along, you'll feel the pull of a proprietary 1x11 drivetrain with 11-42T. Optionally, you can go for SRAM's freshest gravel-specific drivetrain, the XPLR. But that'll cost you an extra $1,000. Here's a tip, start with the basic setup, and if you don't like it, drop the cash on something else later. Just note that the XPLR groupset is wireless.
The rest of the All-Road is covered in proprietary gear too. The handlebars are from State, the standard brakes are from State, and those mentioned above, and this leads me to my next point, State Bicycle Co.'s recent explosion in activity.
If you've been keeping up with the next, the past two to three years have found this brand in the papers on countless occasions. From events aimed at the community to spitting out new components and, most recently, a plethora of bikes, State has been busy.
What does this mean for you and me? Well, it means keeping our eyes peeled for other affordable two-wheelers to help us get into whatever cycling trends are happening at that time, and it also means that State is looking to seize a place alongside other already-established bicycle manufacturers.
For now, on the other hand, let's just let the truth sink in for a bit; a carbon fiber gravel bike with the ability to handle "All-Roads" for low bucks is possible, and State Bicycle Co. is the crew that's doing it.