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STATE BICYCLE CO CONTENDER REVIEW

IMG_1739 copyThe State Bicycle Co. Contender right out the box.

annnnd THIS is how I’ll be rocking it ONLY on FULLMOON BIKERIDES

(no way I’d ride with a megaphone behind me all the time)

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I gotta admit, I’ve only ridden aluminum bikes and the State Bicycle Co. Contender is my first steel bike. Right off the bat, I could not believe how cushy the ride was. The comfort of the steel frame is undeniable. I totally get it now when people say, “Steel is real.” Compared with aluminum frames, this bike almost felt like it had a bit of suspension.

The Contender is a blank canvas. I left the bike completely stock for about a week or so and rode it all around San Diego. After a few days, I switched some parts to make it my own, and I was absolutely blown away. The minor changes I made were Hold Fast straps to Fly Bikes Pedals, ThickSlick tires, and Profile Design bullhorn bars. The major changes I made were a suicide lever, and a megaphone to help my little voice guide all the AWLF’s behind me on FULLMOON BIKERIDES. Yes, the megaphone totally effects my handling, but the brake helps out a bit and it all makes me ride at a pace that everyone and everybike can enjoy.

The way this whip handles ( without a megaphone ) is immaculate. Nothing too steep, nothing too mellow, just a great A-B ride. See, I look at my bike as my car. I haven’t owned a car in more than seven years, so this bike is my main source of transportation. I’m not looking for the lightest, most high-tech components, and I’m not looking for a showstopper that could get picked off when I leave it locked up somewhere. I’m just looking for a great bike that can handle daily abuse. The Contender completely meets these needs. It’s even drilled for a rear rack, which I’ll be using for some super long rides down the coast in a few months.

All in all, you really can’t go wrong with the Contender (MSRP $649). I’d recommend this chariot to anyone looking for a sturdy fixed gear that won’t break the bank. All the components are top notch (sealed everything + carbon fiber fork) but easily upgradeable to anything you want. This bike would make a great daily cruiser or even a decent track bike. It’s all up to you and your style.

If you’re in the market for a fresh build, cruise over to State Bicycle Co. to check out all the specs of this great complete.

***UPDATED***

So I’ve had this bike for a year now. I still can ONLY speak the utmost highest of this whip.

This bike has been on EVERY ride hosted under The Awarewolfs name as well as almost ALL my daily rides. Even that 227 mile ride I did last year was on this bike. I’ve gone through some tires of course, scored a fresh set of Hold Fast straps, added super wide MTB bars, a cup holder, and added State Bicycle Co.’s City Front Basket. Other than that though, this bike is entirely stock STILL and has had ZERO major break downs catastrophes. My bottom bracket is shot and creeks but once I put headphones on the problem seems to go away..

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Oh, and the megaphone from above broke before it ever got to be used!

7 thoughts on “STATE BICYCLE CO CONTENDER REVIEW

  1. what manufacturer is your suicide lever? I’m thinking I want to put one on mine, how do you like it compared to a traditional brake?

    • Eh its just some cheap mountain bike lever. Its for oversized bars. I had to put a little shim in between the lever and the frame to make it work but it holds just fine. It def takes a second to get used to but its really not that bad. I don’t really like things on my bars or cables looking all gross on my bike so I def think that it covers fashion and function. I totally recommend it if you got pretty good bike control.

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