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)
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 brake lever ( more a cop deterrent than anything ), 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 five 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.