My first fixed gear was a Leader 725.
It had the big thick aluminum tubing which is ALL I was concerned about. I, like a lot of kids who rush in to buying an aluminum framed fixed gear, paid way too much for it but I rode that bike in to the ground. The more I learned, the more I realized that there isn’t much which sets aluminum frames apart from other aluminum frames. So I started wondering why my Leader had cost so much compared to other aluminum bikes like the State Bicycle Co Black Label.
I was curious with the Black Label. Would I really notice a difference? It costs about $500 less than some other companies so where was I gonna loose out? So far, after heavy shredding, its really hard to see why other aluminum bikes go for so much more…
The Black Label comes about 90% assembled and took minutes to build up.
Right off the bat, I could tell that the Black Label has has a tighter geometry than my other bike, The State Bicycle Contender. The head tube and seat tube are both a degree steeper, and the chain stay is 2 cm shorter. This tighter geometry makes for a compact, nimble, and tight ride. Since the back wheel is more under your butt, whip skidding and wheelies are easier. Since the head tube is steeper, the steering is more responsive. The bottom bracket is a little higher than the Contender which allows for tighter cornering so your pedals don’t hit the ground.
GREAT geometry for fast corners, handling traffic, or racing.
The Black Label is a quality ride at an entry level price. For $759, you’re getting a lot of bike for your buck. Easily upgradeable, the Black Label is a blank canvas for you to turn in to a track beast or a city smasher.
State Bicycle Co. Black Label : HERE
State Bicycle Co. Contender Review : HERE
Photos by @fotophunk
Words by Charlie Sears – firstname.lastname@example.org | www.charliesears.co