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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 – |


    • I prefer to (and don’t do this if it’s uncomfortable for you) slam the stem and cut the fork’s steer tube. Always makes the bike look better no matter what color it is.

      • Thankks Charlie I really love your setup , it really suits the city 🙂 and i just started riding fixed is there any tips or tricks on how to ride better when riding fixed? For example stopping immediately , potential upgrades in the future, or what or what not to do? thanks !!

      • Hey thanks Samuel! Tips or tricks? Um, not really – just practice makes perfect. Potential upgrades? Clipless pedals. The reason I have a bigger back tire is for absorbing impacts riding over potholes and such. The thinner front tire feels more nimble.

      • ohh okay thanks Charlie !
        I think i’ll get the same setup 🙂
        I just got the black label too and I’m going to go with what you have on your bike 😛 !

    • I have a 23 in the front and a 25 in the back. A 25 would more than likely fit in the front but I donnn’t think a 28 would fit in either the front or back.. It’d be incredibly close.

    • Dude no problem Carlos! I’m actually 6’2″ and I’m riding a 59. I probably should be riding a 62 but the 59 is jussst fine. If you want to be able to throw the bike around quick, then the 59 would be fine. If you are more concerned with overall comfort, then the 62. Word.

  1. I have been trying to figure out the weight of the Black Label, versus a steel bike like the contender, or the basic ones from State. Do you feel a dramatic change on weight perception? thanks!

    • I don’t feel a DRAMATIC difference in weight.. SLIGHT, but not dramatic. The Black Label definitely feels more ‘nimble’ though!

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