State Bicycle Co. strives to make bikes that are as attractive as they are well-made. Since 2009, they’ve done just that by making a slew of eye-catching models that aren’t meant to just put on display. We got our hands on one of our favorites (the Vice 2.0) to take the brand for a spin. Read what we thought about it, and then check out the bottom of the post for your chance to win the bike.
What Is It?
A highly customizable fixed-gear or, thanks to the flip-flop hub, single-speed bike that starts at $449. It’s an updated version of one of State Bicycle Company’s all-time best sellers.
Who Is It Made For?
Street riders and urban commuters.
How Does It Feel?
A bit more well-thought-out and well-made than a cheap fixie. The handlebars and saddle were very comfortable, and the lightweight 4130 grade Cromoly steel frame struck us as more durable than most.
What We Liked:
It really looks sharp. The seafoam frame really shines when paired with the jet black components throughout the bike. When you’re riding around a crowded city, it’s nice to be the one getting noticed.
What We Didn’t Like:
For the most part, we really liked the bike. That said, we would have appreciated a quick release and slightly shorter cranks. Also, while it’s not an issue for the average rider, the handbrakes weren’t ideally positioned for sudden braking when utilizing the drop bars.
There’s a ton you can customize. From the style of handlebars to the pedals, saddle, type of fork, and more, State Bicycle Co. really lets you create the right version for you.
Would We Buy It?
We understand there’s a certain appeal to a cheap fixie you can spruce up yourself, but if you want something one tier up, the Vice 2.0 is worth the money.
Congrats to Lawrence O’Toole, grand prize winner of the State Bicycle Co. Vice 2.0. Thanks to all who entered!