Dreaming about a gravel bike, but dreading the hit to your wallet? Turns out you don't have to spend a fortune to get a badass one that's great for riding around town, too. That's the impression we get from State's latest launch, the 6061 Black Label All Road, which packs loads of smart features into a $1,399 price point.
Incorporating some of the brand's learnings from its excellent 4130 road bikes, the 6061 boasts an aggressively shaped alloy frame, full-carbon fork, internal cable routing and a reliable SRAM Apex 1x11 drivetrain, all of which add up to a capable off-road beast.
For those who crave more flexibility, State's taking a forward-thinking approach with regard to the fork and wheels. With the $180 Monster Fork option, you get fender mounts and a front crown mount, plus three-pack mounts on each side for racks, bottles, dynamo lights and any other commute- or bikepack-friendly accessories.
As for the wheels, you can choose between tubeless-compatible 700c wheels with 38mm tires or 650b with 47mm tires — or get both (with wheels, rotors, cassettes, tires and tubes) for an extra $350. Snag the former for weekly commuting and the latter for thrashing dirt and rocks on the weekends.
It's worth noting that even with those two add-ons, the whole package totals less than $2,000. Considering that doubling up on wheels gets you almost two bikes in one, the 6061 makes quite a case for itself. We are stoked to rip around on it and will follow up with notes from the (off) road.