The rain held off yesterday so I got to put in some real miles (30) on my newest acquisition, the State Bike Co Undefeated. I figured this will give me a good opportunity to post my initial thoughts on the bike. If you hate the brand you might as well stop reading now. Im posting this for anyone who IS curious about the quality. With that said, I made a few part swaps from how it comes stock. I went with a Thomson Elite Setback seat post and a Fizik Antares Vs saddle. I also put on some already wrapped Dimensions Anatomic Road handlebars. I will go with the stock FSA Omega Compact Drops im just waiting for my bar tape to come in. Lastly, I put on some Resist Nomad 700x28c gumwall tires. There is about a cm of clearance in the back, not quite fully slammed. Up front there is only a few mm of clearance between the tire and fork. Im going to switch to something else soon. It is so tight that if glass or a rock get stuck in the tire it could really mess up the fork.
Out of the box the bike was packed neatly and carefully, your standard packaging for any bike box. Cosmetically the bike had one tiny chip in the paint on the fork about 2 by 3 mm in size, it is not deep, just the paint. Seeing as I didnt buy this bike im perfectly fine with it. The bike came with front and rear brakes caliper, cables, and levers all in separate box not installed. The stock saddle is exactly shaped like a vintage Selle Italia Turbo and is actually really comfortable, I just prefer my Fizik, its the best fitting most comfortable saddle I have ever used. I either installed or took off and re-installed everything that needed lubed. their stock installation was correct and didnt find the weird forgot to tighten bolts like I have with other bikes.
The ride quality of this bike was surprising to be honest. 1985-1990 Cannondales are my thing (that period came with aluminum frames and Tange steel forks). This bike seems as stiff but substantially less harsh of a ride. This is probably do to a combination of things, like wider tires, a carbon fork, and less stiff rims. The stock State wheels are adequate thats all I can really say, they are heavy and a deep V style so they are stiff but I would easily assume they come in at over 2000 grams. My biggest issue is the drive train, it isnt whisper quiet like my other bikes. Just a slight ticking thats really annoying. If I tinker a lil im sure I can silence it. Its a KMC K710 I have no prior experience with this chain but it seems to be the cause of the noise. There is a very very small amount of toe overlap which I found surprising as well. Along with this handling is stable and not as twitchy as other bikes I have rode or own. This is more obvious when taking a closer look at the fork rake. As for sizing I didnt look closely at the geometry before getting this, thus I would have noticed the what seems short to me top tube. My size 59 has a 57cm top tube. I feel like I need a longer stem to stretch me out more. I feel a little tight even with the setback seat post. I put on a surly 16t cog I had, to make the gearing 48x16t which seems fine for my area. The last thing I will say is im absolute pleasantly surprised with this bike. Ill let you guys know more in the future. The cost is high for the complete, but I do feel the bike is actually of very high quality.