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Old 07-27-13, 10:01 AM   #1
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State Bicycle Co - Contender - Initial Thoughts

Just got my bike yesterday. Threw the Hold Fast Straps on and took it for a spin immediately. My first thought - it performed better than expected. Its really fast and the gear ratio 48 x 16 keeps you on the move and provides an anerobic workout at times (incline). The hold fast straps really help as they give you tension and work different muscles in your legs than when your pedaling in compression. I took it for night ride last night and a short ride this morning. My legs are still feeling it.

Size
I'm between 5'-11 and 6'-0" and purchased a 59cm. I was a little dubious as to whether I bought he correct size but after I hoped on it was a damn near perfect fit. I've adjusted the angle of the pursuit handle bars and the height of the seat but still need to create a plum line so that I can adjust the horizontal position of my seat.

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One thing I can say is that it is a little slow off the line but I'm no competitor so this is really a non issue for me. After one rotation on the crank, you're flying. I don't have another wheelset to compare to but I did feel every single bump and crack in the road but I understand this is typical with fixed gear/single speed. I think a wheelset upgrade could improve the ride a bit which I've seen most people do to their contenders. As with all fixed gear bikes be careful on tight turns. I had one instance where my right pedal it the pavement. I barely noticed it but the little bump in my cadence signaled to me that I need to pay better attention while turning.

Inclines
This bike is a beast on inclines. I can't say what percentage the inclines were but a few strong standing rotations at the crank will get you going.

Guess thats it for right now. I will return to this thread and add-on as I get in more rides.

Cheers - Steve
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Different tires and tubes could help the ride as well and be cheaper than a wheelset. Not sure what you're running right now.
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Oh good, another State shill.
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Laterally stiff and vertically compliant, amirite?
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Competition is good. Indicates a healthy state of capitalism.

Of course, its not healthy when most of the products being marketed Suck.

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Its really fast and the gear ratio 48 x 16 keeps you on the move and provides an anerobic workout at times (incline)
Personal pet peeve. A bicycle is not fast. It is an inanimate object that requires an engine. 'I am fast', or 'it can go fast', 'it is light/areodynamic/sleek/smooth' are all more descriptive and make more sense.

Also, post pics of the bike.
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State Bikes. Contributing to the death of fixie culture one bike at a time!
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Just got my bike yesterday. Threw the Hold Fast Straps on and took it for a spin immediately. My first thought - it performed better than expected. Its really fast and the gear ratio 48 x 16 keeps you on the move and provides an anerobic workout at times (incline). The hold fast straps really help as they give you tension and work different muscles in your legs than when your pedaling in compression. I took it for night ride last night and a short ride this morning. My legs are still feeling it.

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I'm between 5'-11 and 6'-0" and purchased a 59cm. I was a little dubious as to whether I bought he correct size but after I hoped on it was a damn near perfect fit. I've adjusted the angle of the pursuit handle bars and the height of the seat but still need to create a plum line so that I can adjust the horizontal position of my seat.

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One thing I can say is that it is a little slow off the line but I'm no competitor so this is really a non issue for me. After one rotation on the crank, you're flying. I don't have another wheelset to compare to but I did feel every single bump and crack in the road but I understand this is typical with fixed gear/single speed. I think a wheelset upgrade could improve the ride a bit which I've seen most people do to their contenders. As with all fixed gear bikes be careful on tight turns. I had one instance where my right pedal it the pavement. I barely noticed it but the little bump in my cadence signaled to me that I need to pay better attention while turning.

Inclines
This bike is a beast on inclines. I can't say what percentage the inclines were but a few strong standing rotations at the crank will get you going.

Guess thats it for right now. I will return to this thread and add-on as I get in more rides.

Cheers - Steve
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Old 07-27-13, 11:58 AM   #11
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Images 1, 2, and 5 - After assembly. The handlebars were turned up a little too far for my liking so I adjusted them in Images 3 and 4. I also took the reflectors off.
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I'm not gonna hate on your bike, but I am going to hate on your bar angle.
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State Bikes. Contributing to the death of fixie culture one bike at a time!
Hi hater. I am unapologetic and I have no allegiance to "fixie" sub culture. Who cares. For me and anyone with a brain its about strengthening the bike culture (which is the parent of the fixed gear culture), using my car less, adding another physical element to my life for the betterment of it and looking hot.

Basically, you're missing the point.
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You need to watch TV and read comic books.

Good job by the way. I like your technique, it looks like it may net a bigger paycheck.
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I'm not gonna hate on your bike, but I am going to hate on your bar angle.
Lol. My friend said the same thing. The mechanic had it set at that angle when I picked it up. But if you noticed in my reply, I already said I adjusted it. Plus State's Pursuit Bullhorn handle bars have some sublte bends and slight angles in the form that, for me, add to the different grabbing positions but overall I think it comes off different in appearance than your typical bullhorn handle bars.
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Oh good, another State shill.
How about you're a troll? I'm just a dude who bought a bike. I could barely find any reviews across the web on the contender so I made it a point to give my personal feedback. This isnt my only bike and is the only one I have from State so its def not a promo thing.

But do me and everyone else a favor and add to the discussion instead of being a side show distraction.
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Different tires and tubes could help the ride as well and be cheaper than a wheelset. Not sure what you're running right now.
The tires are still stock. Tire CST 700x23 Tube CST 700x23 presta long valve. I'm going to look into upgrading the back wheel and tire next summer maybe front too.
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The mechanic had it set at that angle when I picked it up.
Are you sure he wasn't ****ing with you?
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I could barely find any reviews across the web on the contender so I made it a point to give my personal feedback.
Uhhh besides the city bikes and undefeated, they're all from the same cookie cutter with the same frame but with different toppings ala parts.
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Personal pet peeve. A bicycle is not fast. It is an inanimate object that requires an engine. 'I am fast', or 'it can go fast', 'it is light/areodynamic/sleek/smooth' are all more descriptive and make more sense.

Also, post pics of the bike.
I posted pics. The bike is pretty light. Like I said off the line its slow to turn over but I think I was more so talking to the gear ratio, weight and crank as a whole.
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Uhhh besides the city bikes and undefeated, they're all from the same cookie cutter with the same frame but with different toppings ala parts.
Ok. And... Who cares? That still doesn't negate the fact that I wanted to hear a decent number of reviews. And the combination of parts coupled with the frame create a certain ride and feel. But what you are saying is nothing new. Are you saying that someone can't search for reviews prior to buying a bike or are you saying that I should've gone out and just bought similar parts to make my own bike? At the end of the day who cares... Im not taking sides for a specific company or the way an individual goes about getting on a bike.
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Everyone here hates State bikes for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Enjoy your bike.
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How about you're a troll? I'm just a dude who bought a bike. I could barely find any reviews across the web on the contender so I made it a point to give my personal feedback. This isnt my only bike and is the only one I have from State so its def not a promo thing.

But do me and everyone else a favor and add to the discussion instead of being a side show distraction.
If you really wanna hit it right, you could post your own thread: Ask Stealth. You could ha be marks hit you up for fixie advice, like which colours work best and if mixing Heds with Arrospoks are a faux pas.
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At the end of the day who cares... Im not taking sides for a specific company or the way an individual goes about getting on a bike.
I am glad we're all on the same page.

Just ride your bike.
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