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Best Deal in Bikes: State Bicycle Co. Launches Wireless Shifting Gravel Bike Under $2,500

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Electronic shifting for the masses? “Pish posh,” you say.

But State Bicycle Co. — a go-to brand for affordable bikes — says, “Hold my beer.”

The brand unveiled its 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS today, along with a host of upgrades across the rest of its gravel and road lines (more on those other announcements in a second).

The 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS boasts an MSRP of $2,400. That’s quite a deal for a modern 1×12 crossover bike, but it’s especially great for one with SRAM’s AXS electronic shifting drivetrain on board.

“The 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS may be the lowest-priced electronic shifting bike on the market,” a press release from State Bicycle Co. gushed. That’s hard to prove, but I failed to turn up anything cheaper. Maybe you’ll have better luck.

SRAM Apex XPLR AXS hydraulic disc brakes are another upgrade worth noting. And the 12-speed cassette sports a 440% range, so you can chug up gravel slopes or zip along on pavement to your heart’s content. All this on an aluminum frame with a carbon fork. And, hey — peep the understated and timeless styling.

The 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS on a white background
State’s 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS brings wireless shifting to the people and looks great doing it.

State Bicycle Co. offers two wheelsets with this affordable beast:

  • 700c: tubeless capable wheels with Vittoria Terreno Zero 38C
  • 650b: tubeless capable wheels with Vittoria Terreno Dry 47c

State’s Other Upgrades

State Bicycle Co. also launched the Carbon All-Road today, a ride that is almost exactly what it sounds like. Carbon? Check. Gravel capable? Double check.

“This bike is lightweight enough to hang on a road ride and sturdy enough for trans-American bike-packing adventures,” State’s marketing department claimed in the press release.

The State Bicycle Co. Carbon All-Road leaning against a wall
If you can’t find somewhere to put a bottle rack on this bad boy, I can’t help you; (photo/State Bicycle Co.)

State’s not kidding about that weight-to-adventure-capability ratio. The frame weighs 2.5 pounds and is speckled with a slew of mounting points for panniers, mudguards, water bottles, and whatever else you want to tack on there.

The Carbon All-Road starts at an MSRP of $2,000 for the frame and goes up from there. You can find it on the State Bicycle Co. website, along with the 6061 All-Road Apex XPLR AXS and other goodies.

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