Urban Brand ‘State’ Launches Mountain Bike

State Bicycle Company is known for its fixed-gear and singlespeed bikes. Now, the Tempe, Ariz., company is entering the mountain bike space with two crosscountry builds.

state mountain bike

Designed in collaboration with Dustin Klein, founder of Cadence Collection clothing, the State Pulsar is a 29er hardtail available in rigid and front suspension configurations for $650 and $1,100.

The release is noteworthy as the brand’s first mountain bike after reaching many enthusiasts in the urban and commuter market. It will likely raise eyebrows among its demographic of younger riders looking to get off the pavement to try singletrack.

State Mountain Bike Budget Buy?

At $1,100, calling the Pulsar a “budget” bike may seem nuts to the unfamiliar. But in a sport that sees serious mountain bikers jumping on steeds that retail for $2,000 to $5,000 and more, it is entry-level.

The State starts with a 4130 chromoly steel frame built with moderate, versatile geometry. It has a 70 to 71 degree head angle and 45cm chain stay.

State Pulsar single speed mountain bike

The rigid Pulsar rolls on 29″ WTB SX wheels powered by a singlespeed Truvativ E 400 crank with a 32-tooth chainring. It has mechanical disc brakes. It will cost a consumer $650.

state pulsar mountain bike

The Pulsar Deluxe has a Rockshox Recon Silver fork and has slightly higher end components. It sells for $1,100.

Both models come configured as singlespeeds, which saves money on derailleurs, chainrings, shift levers, and cables. They also both come with Avid mechanical disk brakes, the standard with BB5’s and the Deluxe with BB7.

As these sit, the State Pulsar models look like decent budget bikes for the person who wants a singlespeed. This could be the person looking for a good do-all bike that can roll on trails and a little pavement, or the enthusiast looking for a training steed to build power without forking out huge bucks for a high end model. Who knows? A budget singlespeed has a lot of possible end users.

affordable mountain bike

For anyone looking for simplicity in a budget-friendly bike, State has an answer. You get a steel frame (heavy but smooth riding) and some decent components for a fair price, and a bike that will roll you over rough terrain with few parts to service.

Pulsar SS 29er Mountain Bike

  • Frame & Fork: 4130 Chromoly Steel w/ “Pulsar” graphics by DKLEIN
  • Wheels: WTB SX 19 29” Rims – 32H Disc Hubs
  • Tires: WTB Vigilante 29” x 2.3”
  • Crank: Truvativ E 400 w/ 32t Chainring (Powerspline Bottom Bracket)
  • Brakes: Avid BB5 Brake System
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket
  • Available Sizes: 15”, 17”, 19”

Deluxe Pulsar SS 29er Mountain Bike

  • Frame: 4130 Chromoly Steel w/ “Pulsar” graphics by DKLEIN
  • Fork: Rockshox Recon Silver TK – Solo Air
  • Wheels: WTB SX 19 29” Rims – 32H Disc Hubs
  • Tires: WTB Vigilante 29” x 2.3”
  • Crank: 2015 SRAM GX 1000 1x MTB Crank w/ 32t Chainring (GXP Bottom Bracket)
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Brake System
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket
  • Available Sizes: 15”, 17”, 19”

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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