State Bicycle Co. 4130 “Acoustic” — CleanTechnica Tested

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State Bicycle Co. recently announced a fresh set of updates for its excellent 4130 All-Road flat-bar bicycle that includes a significant brake upgrade, a new, buttery-smooth rear derailleur, and an eye-catching new color scheme with a Tiffany green colorway (above) that was right up my alley. I simply had to have it, but “acoustic” bikes aren’t really our thing at CleanTechnica — which got me thinking: why don’t we cover more bicycles!?

A Bit of Context

Image courtesy Electrify Expo.

Since the first wave of pandemic lockdowns hit in the spring of 2020, CleanTechnica has been absolutely inundated with e-bikes. I mean that both figuratively, in the sense that there are literally hundreds of brands of e-bikes and thousands of specific models, and literally, in the sense that I’ve personally reviewed not less than ten (10) e-bikes. Add in reviews from Kyle, Tina, Derek, Paul, Jennifer, and … well, you get the idea.

E-bikes made a ton of sense for a population that found itself more or less forced outdoors after years of doom-scrolling and commuting to and from work. They got people outside, gave them a little exercise, and by-and-large enabled them to experience all the joys of riding a bicycle without the nagging strains and pains of middle age. And, unlike many trends of the early pandemic (how many of you still have an active sourdough starter?), e-bikes have hung on — in some small part because they’re practical, but in some larger part because they are genuinely a blast to ride.

But now, a few years and a quite few miles into the two-wheeled habit, some of us are feeling a little better about ourselves. We have fewer aches and pains after long rides, we’re a bit stronger than we used to be, a bit fitter. Not all of us, of course — but some of us … and those e-bikes? We’re finding ourselves twisting the throttle less and less on the way to the Piggly Wiggly, we’re asking ourselves if this is really the best use of all that lithium, and we’re finding that a 60 or 70 or 96 lb. e-bike is kind of a hassle to get on a bike rack or out to a trail.

Where do we go from here, then?

There are a number of options ranging from folding e-bike to “beefier bike rack” to bigger vehicle to get your bike to the trail — but me? I’d decided to go the “proper bicycle” route, and was teetering on the brink of decision-making when that black and green State 4130 pushed me over the edge. And let me tell you this: I should have jumped sooner.

The Bike, Itself

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