With an overall weight of about 38 lbs, thanks to the 6061 aluminum frameset, it is light and stiff making it snappy and nimble around town. State offers the 6061 eBike in three different sizes: 49cm, 53cm and 57cm. For our testing purposes we had the 57cm and at 6 feet tall, found it to be a very comfortable size for commuting around town as well as on longer pedal days in the countryside to see how it road sustained for comfort and range.
The State 6061 eBike Commuter is your classic flat bar road style bike with 700c wheels and Kenda 700x40c tires with K Sheild puncture protection technology.
The Pedal Assist is delivered from an integrated 360wh LG battery in the down tube with a 250w rear hub motor. State has integrated the LCD display into the stem to keep things as minimal as possible on the handlebars. With a relatively small controller to navigate the display and PAS modes located near the left grip. The 6061 eBike has 5 levels of pedal assist using a cadence sensor to deliver different outputs of power between the modes.
State claims the 6061 eBike Commuter to be capable of up to 24 miles of range in PAS level 5 and over 100 miles in PAS level 1. Range is highly variable based on rider weight, tire pressure, temperature, grade of terrain and many additional factors, but we have consistently seen it attain over 20 miles time and time again in Level 5. With a 3.5 hour charge time, bringing the charger to work and topping off for longer distance days is a great way to manage getting the most range for those wanting to ride in Level 5.
Similar to many other bikes in the State Bicycles lineup the 6061 eBike Commuter has a single speed drive train. With a 48T chain ring a 16T cassette it has a 3-1 gear ratio which is on the higher end of ratios, ideal for flatter terrain. Being a chain drive it would be easy to remove a few links and use a smaller chainring for terrain that has more hills to make for easier riding.
There are mechanical disc brakes front and rear with 160mm rotors. The brakes have a very natural feel and are easily maintainable and serviceable. For a lighter weight single speed eBike such as this, 160mm rotors are a great size to deliver ample stopping power.
Wrapping up the design of the 6061 eBike Commuter, State has included water bottle bosses on the seat tube and assorted bosses on the seat stay for a pannier rack or fenders. Additionally, State offers bundle options on their website when ordering, including lights, locks, pedals, water bottle cages, and a kickstand. These are great additions to consider when looking for a turn-key eBike to begin commuting. Quickly adding one of every accessory (rather non-specifically) added about $112 to the order which is a fair value to have everything you need to begin commuting.