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Cannondale Topstone Range Review Cannondale Topstone Range Review

Cannondale Topstone

Lightweight and lively gravel bikes with a smooth yet snappy ride feel. The Cannondale Topstone range includes both aluminium alloy and carbon fibre frame options.

Nothing is Impassable

The key to success on rough terrain is handling and this is where the Topstone shines. The OutFront steering geometry keeps the steering light and agile while providing stability and confidence on the rougher stuff. The Topstone Carbon takes this to another level with the Kingpin Suspension system.

GRAVEL – CARBON OR ALUMINIUM – RIGID OR SUSPENSION – 700C OR 650B

Riding the Topstone

We tested the Cannondale Topstone Carbon on the gravel trails of South Wales. Find out if we thought the Kingpin suspension system was more than just marketing hype.

Cannondlae Topstone Kingpin suspension system

Kingpin Suspension

While the frame of Topstone Carbon looks like it has conventional the rear end of the bike has engineered flex zones that act as a leaf spring. Combined with a pivot this gives you 10mm of rear-wheel travel and 30mm at the seat post. All this without adding any significant weight - the Topstone Carbon 2L size M we tested weighs just 9.44Kg. As well as improving grip in the corners this smooths out the high-frequency chatter you get when riding fast on gravel roads.

Outfront steering geometry on the Cannondale Topstone

OutFront Steering Geometry

How do you make a bike stable when riding fast over rough terrain while keeping the steering light and lively everywhere else? Cannondale solved this problem by combining a slack head tube angle (for stability) with an extra-long fork offset (for agility). This refined geometry and rider position delivers a ride experience that’s stable, composed, and comfortable without losing that spark.

Riding the Cannondale Topstone

Smooth and Able

Wide tyres play a huge part in making a bike comfortable as well as giving you the grip you need to ride loose terrain with confidence. The dropped seat stays on the Topstone Carbon offer clearance for up to 45mm tyres with 700c wheels, or 2.1” tyres with 650b wheels, while still leaving room for 6mm of tyre clearance on each side. Even without the dropped stays, the alloy framed bikes have clearance for up to 42mm wide tyres.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon top tube mounts

Carry Your Gear

The Topstone has plenty of places to store water and gear on the bike. There’s a multi-position mount on the down tube as well as mounts on the top tube, seat tube and under the down tube. The carbon-framed bikes also get mounts on the fork. The Topstone is ready to load up and go long.

Gravel bike rider on the Cannondale Topstone looking over yonder

Easy to Live With

The Topstone is designed with simplicity, compatibility, and ease of use in mind. Kingpin requires no set-up or routine maintenance. The internal cable routing is fully guided, and the bikes are built to accept a 27.5” dropper post. The removable fender bridge makes fitting mudguards a breeze and the speed release axle is compatible with most thru-axle wheelsets.

Cannondale Smart Sense

Smart Sense

All Topstone Carbon models are Smart Sense ready, and some come equipped. The Topstone Carbon 2L featured in the video above has integrated front and rear lights that are connected to a single battery pack that can also power other electronic components and charge your phone. The RL models also have a radar that detects vehicles moving up behind you.

Cannondale wheel sensor

Cannondale App

The Cannondale App opens up a multitude of new possibilities. The app gives control of all Smart Sense features, radar display and ride logging, as well as telling you every detail about your bike and its components including service intervals. Simply spin the wheel to activate the sensor.

Offering an incredibly smooth ride on rough terrain while maintaining the speed and agility you expect from a drop-bar bike. The Cannondale Topstone is a go-anywhere, ride-anything bike that will encourage you to veer off the road onto more adventurous terrain. You can confidently tackle back roads, forgotten roads or singletrack connectors. With the unrivalled grip and comfort of Kingpin on the Topstone Carbon, you can do this with more speed and confidence than you ever thought possible.

Cannondale Topstone Range

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