Cannondale's alloy-framed Topstone range has rapidly established
itself as a bestseller, a truly versatile gravel/adventure bike
that also makes the base for a great commuter build or winter
Now Cannondale have expanded the range, introducing the Topstone
Carbon alongside the existing models. It's more than just a carbon
copy though - the new carbon frameset includes a very useful 30mm
of rear suspension travel for added comfort and extended
The Kingpin system uses an ingenious single pivot at the seat
tube, avoiding the bulk, weight and complexity of a shock or
linkage. Instead the travel is provided by flex built into the
chainstays and seat stays, in a leaf spring-like arrangement. This
makes for a low maintenance system that'll provide just enough
travel (and small bump responsiveness) to take the harshness out of
typical gravel/adventure routes.
The rest of the bike boasts similar attention to detail, with
internal routing for an optional dropper post if you're planning to
get serious on the trails. A removeable rear mudguard bridge keeps
the rear end tidy, and like it's alloy sibling there are a
multitude of mounting points for all your gear.
Cannondale quote clearance for up to 700x40mm tyres, and it'll
also happily take 650x48mm if you want some extra volume. This top
of the range eTap AXS-equipped model also comes complete with
Cannondale's new integrated wheel sensor (developed with Garmin),
which provides speed/distance data and pairs with your ANT+
computer and/or the Cannondale smartphone app.
With geometry that sticks close to the "road endurance" fit and
relaxed yet nimble handling this is a bike that can put in the
miles on the road when needed, but has plenty in the tank for when
you head off the beaten track.
photos by Bobby Whittaker