Cannondale Topstone 1

Cannondale Topstone 1

At A Glance

  • Lightweight SmartForm C2 Alloy frame with a full carbon fork
  • Shimano GRX 800/600 11-speed shifting
  • WTB ST i23 TCS rims
  • Capable of taking big 45mm tires for more comfort and off-road performance
  • Prepared for dropper post and extra gear/bottle mounts for long-haul readiness

Our Verdict: The Cannondale Topstone 1 offers an amazing blend of lightweight performance, durability, and the capability to tackle all gravel road adventures, making it a bike of choice for enthusiasts looking for a versatile and reliable companion.

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Gravel biking continues to stir up interest among cycling enthusiasts, and riding on this wave is the Cannondale Topstone 1. This bike is designed for riders who have a taste for adventure and who prefer slipping off the tarmac and onto trails. Sharing in the ethos of more ride time and less downtime, the Topstone 1 is for those who seek the thrill of exploratory rides, yearn for road versatility, or desire comfortable commutes made at high speed.

Conquer the Trails in Style with the Cannondale Topstone 1

At the heart of the Topstone 1 is a lightweight SmartForm C2 Alloy frame. This material is not only exceptionally durable but also contributes to the relatively light weight of the bike, improving its mobility off-road. The frame has been constructed with a 12x142 thru-axle and a tapered headtube, ensuring superior handling dynamics for tricky technical descents or when hammering out knotty, gnarly climbs.

The bike comes built with a full carbon fork - an all-new design offering uncompromising precision, pliancy, and comfort. The carbon fork features three mount bosses on each leg, which are perfect for maximizing cargo capacity for longer rides. This is further complemented by an easy mounting point for fenders, equipping the rider to tackle any adventure, come rain or shine.

Powerful Performance and Durability with the Shimano Components

Performance is key with the Topstone 1, and this is largely down to the Shimano GRX 800/600 11-speed shifting system. The Shimano GRX 800 front derailleur provides seamless gear transitions, while the GRX 810 rear derailleur features a Shadow RD+ design, ensuring stable chain management over rough terrain and spreading gear range for hardcore climbs and speed descents.

Helping riders control their speed on the singletracks and fins is the Shimano GRX 400 hydraulic disc brake system. These brakes offer excellent modulation in diverse conditions with the 160mm RT54 rotors providing heat dispersion on prolonged riding.

Riding Comfort and Versatility

The Topstone 1 is ready for wide-ranging challenges on different terrains - the bike’s clearance for big 45mm tires lets you push further into the rough stuff, giving you enhanced grip and comfort on all terrains.

Tackling technical features on the trails is made easier with the OutFront Steering Geometry. The long fork offset paired with a slack head angle allows for confident stability while maintaining a nimble agile steering – optimal for turning tight corners, maintaining speed on descents, or stepping up the pace on flat trails.

Key Technical Specifications for the Cannondale Topstone 1

  • Frame: Lightweight SmartForm C2 Alloy, 12x142 thru-axle, tapered headtube, BSA threaded BBm flat mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, multiple gear/bottle mounts, Removable fender bridge
  • Fork: Topstone Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1.5" steerer, 55mm OutFront offset, flat mount disc, internal routing, 12x100 thru-axle, fender/gear mounts
  • Rear Derailleur:Shimano GRX 810, Shadow RD+
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano GRX 800
  • Shifters: Shimano GRX 600, 11-speed
  • Disc Brakes: Shimano GRX 400 hydraulic disc, 160mm/160mm RT54 rotors
  • Tires: WTB Riddler TCS Light, 700x37c, tubeless ready

Accessing the Cannondale Topstone 1

The Topstone 1 has proved to be a crowd favourite among gravel bikers and commuters alike. Many riders commend its alloy frame for its strength and durability, and appreciated the OutFront Steering Geometry, which provided them with the confidence to tackle tricky descents while maintaining agility and grip on challenging trails.

Shimano's GRX 800/600 11-speed shifting system has been lauded for its precision and fast response, resulting in smooth gear transitions on diverse terrains. Similarly, the GRX 400 hydraulic disc brakes provided excellent stopping power and control, particularly in wet and muddy conditions.

In summary, the Topstone 1 is a commendable choice for riders looking for a versatile, robust gravel bike that can handle an array of conditions with ease.