Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b

Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b

  • Model: Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b
  • Type: Gravel Bike
  • Key Features:
    • Topstone Carbon frameset
    • Kingpin suspension system
    • Shimano GRX 800/600 11-speed shifting
    • Aggressive 650x47 "Road Plus" wheels & tires
    • SmartSense compatibility for safety

Our Verdict: The Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b is a top-quality gravel bike. With its impressive Kingpin suspension, SmartSense capability, Shimano GRX shifting, and aggressive "Road Plus" wheels and tires, it's built to conquer both gravel and off-road terrains with ease.

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The Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b is a top-tier gravel bike designed for adventurous riders who crave both comfort and high performance. Whether it's conquering dirt roads, exploring the back-country trails, or undertaking big-mile bikepacking, Topstone Carbon 3 will show you why it's deemed superior in the burgeoning category of gravel bikes. Gravitating around a blend of endurance road speed, cyclocross durability and mountain bike versatility, the Topstone Carbon 3 650b ensures you're equipped for every off-road escapade.

Feature-Rich Design of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b

Diving into the highlight of the Topstone Carbon 3 650b, the unique Kingpin suspension system secures the reigns. This innovative design flexes the frame's rear triangle, delivering up to 30mm of travel. The beauty of Kingpin suspension lies in its simplicity — it offers a smooth, weight-efficient ride without the complications of a shock and linkages. Furthermore, it uses low-friction bushings for reliable, maintenance-free performance.

The frame and the fork of the bike are meticulously crafted from carbon fibre, a material appreciated for its weight-saving properties and robustness. This lightweight Topstone Carbon frameset is sculpted through Cannondale's Proportional Response size-specific construction. This technique ensures optimal frame stiffness and compliance for each frame size, tailoring the bike's ride feel and comfort to every rider.

Technological Advancements in the Bike

The Topstone Carbon 3 650b is equipped with plenty of seamless technology. An integrated wheel sensor connects with the free Cannondale App, bringing you accurate speed, route, and distance details while cycling. It also registers your bike and reminds you of service needs.

Furthermore, the model is designed for an internally-routed 27.2mm dropper seatpost addition, supporting the bike's off-road capabilities. The dropped chainstay design enables clearance for hefty volume tyres (up to 700x45mm or 27.5x2.1"). It also permits the installation of SmartSense — our intelligent running lights and rear-facing radar system — making your ride safer.

Gravel Experience with Topstone Carbon 3 650b

Riding the Topstone Carbon 3 650b over varied terrain is nothing short of a joy. Its lightweight frame and well-thought geometrical design make it easy to manoeuvre on uphill climbs and tight turns. The bike remains stable over rough patches, ensuring your off-road journeys are comfortable. The Kingpin suspension system eats up bumps and vibrations, giving you the confidence to ride on gnarly trails.

Furthermore, the bike is fitted with a set of aggressive 650x47 "Road Plus" wheels and tyres, delivering superior grip on loose surfaces. They also roll smoothly on tarmac, making the bike versatile for both rough dirt paths and paved roads. No matter the weather conditions, the Topstone Carbon 3 650b ensures consistent performance, thanks to its sturdy build and reliable components.

Furnished with Shimano GRX 800/600 11-speed shifting and 160mm RT64 rotors disc brakes, this bike guarantees reliable speed control and stopping power, even on wet and muddy trails. All these exquisite features team up to provide an exhilarating ride, making the bike your perfect companion in off-road adventures.

Exacting Technical Specifications of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b

Fronted by Shimano GRX 810 front and rear derailleurs, along with the Shimano GRX 600 11-speed shifters, the Topstone Carbon 3 650b ensures quick, seamless gear shifts on any terrain. The chain is a Shimano HG601, catering to 11-speed setups while being lightweight and dependable. The drivetrain setup concludes with a robust FSA Gossamer Pro Modular AGX+ crank with a 46/30 chainring setup.

The bike relies on Shimano GRX 400 hydraulic disc brakes, paired with 160mm RT64 rotors for uncompromised stopping power. The WTB ST i25 TCS 650b tubeless-ready rims wrapped in WTB Sendero TCS Light 650bx47mm tubeless-ready tyres ensure remarkable traction and control on varied terrains.

This gravel specialist also has Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2x350mm seatpost; Fizik Aliante Delta, S-alloy rails saddle; and Cannondale 3, butted 6061 Alloy, 16 deg flare drop handlebars for optimal rider positioning while shredding trails.