Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS

At a Glance:

  • Frame: Lightweight Topstone Carbon with Kingpin suspension system
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Rival AXS wireless 12-speed group
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Tires: Vittoria Mezcal III 44c
  • Extras: SmartSense Light equipment, internal dropper seatpost ready

Our Verdict: A superior gravel bike, the Topstone Carbon Rival AXS combines innovative design with quality components, offering exceptional grip and comfort, and is equipped for both the long haul and off-road adventures.

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Introducing the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS, a bike that redefines the gravel biking experience, pushing boundaries and taking you to places you never thought a bike could handle. This bike is masterpiece designed for the adventurous off-roaders, hardcore explorers and outdoor lovers who yearn for unparalleled ride and climbing experience. The Topstone Carbon Rival AXS rightly owns its spot in the high-end market with elegantly engineered features and groundbreaking technology that sets it apart, offering unmatched value for dedicated bikers.

The Amazing Features of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS

At the centre of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS’s superb performance is the Lightweight Topstone Carbon frameset with Kingpin suspension. This bike frameset comes with an integrated and intelligently designed wheel sensor that by connecting to the free Cannondale App, delivers real-time, highly accurate route, speed and distance information, just at your convenience. This technology ensures your ride is always appropriately recorded and optimised for peak performance.

A closer look at the SRAM Rival eTap AXS, 12-speed front and rear derailleurs coupled with SRAM Rival (43/30) cranks, you realise an integrated component system that delivers flawless and state-of-the-art gear performance under any weather or terrain conditions. Avid bikers will appreciate the precision, reliability, and seamless switching that these components bring to the table–crucial in manoeuvring gnarly corridors in the woods or climbing challenging hills.

The Topstone Carbon Rival AXS is also dropper seatpost ready, with a built-in capacity to accept an internally-routed 27.2mm fitting, an amazing feature for a bike that promises so much off-road fun. It is equipped with SRAM Rival Hydraulic Disc Brakes, beautifully set around 160/160mm centerline rotors that promises effective braking safety even on slippery and sloppy surfaces. With the DT Swiss G540 rims rolled around Vittoria Mezcal III, 700x44c tubeless ready tires, you have a robust wheel ensemble that is perfect for harsh terrains and that is easy to handle.

The Topstone Carbon Rival AXS boasts of a Proportional Response size-specific construction, an innovative design that brings about optimal frame stiffness and compliance for each frame size. Such personalised tuning ensures every rider gets the exact comfort and ride feel they need, a highly desirable feature for gravel riders and back road explorers. Coupled with a smartly-designed OutFront Steering Geometry for an excellent balance of stability and agility, the bike's handling, both on rough and smooth surfaces, is simply phenomenal.

Riding Experience with the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS

Riding a Topstone Carbon Rival AXS feels like conquering territories on a bike that is thoroughly designed to adapt and overcome. You'll find comfort riding on gravel, dirt roads, rough pavements and trails, with the bike's grip and Kingpin suspension system providing an incredible balance and support. The bike can easily cover long distances while handling different weather changes, and its sturdy construction minimizes the impact on your body from bumpy rides.

Riding downhill on rough terrains feeling confident that your SRAM Rival Hydraulic Disc Brakes will perform incredibly to keep your speed in check. On uphill climbs, the SRAM Rival eTap AXS, 12-speed front and rear derailleurs team up with SRAM Rival (43/30) cranks to provide the needed drive for shredding or climbing.|

Detailed Technical Specifications of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS

The Topstone Carbon Rival AXS comes with a Carbon frame equipped with a Kingpin suspension system. The bike fork is also made of carbon with 1-1/8" to 1.5" steerer, 55mm OutFront offset, flat mount disc, internal routing, 12x100 thru-axle, triple bottle/gear mounts, and fender mounts.

In the drivetrain, the bike features rear and front derailleurs of SRAM Rival eTap AXS, coupled with SRAM Rival DUB Wide, 43/30 cranks. The rear cogs are SRAM XG-1250, 10-36, 12-speed with SRAM DUB BSA Road 68 Wide bottom bracket. On the braking system, SRAM Rival Hydraulic Disc brakes with 160/160mm Centerline Rotors guarantee the best stopping power.

The wheel system of the bike comes with DT Swiss G540, 28h, 24mm inner width rims, coupled with Vittoria Mezcal III, 700x44c, tubeless ready tires. The handlebar of this bike is crafted from Cannondale 3, butted 6061 Alloy, 16 deg flare drop, and the stem is made from Cannondale 1, 7050 Alloy, -7°. Fizik Solocush Soft, 3mm grips provide the best hold on the bike while the saddle is Fizik Aliante Delta, with S-alloy rails.


From rider feedback, the Topstone Carbon Rival AXS consistently impresses on multiple fronts. Riders appreciate the bike's ability to comfortably cross different terrains while maintaining control and stability. The integrated technology makes tracking distance, speed, and route an absolute breeze, and the Kingpin suspension is a rider's dream on rough surfaces. The bike's performance in back road exploring, gravel riding, off-road adventures, and bike packing, make it a clear crowd favourite.

The advanced SRAM Rival AXS wireless 12-speed group combined with hydraulic disc brakes offers a seamless gear system that riders have praised for its flawless performance in harsh terrains. Its lightness and comfort are other aspects bikers continue to appreciate about the bike.

Its clear this bike has all it takes to revolutionalize your outdoor adventures with strong performance, and unrivalled technologies. Whether you are a hardcore biker or a beginner, looking to experience the thrill of off-road biking – the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Rival AXS is the bike for you!