Cannondale’s new Topstone gravel bike line starts at $1,000

By Stephen Frothingham

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cannondale’s new Topstone bike line includes three gravel bikes with aluminum frames, starting at $1,000 retail.

The bikes are named after a favorite dirt road section near Cannondale’s global headquarters in Connecticut.

“Built for smashing out big miles on the roughest of gravel roads, Topstone’s confident rider position, nimble handling and grippy high-volume tires make it an ideal weekend tourer, an all-weather commuter, or simply a supremely comfortable all-around road bike,” the company said.

The bikes have a SmartForm C2 Alloy frame with clearance for 700c tires up to 42 mm wide. The bikes also have a full carbon fork with a tapered steerer and a 12 mm thru-axle. The Topstone features similar stack and reach measurements to Cannondale’s endurance road bike, the Synapse. It also has Cannondale’s OutFront Geometry, which pairs a slack head angle with a 55 mm fork offset. The bikes also have an internal cable routing for a dropper seatpost, mounts for top tube storage, and multiple mounts for carrying three bottles or large frame bags.

The new line includes a model with SRAM APEX 1 part and a dropper post ($2,000), a model with Shimano 105 parts ($1,650) and a model …read more

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