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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale Topstone Lefty. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- The Cannondale Topstone Lefty is a full suspension gravel bike with 30mm of travel in the Oliver Lefty fork and 30mm of travel in the rear.
- The Oliver Lefty fork steers with precision.
- Cannondale provides riders with room for three water bottles on the Topstone Lefty, making this bike ideal for long days riding gravel roads.
- The Kingpin flex suspension allows riders to ride comfortably over singletrack terrain.
- Specced with 650b x 47mm tires and wheels, the Topstone Lefty is also compatible with a 700c setup.
- Voluptuous, 650b tires provide riders with traction and comfort over a variety of terrain. Experts note they are able to stay in the saddle over most terrain.
- The suspension is intuitive. It feels rigid until the rider encounters an obstacle in their path.
- Experts found the gear range was wide and allowed them to tackle a variety of terrain.
- The bike is attractive and has a sleek appearance with internally routed cables.
- Experts found it easy to lock-out the Oliver Lefty fork.
- The Ai rear offset increases the stiffness of the bike in the rear. This allows for greater power transfer when riding the Cannondale Topstone Lefty.
- Experts describe the bike as capable of taking on endurance gravel races and bikepacking adventures. The bike has room for a frame bag.
- The Topstone Lefty is available in both aluminum and carbon builds. This allows riders to find a version of the Topstone Lefty that best fits their budget and preferences.
- The wedge seatpost attachment gives the bike a crisp and polished appearance.
4 reasons not to buy
- Users were disappointed to find that there are few wheels compatible with the Topstone Lefty, due to the Ai offset in the rear.
- The short chainstays on the bike reduce traction on steep descents.
- Experts agree that the weighted front end can negatively affect one's climbing ability on steep climbs.
- The bike is specced with a 1x drivetrain. Many test riders stated they would like to see a 2x set up on the bike.