Cannondale Topstone

87/100
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Users (11 ratings)
95
Experts (3 reviews)
89
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Facts

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Numbers of gears
22, 18, 24, 11
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Suspension
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Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on Cannondale Topstone. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • Comfort from suspension and a balanced seating position was undeniable.
  • Every model of Topstone is equipped with a full carbon fork.
  • This rig is renowned for nimble, confident handling on sketchy surfaces.
  • Some reviewers described Apex models as ‘relatively inexpensive’.
  • It’s a cycling factotum; serving as a gravel, road, commuting and winter ride.
  • The Kingpin active suspension system is a breakthrough in the gravel world.
  • SRAM and Shimano hydraulic brakes were welcomed (on high-end models).
  • WTB Riddler tires came tubeless-ready.
  • The 2x12 drivetrain on the Carbon Force saw riders spoilt for a gear range.
  • Subtle color schemes and discreet welds made for an appealing package.
  • One expert felt this bike accelerated well, compared to the competition.
  • Components were seen to be decent as specced. On 105 models, the groupset is lauded.
  • Hollowgram wheels have wide, light, shallow rims strong enough for singletrack.
  • Mounts are provided for three bottle cages, frame bags, spares, a rear rack, full mudguards and a top tube storage pouch.

11 reasons not to buy

  • Experts bemoaned the Topstone’s less-than-stellar climbing abilities.
  • Attaching a dropper post reportedly limited minimum seat heights.
  • On-road, the Topstone rode well but wasn’t a 'road bike'.
  • A long-term review said rims were heavy and didn’t stay true.
  • Gear ratios and ranges were great off-road but not so fast on-road.
  • One expert felt that internal cable routing was noisy.
  • Carbon models were somewhat expensive, compared to the competition.
  • One expert really would have preferred a threaded bottom bracket.
  • The Force eTap AXS shifters were sometimes too bulky for smaller hands.
  • A long-term reviewer felt that Cannondale could have provided more greases and lubes.
  • On technical and rough terrain, small tire volumes and a high centre of gravity caused problems.

Bottom line

Testers enjoyed the Topstone’s ride, feel and fun-factor over uneven surfaces. As is understood, this rig performed better off-road than on. But that didn’t stop enthusiastic owners happily using the Topstone as their do-everything bike. The innovative Kingpin suspension system uses pivot points and apparently has the effect of running a 9mm wider tire. It wasn’t just a gimmick, as experts noted that it genuinely contributed to comfort on longer rides. Due to wide-ish tires and a moderate weight, alloy models felt a little sludgy on climbs. Conversely, the Carbon Force comes equipped with a 2x12 drivetrain, featuring 46/33 cranks and 10–33 cassette, which meant no struggling on ascents. Riders were happy to use the Topstone for short bikepacking trips, gravel, cross and winter road applications. A seemingly impressive bike with performance reflected in the price.

Expert Reviews

89/100 based on 3 expert reviews
100
Cycling Weekly

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX

Level 4 expert

With a change of tyres the Topstone Carbon is capable of becoming as close to a one bike ‘quiver killer’ as I thought possible.

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80
BikeRadar

Cannondale Topstone Apex Review

Level 5 expert

Switching lines to avoid holes, hopping obstacles, nailing cambers and precise line choice become second nature.

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90
RennRad

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Force eTap AXS [German]

Level 2 expert

It scores highly with a balanced seating position and high comfort, especially on very rough ground, where the superior damping properties of the Kingpin suspension become noticeable.

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Bruno Bobbink

The New Cannondale Topstone Carbon Gravelbike Review.

Level 1 expert

It has thirty millimetres of bumpsmoothening suspension… I f you want to be faster than your friends without hurting your ass, this might be the perfect bike for you.

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BikeRadar

Cannondale Topstone vs GT Grade | ‘Suspension’-Equipped Gravel Bike Shootout

Level 5 expert

It’s whether you want the straight-line speed and the stability of the Cannondale or the lively, more nimble feel of the GT.

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User Ratings

95/100 based on 11 ratings
  • 5 star
    73%
  • 4 star
    27%
  • 3 star
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  • 2 star
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Comparison

In comparison to averages of categories
Cannondale Topstone
87
Average All Bikes
74
Average Cannondale Bike
81
Average Gravel - Adventure Bike
81