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2020 Cannondale Topstone Guide

Words by Ellie Park

on 23/03/2020 15:12:12

2020 Cannondale Topstone Range Guide

The Topstone has been a killer bike since it launched and we reckon it could be our best selling bike of 2020. Cannondale have used a continuation of their endurance race geometry from the very popular Synapse range providing an upright comfortable position for all day miles and smiles but with a slight twist that allows for off-road control and speed. Here at the shop we love the Topstone so much we have added the Aluminium 105 offering to our vast range of hire bikes for 2020.

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The aluminium Topstone can take just about everything, even a baby seat! With mounts for pannier racks, mudguards, bottle cages and a top-tube bag this bike is ideal for the commute crusher or cycle touring connoisseur. Disc brakes are spec'd as standard on all five models which if you are based in Scotland like us, is a god send! However the Topstone isn’t just for the tarmac, with tyre clearance of up to 42mm x 700c and the additional option of 47mm x 650c, this bike offers superior grip as well as comfort and along with the extra stiffness from the 12mm bolt thru axels on the front and rear, the Cannondale Topstone Aluminium is also an exceptional gateway into the world of gravel.

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If you are after something a little saucier though, why not go carbon? The Topstone Carbon really stands out from other bikes on the market as it is pretty unique and some might say controversial. Cannondale claim this is their most comfortable, capable and confident adventure road bike yet. The standout feature of the Topstone Carbon is the Kingpin Suspension design, which operates by a single pivot between the seat-stay and seat-tube on the rear of the bike as well as flex points within the rear of the top-tube, chain-stays and lower seat-tube. This provides the average rider with around 30mm of compliance making for an exceptionally smooth ride over the rough stuff while still maintaining a lightweight frame design unlike the more traditional suspension design that you would see on most mountain bikes which uses either an air shock or coil spring. Yes, the bike does have suspension but that doesn’t mean it’s not efficient. A mountain bike would usually have a minimum of 100mm of suspension travel whereas the Topstone only has 30mm so in-fact the bike is actually best suited for flat out gravel racing. However the Topstone Carbon still has the same tyre clearance and plethora of mounts for bottles, top tube bag, mudguards and a rack. Making the bike a great all-rounder, therefore if your budget allows this could also be an awesome commuter with that extra comfort for those infamous Glaswegion pot holes.

The Aluminium Models -

The aluminium range uses the same Light, durable SmartForm C2 Alloy Frame with full carbon fork across the five models (including a women’s specific option) but is split into four different shimano groupset options; Sora, Tiagra, 105 and Ultegra. All models are 27.2 dropper seat post compatible and are available in all sizes from extra-small through to extra-large (women’s model is only available from extra-small through to medium).

Topstone Sora -

46/30 tooth chainrings and 2 x 9 speed Sora gear system

                            

· 11 - 34 tooth cassette

· Promax cable actuated disc brakes

· 700c Wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler Comp Tyres

· Weight - 10.3 KG

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Topstone Tiagra -

· 2 x 10 speed Tiagra gear system

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 - 34 tooth cassette

· Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c Tubeless ready WTB wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler tubeless ready tyres

· Weight – 10 KG

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Topstone 105 -

· 2 x 11 speed 105 gear System

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 – 34 tooth cassette

· 105 hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c tubeless ready WTB Wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler tubeless ready tyres

· Available in women’s specific model which has narrow 38cm handle bar and ladies saddle

· Weight – 9.9 KG Women’s model Weight – 9.2 KG

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Topstone Ultegra -

· 2 x 11 speed Ultegra gear system

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 – 34 tooth cassette

· Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c tubeless ready WTB wheels

· 40c WTB Nano tubeless ready tyres

· Weight – 9.9 KG

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The Carbon Models -

The Topstone Carbon uses the same all-new BallisTec Carbon frame and fork with kingpin suspension design across all models (including women’s specific option) but is split by a choice of four groupset options. The bike is also available in all sizes from extra-small through to extra-large as well as being dropper post compatible, just like the aluminium range (Women’s model only available from extra small through to medium).

Topstone Carbon 105 -

· 2 x 11 Shimano 105 gear system

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 – 34 tooth cassette

· 105 hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c WTB tubeless ready wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler tubeless ready tyres

· Weight - 9.5 KG

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Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX -

· 2 x 11 Shimano Ultegra RX gear system

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 – 34 tooth cassette

· Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c HollowGram tubeless ready wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler tubeless ready tyres

· Weight – 8.4 KG

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Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX 2 -

· 2 x 11 Shimano Ultegra RX 2 gear system

· 46/30 tooth chainrings and 11 – 34 tooth cassette

· Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes

· 700c WTB tubeless ready wheels

· 37c WTB Riddler tubeless ready tyres

· Available in a women’ specific model which has a narrower 38cm handlebar and ladies saddle.

· Weight – 9 KG

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Topstone Carbon Sram Force Etap AXS -

· 2 x 12 Sram Force Etap AXS gear system

· 46/33 tooth chainrings and 10 – 33 tooth cassette

· Sram Force Etap AXS hydraulic brakes

· 700c HollowGram Crarbon tubeless ready wheels

· 37c WTB tubeless ready tyres

· Weight – 8.7 KG

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