Introducing The Cannondale Topstone, A Capable and Affordable Gravel Machine

Cannondale Introduces Topstone

Wilton, Conn.– August 24, 2018 – Cannondale, today unveiled Topstone. Named after their favorite dirt road section near Cannondale’s global headquarters in CT, Topstone looks to be a capable alloy gravel bike in an affordable package.

Cannondale has introduced the Topstone with their SmartForm C2 Alloy frame, offering clearance for 700c tires up to 42mm wide. A full carbon fork with a tapered steerer and a 12mm thru-axle round out the bikes front end, while disc brakes on all models ensure consistent control in all conditions.

The Topstone features endurance geometry, with similar stack and reach measurements to Cannondale’s Synapse. It also has the "OutFront" Geometry, which pairs a slack head angle with a 55mm fork offset, that the company claims to deliver a confidence-inspiring combination of high-speed stability and quick-handling agility.

With internal cable routing for a dropper seatpost, mounts for top tube storage, and multiple mounts for carrying three bottles or large frame bags, the all-new Topstone brings several of the latest features a rider may want for adventure.

The new Topstone line-up will feature three models, SRAM APEX 1 equipped with a dropper post with 55mm of travel, Shimano 105 and Shimano Sora, in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL.

Topstone Apex 1

Topstone Apex 1 

  • FRAME: Topstone, SmartForm C2 Alloy, 142x12 thru-axle, tapered. headtube, flat mount rear brake, internal cable routing

  • FORK: Cannondale Topstone Disc, Full Carbon, 1-1/4" to 1-1/8". tapered steerer, 55mm offset, flat mount, 12x100 thru axle

  • RIMS: WTB ST i23 Light TCS, 28h, tubeless ready

  • HUBS: Formula RX-512 12x100 front, RX-142 12x142 rear

  • SPOKES: Stainless Steel, 14g

  • TIRES: WTB Nano TCS, 700 x 40c, tubeless ready

  • CRANK: SRAM Apex Alloy, 40T


  • CHAIN: SRAM PC-1110, 11-speed

  • REAR COGS: SRAM PG-1130, 11-42, 11-speed

  • REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM Apex 1, Long cage

  • SHIFTERS: SRAM Apex 1 HRD, 1x11

  • HANDLEBAR: Cannondale C3, butted 6061 Alloy, 16 deg flare drop

  • GRIPS: Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/Gel, 3.5mm

  • STEM: Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°

  • HEADSET: Topstone Si, 25mm Alloy top cap

  • BRAKES: SRAM Apex 1 HRD, 160/160mm Centerline


  • SADDLE: Fabric Scoop Radius Sport, steel rails

  • SEATPOST: TranzX Dropper Seatpost, 50mm travel, 27.2 x 365mm, internal routing, drop bar remote

Topstone 105

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. 
— Cannondale

Cannondale will debut the bike at this weekend’s Vermont Overland.

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