2023 Cannondale Topstone Carbon Apex 1 Gravel Bike

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The 2023 Cannondale Topstone Carbon Apex 1 Gravel Bike is the best gravel bike for anything from dirt roads to singletrack trails. With the grip and comfort of the Kingpin suspension, nothing is off-limits.

Delivering a smooth ride without the added weight and complexity of a shock and links, Kingpin is the answer for the most demanding gravel riders. it allows a small amount of controlled movement at the back of the bike to soak up bumps. Low-friction bushings on the Kingpin thru-axle offer smooth action and maintenance-free reliability. Whether you need more comfort to go long, more traction to push beyond or more give to take on the tech Kingpin is the lightweight answer to your prayers.

The Topstone Carbon Apex 1 comes with SRAM's 12 speed Apex gravel groupset.

This bike is perfect for

Gravel riding, back road exploring, bike packing and off-road adventures

Key Features
  • Lightweight Topstone Carbon frameset with Kingpin suspension
  • SRAM Apex 12-speed gravel group
  • DT Swiss G540 rims

Gravel Bike Buying Guide

Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are now dozens of gravel bike events around the UK and a growing number of long distance cycling routes designed with gravel bikes in mind. In this gravel bike buying guide we’ll take you through the main things to consider when picking a gravel bike.

What’s the appeal of a gravel bike?

The main appeal of gravel bikes is versatility,. You can use them on normal roads but they’ll also work great on forest roads, old railway lines and farm tracks. So you can go for a ride off-road, avoiding cars and traffic, but link it with sections of tarmac as well. Of course you can do this on a mountain bike but a gravel bike will generally be faster and lighter. This also means you can cover some big distances when touring. A lot of gravel bike riders are road cyclists who want to get away from traffic.

As gravel bikes often get used for touring and bikepacking most will come with mounting points for bags. This luggage capacity combined with speed, and ability to handle mixed surfaces, means that gravel bikes are also extremely popular for commuting on.

Read our full gravel bike buying guide

Are Gravel Bikes Good for Commuting?

Gravel bikes are very popular for commuting. We sell lots of them on the cycle to work scheme. One of our biggest stores for gravel bike sales is our Greenwich shop in London. They're mainly selling them for commuting around central London on. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of commuting on a gravel bike and answer the question ‘are gravel bikes good for commuting?’

The Pros of Commuting on a Gravel Bike

Gravel bikes are fast, nearly as quick as a standard road bike. They are certainly quicker on the road than most mountain bikes and many hybrids. That means you can get to work, and home, in the shortest time possible. But what makes gravel bikes so good for commuting is that they are extremely versatile. They can be ridden on tarmac, cycle paths, old railway lines, canal towpaths, and even off-road trails. So, it’s easy to mix it up on your commute and avoid traffic.

Another big advantage of commuting on a gravel bike is that they're generally more comfortable than road bikes. This is because they have wider tyres and longer wheelbases, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. So you don’t get bounced around as much on rough roads. Most gravel bikes have a fairly upright riding position which makes it easier to see what’s going on in traffic. The combination of stable handling and the comfortable riding position is a massive confidence boost for the rider, especially on wet roads.

Read more about the pros and cons of gravel bikes for commuting

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Cannondale are not keen on rules. Cannondale think outside the box and it has led to some of the most innovative bikes ever made. They were one of the pioneers of aluminium and carbon bike frames and were one of the first brand to introduce these materials into both professional racing and production bikes. Leading to their famous 'Legalize My Cannondale' ad campaigns after their innovations took their bikes below the official weight limit for pro racing.

Cannondale have led the development of technology in mountain bike suspension for years and have unique suspension designs, such as the Lefty, which only they use. Cannondale‘s commitment to innovation means they do things their own way. When you buy a Cannondale bike you will be getting something a little bit special and different from everyone else.

Cannondale have won awards for the 2020 CAAD13 and SuperSix Evo Road Bikes. Despite the alloy frame, the CAAD13 competes with a carbon road bike on every level but the price. SuperSix EVO is an evolution of Cannondale’s classic race machine. Adding more aero profiling, and a system integrated design to reduce drag.

Cycles UK is one of the leading Cannondale dealers in Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire and London. We stock a wide range of Cannondale road, mountain and electric bikes online and in our stores.

Frame - Topstone Carbon, Kingpin suspension system, SmartSense compatible, Proportional Response construction, 12x142mm thru-axle, 27.2 dropper post ready, BSA 68mm threaded BB, DirectLine internal cable routing, removable fender bridge, multiple gear/bottle mounts
Fork - Topstone Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1.5" steerer, 55mm OutFront offset, flat mount disc, internal routing, 12x100 thru-axle, triple bottle/gear mounts, fender mounts
Rims - DT Swiss G540, 28h, 24mm inner width
Hubs - (F) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x100mm centerlock / (R) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x142mm centerlock
Spokes - Stainless Steel, 14g
Tyres - Vittoria Terreno Dry, 700x38c, tubeless ready
Pedals - Not included
Crank - SRAM Apex 1 Wide Direct Mount, 40T
Bottom Bracket - SRAM DUB BSA Road 68 Wide
Chain - SRAM Apex, 12-speed
Rear Cogs - SRAM PG-1231 XPLR, 11-44, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur - SRAM Apex XPLR
Shifters - SRAM Apex, hydraulic disc, 12-speed
Handlebar - Cannondale 3, butted 6061 Alloy, 16 deg flare drop
Grips - Fizik Solocush Soft, 3mm
Stem - Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°
Headset - Integrated, 1-1/8" - 1.5"
Brakes - SRAM Apex hydraulic disc, 160/160mm Centerline rotors
Saddle - Fizik Aliante Delta, S-alloy rails
Seatpost - Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2x350mm
Colours Carbon, Cinnamon
Sizes LG, MD, SM, XL, XS
Brand Cannondale
Model Year 2023
Barcodes 884603946190, 884603946206, 884603946213, 884603946220, 884603946237, 884603946299, 884603946305, 884603946312, 884603946329, 884603946336
SKUs / Part Numbers C15322U10LG, C15322U10MD, C15322U10SM, C15322U10XL, C15322U10XS, C15322U30LG, C15322U30MD, C15322U30SM, C15322U30XL, C15322U30XS

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