The 2023 Cannondale Topstone 1 APEX Gravel Bike in Cinnamon is the top of the range bike in the aluminium Topstone range. The Topstone has been one of our best-selling gravel bikes for the last 3 years as they are great value for money and super versatile. For 2022 the Topstone had a major update with a new frame and fork to make the bike more comfortable on longer rides.
The aluminium Topstone is built around a SmartForm C2 frame which uses Cannondale’s OutFront Steering Geometry. This is an extra-long fork offset paired with a slack head angle which keeps the steering light and lively, yet delivers confidence at speed. The new full carbon fork is light, comfortable and precise. It also features three mount bosses on each leg for maximizing cargo capacity. The frame and fork can both take up to 45c wide tyres
Gravel riders, or commuters, who want gravel specific gearing and the extra stopping power of hydraulic disc brakes for all weather off-road performance.
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.
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.
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?’
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.
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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 - Lightweight SmartForm C2 Alloy, 12x142 thru-axle, tapered headtube, BSA threaded BBm flat mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, 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, fender/gear mounts
Rims - GXD 1.0, 28h, 23mm IW
Hubs - (F) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x100mm centerlock / (R) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x142mm centerlock
Spokes - Stainless Steel, 14g
Tyres - Vittoria Terreno Dry, 700 x 38c, tubeless ready
Pedals - Not included
Crank - SRAM S650 Eagle, 38T
Bottom Bracket - SRAM Power Spline 108/68
Chain - SRAM
Rear Cogs - SRAM
Rear Derailleur - SRAM
Shifters - SRAM
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" - 1-1/2"
Brakes - SRAM Rival Hydraulic Disc, 160/160mm Centerline Rotors
Brake Levers - SRAM Rival hydraulic Disc
Saddle - Fizik Aliante Delta, S-alloy rails
Seatpost - Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2 x 350mm
Connectivity - Cannondale Wheel Sensor
|Sizes||LG-700C, MD-700C, SM-700C, XL-700C, XS-700C|
|Barcodes||884603947814, 884603947821, 884603947838, 884603947845, 884603947852|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||C15652U20LG, C15652U20MD, C15652U20SM, C15652U20XL, C15652U20XS|
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