The 2021 Cannondale Men's Topstone 3 Gravel Bike in Graphite is named after a favourite dirt road loop near the Cannondale headquarters in Connecticut. Topstone is pure gravel goodness with high-volume tyres, confident rider position and sporty handling, it is ready to smash out big miles on the backroads, explore routes less travelled, or smooth out the chop on your morning commute.
The Topstone has a similar ride position to Cannondale's Synapse endurance road bikes. It is designed to give confident handling and be comfortable for long hours in the saddle while still feeling sporty and responsive. The OutFront geometry is borrowed from Cannondale's mountain bikes to give great stability at speed on loose surfaces, and agility when the going gets really touch.
With room for 42mm tyres, the Topstone can handle the roughest roads and tracks while the mounts for three water bottles, plus mounts for top tube storage and room for big frame bags set you up for big remote trips.
The Topstone 3 comes with the super-reliable Shimano Sora gears and mechanical disc brakes.
This bike is perfect forRiders who want a super reliable gravel bike that will go for hundreds of miles and won't cost a fortune to maintain and keep running.
Key FeaturesBig tyre clearance – up to 42mmConfident riding position that still feels sportyFull carbon forks for a light, comfortable and precise-steering front end.Mounts for three water bottles, plus mounts for top tube storageWTB Riddler Comp, 700 x 37c tiresShimano Sora Groupsetmechanical disc brakes
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||SmartForm C2 Alloy, 12x142 thru-axle, tapered headtube, flat mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, multiple gear/bottle mounts|
|Fork||BallisTec Full Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, 55mm OutFront offset, flat mount disc, internal routing, 12x100 thru axle|
|Rims||RD 2.0, 28h|
|Hubs||(F) Formula alloy, 12x100mm / (R) Formula alloy, 12x142mm|
|Spokes||Stainless Steel, 14g|
|Tires||WTB Riddler Comp, 700 x 37c|
|Crank||FSA Tempo Adventure, 46/30|
|Bottom Bracket||Cartridge, square taper|
|Chain||KMC Z9, 9-speed|
|Cassette||Sunrace, 11-34, 9-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora GS|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora GS|
|Shifters||Shimano Sora, 9-speed|
|Handlebar||Cannondale 3, butted 6061 alloy, 16 deg flare drop|
|Grips||Cannondale Bar Tape, 3.5mm|
|Stem||Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7Â°|
|Headset||Integrated, 1-1/8" - 1-1/4"|
|Brakes||Promax Decoder R mechanical disc, 160/160mm rotors|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Sora|
|E-Bike Drive Unit||Null|
|Saddle||Cannondale Stage CX|
|Seatpost||Cannondale 4, 6061 Alloy, 27.2 x 350mm|
|Chain Device||XS, SM, MD, LG, XL|
|Barcodes||884603878842, 884603878859, 884603878866, 884603878873, 884603878880|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||C15871M10LG, C15871M10MD, C15871M10SM, C15871M10XL, C15871M10XS|
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