The Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 650b Gravel Bike is designed to tackle everything from dirt roads to singletrack trails. With the grip and comfort of the Kingpin suspension, plus nimble 650b wheels, nothing is off-limits.
This version of the Topstone Carbon comes fitted with 650bx47c tyres. These are smaller and wider than a standard gravel tyre for more nimble handling on tight technical trails and more cushioning for when gravel turns to loose rocks. The Topstone Carbon comes with OutFront steering geometry inspired by Cannondale’s mountain bikes. This gives handling that's serenely stable in the chop, and light and nimble everywhere else.
At the back of the bike you have Cannondale’s Kingpin Suspension system which delivered a smooth ride without the added weight and complexity of a shock and links. Whether you need more comfort to go long, more traction to push beyond or more give to take on the tech - Kingpin is the maintenance-free, lightweight answer to your prayers.
As you’d expect the Topstone Carbon comes has plentiful gear and waterbottle mounts on the frame and fork, so you are ready to load up and go long. With Shimano GRX gearing 2x11 gearing and GRX hydraulic brakes the rest of the build is super solid.
Gravel riding, back road exploring, bike packing and off-road adventures. If you are going to be spending a lot of time on tight, technical trails the 650b wheels will let you push the bike harder.
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 - Topstone Carbon, Kingpin suspension system, SmartSense compatible, Proportional Response construction, 12x142mm thru-axle, 27.2 dropper post compatible, 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 - WTB ST i25 TCS, 650b, 28h, tubeless ready
Hubs - (F) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x100mm, centerlock / (R) Formula cartridge bearing, 12x142mm, centerlock
Spokes - Stainless Steel, 14g
Tyres - WTB Sendero TCS Light, 650b x 47mm (47-584) tubeless ready (Europe/UK - Vittoria Terreno Dry 650 x 47c ANT tubeless compatible)
Pedals - Not included
Crank - Shimano GRX 600, 46/30 (Europe/UK - FSA Gossamer Pro Modular AGX+, 46/30)
Bottom Bracket - Shimano BSA 68
Chain - Shimano HG601, 11-speed
Rear Cogs - Shimano HG700, 11-34, 11-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano GRX 810, braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Shimano GRX 810, Shadow RD+
Shifters - Shimano GRX 600, 11-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" - 1-1/2"
Brakes - Shimano GRX 600 hydraulic disc, 160/160mm RT64 rotors
Brake Levers - Shimano GRX 600 hydraulic disc
Saddle - Fizik Aliante Delta, S-alloy rails
Seatpost - Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2 x 350mm
Speeds - 22
Connectivity - Cannondale Wheel Sensor
Fork Travel - None
Frame Travel - 30mm
Extra's - StrapRack toolholder
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