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The Topstone is Cannondale’s all out gravel bike range, covering single and dual suspension, carbon and aluminium frame options.
The Topstone Carbon 2 is the next iteration in the range boasting the full carbon frame and rigid forks (no suspension Lefty fork on this one) and the KingPin suspension seatstay pivot system creating 30mm of travel – read backside comfort - in the rear end. Cannondale’s own carbon wheels, Hollowgram crank and SAVE seatpost all add to the light and responsive feel. (See Additional Information below for detail on Hollowgram and SAVE technologies).
The Carbon 2 focus is more rounded, less aggressive on the gravel racing front than the Lefty 1 but superbly equipped for more than your average day out. With larger 700c wheels it will feel easier on the tarmac while the suspension and fat tyres will smooth out the off road parts of your ride. Finished with the best of the Shimano GRX componentry, dual 40/36t Hollowgram crank, Ultegra 11-34t 11 speed cassette, hydraulic brakes and tubless ready set up, just add luggage and away you go.
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The Topstone delivers what everyone has been looking for. Versatility and performance, smashing it on and off road. Fatter tyres, lower gears lots of mounting options. Load it up, strip it down - the ultimate go anywhere, do anything bike.
Hollowgram and SAVE technologies
The evolution of the revolution. 13 years ago, the original Cannondale HollowGram crank started the BB30 revolution and set a new standard for ultra-light, super-stiff cranks. These hollow cranks are created by bonding together two machined, heat-treated clamshell halves with a super-strong anaerobic bonding agent. Extensive FEA modeling and physical testing have allowed Cannondale to refine the internal and external shapes for the ultimate in stiffness-to-weight. The results is a crank light and stiff enough for the top road race machines but still so tough, it is used on their mountain bikes as well.
SAVE is not strictly a technology per se, but more of a manufacturing approach – by manipulating the composition and material of their frames and components in certain areas, Cannondale claim that SAVE can enhance frame compliance (comfort) without sacrificing rigidity and performance.This Topstone Carbon 2 has SAVE technology in the Seat Post and Seat Tube. SAVE seat tubes have a sloping design that is designed to help smooth rides in concert with Cannondale’s smaller diameter SAVE seatposts.
Whilst we are very experienced in matching our customers to the correct size of bike, we highly recommend that you take a step further with any cycle equipped with drop handle bars and opt for a comprehensive bike fit. We use Retul's dynamic 3D motion capture system. Retul allows us to accurately measure every degree of movement and millimeter of distance allowing us to optimise your riding posture, making your ride more ejoyable by making you more efficient while reducing the chance of injury and increasing your comfort on the bike.