Introducing the all-new 2020 Cannondale Topstone Carbon Gravel Bike

Introducing the all-new 2020 Cannondale Topstone Carbon Gravel Bike

[VidSitePro id=104 ]Hi everyone this is Alvin over at contender bicycles here in Salt Lake City in Park City Utah and I’m here to talk to you today about the all-new 2020 Cannondale topstone carbon last summer before its release we had the chance to ride the Cannondale topstone an aluminum gravel bike that was really well thought out and came in an excellent price point considering the components in spec that offered however we knew that Cannondale based on their reputation in road racing and high performance mountain bikes that they’re going to be chomping at the bit to make it a carbon gravel bike and this is the bike right here taking a deeper look at the new topstone carbon it’s clear that this bike combines the expertise that Cannondale has in both Road and mountain and the culmination of that comes in its new kingpin suspension system in short a through axle pivot like this that floats between two independent bumpers in the seats se allows that seat stay to move independently of the bike it’s a lot lighter than what you’re gonna find from other experimental suspension systems and gravel bikes and it allows that rear end to be plenty stiff when you need to put down the power or when you need to pick up the pace the other thing that we really feel separates this bike from the competition is its OUTFRONT geometry in essence out front geometry fundamentally changes where the riders weight is placed on the bike by having more of it rearward and less of it on the front wheel it allows that rear wheel to hook up more on loose terrain and it allows that front wheel to float just a little bit more over rough terrain allowing the bike to be easier to handle at speed besides that Cannondale made sure that the new topstone carbon fits every prerequisite of a good gravel bike here you’ll find tire clearance for a seven hundred by forty C tire with room to spare or six fifty by 47 B tire as well on the downtube you’ll find a water bottle cage that has two positions allowing for more clearance for a frame bag if you need to or clearance for a second bottle cage on the seat tube you’ll also find a third water bottle cage underneath the downtube by the bottom bracket as well as a bento box mount on the top tube outside of that you’ll find that Cannondale is also included fender mounts a mid fork mount for a rack or bags and you’ll also find that it has internal cable routing for a twenty seven point two millimeter dropper post and while we weren’t able to get a ton of time on the new topstone carbon we were able to get it out for a first ride before its release what we are confident in saying is that this bike compared to other gravel bikes is firmly on the road bike spectrum of gravel bikes if you take a look at its fit measurements it fits much more similar to lead to that of a Cannondale synapse then perhaps a more aggressive gravel bike however it’s out front geometry paired with the kingpin suspension system allows the bike to largely float over rough terrain much better than what we’ve seen from something that might have the road bike geometry of a bike like this and overall while we’re not entirely sure how effective the Kingsmen suspension system is quite yet we’re excited to have this here in the shop to see how effective it is how durable and how reliable it might be and how it might compare to a suspension system like that of the left True Grit fork that’s it everyone if you have any questions about the new 2020 Cannondale topstone carbon gravel bike or any of the other gravel bikes that you might have here in the shop don’t hesitate to give us a call during business hours send us an email anytime – info at contender bicycles com or visit our website at contender bicycles comm to see our complete line of gravel bikes don’t forget to follow us on social media as well thanks everyone.

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