Cannondale TOPSTONE CARBON 2023 review opinion
CANNONDALE, presented the new range of Cannondale Topstone Carbon gravel bikes.
A development that has affected the whole bike as a whole.
The carbon frame is not only lighter, but also has new geometries, also revised the rear suspension system and the fork, both rigid and Lefty.
Worth noting is the presence of the Garmin radar and integrated lights, at least all standard on the top-of-the-range model.
The build quality is medium to high, it is a nice gravel bike, but it has no particular finishing, but everything is well done.
As always, the Lefty fork is excellent, among other things the calibration for sizes L and XL is customized according to a heavier athlete.
All the changes have resulted in a gravel bike that is even easier to ride, safer, faster off road.
The presence or absence of the Lefty fork changes the dynamics of the bike a lot.
With the rigid fork, we are close to an excellent endurance bike, much more comfortable, slightly less fast, but basically a great racing bike.
With the Lefty fork it is a gravel bike that is very close to an xc front mtb, perfect for fast off-road routes with a flat bottom.
In all cases the weight is not contained, it is not a hard climbing bike, even if nothing is impossible.
The prices are barely high, almost 9 thousand euros for the top-of-the-range version, but not even the 4400 euros of the entry level version are "peanuts".
The excellent ability to carry luggage is worth noting.
In conclusion, a nice gravel bike, albeit an expensive one.