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Introducing the 2020 Cannondale Topstone Carbon

Yes, we know we’re only just past mid-way in 2019 but 2020 bikes have already started arriving but this one is one of the more anticipated models we’re likely to see arrive this year - the 2020 Cannondale Topstone Carbon.

From the outset, the Topstone Carbon is designed equally for day trips around gravel surfaced access routes (or fire roads as they’re often referred to here in the Lakes) as it is for weekend BikePacking adventures. Plus if you don’t mind the slight drag from the wider tyres (which you can always swap out) it's a perfectly capable road bike too which shouldn’t be a surprise given the frames Synapse endurance origins.

This update, however, isn’t just a fresh paint job or a new component or two slapped on somewhere over the previous version as is so often the case, it's a complete redesign from page one and possibly the first practical road ready bike with rear suspension (they’re calling it KingPin - see more about that below).

First Impressions

Our retail team managed to take one of the demonstrators out for a short ride around the mean streets and trails around Carlisle and were left with an amazing first impression! It feels like the award-winning Synapse endurance bikes on the road and superb comfort along the rough gravel tracks.

As soon as you start riding the new Topstone you immediately notice the smoothness of the leaf-sprung shock-less rear end. The Kingpin suspension system by no means affects the climbing capability of the bike. But It does increase rider comfort with up to 30mm of smooth, progressive compliance, without added weight or complexity.

Keep an eye on our Instagram for more shots of the bike over the coming weeks.

Technology

Cannondale Topstone Carbon KingPin Suspension System Cannondale Topstone Carbon LockR Pivot
KingPin Suspension System
Up to 30mm of bump-smoothing suspension, without the weight and complexity of a shock or linkages.
LockR Pivot
Thru-axle pivot locks the left and right seat-stays together, preventing independent rotation for a solid feel and instantaneous response.
Cannondale Topstone Big Tyre Clearance Cannondale Topstone Mounts, Mounts glorious Mounts!
Big Tyre Clearance
The Topstone comes with 700x37c tyres for grip and comfort but has room for up to 40mm tires with tons of clearance. You can even put on 650 wheels with 48mm tyres if small and fat is your thing!
Carry That Gear
Plenty of places to store gear and water, with a multi-position mount on the downtube, and more on the top tube, seat tube, and under the down tube. There are even mounts on the forks - its a BikePacker enthusiasts idea of heaven.
Cannondale Topstone Carbon Mudguards Cannondale Topstone Carbon Thu-Axel Speed Release
Mudguard Ready
Fully mudguard (or fenders if you really must) ready. A removable mudguard bridge on the rear stays is there when you need it, gone when you don't.
Speed Release
Speed Release thru-axles offer the stiffness and solid feel of a thru-axle, with the easy use of a quick release axle and is compatible with most thru-axle wheelsets.
Cannondale Topstone Carbon Internal Cable Routing Cannondale Topstone Carbon Dropper Seatpost
Easy Internal Cable Routing
Cannondale has introduced their DirectLine cable routing to the Topstone, an internal tube guides the cable and housing through the frame, from entry to exit for headache-free service (our mechanics will rejoice!).
Dropper Ready
Built to accept an internally-routed 27.2mm dropper seat-post, which shouldn’t really be a surprise on a bike that's this off-road capable.

Availability

Our first Carbon 105’s at the time of writing have arrived and are available to buy, however, the Aluminum versions are looking to be here towards the autumn.

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