FIRST LOOK: 2023 CANNONDALE TOPSTONE

By the sounds of it, when we show up at this week’s Sea Otter Classic we’ll  find ourselves  face to face with an updated Cannondale Topstone. Our first experience with the bike came two years ago – Cannondale Topstone Test – and thanks to the gravel specific Lefty fork with 30mm of travel  the Topstone proved a capable dual-purpose mount. Although we didn’t find fault with the Kingpin rear suspension it did seem like its merits were a tad oversold.

New for 2023 (even though Cannondale has flicked using model years) is that the 6mm of rear wheel offset (aka Asymmetric Integration ) is gone.  While maybe making sense in theory on some conference room whiteboard, in the real world is was just a pain to deal with when it came to swapping wheels.

We’re excited to see the new bike in a few days (the yellow colorway looks awesome!), but until we do, like you we’ll have to rely on this press release for all the spec and pricing news.

CANNONDALE TOPSTONE

Press Release

Cannondale is redefining the limits of adventure with a completely refreshed Topstone Carbon. Featuring improved geometry and enhanced, ride-smoothing Kingpin suspension, Topstone Carbon has been redesigned from the ground up to go anywhere and ride everything.

“We designed Topstone Carbon as a tool that does it all,” said Nina Baum, Cannondale Product Manager. “Whether it’s the local singletrack, jumping into your first gravel race, or that overnight bike-packing trip turned transcontinental ride, Topstone begs its rider for new challenges.”

Topstone models are available with either the Lefty suspension fork, or a traditional carbon fork and with & without a dropper seatpost.

 

The Kingpin “suspension” can be more aptly called Kingpin “compliance” .

The new Topstone Carbon features Cannondale’s revolutionary Kingpin suspension, built to be 100 grams lighter, more durable, and more streamlined than before. Kingpin absorbs bumps and vibrations without the weight and complexity of shocks or springs by using a thru-axle pivot in the seat tube that allows the entire back of the frame to flex. It’s real suspension where it matters.

In combination with Cannondale’s applied Proportional Response, which ensures that riders of all sizes get the best performance and comfort out of their bike, Kingpin gives every Topstone rider better traction on rough terrain and lets them carve corners with conviction. Additional geometry changes including lower standover and bottom bracket height, add even more confidence to the ride.

Topstone Carbon easily ventures off the beaten path with Cannondale’s award-winning Lefty Oliver, the smoothest, most-precise handling gravel fork in the world. But now, Lefty models come standard with 700c wheels making Topstone journey ready. The bike can accommodate tires up to 45mm, and it can even hold a big 27.5” x 2.1” tire to tackle any surface thrown its way. To make things as easy as possible, Topstone Carbon now comes with a traditional wheel dish and threaded BSA bottom bracket, making it simple to swap for a different wheelset or new cranks. Topstone also has plenty of mounts and a Cannondale StrapRack so you can gear up for roads less traveled.

Topstone Carbon features SmartSense, Cannondale’s intelligent system of lights and radar that actively communicates with the rider, bike, and surroundings, powered by a single battery. It has been made to provide enhanced awareness while also creating heightened visibility so the rider can more effectively see and be seen out on the open road. All Topstone Carbons are SmartSense Ready, and some models come with it already available on the bike.

The all-new Topstone Carbon will be available in sizes XS – XL. Topstone Carbon 1 Lefty and Topstone Carbon 2 Lefty are equipped with Lefty Oliver. SmartSense will be featured on carbon models 1 RLE, 2 L, and 3 L. Topstone retails for $2,800 – $7,800 USD.

TOPSTONE TECH SPECS

* Improved geometry: lower standover and bottom bracket height
* Enhanced, ride-smoothing Kingpin suspension: now 100 grams lighter, more durable, and more streamlined than before
* Proportional Response design integration for a size-specific ride
* No Ai!!!
* Lefty models (and most other models) come standard with 700c wheels making Topstone journey ready. We still have a few models with a 650b option for those that want it. The bike can accommodate tires up to 45mm, and it can even hold a big 27.5” x 2.1” tire to tackle any surface thrown its way. To make things as easy as possible, Topstone Carbon now comes with a traditional wheel dish and threaded BSA bottom bracket, making it simple to swap for a different wheelset or new cranks.
* Topstone also has plenty of mounts and a Cannondale StrapRack so you can gear up for roads less traveled.
* Topstone Carbon features SmartSense. All Topstone Carbons are SmartSense Ready, and some models come with it already available on the bike. Topstone models 1RLE, 2L and 3L come with SmartSense. The goal with including SmartSense is the same as was with Synapse: we often use busy areas of roads to get to roads less traveled and this gives you that awareness en route… plus some gravel roads still experience lots of heavy traffic.

We are fans of the added visibility of both tail and headlights. Kudos to Cannondale for making the jump.

 

TOPSTONE PRICES

Topstone Carbon 1 Lefty ($7,800 USD)
Topstone Carbon 1 RLE (RLE designates SmartSense system equipped with both radar and lights) ($7,800 USD)
Topstone Carbon 2 Lefty ($4200 USD) This model has a dropper.
Topstone Carbon 2L (L designates that the model has SmartSense lights only but no radar, the radar can be added on later on if a consumer wishes to) ($4200 USD)
Topstone Carbon 3L ($3,300 USD)
Topstone Carbon 3L (650b option model) ($3,300 USD)
Topstone Carbon 3 ($3,300 USD)
Topstone Carbon 3 (650b option model) ($3,300 USD)
Topstone Carbon 4 ($2,800 USD)

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