Cannondale Gravel Bikes Review & Guide

In recent years, the bike industry has gone a bit gravel bike mad - but no bike brands have invested as heavily into their gravel bike collection, as Cannondale have. The Topstone range in particular, has been a massive success for Cannondale, and at Westbrook Cycles - we have sold great numbers of Cannondale Gravel Bikes both online and in store.

The Topstone range can do almost anything required of it, and the range is named after the Cannondale team's favourite gravel route near their base in Connecticut. The riding position on the Topstone range is one of our favourite aspects of the collection, instead of being purely race focused - the Topstone is also designed to be comfortable, meaning you can ride the Topstone fast, all day long. Cannondale's Mountain Bike pedigree is also clear to see when looking at the geometry of the Topstone range - slack head angles and long forks give the bike the perfect blend of pace and agility.

Another great thing about the Topstone range is their versatility. These bikes can do everything from race, to touring, to commuting. They can be fitted with panniers, baby seats, mudguards, bottle cages, luggage and anything else you can imagine.

The base specification on these bikes is also great, with disc brakes as standard. Aluminium options represent the perfect entry into the world of gravel biking, and the Carbon Fibre Topstone provides excellent levels of performance.

Below, we run through some of the 2021 Gravel Bike Models:

Topstone Carbon 2

The Topstone Carbon 2 is the ultimate Gravel Bike from Cannondale. The Carbon Fibre frame is mated with 700c wheels, unique rear suspension which provides great speed, agility and stability across tarmac and gravel. At home up and down the hills, this bike is designed to be used - and Shimano Groupsets and HollowGram 22 Carbon Wheels provide extra weight saving, comfort and performance. 


You can find the bike, and the full specification, here

Topstone Carbon 5

The Topstone Carbon 5 features a carbon fibre frame, and carbon fibre fork - to provide excellent performance across all conditions. The Kingpin suspension at the rear aids handling and comfort - and the Shimano GRX groupset, with gravel bike specific components - provides gravel bike specific performance, with features such as the rear derailleur having a clutch mechanism to aid off road riding. 


You can view the bike, and it’s full specification, here

Topstone 3

It’s only right that we publish information about the Topstone 3 alongside all of the swanky carbon fibre Topstone variants. The Topstone 3 is the entry level gravel bike in the Cannondale range, and it provides excellent performance both on road and off road. Although this bike is the entry level model, it still has Carbon Fibre Forks and Shimano Gear Sets. Disc brakes are of course - standard. 


You can view the bike, and it’s full specification, here