Cannondale Topstone 105

gravel bikes
This is the mid-range version of the Topstone model, from the very respectable Cannondale stables in the US. The frame is SmartForm C2 aluminium alloy. The fork is the full carbon Topstone Disc with a tapered steerer. The groupset is 2×11 Shimano 105 7000 GS, and it is also fitted with Shimano 105 7070 hydro disc brakes. The crankset, however, is not Shimano: it is an FSE Omega ME 46/30, possibly to accommodate the lower, gravelicious gear ratios which result. The bike comes with a rear cassette with 11-34 gearing as standard.

The frame (and wheels) can comfortably accommodate the 40mm WTB Nano TCS tyres that are fitted as standard. This bike is priced at €1,799 in the Netherlands. Note the range of lugs attached to the frame for top tube bag, three bottle cages an even the once-taboo rear baggage rack lugs. This one’s clearly adventure-ready and ready to hit the trail!