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- Great for off-road riding
- Aluminum frame and carbon fork
- Shimano 105 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes
- Multiple mounting locations
- Smartly spec’d build
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Switchback Travel | Cannondale Topstone Review
That said, we think the Topstone 105 is well worth the additional $151. It gets you an even better drivetrain, plus its hydraulic disc brakes are noticeably stronger than the mechanical brakes on the Norco. Both are solid values, but the Topstone strikes us as the better buy
Bike prep for Alps!
:D. . Thanks to u/sitdownrando-r manage to find widest possible tire to fit on my Cannondale Topstone 105, by the looks i think its even possible to fit 45c tires.On pawed road they feel surprisingly fast, haven't been on gravel roads to test. . Hopefully im good for +/-100km rides and Elevation ganes variates between 1600 - 3600mAs im beginner though ill take it easy on myself, will see how it is to climb mountains!.
Gravel bike, but riding road. What would you do?
IMO, there is zero reason to buy an endurance geo road bike if you already have a gravel bike. Since you're not optimizing for an aerodynamic position, you may as well roll smoothly and wider tires are where it's at. My 700x44 filetread tires are very fast on my Topstone, especially on the rough stuff. My CAAD10/Argon18 does excel on roads though and is easier to hold faster speeds.
Cannondale Topstone 105 Review | Ruin Your Knees
Topstone 105 Pros Light, sturdy frameRelatively affordable pricepoint compared to comparable bikesGood versatilityAbility to mount gear for long or multi-day adventures Topstone Cons The gearing feels like it could use a little more rangeFor truly rough surfaces, having no shock absorption seems like a con, but the bike performs wonderfully on normal gravel so I may just be riding unintended surfaces. But this suspicion is confirmed on 2020 models which add an ingenious rear suspension. The Topstone is a good balance of quality components versus cost considerations
Gravel bike for commute++ around $1700 - Cannondale, BikesDirect, belt drive?
I have a Cannondale Topstone 105 (2019) and it’s great, but if you can live with Sora, I’m sure it will also be fine. I think it still has the same top end and low end gears, so you’re only missing a couple in the middle. Replacing the tires with Rene Herse Snoqualmie pass 44c tires has been my favorite upgrade to the bike.
Looking for a hybrid
I got into riding bikes as an adult about 3 years ago - I bought a Cannondale Trail 5 (hardtail) and kind of ended up hating it because it’s a really heavy bike and flat bars are uncomfortable to me. I bought the Topstone 105 in 2019, and liked it a lot, but feel like it was not really worth the price. I sold my hardtail in like May of last year, and what happens? My Topstone rim got cracked and had to go into the shop last September.
Cannondale Topstone AL 105 Review (2020) - Man Makes Fire
The Verdict. The Cannondale Topstone AL 105 is a price-to-value winning gravel bike.