Cannondale Topstone 4

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  • Great for beginners
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Good value for money
  • Comfortable ride
  • Easy to maintain


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2022 Cannondale Topstone 4 Alloy Review – Riding With Ryan
Overall, the Cannondale Topstone 4 Alloy is an excellent bike, spec’d with mostly quality parts.
2 months ago
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Cannondale Topstone 4. 4.
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[Opinion] Hyper 700c Gravel Road Bike
* Likely single-piston, single-adjustment mech disc brakes which is about the worst braking you can possibly get. * Heavy, dead-feeling tires and wheels. In order to get it up to standard, I'd have to spend an additional $500-600. At that point I'd be much better off buying a bike for a local shop (Marin Nicasio, Cannondale Topstone 4) or getting something like a State All-Road/Poseidon.
Maiden gravel voyage on my Topstone
I also own a Cannondale Topstone and love it. It's great on the trails. Recently bought some bikepacking bags for it and rode to a brewery. Order a flight of beer, picked my favourite and took some cans to enjoy at home. Great Ride.
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Looking for a high value entry road bike
Especially mechanical disc brakes, which are definitely not as good as rim brakes. 105 is good but definitely not necessary especially with the existence of r4700 Tiagra which is literally just r5800 105 with one fewer cog. And the fact that Microshift, Sensah and all of the lower end Shimano group sets are pretty dang fantastic, easily comparable to the higher end stuff from 10-15 years ago (hell the $1200 Cannondale Topstone 4 comes with Microshift). Definitely go for an aluminum bike you’ll get a much better bike with better components for the same amount of money.
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I haven’t ridden a bike in over 20 years. I need help deciding what to get.
If you wanted something near the higher end of your budget and wanted to stick to a name brand purchased from a local bike shop, I'd check out the Cannondale Topstone Alloy 4. Like any other equipment-heavy hobby (audio gear, watches, knitting needles, etc), cost moves up an exponential scale for incremental improvements that you may or may not find worth it.
Gravel Bike For Beginner?
I did this exact thing. Bought a cannondale Topstone 4 for 1k and put road tyres on it for my first triathlon. It worked well but didn't quite have the geometry and was slightly on the heavy side. Love how versatile it is though!
First gravel bike recommendation
Pretty much all I recommend are budget stuff. State All-Road, Poseidon X, Cannondale Topstone 4 to name a few. If you want to spend that much and have to have hydraulic brakes I would aim for a Tiagra 4700 groupset. Shimano 105 won’t be within your budget.
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First ride on a gravel bike!
Riding on a Topstone 4 and the road is in Colorado Springs. Used to be train track way back when, so it goes through some tunnels through the mountain side. Great ride.
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Need Recommendations: Cannondale Topstone 1 v. Specalized Diverge Comp E5 v. Topstone 4.
Personally, if you’re looking at a Cannondale Topstone 4 you’d be much better off just getting a Poseidon X it’s basically identical but cost 40% less at $700. The diverge has 11 speed SRAM NX drivetrain and the future shock which together combined with the name specialized on the down tube accounts for the price difference. The Topstone 1 is the closest to a road bike as far as drivetrain goes but is not worth the extra money in my opinion.
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Bottom Bracket

Cartridge, square taper

Brake Levers

Tektro hydraulic disc


Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic disc, 160/140mm rotors


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