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Scandinavian_dirt

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Anybody that can share some more information of the brand new Topstone? On the road I ride the Synapse and it is such a great bike. Since the Topstone is supposed to be inspired by its road cousin I bet it could be the right one for me. I can’t find any information about the weight thou. Anybody that’s got the numbers? I’m mostly interested in the 2x, the Sora or 105 version.
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No numbers, but I'm also pretty interested.  Really nicely specced/priced.

But damnit why do so few bikes have fork mounts?
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Scandinavian_dirt

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Well, Sully, neither I do understand why the fork mounts are left out. But the forks are getting a bit slender showing a bit of flex. Maybe that don’t cope well with the reinforcements needed for mounts? But maybe also the “mountless trend” with strapping bags on the frame and bars tend to provide for less mounts?
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Has anyone seen one in person yet?

A big selling point for me is being able to fit a 700x43c tire (the panaracer GK 43c is a wonderful tire). The report online that I saw claimed a 42c which is just short of what I'm looking for. Also, any thoughts about clearance with a 650b?
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Scandinavian_dirt

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I have read (have to look up where...) that 700c x 45 or 650B x 47 would fit.
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I have read (have to look up where...) that 700c x 45 or 650B x 47 would fit.


The press release says 42, but http://www.bikepacking.com/news/2019-cannondale-topstone/ says 45mm for 700c and plenty of room for 650bx47mm.
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BB drop is a bit low for 650b conversions unfortunately.
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I took the low end spec (Sora) for a quick spin yesterday and it's a peach. I can't say how the aluminum frame will do on gravel since I just ran around on the road by the bike shop, but it felt really good there. 
Looks sexy and rides well. 
I would honestly have bought it right then and there if we hadn't gotten to talking about the Cutthroat and the fact that they still have one of those in my size. What?! I thought they were all sold out in my area. So now I've got to decide which bike I "need" more.

The 40mm tires look lost between the stays. I've got to believe 45's would fit just fine. 
The handlebars that they spec'd have a little flare to the drops and felt pretty nice. Not like my Cowchippers, but probably excellent for people that like a little more traditional feel.
The brakes look like crap and they didn't really work any better than the canti's on my Crosscheck. Maybe they just weren't bedded in properly yet. Maybe the brakes aren't up to snuff and need to be changed for better ones. They're cable activated discs, which I like in general. Just not these.



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I visited my lbs today they had a 105 in medium, we measured the tire width on the 23mm i.d. wheel the nano measured 43mm. Looks like a 45 would definitly fit but only in dry conditions of course.
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malibubikes

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New to the forum but just bought a Cannondale Topstone Sora. Planning on basically using the frame and building up a lighter bike.

Bike weighed in at 24.5 pounds stock.

I haven’t checked tire clearance yet but yes the 40’s that are on the bike now have plenty of space, but the stock rims are a bit on the narrow side.

So far I’ve taken it out once on the road and once on the dirt. Handled quite nice on the dirt and the brakes felt much better on the second ride, probably did need to set in a bit.
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Picked up the 105 version here at Kozy Bike in Chicago about 2 weeks ago now and I am still in the getting to know ya state.   

I do have some early nits and raves.   

Raves.... composed handling/ride, new R7000 groupset shifting is awesome,  Ultegra hydro shifters and hydraulic brakes since new R7000 shifters /brakes still in short supply, 45mil+ tubeless ready (kinda....see nits), value priced given build  spec...

Nits... flared drop bars crazy uncomfortable on twisted/canted hoods,  rattling unsecured hydro line in downtube,  a tad portly (23.5 lbs), factory installed rim tape leaked, a chunk of shifter lever finish (plastic) cracked and fell off.   

This last nit is most disappointing  since Cannondale refused to warranty the defect.  Their position is to blame the customer for damage.  Crazy since bike was never dropped or wacked or whatever, I have 20 mile s on the bike on road and crushed limestone.  Brought bike back to Kozy Bike in Chicago.  Awaiting Shimano warranty response.  We'll see. 

Hope we/they can work the kinks out.... will update   .    
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malibubikes

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A quick update for those curious about weight.

I have mine (size L) stripped down to the frame and fork now.

Frame weighs 3.98 lbs and the fork 1.27 lbs.  Slightly higher than I'd hoped and read elsewhere but good to know in any case.

Looking at some of the higher end carbon gravel disc forks they all seem to weigh almost exactly a pound even.  But they do cost a bit more.[wink][wink]


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malibubikes

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The bike is back together with new drivetrain, handlebars and seatpost.  I hope to take it out for a quick spin in the morning and then for a long ride Saturday.

IMG_3935.jpg  IMG_3936.jpg  IMG_3941.jpg  IMG_3942.jpg 

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I’m a bit surprised the frame weighs as much ac 3,98 lbs. Cannondale was known as the manufacturer of realy light alloy frames. I’m sure it’s a really nice bike, and may still buy it since I find my Synapse fo fantastic, but they ought to be able to shave more or less a pound from that frame.
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I’m a bit surprised the frame weighs as much ac 3,98 lbs. Cannondale was known as the manufacturer of realy light alloy frames. I’m sure it’s a really nice bike, and may still buy it since I find my Synapse fo fantastic, but they ought to be able to shave more or less a pound from that frame.


Cannondale “was” known for this. But keep in mind they were bought out by Dorel, the old Cannondale that made cutting edge bikes no longer exists.
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I’m a bit surprised the frame weighs as much ac 3,98 lbs. Cannondale was known as the manufacturer of realy light alloy frames. I’m sure it’s a really nice bike, and may still buy it since I find my Synapse fo fantastic, but they ought to be able to shave more or less a pound from that frame.
It seems the weight vs cost/price are pretty well aligned.
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malibubikes

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I'm a bit bummed out about the weight honestly.

Info online was tough to come by, but from what I gathered I was expecting the frame to be about 3.5lbs and the fork just under a pound.  That would have been .75lbs lighter in total.  

I did a pretty long ride yesterday with lots of climbing and descending of everything from pavement to fire road to single track and the bike felt nice FWIW.
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I’m a bit surprised the frame weighs as much ac 3,98 lbs. Cannondale was known as the manufacturer of realy light alloy frames. I’m sure it’s a really nice bike, and may still buy it since I find my Synapse fo fantastic, but they ought to be able to shave more or less a pound from that frame.


Just put an order in for a Topstone and can't wait to try it out. I have a Synapse, which I love as my road bike and have ran 30mm Shwalbe G-One Speeds for tires to try to make it a gravel bike when needs be. That's worked out okay when "gravel" means dirt roads. I've also used my carbon hardtail MTB as a gravel bike for events when I know the course gets a bit rougher. It will be nice to try something in the middle. 

I'm new to this forum and was going to ask about the Topstone sizing. I ride a 56 Synapse and it seems like the medium Topstone would be the closest to that (between a Large and a Medium). Just didn't know if anyone on this forum has ridden the large and/or medium and has anything to share on how it feels from a geometry perspective... 
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Your Synapse has a stack reach of 590/386.  Topstone M is 579/385 while the L is 610/394.  I too am in between the M and L.  I test drove the L and knew I needed the stack height.  If your good with 1cm drop to the bars go for the M.  Of course consider your current stem situation on your Synapse (degree/length) Topstone L has a 100mm stem length and I believe +-  8 deg.  M will be lighter as well.    
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Anyone have experience mounting full length fenders on the Topstone? Any specific fender model recommendations? I'm seriously jonesing for a Topstone, but it's important to me that I can install full coverage fenders. The frame and fork have the appropriate mounts. But having mounts available is one thing; finding a compatible fender set that works within the fork and frame clearances and with 40c tyres is another thing. It would be amazing to see photos of someone's set-up. 
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malibubikes

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A friend of mine is setting his up exactly as you describe. I’ll post photos once he has it dialed in.
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That'd be awesome. Thank you.
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