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Rorschach
You've got a sweet set up. Hopped up wheels and old school Michelin tyres. Dig it. And I'm definitely liking the Vulcan Green color.

Thanks for the photos of the commuter trimmed Topstone and the tip on the Planet Bike fenders. It's good to know there's a fender out there that will fit the stock set-up.

Now I just need to get my hands on a Topstone....
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Scandinavian_dirt
I really enjoy riding my Synapse road bike, but I’d like a bit more relaxed position on gravel. My Synapse size 54 has a stack of 570 and a reach of 382. Still I’m thinking on a size L Topstone: stack 610 mm and reach 394 mm, but changing to a shorter stem. Does this sound way to large? I’m 5’10” (177 cm).
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malibubikes
I might try to mock up the change in stack and reach on your Synapse if you can't actually get a closer look at the Topstone.  FWIW I'm 6'-1" but have a very short torso and the Topstone L was a very good fit.  I ride a 58cm endurance road bike that also has a pretty high stack and relatively short reach.
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widerisfaster
Scandinavian_dirt wrote:
I really enjoy riding my Synapse road bike, but I’d like a bit more relaxed position on gravel. My Synapse size 54 has a stack of 570 and a reach of 382. Still I’m thinking on a size L Topstone: stack 610 mm and reach 394 mm, but changing to a shorter stem. Does this sound way to large? I’m 5’10” (177 cm).


Sounds like a 10mm shorter stem would be an easy adjustment to keep your reach but increase your stack.
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letsride
I was told by my lbs today that my small topstone apex1 ship date has been push back to march. Kinda sucks but whats a guy gonna do.
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sal
My road bike is a 2008 Carbon Synapse. size 58. Last September i bought a Topstone 105 Medium size. My LBS had received their first shipment of 5 Topstones. The L and the M Topstone 105s that came in were both completely Ultegra. The owner of the LBS had checked and was told that Shimano didn't have enough inventory to supply the 105 at the time Cannondale was building so they sent Ultegra. BONUS!!! I rode both the L and the M and decided i liked the M for myself. Now that I'm 65 I just didn't feel like laying out so far.
Unfortunately, I broke my ankle January 3rd. Slipped in my own icey driveway,  My fibula broke through and a large hunk off the bottom of my tibia. Four screws and a plate in fibula and 2 screws in hunk of my tibia. Not such a Bonus. I sit and stare at my Topstone. Start the violin music.
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ill.krm

Hi everyone!
In December I sold my entry-level 29er and only 2 months ago made a Topstone as my single bike for everything. I can't even tell how happy am I now.

Instantly installed my favorite saddle WTB Volt 142 and bought a pretty handy handlebar bag from a local craftsman.

Also planning to upgrade wheels with something budget. Most likely it would be a set of DT Swiss C 1800 SPLINE db 23. Don't know if I would gain a weight improvement but at least there will be cartridge bearings inside.

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GOTA
sal wrote:
My road bike is a 2008 Carbon Synapse. size 58. Last September i bought a Topstone 105 Medium size. My LBS had received their first shipment of 5 Topstones. The L and the M Topstone 105s that came in were both completely Ultegra. The owner of the LBS had checked and was told that Shimano didn't have enough inventory to supply the 105 at the time Cannondale was building so they sent Ultegra. BONUS!!! I rode both the L and the M and decided i liked the M for myself. Now that I'm 65 I just didn't feel like laying out so far.
Unfortunately, I broke my ankle January 3rd. Slipped in my own icey driveway,  My fibula broke through and a large hunk off the bottom of my tibia. Four screws and a plate in fibula and 2 screws in hunk of my tibia. Not such a Bonus. I sit and stare at my Topstone. Start the violin music.


How are you healing sal?  You going to be able to ride this Summer?  Eventually you will get on that sweet bike.  Make sure you update us on your impressions.
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sal
Hi GOTA, I spent two weeks in a splint and 6 weeks in a cast. I spent the time before and after surgery cruising around the house on a knee scooter. At least it had wheels!!!!  The cast came off March 14th. I've been going to PT since. Still walking with a limp but range of motion and muscles are improving. I'm back on the trainer. I did 24 miles last Friday and 20 miles on both Saturday and Sunday. We received 6 inches of snow this week, here in west central Michigan, which is now melted. Now it's raining until Saturday, at which time I hope to get the Topstone out and at least ride around our area. Just some easy spinning. It's nice of you to ask. It was a long couple of months. Don't do this.....
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ola_strandberg
A few things FWIW:
I'm 5'9" and ride a size 54 2018 Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE. I got the size S Topstone 105 (came with Ultegra, as described by others). This means that I have to raise the seatpost quite a bit on the Topstone, which means in turn that I end up with a way more aggressive position on the Topstone than on the Synapse. Having said that, I absolutely adore the Topstone! I've been doing long rides on pavement, including some group rides where the others have carbon 4 times the price, and been struggling on the climbs (I admit) but killed them on the descents. And I've done plenty quite rough fire roads, single track (up to blue mountain bike trails) as well as small bike packing adventures. Totally love the comfort, and how it practically runs on rails on descents. Having a 1x12 mountainbike, I have come to the realization that I prefer 2x setups, which was the reason for getting the 105 version.

BUT - on technical descents, I really wish I had a dropper post.

So, a question that hopefully some techie/insider has the answer to: if I wanted to retrofit a dropper post elegantly on the Topstone 105 size S, what should I look for? This model seems to have the specs of the one on Apex bike: http://www.tranzx.com/product/10dropperpost/ysp20j.html

Can anyone confirm? Are there openings to route it internally despite the 2x system on the 105? Any restrictions on how far the seatpost can be extended on the 365 mm version?
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Slack_Squadron
A few things FWIW:
I'm 5'9" and ride a size 54 2018 Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE. I got the size S Topstone 105 (came with Ultegra, as described by others). This means that I have to raise the seatpost quite a bit on the Topstone, which means in turn that I end up with a way more aggressive position on the Topstone than on the Synapse. Having said that, I absolutely adore the Topstone! I've been doing long rides on pavement, including some group rides where the others have carbon 4 times the price, and been struggling on the climbs (I admit) but killed them on the descents. And I've done plenty quite rough fire roads, single track (up to blue mountain bike trails) as well as small bike packing adventures. Totally love the comfort, and how it practically runs on rails on descents. Having a 1x12 mountainbike, I have come to the realization that I prefer 2x setups, which was the reason for getting the 105 version.

BUT - on technical descents, I really wish I had a dropper post.

So, a question that hopefully some techie/insider has the answer to: if I wanted to retrofit a dropper post elegantly on the Topstone 105 size S, what should I look for? This model seems to have the specs of the one on Apex bike: http://www.tranzx.com/product/10dropperpost/ysp20j.html

Can anyone confirm? Are there openings to route it internally despite the 2x system on the 105? Any restrictions on how far the seatpost can be extended on the 365 mm version?


If that's not the exact same post i'd be very surprised. All of the specs share the same frame set and have routing for the internal dropper.

Not sure on minimum insert ect, perhaps an owner on here can advise. 
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Dairyseb
For info just went to the bike shop and took some pictures! 20190525_135416.jpg  20190525_135408.jpg     20190525_135427.jpg  20190525_135404.jpg 
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Dairyseb
What do you guys(girls) think about the whole jn the bottom bracket:/?
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Rust Belt
Dairyseb wrote:
What do you guys(girls) think about the whole jn the bottom bracket:/?


That does not look like Cannondale’s traditional aluminum workmanship.  It looks sketchy as hell.
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chas
malibubikes wrote:
Here are a couple of photos, one of my buddy’s set up as a commuter in Portland, and mine set up more as a gravel bike in Southern California.



That green bike (Yours?) is gorgeous!  
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malibubikes
Added the green Gravel Kings a while back. Loving the bike and have ridden it pretty hard on some fairly technical single track. 016823A3-37AC-47D4-B90E-52AAE0305F99.jpeg 
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Dairyseb
Rust Belt wrote:


That does not look like Cannondale’s traditional aluminum workmanship.  It looks sketchy as hell.


Thats exactly what I tought, I got a CAAD 12 wich is a awsome bike. I got a bit dissapoint about the bottom bracket. However, I test rode it and it was a pretty stiff ride(in a good way).
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GOTA
The new carbon Cannondale Topstone was just announced.  It's very different since it actually has rear suspension!  The chainstays are very short which they say is made possible by a proprietary bottom bracket.  That means there are just 3 cranksets that will fit this bike, 2 Cannondale and 1 SRAM.  This bike seems so different from the aluminum version that it's kind of surprising they kept the same name. 

I am very curious to see what it looks like in the flesh.  Cannondale's HQ is in my town so they do tend to have their new models at the local bike shop.  The best I can probably do is a parking lot ride but at least I'll be able to check it out this Summer.

Details are in the link below.

https://bikerumor.com/2019/06/20/cannondale-topstone-carbon-gravel-bike-rolls-a-new-frame-with-kingpin-rear-suspension/
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