New Cannondale Topstone: a refresh with everything we asked for – and more

The 'SmartSense' system postdates our previous Topstone reviews – and we'll admit it's not one of the updates we predicated

Image shows Cannondale Topstone with Lefty fork
(Image credit: Cannondale)

Cannondale is setting out to “redefine the limits of adventure” with its completely refreshed Topstone platform. Gravel racing, bikepacking and even a little bit of singletrack shredding along trails cut for cross-country mountain bikes are all on the cards. 

To facilitate this, Cannondale’s given the Topstone's Kingpin rear suspension a revamp and made a few tweaks to the geometry. Naturally the Lefty Oliver suspension fork is still making a presence – as is the polarising SmartSense system of integrated lights and rear facing radar. But if that’s not your bag, there are still models available without those features.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg