A great value bike for gravel and fire roads, but capable of trails: Cannondale Topstone 1 Alloy reviewed

Tested on the light gravel, road segments and forest trails, the Topstone 1 Alloy could handle all three, but clearly excelled in the former

Side on shot of the Cannondale Topstone 1 Alloy
(Image credit: Andy Turner)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A solid performer on gravel trails and roads, that doubles as a great commuter or winter trainer. However performance over rougher terrain is jolting and tyres are best suited to dry riding.

Reasons to buy
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    Pretty lightweight

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    Very quick handling

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    45mm max clearance for 700c wheels

Reasons to avoid
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    Not comfortable on bumpy surfaces

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    Tyres narrow, not the best in the wet and set up tubed

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    Exposed cables under the BB

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Cannondale's Topstone 1 Alloy gravel bike cuts the cost of entry into one of cycling's fastest growing segments, offering a value gravel bike option for those keen to enjoy light off-road trails on a machine that still feels fast enough on the tarmac.

The ideal gravel bike is nimble on the road, and can tackle both light gravel and fire roads as well as more technical terrain. The Topstone 1 was capable of all three, but the aluminium frame and seat post, paired with dry-weather tyres, held it back on the more technical sections, whilst it's more stable geometry meant it feels more like a commuter on the tarmac.

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.