Cannondale Topstone 4 review - great frame; 'pragmatic' spec

An excellent ride and versatile frameset. It's a great value bike - but do consider whether the spec really meets your needs

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cannondale Topstone 4 is an excellent entry-level gravel bike, giving you the power and comfort you need across all kinds of different terrains. It might have some odd component brands, but this helps keep the price down and the availability high. The ride is comfortable and fun, but might be a bit sluggish on the road. The ‘OutFront’ geometry helps you stay in control on all surfaces.

Reasons to buy
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    Great value for the ride and performance it gives

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    Carbon fork

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    Great gearring range

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    Comfortable and fast across different surfaces

Reasons to avoid
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    Mechanical disc brakes

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    Not particularly speedy on the road

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Cannondale revamped its Topstone alloy gravel bikes. The cheapest version, the Topstone 4, comes with a full carbon fork, a 1x setup and enough mounting points to carry anything. It might be $1,325 / £1,100, but sadly this is now a reasonable price to pay for a solid, dependable bike.

The American bike company is known for its great alloy frames, and this now applies to its gravel bikes, as well as its famous CAAD road bikes. There are carbon frame options of the Topstone, such as the Cannondale Topstone Carbon 3 that we recently tested, but the alloy Topstone 4 is a great value option that stacks up well against the more expensive options that we rate as the best budget gravel bikes.

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