Long known for innovative, out of the box thinking, Cannondale today announced its next evolution in all road bikes, the Topstone Carbon. Featuring an all-new ultralight Kingpin suspension system, the Topstone Carbon is designed to give riders more comfort, control and all-terrain versatility, without the added weight and complexity of a damper-based suspension system.
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Named after a favorite gravel route near Cannondale’s headquarters, the Topstone is the company’s second gravel model. Unlike its stablemate, it cuts a more traditional ‘gravel bike’ profile, rolling on 700c wheels, with stated clearance for up to 42c tires.
With the proliferation of gravel events across the country and around the world, a handful of iconic events have risen to nearly cult-like status. The Land Run 100 is one such event. Since 2013, gravel cyclists have flocked to Stillwater, Oklahoma to race on a course that’s often muddy, and always challenging.
I believe the Kinekt post was an essential component to my DKXL finish, and it performed flawlessly throughout the event. The post let me stay seated through a wider range of conditions and substantially muted the vibration and bumps reaching my posterior.
Back in June, I introduced you to the Lauf True Grit gravel bike I’ve been testing (read the Getting Rolling post here). Since then, I’ve logged nearly 1,000 miles on the bike on all sorts of Midwestern gravel, and the experience has given me good perspective on the True Grit’s capabilities. Here’s what I’ve learned. […]
Cantu Rova Gravel Wheelset: Getting Rolling – by MG Avid readers know that we write a lot about wheels here at Riding Gravel. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is we simply love great wheels. When combined with the right tires, few if any other upgrades have the potential to […]
There’s been an explosion of new gravel bikes lately. You’ve probably noticed it too, but it’s a good time to be a gravel loving cyclist. Whether you’re looking for an entry-level rig with legitimate chops, a racy, light rig for decimating the pointy end of your races, or an adventure touring rig, you’ve got a lot […]
The market for GPS-based cycling computers has been expanding quickly in the past few years. Garmin’s popular Edge series has been the hands down choice of the masses in the cycling market, but in the past few years that paradigm has shifted. While Garmin continues as a leader in the market, Wahoo Fitness, Lezyne, Hammerhead […]
As gravel and adventure cycling grow in popularity, we’re seeing more and more products designed to filter out bumps and vibration before they reach the rider. The ShockStop suspension stem from Redshift Sports is one such new product. The ShockStop is a fresh take on the “suspend the rider, not the bike” concept popularized by […]
In 2006, the town of Emporia, Kansas hosted its first Dirty Kanza 200. Initially a small, intimate gathering of gravel cyclists, the Dirty Kanza has since grown into one of North America’s largest and most prestigious gravel events. This year, the Dirty Kanza drew an international field of more than 2,000 competitors, split among 200-, […]