Weight: 23.31 pounds It’s quite firm and there’s very little unwanted movement when grinding up climbs with the fork fully open. The Oliver does a great job of supporting you at the top of the stroke while eating up the terrain. Both have the same internals with a large lockout lever on the top of the single fork leg that, when closed, still offers a blow-off. The crown-to-axle on the rigid fork and Oliver is the same, making it handle the same when things are smooth or locked out. And it’s efficient. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado. To upgrade a bike to the Lefty Oliver fork cyclists will also need a wheel with the Lefty 50 hub. Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. High-volume 650b wheels and the bumper casing smoothness of our Kingpin suspension and new Lefty Oliver fork make this the most off-road capable and on-road comfortable road bike ever made. Fast forward one year later and we no longer have to wonder—Cannondale gave us ‘the Lefty’, a Topstone Carbon sporting 30 mm of front gravel eating travel to match the 30 mm offered in the rear thanks to the KingPin suspension design. * © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. But Zach also tried to run 700c x 40mm WTB Raddler tires which measured just under 40mm, and those too ran into mud clearance issues. Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty geometry. Topstone BallisTec carbon frame, Kingpin suspenstion system, Directline internal cable routing, BB30-83 bottom bracket Our size XL 2021 Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty actual weight came in at 23lb 6oz (10.6kg). The fork was good, the frame was nice, but combined with the wheels, none of it ever seemed to work in harmony. The Lefty Oliver is the most refined gravel suspension fork currently on the market. The Topstone Neo Carbon wears 700c-wheels and features a rigid carbon fork. Swapping in a longer air piston is required to achieve the proper ride height with 700c wheels. Cannondale claims the frame has clearance for up to 40mm tires, but that will obviously depend on the tire choice and how it fills out the rim. The Oliver is offered in a version with a carbon chassis with a claimed weight of 1,350g, as well as an alloy version that comes spec’d on more budget-friendly builds. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Socks: Sock Guy Go further, ride longer, charge harder. Jarlinson Pantano Receives Four-year Doping Ban, Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events, VIDEO: STETINA & ROCKWELL BATTLE THE WHITE RIM TRAIL, VIDEO PREVIEW: WAHOO FRONTIERS WITH SARAH STURM, WTB Gravel Tires Drop Weight and Gain Protection. If pushing the limits of what a “gravel bike” should be able to do is your idea of a good ride, this might be the bike for you. At $3,750, our Carbon 3-level bike is just shy of a whopping $4000 less than the higher-end Carbon 1 version. I believe the tire siize is huge fail, with adventure type bike people are now looking to throw on a 700×45 if they want. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Many of this year’s gravel bikes can fit 700 x 50mm tires or true 27.5 x 2.0-2.25 mountain bike tires. Your email address will not be published. To be honest, it was one of our least favorite bikes to date. The Oliver uses similar needle bearings for smooth operation like the mtb version but a much different damping system designed to avoid bobbing while pedalling and diving under braking, which seemed to be doing the job during testing. Winner: 2021 Topstone Carbon Lefty 1 3. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. The large 47mm, 650b tires are slightly smaller in total diameter, but the added weight of our build makes this the first place we would consider an upgrade. Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now. Internal routing keeps things tidy and the BB30 means there are plenty of crank and spindle options. Cannondale was years ahead of the suspension gravel trend. The Kingpin rear end, too, seems best suited to taming sudden impacts, like potholes, and generally reducing the severity of rippled washboards and roots. About the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 3 The gravel bike to beat all gravel bikes. Downside, it’s still going to be tight. Cannondale have thought of everything. Cannondale’s new Topstone Carbon Lefty: First ride impressions, Will accept 700c wheels with up to 45mm tires, Weight- Heavy when compared to non suspended gravel bikes. Internal routing keeps things tidy and the BB30 means there are plenty of crank and spindle options. Review: Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 1. It features an easy-to-use lockout with a blow off circuit, so it can still absorb impacts even when locked. Sometimes the pushiness has paid off, sometimes not. I was glad to trade smaller steps between gears for a wider range. In my opinion, suspension doesn’t negate the need for larger tires; it increases it. I’ve created several loops from my front door that link together bike paths, roads, gravel, and singletrack. Both will be available in S, M, L and XL sizes. Dialed Endurance Fit offers a perfectly balanced riding position: upright enough for comfort over the long haul and control when tackling technical off-road terrain, yet still low and forward enough for speedy efficiency. Not sure why it originally launched with 700c’s standard. Zach rode the original version with the rigid fork and 700c wheels…not me. Measuring at just 415mm, the Topstone’s chainstays are 15-20mm shorter than many of its competitors. In thinking about the times we live in right now, riding close to home is often the best option. The ride quality is excellent and the Lefty Oliver works as advertised. A few months later Zap wrestled the bike away from the multi-time national champion and used it to race at Dirty Kanza.