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Cannondale Topstone Drops 160g Thanks to LAB71 Treatment

Cannondale Lab71 Topstone
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If you want the best Cannondale has to offer, look no further than their new LAB71 collection. Calling it their ‘best of the best’, this is where you’ll find the most technologically advanced Cannondale Models. Like the new LAB71 Topstone.

Offered only as a frameset, the top-end Topstone drops more than 160g thanks to an advanced carbon layup. The frame still includes the Kingpin suspension system which provides 30mm of suspension travel at the rear wheel.

Cannondale Lab71 Topstone with bags from side

Sold with a rigid Superlight Series 0 carbon fork, the LAB71 Topstone has plenty of accessory mounts including three-pack mounts on the fork legs and downtube, top tube mounts, two additional bottle mounts, and fender mounts. It’s also SmartSense compatible if you want to add lights and radar.

Like the LAB71 SuperSix EVO, a big part of the draw is also a unique LAB71 finish with gloss Marble Oxblood on the back third of the bike, satin Jet Black finish on the rest, and Smoke Brushed Chrome accents.

Cannondale Lab71 Topstone geometry

Available in five sizes, each rolls on 700c wheels with tire clearance of 700c x 45mm.

Cannondale Lab71 Topstone frame

Sold as a frameset for $4,500, that price includes the frame, fork, a SAVE Carbon SmartSense seat post, a StrapRack Tool/Stuff carrier, and front and rear thru axles.

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Ben
Ben
10 months ago

Dear bike builders – please stop giving us ‘adventure’ frame designs that only clear 45mm tires. 50mm or more please. It’s 2023.

Thank you.

– Nearly every gravel cyclist not at the pointy end of races

Ned
Ned
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

I’d say 45mm is pretty awesome clearance for a gravel/adventure rig. Certainly you can’t ask every bike to have 29er clearance, ala 50mm (2inches), though there are certainly options out there. I would say 40mm is absolute bare minimum I would want on a gravel bike in 2023, so it exceeds that atleast.

Keith
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

The answer is always – it depends. Why would you need more than 45mm lets say on your gravel/adventure bike? 45mm is bordeline mountain bike territory, and you might as well use a mountain bike. Some are going 650c with big fat tires, much bigger than 45 mm. Some are using their gravel bikes with road tires as their daily and putting the angry tires on to hit the trails on weekends.

So it depends, where are you going, what are you doing? Kit up appropriately. Right bike, right wheels, right tires.

Andrew
Andrew
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

If you look at the pics, there seems to be way more clearance than 45, especially at the front. Might just be a recommended upper limit.

Evan
Evan
10 months ago
Reply to  Ben

If you’re not at the pointy end of races why do you care about 170g

Araf
Araf
10 months ago

Hold on. Some new elitist label to do things like drop 160g on a frame, that’s like 2 mouthfuls of water from a bottle? This sucks. Cannondale used to do actually innovative stuff under the Cannondale brand.

Greg
Greg
10 months ago
Reply to  Araf

Dropping that much weight from an already light frame takes time, resources, materials. This is a “lab”, to test what’s possible, where it generally doesn’t make economic sense. So they do it, make sometimes marginal gains, sell some because a few people will want it, to make some money back, and hopefully what they learn can trickle down into future regular product.
It’s not like they are abandoning their core product.

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