Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R29 000 OMNICO.CO.ZA – JM

CCan­non­dale’s first crack at a gravel bike was the over­com­pli­cated Slate, which had a short-travel Lefty fork and 650b wheels with su­per-wide tyres. With the Topstone, they’ve made the right de­ci­sion: to go back to the ba­sics.

The frame is light­weight alu­minium and the fork is car­bon. At first glance it looks like a clas­sic road bike, but it has all the right gravel tweaks: longer wheel­base for ex­tra sta­bil­ity on sketchy ter­rain, clear­ance for 700cx42mm tyres, tube­less rims, flared drop bars, hy­draulic disc brakes, and mounts ga­lore – for three bot­tles, a top-tube bag, racks and fend­ers.

The 2x11 105 driv­e­train has plenty of range for ev­ery­thing from moun­tain trails to long days on the flats. And there’s a model above this one (the Apex 1, only avail­able in the US and Europe) that comes stan­dard with a 50mm drop­per post. Ge­nius!

Maybe we can con­vince the lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors to add a drop­per to this model, too…

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