True to its image as an innovative manufacturer, Cannondale has unveiled its new gravel bikes. Surprise: they are not only suspended but also adopt the famous Lefty fork.
After Moustache, it’s Cannondale’s turn to switch its gravel bike model to electric. For the American, gravel rhymes with Topstone and innovation with risk-taking. As a result, the new Topstone Neo and Topstone Neo Lefty have almost nothing to do with the competition. For starters, Cannondale has decided to fully suspend its new e-bike model. In fact, the traditional Kingpin suspension (already present on the Topstone Carbon) is found at the rear wheel.
As for the front wheel, the bicycle manufacturer decided to equip its gravel e-bike with its famous Lefty fork, with a single branch. This latest version, called Oliver, is specifically designed for gravel riding, which is a mix of roads and trails. The 30 mm travel lowers the total weight of the e-bike. Of course, it is possible to block it so as not to lose performance.
With or without Lefty fork, but always with Bosch
For the engine, Cannondale has extended its historic partnership with Bosch. The electric versions of the Topstone benefit from a Performance Line CX engine (250W) and a 500 Wh battery. The announced range is 127 km.
On the other hand, as on the last Canvas Neo, the manufacturer seems to have favored a Purion display. However, given the relatively high price of these gravel bikes, a Kiox model would have been more relevant.
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Finally, as the Lefty version obviously catches more attention due to its single branch, Cannondale has not forgotten the less eccentric or less fortunate users, depending on their needs, and will offer its Topstone Neo in a more traditional version with a classic carbon double sleeve fork.
On the other hand, the Kingpin suspension, housed in the seat tube, is present on all models. The Topstone Neo Carbon is available in four trim levels (two Lefty and two classic versions). Its price starts at 4449 euros and reaches 8999 euros in its most advanced finish.
Take a look at this quick video, introducing Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon: