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GT Grade vs Cannondale Topstone | ‘suspension’-equipped gravel bike shootout

Warren Rossiter puts two gravel greats head-to-head

Cannondale Topstone vs GT Grade hybrid

Should you choose the Cannondale Topstone or the GT Grade? It’s a question that many of you in the market for a gravel bike might be asking right now, and it’s what BikeRadar’s senior road technical editor Warren Rossiter attempts to answer in this video.


As two of the hottest gravel bikes of 2019, Cannondale’s Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX and GT’s Grade Carbon Pro make for an obvious comparison. Similarly, these bikes both introduce an element of rear suspension, though in very different ways.

GT’s Grade was a pioneer when it launched back in 2014, so much so that it went almost without revision right through to being updated earlier this year.

The Topstone is a youngster in comparison and one that certainly ruffled feathers when it debuted with its shockless leaf-sprung rear suspension system.

The GT isn’t without its own clever way of providing comfort though, with a solid glass-fibre rear-end that’s wrapped in a carbon skin which claims to offer around 20mm of suspension at the rear wheel.

Watch as Warren pitches both bikes head-to-head and chooses his outright favourite.