Best electric gravel bikes: dirt loving drop bar e-bikes with added oomph – Cycling Weekly
For those aiming to compete, a growing number of events such as the Dirty Reiver and the Belgian Waffle Ride now have an e-gravel bike category, adding to the appeal of this burgeoning market.The mix of all-terrain capability, confidence-inspiring stability, and additional assistance make electric gravel bikes an interesting proposition, not only for off-road riding, but also as urban commuter bikes.
If you crossed the Cannondale Topstone gravel bike, the controversial Lefty Slate XC bike and an e-MTB, you’d end up with the new Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty. Bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?
Cannondale calls this a full suspension gravel bike, with their 30mm travel Lefty Oliver fork upfront and their ‘Kingpin Softail suspension’ giving another 30mm travel at the rear.
With the same drive system as the Canyon Grail:ON, the Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor delivers up to 75Nm of torque, making this bike really capable of powering up rocky inclines or techy trails. The large 500Wh Bosch internal battery delivers up to a claimed 125km / 78mi range. On test, 40+ mile rides mixing the power modes and barely used half the battery, so we could see how this range is certainly achievable.
The carbon fibre frame and suspension features put the Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty well above the price point of other gravel e-bikes, but we felt it was “unrivalled in its class in terms of motor performance and the grin-inducing ride.” It also blurs the lines between gravel and mountain bikes even more, and will probably be more bike than most will need. But hey, what fun!