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Cannondale Bad Boy(10 posts)

Cannondale Bad BoySam
Jan 7, 2002 6:05 PM
I know this is listed as an MTB with road wheels. But I am thinking about buying one for a commute to work. Does anyone out there own one? If so how do you like it. I want to get an extra set of wheels (MTB) to go along with the road wheels so I can have an off road worthy bike also to complement my road racing. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
We sell them at our shopspookyload
Jan 7, 2002 7:03 PM
They are a good idea, but a little gimmicky. You can save a lot of money by getting a mountain bike with an extra set of wheels with Conti Grand Prix 26x1 tires. The bad boys are a "Jack of all trades" master of none. The commuting side is easy to fill, and that way you can have a mtb bike you will never have to second guess. GT and Schwinn's are dirt cheap right now courtesy of the buy out at places like Supergo.
re: Cannondale Bad BoyGeekRoadie
Jan 8, 2002 12:11 AM
I do. It is a pretty cool bike except it doesn’t get ridden very much. It's the ultimate "tweener" bike. The gearing is a little on the lax side since it is an MTB. The 01' model that I have has XT/XTR and is pretty smooth. I picked it up from REI in Berkeley.

For the same money you can get a quality hardtail, though. Giant, GF, and Specialized, etc. would be worth looking at and throwing some Hutchinson Air Lites (26X1) on them. Coincidentally, the Bad Boy has the same tires.

re: Cannondale Bad BoySam
Jan 8, 2002 9:06 AM
It is nice to hear that you own one. I have called Cannondale. The bike I am interested in specifically is the bad boy Ultra. The frame is a true Caad 4 mountain frame that is disc specific. The disc specific frame allows for the 700C wheels. My intentions are as follows: 1. buy this bike for commuting with 700 x 28 tires. 2. get a 2nd set of disc wheels (26" MTB) for off road riding. 3. put on a set of 700 x 30 tires in the winter or when attempting a local cross race. 4. All of this to complement my road racing. 5. Justifies the need of a 2nd bike. BUT MY BIGGEST QUESTION IS: WHAT IS THE LARGEST 700 C TIRE THAT WILL FIT ON THIS BIKE DUE TO VERTICAL CLEARANCE ISSUES?????? IF THE BIGGEST 700C TIRE IS A 23MM SLICK THEN IT DOES NOT MAKE GOOD SENSE TO ME TO BUY THIS BIKE. I WOULD BE BETTER SERVED WITH A 'CROSS BIKE. THANK YOU. I WILL ALSO POST THIS IN THE 'CROSS SECTION.
Jan 8, 2002 2:59 PM

If you want big tires then look at Surly's Crosscheck.

I think you are trying to do too much with one bike that is only "somewhat good" for all that you expect of it.

A cross bike can do all of the things you are mentioning and then you could get a MTB for single track. I would rather have a seperate bike for that IMO.

Besides, if you ride this much in all kinds of conditions it would be prudent to have more bikes than just one for breakdowns and service.

A simple stable that covers all bases is a MTB, a dedicated road bike, and a cross/commuter. Add more bikes if you race seriously as well as ride for daily transport.

You can do it all with one bike, but why? More bikes = more fun. and there are plenty of durable affordable bikes out there.


Jan 8, 2002 6:44 PM
Thanks, I have to agree with you!!
re: Cannondale Bad BoyGeekRoadie
Jan 8, 2002 6:40 PM
It sounds like it would work but unfortunately, I've got the standard, rigid 01' model. It is rigged with v-brakes so I'm not sure if I can help you with the tire clearance issues. Looking at mine I'd say that size small frame + 30-622's are a no go.
re: Cannondale Bad BoyMJ
Jan 8, 2002 2:23 AM
you might be well served to ask this question on the cross board
I rented one on vacationAlexR
Jan 8, 2002 7:19 AM
I loved it. I think it would make a great errand or commuting bike - although I can't recall if it has rack mounts. I had the hardtail, and would definitely go in that direction. The full boinger is overkill, not to mention a lot more cash.

By the way, REI sells an identical bike called the Novara BUZZ. It was going for cheap last time I saw it, and has gotten good reviews on this board.

Novarra BuZZtarwheel
Jan 8, 2002 10:17 AM
REI has had the Buzz on sale for less than $400 for several months, which is a great deal if you can still find one. I know they have some in stock at the store near me. The new 2002 model costs about $800-900. I believe ET, who posts here from time to time, owns a Buzz.