I'm looking for a single bike that can do lots of things fairly well (commuter, somewhat speedy road bike, converts to a real ATB) but I have a mechanical question.
The Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra looks like it fits the bill....and looks cool, too. However, it's got disc brakes (which I know nothing about) and that head shock.
I generally like to figure out how to fix things myself, but I've heard that the head shock is not something I would want to deal with. Well, that's OK I guess, but I am wondering if it's a reliable system....so that when I DO have to bring it in for repair, it's not terribly frequent. Also, I don't want a system that's so complicated, that I'll have to search around for a specific competent mechanic. I have heard that it works wonderfully, but the proprietary nature of it is of concern.
The brakes are mechanical discs. Do these require more attention than rim brakes?
Thanks for any input,