I just went through the exact same thing for myself last month. I too was having a hard time between the Road Warrior and the Bad Boy.
The Road Warrior is a great bike to ride – light, fast, easy to control, but I also wanted something that would take a little more abuse. I live in Dallas and ride to work on city streets (short trip each way), but I’m constantly going up and down curbs and cutting through grass areas.
This led me to get something like the Bad Boy. None of the Cannondale dealers in Dallas stock the BB, so I started thinking – why not get a mountain bike and put street tires on it. The BB Ultra is just a Furio frame with the headshock and disc brakes (basically a F600). Therefore I ended up going with a F800 with the Lefty fork and dual brake/shifters. Although the rim size is 26” instead of 700, I had the shop put on some Specialized Armadillo’s (smooth streeet tires) and I’m in love.
There’s only a $300 price difference between the BB Ultra ($1,300) and the F800 ($1,600) – I felt the Lefty and dual brake/shifters were worth that. Plus I like the gloss black of the F800 a little better than the flat black of the BB.
BTW, I assume you do not live in the UK. If you do, than there is a BB that has the Lefty.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Good luck and keep us posted,
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