Hi all - I am buying my fiance a bike as a wedding gift and was hoping to get some advice. I am leaning towards getting either the Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra or the Road Warrior 800. He will be using the bike mostly in the city but will also use on dirt paths and less paved roads. Any opinions on either of these bikes? Also, is Cannondale considered better than Trek or is that a matter of opinion and what you are looking for in a bike? Thanks.
Bikes are very personal bits of kit, does your lucky fiance have any input or is this a surprise?
Canondales are well regarded bikes, strong, tough and light but their typical fat-tubes design is more favourable to big guys.
There are plenty of sound brands around. Perhaps a more important decision is which local bike shop(LBS). The LBS will advise you on which size to get, how to fit the bike, they will fit accessories and will tune the bike after a few weeks of use.
The Bad Boy has much lower gearing, disks and front suspension so is more suitable for rough trails and mucky conditions. The RW800 may be lighter and more agile on the road but with fatter tyres will be rideable on trails. Check what size tyres your fiance favours for his style of riding and make sure the frame has sufficient clearance
I agree with the last comments. Cannondale makes superb bikes. Any bike that you want to use for two different purposes will be a compromise.
I had a mountain bike for years and then 4 or 5 years ago I decided that I wasn't going off road anymore and that I wanted a bike more for urban use. I got a Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra. It was much more efficient than my mountain bike and faster.
However, about 2-3 years ago I began wishing that I had something faster and better on pavement.
So I got a road bike and love it.
The Bad Boy is a decent all round bike that can definitley do some off road. The Road Warrior will be better on road. It depends what is more important.
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.
I'd go with the BBU. If you're going off road at all,you'll want some front suspension,and the HeadShok can be turned on and off with the flick of a lever. I'm also a huge fan of disc brakes;the pads last longer,there's less adjusting,they work better in rain/snow,and they still work if you bend a rim.
In addition to my BBU,I also own an F600,which is the MTB version(26" wheels and no black-out treatment). You might want to give this a look. The 26" wheels make it even more versatile since you can use the stock knobbies for dirt riding and snow and slap on a set of skinny slicks for on the street.
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