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    Urban Attitude - 2001 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra Project

    I have been lusting for this bike, since 2006. But, I was NOT going to pay full retail for one. Finding one used - was even a challenge....and eBay was asking top-dollar for all of them. Fast-forward to 2012: I finally find a project frame/fork/stem/bars, here on Bike Forums, for $130/shipped. As you can see - the 2001 CAAD4 frameset was in rough shape, cosmetically. The Ultra Fatty Headshok DL fork and headset were frozen-solid with rust. Once I received the package, the fork was sent to Mendon Cyclesmith, in NY for a full rebuild. Craig literally brought back this fork from the dead - as two Cannondale-Authorized LBS refused to even touch it. In fact, the fork now works like NEW.

    I considered stripping and powdercoating the 6000-Series butted alloy frame - but feared the high-heat PC process may compromise the integrity of the T6 annealing of the frame. Due to cost - I decided not to go with a Auto body shop paint job. The decals and logos actually appeared ok - so, I simply masked them all off, roughed-up the existing Dupont Imron paint and gave the frame six light coats of ceramic automotive engine enamel. I then baked the enamel under low heat(below 200deg F) for four hours and let the entire frame air cure in the sun, for nine days. Once the fork arrived - I touched-up the scratches and nicks with Revlon Black Star nail enamel....which matched the OEM finish perfectly. The end result is more like 95% of the original finish and appearance now.

    Here is the frameset received as-is:





    It was a challenge trying to find hard-to-source, vintage Cannondale parts. I was only able to find the original:

    - Cannondale Competition 27.2x350mm seatpost
    - Cannondale machined seatclamp(that was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to locate!)
    - Cannondale Fire 620x25.4mm bars(original was bent)

    The original Magura Julie hydraulic disc brakes were leaking(hence paint peeling, at rear dropout)....so I replaced them with my own Magura Marta SL brakeset. In fact, the remaining parts were all scavenged from my full-suspension 26" race bike. The 46-36 Cyclocross crankset was carried-over from a botched 'Cross project that never materialized. Yet, the end result is far better than Cannondale could ever spec: a sub-20 pound Sport Hybrid rocket (19.87pounds/9.1kg). With the custom-built, 1380-gram Velocity Blunt SL/American Classic/DT Swiss Super Competition-spoked 29er wheelset - its so quick and nimble, it keeps all my Synapses firing on overdrive. The 24mm wide wheels and 700x25c Vittoria Rubino Pro III tires has a creamy ride, similar to a full Tubular and makes this beast corner like a Ducati Monster. Every single bolt was replaced with new Titanium hardware. I now have a bike I can just grab and go, anywhere, anytime. I no longer have to use my expensive, 15-pound road race bike....just to ride with my girlfriend along the beach Boardwalk, or at Burning Man. Best of all - the ONLY carbon on this entire bike.....are the German Magura Marta SL levers and Fizik Gobi ICS saddle shell!!!

    Component Specs:
    Wheels: Velocity Blunt SL 29er American Classic disc hubs
    Shifters: SRAM X0 9s twist shifters
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 9s
    Chain: SRAM PC-1091R 10s
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL hydraulic disc - 160mm rotors
    Cranks: FSA Energy 46-36 10s
    Front Derailleur: FSA Energy 10s
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi w/ ICS tail light
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 4TI
    Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M960 11-34
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR BB-9700
    Grips: Yeti/ODI Shorty Lock-on
    Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro 3 700c x 25

    One LAST question....before you enjoy the remaining photos: what is the ideal lock, or locking methods for this Gothic beauty?













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    Love it, great job. I'm currently lusting over the current Bad Boys but can't justify it to my wife. However, she needs a new bike and took a liking to the Cannondale Bad Girls. My plan is to get her that and then try and ease in the idea that it would be nice to have matching bikes. Ha! Love your bike!

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    Oh yeah... that's what I'm talking bout! I may be a little bias, but you can't beat a nice customized Bad Boy! I have wondered about trying out a pair of the X-O shifters and derailleur for a while now. Any chance you could post a close up of the front and rear derailleur (and crank, while you are at it)? Glad you brought a sick BB back to life!
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    Looking good!

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    Even though titanium has fairly low galvanic potential, I would use a dab of copper-based anti-seize on every bolt in direct contact with the aluminum frame.

    Otherwise, nice rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pgeters View Post
    Oh yeah... that's what I'm talking bout! I may be a little bias, but you can't beat a nice customized Bad Boy! I have wondered about trying out a pair of the X-O shifters and derailleur for a while now. Any chance you could post a close up of the front and rear derailleur (and crank, while you are at it)? Glad you brought a sick BB back to life!
    Right-click image #3(finished bike) to view it in larger picture. The SRAM X0 9-speed rear derailleur works great with the 10-speed SRAM chain, FSA Energy Cyclocross crankset and 10s front derailleur with 9s X0 twist shifters. In fact, it shifts like butter....
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    Excellent writeup and pictures man! Great looking bike built in the style I like. Should fast and strong on less than smooth roads and paths.
    I'm using the same Energy crank on my JBC but with 50-34 ratios and isn't there some extra carbon on the twist shifters or is it cosmetic carbon.
    Nice bike man luv it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
    Excellent writeup and pictures man! Great looking bike built in the style I like. Should fast and strong on less than smooth roads and paths.
    I'm using the same Energy crank on my JBC but with 50-34 ratios and isn't there some extra carbon on the twist shifters or is it cosmetic carbon.
    Nice bike man luv it.
    The X0 shifters is made of a lightweight composite, called Grilon. The wrapping over it is genuine, 3K faux carbon weave.

    Your sweet JBC build inspired mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
    One LAST question....before you enjoy the remaining photos: what is the ideal lock, or locking methods for this Gothic beauty?
    a 12 ga pump and a box of buckshot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
    Right-click image #3(finished bike) to view it in larger picture. The SRAM X0 9-speed rear derailleur works great with the 10-speed SRAM chain, FSA Energy Cyclocross crankset and 10s front derailleur with 9s X0 twist shifters. In fact, it shifts like butter....
    Well, I was hoping for a little more drive-side goodness...
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    yeah, a closer picture of that crank would be nice (or a /sharp/ very high resolution picture of the whole bike)

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    Here You Go...

    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    yeah, a closer picture of that crank would be nice (or a /sharp/ very high resolution picture of the whole bike)
    Here she is again:


    Close-up of 210g SRAM 9-speed rear derailleur, XTR 9-speed cassette and SRAM PC-1091R 10-speed chain:


    Close-up of 710g, Hollow-Forged, 10-speed FSA Energy 46-36 double crankset, FSA Energy 10-speed front derailleur and 141g Crank Brothers Candy 4ti clipless pedals:


    Here is what smoothly meshes all those gears together and mutes the ride - 188g SRAM X0 9-speed twist shifters with 2.8-pound, 70mm Fatty Ultra Headshok fork with lockout:


    Fizik Blink ICS tail light:
    Last edited by Dilberto; 02-04-13 at 08:10 PM.
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    why so narrow of a front gear range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    why so narrow of a front gear range?
    I wanted the lightning-fast shifts of 10-speed and I like the Cyclocross gearing, for urban use. This thing is not really a climber - but I got 11-34 rear cogs if I really need it....like, on rollers.
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    I agree, I also like the narrower profile with the Energy crank I feel a bit spread legged with a triple mtb crank and then you have the 11 tooth at the back for speed with lots of range to the 34. Looks perfect.
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    Wow, love your build. Your choices are perfect
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    Again, very nice build. Love the stealth look.
    Mine was also that light and clean, but had to mount fenders and a rack to keep it comfortable in commuting.

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    Thanks Dilberto. That is nice. Worth the considerable effort.
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    Thanx, guys. The bike turned out real sweet. My original plan was to restore it to period-correct condition(all-2001 spec)....but that was nearly impossible, as most vintage Cannondale parts are long out-of-production. I almost paid $400 for a pair of original Cannondale Magic Motorcycle pre-BB30(circa, 1999) cranks - but they were not available in my size. The OEM CODA components was completely out of the question - as I heard nothing but bad things about them.

    My next option was to transfer race parts from the cracked Giant Anthem X FS frame. The uber-light wheelset I had built for me really set me back a pretty penny. All said and done - I now have a $1800+ Sport Hybrid. Mounting my 1245g 29er carbon wheelset(Easton Haven/Sapim CXRay/DT-240s) and upgrade to full carbon cockpit, would drop the bike into the 17-pound territory...but, I'm perfectly happy being as light as it is with MOSTLY aluminum for now!

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    Nice bike!
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    Nothing bad with good alu and you have already dropped the weight considerably comparing with Stock Bad Boys....
    Good job!

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