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2007 Bad Boy Ultra vs. 2008 BBU???

Old 08-21-07, 03:36 PM
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2007 Bad Boy Ultra vs. 2008 BBU???

Hello All,

This is blackeyepeez, new to the forum and seeking some advice on the 2008 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra.

I am already sold on this as my next bike, however, I understand that the 2007 model has a Furio frame and the 2008 (unreleased) is to have a Caffeine frame. My riding is mostly paved city roads and occasional trails etc... As far as the rest of the components, comparitively speaking they're the same on the both 2007 / 2008 models. This is somewhat confusing as I want to make the most of my investment.

Are there noticeable advantages that the Caffiene frame has over the Furio???

Your feedback is much appreciated...
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Old 08-28-07, 08:36 PM
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I can't imagine that there would really be much difference. Skimming over the pics I saw this afternoon, I'd guess that the Caffeine frame has a lower standover height, but that's about it (and it's a guess; I didn't dig through the dimensions in the back). Maybe they're saving on manufacturing costs by reducing the number of frames they have to make -- do the other BB models still use the Furio frame?

I'd say, if you can get an '07 for a closeout price, go for it. It's a fun bike. Either way, they don't have the swank internal cable routing, integrated headlight, and other tweaks that you'd see on the European models.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
Maybe they're saving on manufacturing costs by reducing the number of frames they have to make
Prolly the reason. I believe the BBU was the last Furio. The other BB's use a different frameset,and I think all the MTBs went Caffiene.

I was looking over an '07 BBU. I like that they're running a touring triple now(mine's a MTB triple),but it's still gonna be a pain to mount a full fender on the front. They added a threaded mount to the front of the fork crown so you can attach a fender mount,but they lowered the air chuck closer to the tire so there's no clearance. They need to sink the air chuck in so it's flush with the fork crown.
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Old 08-29-07, 02:11 PM
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2007 BBU vs. 2008 BBU

BarracksSi,

Thanks for the reply.

I just purchased an 07 BBU last week through REI. They did not have it marked down yet, but I got a discount due to a scratch on the frame. I am really happy with this bike. It is very solid and fast not to mention the beautiful subdued look with the Matte paint job. I recently tried to upgrade to Ergon Grips w/ bar ends, they look really good but they have a plastic lining that prohibits a tight grip. I am considering returning them. Overall, I don't think i am missing much buy not getting an 08'. I hear the Caffiene frame is lighter but I am not struggling with the Furio frame at all.

thanks for your input again...
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dynaryder,

thanks for the input.

I agree that they should do something with the air valve on the fork. I recently purchased the 07 BBU and I love it. I have also seen those Euro models with the Headsight light built in... Those are really nice, i called a dealer to get the price for one and i was told it cost $375.00 as the light is a one piece unit with new stem and all...I'll pass.
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I've got Ergon grips on mine, and I actually have them set a little bit loose -- but still snug -- so that I could adjust them a tad if necessary. They're definitely better than the stock grips were, but I don't know if I've found that perfect angle yet, so I kind of let them move naturally to where it feels OK. Then, if they move too far, I just give them a good, hard twist back up to where they should be.
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