The Cannondale Bad Boy 9 is an urban utility bike designed with masculine touch, and strikes a fine balance of the basic elements such as speed, sturdiness and comfort. The bike is made of a thick hefty smart formed stealth optimized 6061 metal alloy tubes inspired by Stealth Fighters, a Cannondale Fatty Rigid Fork and 700c wheels. It has a black matte finish and its unmatched attitude is attributed to its aggressive urban geometry, which catches the fancy of every passerby. The Bad Boy 9, now selling at $730, is available in all ranges, small to extra large.
Most of the Bad Boy 9’s components are Shimano equipments, including the cranks and both the front and rear Derailleur. Even though the trigger and thumb pump shifters are even, they become better after a few miles of riding.
There are many variants of Bad Boy 9, but they are all off-road and street bikes due to their tough body and their geometry that fit Cannondale Ride. The one I tried had Freedom Thick Slick tires and performed excellently on the streets. Surprised? I know that most riders tread carefully with slick tires, but again there is a reason why racers choose them of the treaded units. The slick tires on the bad boy are premeditated to maintain contact with the surface, such as streets, sidewalk or even wet surfaces. They are far much better than the heavier treaded units.
The Bad Boy 9 is a real guy’s choice. It is a bit pricey but it is truly worth its value. If you are heavily built like me, 6’3” and weigh above 230 lbs, then this bike is even better for you. Unlike lighter men, bulky people like us find inclines, curbs, portholes or cracks very disturbing to take. However, with this bike’s heavy frame support, you feel comfortable and confident during the ride. If I was taken a porthole with another version, I could either bend the frame or damage the tire rims. I’ve had a fair share of such trouble while testing bikes. Nowadays I no longer try such bikes to avoid sending them back with spoiled rim or bent frames.
The bike retails at an exorbitant price, and it is a challenge to pay the full price of a brand new one.
My love for it dates back to 2007, but since I was unable to afford it, so I thought of acquiring a used one. To my surprise, there were very few used ones at eBay, and they were asking for a high price. It was in 2012 that I finally managed to fulfil my wish. I bought the used 2001 CAAD4 Bad Boy Ultra, which had a 70mm Ultra DL Headshok. The logo and all the labels were in good condition, but all the other bike features were a total mess. The rust fork was immovable, and the frame was full of scratches, such that it was difficult to tell its original paint. However, But $60 was not much to ask for the skeleton, which included the frame, fork, stem and bars. Two local Cannondale-authorized dealers refused to help me rebuild it, so the Headshock was fully rebuilt by Mendon Cyclesmith in New York.
The bike is made of the 6000-series alloy and therefore powder coating was not a convenient option since the high heat process was very likely to weaken it. After covering the logo and the label, I scrubbed the scratched paint and painted with six light ceramic automatic engine enamel. After a month of continuous rehabilitation, it is now difficult to tell establish the difference between the current painting from the brand new original appearance. I have also scavenged a few lightweight parts from my FS 26er race bike, and my latest bike – a sub 20-pound Urban Rocket – is superb. In different occasions, I may use the Kenda Small Block 8 29er Cyclocross tire set. Just like many riders, you will be surprised at what MTB can do!
I use the Cannondale Bad Boy at any time and for most of my journeys, and I’ve reserved my expensive 15-pound road race bike for beach ride with my girlfriend. While it took me years to finally fulfil my wish, the wait was indeed worthwhile. I have finally joined the class of men with attitude, because this bike is extraordinary! The bike is tough, has a unique style and provides level-headed degree of fitness. If you ever wanted a two-wheel SUV, then Bad Boy Ultra should be your ultimate choice.
Frame: Bad Boy, Optimized 6061 Alloy,1-1/8″ head tube
Fork: Cannondale Fatty Rigid, 1-1/8″ steerer
Crank: Shimano M171, 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket: Tange Cartridge
Shifters: Shimano Altus, 34.9 mm clamp
Cog Set: Sunrace CSM668 11-32, Bad Boy, 8-speed
Chain: KMC Z51 Black, 8-speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus, 34.9 mm clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Rims: Maddux C3 Urban, 32 hole
Hubs: Cannondale C4 front and rear
Tires: WTB Freedom Thickslick, 700x28c
Pedals: Cannondale Reinforced Composite
Brake: Tektro Novela mechanical disc
Handlebar: Cannondale C4 alloy, flat, 620 mm
Stem: Cannondale C4, 31.8, 6 deg
Headset: Tange Si 1-1/8″
Spokes: Stainless XD Black, 15g
Grips: Cannondale Urban, lock-on
Saddle: Cannnondale Bad Boy Urban
Seat Post: Cannondale C4, alloy, 31.6 x 350 mm