Cannondale Bad Boy Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Cannondale Bad Boy

The Cannondale Bad Boy is a premium commuter bike with striking looks, functional specs, and outstanding performance. This bike is worth buying if you're looking for an impressive city bike.

The Cannondale Bad Boy has an aluminum frame that is light, smooth, and durable.

The bike has hydraulic brakes, which give you confidence that you can quickly stop the bike.

The bicycle has reflective graphics that shine up under car headlights. This feature provides safety and visibility in the dark.

The bike is only available in one color.

The left fork makes it challenging to add a mudguard on the front wheel.

When Cannondale was designing the Bad Boy, they had one goal, which was to create a fun commuter bike. They achieved that goal because this bike has some excellent features which make it so enjoyable to ride.

The bike is available in 3 versions, the Bad Boy 1, 2, and 3. There was a fourth version, but Cannondale seems to have dropped it in 2020. The Cannondale Bad Boy bikes all have SmartForm C1 Alloy frames, 650b wheels with WTB Byway 40c tires, hydraulic brakes, and a lefty fork.

The fork and seat posts on the Bad Boy 1 and 2 have an integrated Supernova LED light strip. These light strips ensure you're visible when riding at night. This bike is available only in one color, matte black, and sizes SM, MD, LG, XL.

If you’re looking at different bicycles before you pick one to buy, checkout our review of the Cannondale H400, a multi-purpose bicycle.

Who is this bike for?

  • If you're looking for a gorgeous bike that will turn heads, you can't go wrong with the Cannondale Bad Boy. This bike has a beautiful, modern and clean design. Its matte black color is also stunning and will get you attention as you ride it.
  • This bicycle is also perfect for you if you want to buy a quality city bike from a reputable bicycle company. Cannondale has been manufacturing bicycles for over 40 years, and the quality of their bikes is top-notch.

Cannondale Bad Boy

Performance

What makes the Cannondale Bad Boy one of the best commuting bikes you can get your hands?

  • The bike has 650b wheels with 40mm tires, which minimize road cracks and bumps, making your ride more comfortable. These also offer better grip and control.
  • The stiff lefty fork and SmartForm C1 premium alloy frame absorb, road shocks well and provide efficient handling for you to maneuver the city streets.
  • The Fabric Scoop Radius Elite, cro-mo rails saddle on the Bad Boy 1, and Cannondale Urban seat on the Bad Boy 2 and 3 provide a cushy ride.
  • The Shimano drivetrain makes changing gears easy and smooth. The reliable gear shifting ensures you don't sweat as you go over those steep hills on your way to work.
  • For safety, the Cannondale Bad Boy LED light strips, and reflective graphics make you visible on the ride back home in the evenings.
  • The bike's hydraulic brakes are very efficient in all weather conditions, So, stopping quickly to avoid cars in traffic or pedestrians shouldn't be a problem.

Conclusion

The Cannondale Bad Boy is an excellent choice for a commuter bike. It is comfortable for daily use, requires low maintenance, and its stealth black paint job looks cool. I don't think you can get a better bike to get you to work, school or wherever you choose to go around the city.

Specifications

Frame:

Bad Boy OPI, SmartForm C1 Alloy, integrated Urban Armor bumper, BSA, 1-1/8" headtube, sliding dropout

Suspension

Fork:

Lefty LightPipe rigid, integrated SuperNova LED lightstrip, USB rechargeable battery, 1-1/8” steerer

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

Shimano M171, 48/38/28t

Bottom Bracket:

Shimano MT210

Shifters:

Shimano Altus, 2x9

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Altus

Number of Gears:

Sunrace, 11-32, 9-speed

Brakes:

Shimano MT200 hydro disc, 160/160mm RT26 rotors

Wheel Size:

Cannondale, double wall, 32h

Tires:

WTB Byway, 650b x 40c

Handlebar:

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 18mm rise, 8° back, 4° up, 680mm

Stem:

Bad Boy Si, integrated sandwich stem, 65mm

Seat Post:

LightSkin w/ integrated rear LED light, 31.6, USB Rechargeable

Saddle:

Fabric Scoop Radius Elite, cro-mo rails

Headset:

Chain:

KMC Z9, 9-speed

Cannondale Bad Boy

The Cannondale Bad Boy is a premium commuter bike with striking looks, functional specs, and outstanding performance. This bike is worth buying if you're looking for an impressive city bike.