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    Quote Originally Posted by Smw72
    I purchased a used set of wheels removed from a Rush on eBay for $140. I am very happy how they look and ride.
    cool. i'll poke around on ebay. thanks.

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    The Ultimate Bad Boy (for Winter?)

    Maybe you should mount a pair of these bad boys on your bad boy come winter time

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    I have a 05 I believe Bad Boy Ultra frame size large, Im thinking of switching to a XL, and am interested in just buying a frame and swapping the parts over. Which model frame did they use on the Bad Boy Ultra ?

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    Has anyone used a 09 BBU for cycle touring?

    Thinking of doing lands end to John O'groats on mine but not sure if it's suitable. Are there any panniers that fit front and back, are the wheels strong enough etc. Or would I be better getting an actual touring bike?

    Any advice appreciated.

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    How much should I expect to pay for a 2009 BBU new? is over $1000.00 too much?

    Thanks.

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    $1,000 seems a little steep unless it's a head shock with low mileage and in very good condition. IMO you'd be better off buying new at that price.

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    Not sure about the front because I have a solo fork, but I had purchased a topeak rack and bag that unfolds into paniers on either side. I would think the bike could handle it. See a few pages back where I posted pics of my back with the rack and bag system from Topeak, page 7 I think. If you go that route, be carefull when you put the screw in on the bottom by the cassette because unless you put 3 washers in front of the screw, you'll hit your chain at the lowest ring.

    Just got done installing racks on my garage walls to hold our bikes. Brought the BBU up from the basement where it's been sitting since November. Going on my maiden ride tomorrow. I'm so stoked to finally have a chance to ride this thing. Funny how since then, I've been admiring road bikes. I have the bug.

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    DougGuy, I've been meaning to respond to your post about the name that instantly came to mind when I saw your bike. I know you named it Stealth Elk, but the second I saw it I thought "The Cricket".

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    Well I paid $975 for a brand new 2009 BBU Headshock. I think I did pretty good. I know it's not just me, but the "Handmade in the USA" sticker just adds some nostalgic pride in owning something that may never happen again. Atleast with cannondale. Its a shame but it's better than having the company fold and the latest bikes are still awesone.

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    Hagasan, actually probably not a bad price and I completely agree with the Made in USA. I have a 2010. Although I can't say that I like Made in USA due to Unions lately as I have come to the conclusion that they suck. But that's for another forum.

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    Axiom makes really good racks for both front and rear and Im planning on touring on mine a 05 BBU

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    I'm interested in knowing how this bike compares to a true road bike. I took mine out for the first time yesterday and loved it over my tank of a mountain bike. I haven't had a road bike for a long time and I kinda missed the nimbleness and speed but still wanted to be able to ride various types of trails that are paved or crushed limestone. Figure I can swap tires or just grab the old tank for rougher trails. So this made sense. However, I am curious about anyone's comments that have both this bike and a road bike and their riding impressions of both. Is this bad boy closer to an average road bike or CX in terms of speed and handling or a hybrid? I'm thinking I may buy a road bike but not sure if there's enough of a difference to matter. I don't race, just recreational and for exercise.

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    Picked up an '11 rigid to replace my seldom used and way too small '96 M200LE.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus68
    DougGuy, I've been meaning to respond to your post about the name that instantly came to mind when I saw your bike. I know you named it Stealth Elk, but the second I saw it I thought "The Cricket".

    Haha Gus!

    We were riding on one of the local greenways with a wooden boardwalk that crosses a swamp, and the Canada geese went nuts when I rode by, I was thinking they saw the tops of the ape hangers moving along above the handrails and thought it looked... Like..... Well, a distant cousin or sibling that ran off? "Hey buddy, them ain't ape hangers, them's GOOSENECKS!"

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    way to go 'deadmorgan', after some saddle time be sure to post your thoughts. There's something about a matte black bike....mmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smw72
    I purchased a used set of wheels removed from a Rush on eBay for $140. I am very happy how they look and ride.
    Great! now Im on a mission to get a similar setup. Im taking my bike camping and want to swap out to offroad for light, off trail usage. i swear, everytime i come back on this forum, I'm getting more and more ideas.uuuggghh!...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus68
    I'm interested in knowing how this bike compares to a true road bike. I took mine out for the first time yesterday and loved it over my tank of a mountain bike. I haven't had a road bike for a long time and I kinda missed the nimbleness and speed but still wanted to be able to ride various types of trails that are paved or crushed limestone. Figure I can swap tires or just grab the old tank for rougher trails. So this made sense. However, I am curious about anyone's comments that have both this bike and a road bike and their riding impressions of both. Is this bad boy closer to an average road bike or CX in terms of speed and handling or a hybrid? I'm thinking I may buy a road bike but not sure if there's enough of a difference to matter. I don't race, just recreational and for exercise.
    A road bike will be alot quicker A to Z. Due to higher gear ratio even a compact group. I have a decent road bike and I want a BB as a commute/hack that I can lock in a city. I cant lock my road/mtb in city due to cost of them. I dont see the point of MTB gearing on some of these models as they are more flat bar commuters than MTB,s. MTB gearing on road sucks. Gets you now where fast!

    My plan is to that very nice 2011 bike and stick a proper road 53-39 crank and 11-25 cass on it. Then I can take some scalps on my commute any time some roadie trys to pass me. I can crank it up....

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    Thanks PB. I wasn't sure because I've seen some decent road bikes with a 50 crank and assumed there wasn't a huge difference with the BB 48. Cassette were off a little too. It's odd that they wouldn't have put in gearing that was a little more road oriented given the tire set up. I guess the only thing that makes this bike quicker than my old MTB is the larger and smilier tires. Although I still seem to average 3-4 miles per hour quicker on a typic ride as far as I can tell. Oh and the weight too I suppose. I think a proper road bike is in my near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pb11
    I dont see the point of MTB gearing on some of these models as they are more flat bar commuters than MTB,s. MTB gearing on road sucks.
    Ain't that the whole point of this entire genre of "hybrid" bikes? Basically these are for someone who only wants one bike, but wants to go places a road bike isn't geared for, and also ride the roads which a mtn bike frame isn't made for.

    The gearing is no different than any other part of the bike, you change it to suit your riding style/conditions. If our city streets and greenways were flatter, yeah mtn bike gearing would be a pita so I am glad the BB is geared like it is as I find myself using the lower half of the ratios a LOT more than the upper half. It's just hilly enough around here to make you work a little hard at riding.

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    What would be the simplest solution to switch to a more road-based gearing on a BB?

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    Updates to Chain, Cassette.... more to come

    After about 10,000.00KM on the Bad Boy it was time for a new cassette and chain. Trying out the KMC 9SL and XO SRAM Cassette. So far it feels a lot smoother. May upgrade parts to all black SRAM XO and was looking into the Tune Cranks. Wheels undecided yet but maybe something with Chris King. Black of course. Bad boy has gone gangsta with gold chains
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    Coool!! pimp daddy .

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    Why is it when I look in this thread I can not see my latest posts of others? However I can go to the link in the email? Being deleted? if so why?

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    2010 Bad Boy Solo

    With gas at $4.19/gallon, it's the only way to travel!
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    Ok, cleaned off the bike today and decided to finally weigh it. This is a large frame and I took all the equipment off except for the mount for the lock and the mount for the head light. Kept the pedals and bottle cage on. I was kind of shocked that it came in at just over 27lbs. Like 27.4 if I recall. I do have heavier pedals and bigger tires on than stock which is why it's a little heavier I guess. I could probably put on a set of Shimano XTR pedals and save 1/2 a pound but I like the versatility of being able to wear regular shoes or clip in. When I put all the equipment on as shown here, it's 30lbs almost exactly. My bag had tools in it though. Everything I'd ride with. The bike felt a lot lighter in any case. This was measured on a topeak bike stand with built in digital scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smw72
    I really like the looks of the 26" wheels i added. Next is new handlebars and grips.





    Very clean and beafy looking...i love it...do u mind sharing what your setup consist of..wheels/tires, cassette, hubs, etc.

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    I stopped by my LBS yesterday and inquired about ordering 26" wheel set up. Anyone know how big you can go for the tires? Mine's a 2010 BB Ultra. I've seen the pics on here of other peoples set ups and it seems like you can get some pretty fat tires on the 26" rims. Anyway, the LBS had a sweet pair already made but they weren't for the lefty so he'd have to order. All in probably $500 to $600. I debated about just buying a dedicated MTB at that price but think I'm leaning towards the extra set of tires for the BB. I'll post some pics once they're in and installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus68 View Post
    I stopped by my LBS yesterday and inquired about ordering 26" wheel set up. Anyone know how big you can go for the tires? Mine's a 2010 BB Ultra. I've seen the pics on here of other peoples set ups and it seems like you can get some pretty fat tires on the 26" rims. Anyway, the LBS had a sweet pair already made but they weren't for the lefty so he'd have to order. All in probably $500 to $600. I debated about just buying a dedicated MTB at that price but think I'm leaning towards the extra set of tires for the BB. I'll post some pics once they're in and installed.
    I'm in the process of doing this myself. I found a set of rims for $100, a 9 speed cassette for $22, lefty hub for $62, I already have the tires...I'm thinking between $50-$70 to have my lefty hub installed with 32 new spokes...so well under the $300 and even $250 for that matter where I've been told to buy a whole set would run about $500....go on CL or search on line for the parts....it's gonna cost you way less to get the parts and bring therm in to install

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    I've been searching ebay but the ones I've found have been around $300-$400 without the cassette and brake discs. I think it's important to have the exact same cassette otherwise I think you mess up your shifting if you don't adjust it or end up having too much or too little slack in your chain. I'll keep looking and appreciate the suggestion. I am probably going to donate my 15 year old diamond back wildwood (when it was sort of a mountain back vs a comfort cruiser) to that charity that ships them to Africa, I forget the name now. I could try and sell it for $100 or something but honestly, I'd get more satisfaction knowing it's going to good use for someone who really needs it. Either that or keep it for a "guest" bike when we have family/friends staying over. It's surprisingly still in great condition. Maybe a little adjustment or replacement of the wires and chain, but other than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus68 View Post
    I've been searching ebay but the ones I've found have been around $300-$400 without the cassette and brake discs. I think it's important to have the exact same cassette otherwise I think you mess up your shifting if you don't adjust it or end up having too much or too little slack in your chain. I'll keep looking and appreciate the suggestion. I am probably going to donate my 15 year old diamond back wildwood (when it was sort of a mountain back vs a comfort cruiser) to that charity that ships them to Africa, I forget the name now. I could try and sell it for $100 or something but honestly, I'd get more satisfaction knowing it's going to good use for someone who really needs it. Either that or keep it for a "guest" bike when we have family/friends staying over. It's surprisingly still in great condition. Maybe a little adjustment or replacement of the wires and chain, but other than that.
    I agree with having the same cassette and all but that means getting a new chain to go with the new cassette as well....these parts tend to build a relationship were the chain and cassette form grooves to match each other along with the calipers and rotors...when one of the two is switched it does throw it off a bit, so there will be a slight offset...some more than others...swapping whole new sets are always going to have a slight difference in performance. Even with the rotors being swapped along with the wheels. There will be more wear on the original pads and a relationship in grooves with The original rotors. I guess what I'm saying is that unless your going to swap out all the components with the new wheels/rotors/disc etc, theres always gonna be some slight offsetting....mine is to mainly bring camping and having some tread while riding through the camp sight, no major trail riding though. So the minor offset won't be a big deal to me.

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    I started my own thread before discovering this one....(the search function didn't find this thread either, which is weird)

    Anyhow....guys/gals who've gone to a singlespeed or IGH setup...how has the bike been holding up?
    Do you have to go to an EBB to convert to a singlespeed?
    Any issues with flex and tensioning by running a singlespeed setup?

    Any feedback would be great. I just saw this bike yesterday and I'm seriously considering picking it up. These pictures are NOT helping my wallet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus68 View Post
    I stopped by my LBS yesterday and inquired about ordering 26" wheel set up. Anyone know how big you can go for the tires? Mine's a 2010 BB Ultra. I've seen the pics on here of other peoples set ups and it seems like you can get some pretty fat tires on the 26" rims. Anyway, the LBS had a sweet pair already made but they weren't for the lefty so he'd have to order. All in probably $500 to $600. I debated about just buying a dedicated MTB at that price but think I'm leaning towards the extra set of tires for the BB. I'll post some pics once they're in and installed.
    The frame is XC/trail oriented so I would suppose 2.2" should fit okay, 2.1" might be the best balance tho..cush/traction. Bigger and you'd be in AM territory.

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    Is there no God???? Almost every weekend so far this Spring has been rainy and cold. I want to ride darn it!!!!! Do I have to start sacrificing goats to the weather gods or what? Arrrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!

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    thanx for the sunny day. enjoyed a good morning ride finally. a little muddy but a ride is a ride.

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    My LBS called me to say their supplier is out of stock on the BB 26 wheels and it'll be about 4-6 weeks before new ones are in. I guess that gives me time to search around for used wheels on ebay or CL. Bummer.

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    Hey guys so I finally made the decision to bite the bullet and buy a 2011 BB. I had my LBS check inventory with Cannondale and there were only Larges avaiable (need an XL) with no info on availability.

    They told me that when this happens it usually means there is going to be a significant update to the given line of bikes. They told me they would have more info in the coming months.

    Does anyone have any info or speculation on the 2012 Bad Boy and / or a possible redesign?

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    BG, the 2011 Bad Boy was a redesign so I'm not sure that we'd expect any major change so soon. I may be mistaken but the 2011 was the first year they started producing this bike in Asia rather than the US so maybe the delay is due to production issues related to the shift instead. Just my 2 cents.

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    Hey BB community. I've finally made up my mind into getting a Cannondale BB.

    My short story:

    I went to my LBS and was asking if they carried one in stock. I was expecting a 2011 model but the guy helping me said they have a 2009 Bad Boy Ultra.. size medium in stock! He also said, "since it's an 09, I'd have to talk to my manager about the price being lower" (sticker price said $1,389). At this point, I was ready to buy this bike. A brand new, Made in the USA, 2009 BB Ultra! I tamed my excitement a little and wondered why this bike was still here.. okay, I'm excited again! Then I test rode it. The bike had a 26" wheel in the front and a 700c road wheel at the rear. The assistant said I could choose whichever wheelset I prefer with the bike if I bought it. I'd have to say the 26" did look sweet..."okay so how much?" I said. The guy goes to talk to his manager. He comes back and tells me, "My manager does not want to lower the price because it's MADE IN THE USA and would rather sell it to someone who is willing to buy for the sticker price"...WTF?!?!... $1K cash in hand could not persuade this so called manager. I had to walk away truly disappointed and not show any desperation.

    My questions-

    1. Is it worth buying a Made in the USA 2009 BB Ultra for full price?

    2. Am I better off buying a Made from Taiwan 2011 BB Solo Headshok for the same price?

    3. Or, should I wait for the 2012 model to come out?
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    The 2011 models are the new models as far as I know. I don't think there's a major change for 2012. Can anyone verify this? I paid $1,499 for my BB Ultra which is a 2010 model. I bought it from the Mill Race Cyclery in Geneva IL. They still list that model at $1,599 on their website so I got $100 off last November (2010). Having said that, I love the bike. the 2011 are actually cheaper, probably due to the fact they are now made in Asia so the direct result is a lower price. They switched the components from SRAM to Shimano and I really don't know which is better. The other difference is the 2011 is a little lighter, but not by much, and the front suspension fork is one piece rather than welded (I think). The styling on the 2011 has more angular frame tubes and is a different look than the round tubes on the previous models. I haven't seen a 2011 in real life yet so I really can't comment on the comparison but I'm sure it comes down to personal preference. Those that have a 2011 on this forum love their bike. So here's my opinion....being made in the USA is not worth the premium, but the bike is worth the price, regardless. The way the treated you though I would be inclined to take my business elsewhere.
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    I picked up my Solo R today. 2011 models. I got a medium for me and a small for my wife
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    I guess I need 10 posts to post pics, oh well

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    I bent the front fork on my 2008 BB Rohloff, think it's possible to swap in the solo fork in place? Who sells just the fork? anyone want to part with their Solo Head Shock Fork?
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    After much debate Bad Boy is SRAM X0

    Sooo after much debate and seriously looking at various cranks I ended up going SRAM X0 2X10. I will swap over other parts in time but the whole black theme I think is what the Bad Boy is about.

    To Come is new wheels, likely Chris King black hubs.
    X0 2X10 for rest of gears but maybe 10Speed road cassette?
    The X0 crank is seriously stiff though, even with the standard team GXP cassette. Seriously the old square brackets make the BB feel like an prehistoric machine in comparison.
    Anyone else consider X0 also or maybe F1's for brakes?

    When its all said and done I will give some pics also.

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    The X0 Pic

    Oh ya here is the pic, hopefully it links ok.

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    Hi (807) Recordings, I am running the Truvativ Noir (gold) crank on my BB - together with a Recon cassette and a KMC chain - runs great!
    For breaks i decided to go with the Magura Marta - it's a rock-solid break. The F1 is also very interesting but i heard of many F1 problems in german forums.

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    Just saw these 26" wheels for a lefty. Seems like a decent price for a brand new set of rims and tires taken off of a RZ 120. I'd just need to buy a set of rotors and a cassette. Do you think this is a decent price?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cannondale-LEFTY...#ht_500wt_1156

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    I ride the same rims - they are nice! And in my eyes the price is decent. I would go for this set!

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    I wanted to ask a favor to all the guys that installed fenders on their Bad Boys to please post some closeup pics of how you have them mounted. I picked up some SKS fenders and can see this is going to be a custom modification install as the disk brakes are in the way. Any help is much appreciated.

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    I picked up a 2011 solo headshock and have just started to put some miles on it. I've always liked the BB and am happy to finally have one. I'm pretty surprised at how heavy it is though and plan on trying to shave some of the wieght. It looks like a bike that should be less than 20lbs but it's actually heavier than my last full suspension bike.

    Would love to see some more photos of (807)'s bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakurama View Post
    I picked up a 2011 sole headshock and have just started to put some miles on it. I've always liked the BB and am happy to finally have one. I'm pretty surprised at how heavy it is though and plan on trying to shave some of the wieght. It looks like a bike that should be less than 20lbs but it's actually heavier than my last full suspension bike.

    Would love to see some more photos of (807)'s bike.

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    I will try and do some more photos for you. Going to do a Chris King for the rear wheels, but not sure the rims yet as I want to be able to hit 23mm on the back and at least 25mm.

    Other problem is I could consider tubular but then I have to deal with rims for rim brakes.

    Now since I could not PM you I will try here with your info you asked.

    BB is 68mm, with an English threading.

    The Road cranks run a different q so they maybe too narrow or hit the frame depending on the rings.

    For weight savings I notice it a bit but my battery for my night light takes it back

    IF there is anything else let me know. Will give some more pics soon.

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    Got the ten post thing settled, here are some pics of before and after the swap to single speed

    Here is the bike when I first built it out of the box

    IMG_4445 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr

    and here it is after the conversion to single speed

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    IMG_7688 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr

    IMG_7684 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr

    and here it is with my wife's 2011 size small (have not done much to hers, just swapped pedals and grips)

    IMG_7690 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr

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    That is awsome! What bars and grips are you using?

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    Salsa Bell Lap bars
    Fly Fino Grips (they are kind of weird and difficult to put on but I like the look and remind me of BMX)
    http://www.empirebmx.com/store/comer...idProduct=7218

    I use one of those per side

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    Nice to see the two black beauties playing together!

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    Cannondale Bad Boy 11 Ultra

    Cannondale Bad Boy 11 Ultra

    For road km's (kid in bike trailer) and occasionally offroad I've bought a Bad Boy. I wanted something special so it had to be a Bad Boy with headshok and EBB -> Bad Boy Ultra 8. This is the bike after purchase.


    I collected parts from webshops all over the world which was fun to do. It took some time, no problem, biking and busy with bikeparts is my hobby. The Alfine 8 is ok. I could rebuild the wheels and put 26" rims on it (I wanted semi slicks and more volume and this cannot be done with a headshok fork) Selling the wheelset and build up a new set based on an Alfine 11 is a much better option and would make the bike more special.

    After a couple of months this is the result. I'm a very happy man!














    Frame: Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra
    Fork: Cannondale Fatty Ultra DL
    Front hub: Hope Pro II
    Rear hub: Shimano Alfine SG-700, 20t sprocket
    Rims: DT Swiss XR 400
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition white
    Tires: Schwalbe Sammy Slick
    Brakes: SRAM X.0, 160/160
    Crankset: SRAM X.0, 36t Homebrewed Components chainring (replaces original spider + rings)
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ GXP
    Eccentric Bottom Bracket: Cannondale
    Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2ti, ti axle mod
    Chain: SRAM PG-850
    Handlebar: ControlTech Carbon 31.8
    Grips: Foam lockon
    Seatpost: Controltech Wepost Carbon 31.6
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Carbonio

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    Onno, your bike looks top dude!


    For me I am going to keep the X0 black though, and this is also playing into many decisions.


    Question to the board:
    Anyone running the Stans notubes?
    I am going to build a pair of 29er for my Bad Boy with Chris King hubs. All black of course but I am not sure if I should go with the Alpha 340s as I could go down to a 23mm wheel, or the Crest 29er ??

    On the brakes side I am still in the decision on either the Formula R1 or X0 system?
    Either can do the buddy system to clean it up.

    Oh ya will run tubeless of course. :-)

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    I'm really loving these tricked out Bad Boys. Are there many stem options for the headshock? I have the one piece bar stem but I'm hoping to replace them with something ligher and taller.

    Love the Alfine. I was debating getting the 11 but I think I'm going to go 2x10 and try to get the bike as light as I can. Wonder if anyone has made a sub 10Kg Bad Boy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakurama View Post
    I'm really loving these tricked out Bad Boys. Are there many stem options for the headshock? I have the one piece bar stem but I'm hoping to replace them with something ligher and taller.

    Love the Alfine. I was debating getting the 11 but I think I'm going to go 2x10 and try to get the bike as light as I can. Wonder if anyone has made a sub 10Kg Bad Boy?

    Do you know the weight of the frame and forks on the standard no-headshock version?
    Never measured mine.

    BTW @Onno, How do you like the X0 crank with the custom ring?
    I find my 2X setup very stiff.

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    I like it a lot, it looks awesome and completes my bike. I have thought about the black/grey X.0 parts which makes the bike more stealthty. I like the a bit less stealthy look and don't know which style looks better. Anyway, I'm satisfied so I don't bother

    If you mean the difference in riding compared to the stock Truvativ FireX 42t. There's not much of a difference in stiffness. Maybe by the marketing boys, not by me

    Cranks: Truvativ FireX (645) - SRAM X.0 (472)
    Chainring: 42t + bash (146) - HBC 36t (75)
    Bottom bracket: Truvativ GXP (135) - SRAM GXP (103)
    Total difference: 276 grams

    In weight weenie mode it's 10.4 kg, thats with foam grips, Schwalbe Furious Fred 2.0 tires and Stans NoTubes. I have that too.

    With Sammy Slick tires and inner tubes add 500 grams. I like this more, it's more durable.

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    I have a 2007 F4 and swear that it looks exactly like a Bad Boy in white. I know it will clear 700c wheels and tires, does anyone have a source for disc specific 700c wheels?
    I plan to change out the front crank and cassette to make it more road specific.
    Any help on a wheel source would be great, money is an issue, looking for used as well.
    I know a 29" is the same size but am concerned about getting right width to put 25mm tires on it.
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    Nice built Onno! I have the 2004 bad boy ultra and the weigth now is arround 9,5 kg. I am just building a new 26'er wheelset with the ZTR Olympic wheels - not sure which hub - let's see. (need more post's to show you soon my bad boy!) I remember that the weight of my frame including ultra fork was 2,6 kg.

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    Sakurama: I know that FRM made a nice and light stem for the headshok - but it's hard to find one - i mean the are discontinued. Maybe ebay helps?

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    Well after some knucklehead decisions I made on some wrong parts, i finally got her done. I had a wheelset built and now she's just right for me to take camping with the offroad set. Thank You guys for the inspiration.

    BEFORE...



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    Nice FLiPinoy! Which wheelset did you took now? I like your bike much better now - without the red - more bad boy look!

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    Flip great pics. How about some comments on the characteristics and handling of the bike between the two set ups? I mounted 700x38 on mine to better handle limestone trails but I'm loving the big MTB tire look for single track trips. I'm also a little concerned about how little clearance i have on the rear wheel near the crank. My rim settled in a bit after a coiple of break in rides and started to rub a bit its ok now but there's maybe 2-3mm clearance i think which is tight. Anyway, does the bike feel a lot different with the 26 inch tires on it? Slower?
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    Decided to buy a removable rack for some extra capacity when I need it. Can only handle 20 lbs but should be plenty for a longer ride or a trip to the store. I think I like it better then the regular rack (see page 7). I can also remove the side racks when I don't need them.




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    I'm getting a strange click noise in my front wheel that appears to be once in a rotation. If I stop and lift up the front and spin the tire, nothing. When I jump back on the bike and ride, click click click. No stone or object stuck in the tire. Spokes appear to be OK, nothing loose. Could it be a problem with the bearings in my solo fork. Or is this normal. First two rides on the bike there was no noise. I've only put about 120 miles on it thus far. It's not the shock either. Anyone else have this issue and if so, any ideas as to what it is?

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    Finally joined the Bad Boy scene.

    I didn't want suspension or the Stealth frame or 700c rims so was set on the 2011 V Brake. Courtesy of another thread I discovered that the V Brake takes the colour off the rims over time so eventually opted for a bargain European 2010 Bad Boy Disc 26".

    Same spec as the 2011 Deore, Same price as the 2011 V Brake. Bargain.
    Swapped out the tyres for 559x50's & upgraded the shifters & rear mech from Deore to SLX.

    Very happy after a 30 minutes test.

    Question:
    Any recommendations for flat pedals? The stock ones are shocking!
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    Congrats Nuggzy! Wellgo is doing a few nice flats - just search at ebay or here in the forum!

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    After having the chain stay break on my norco and marin muirwoods (both used bikes) in the past year, i opted to put some coin down on a new bike.

    I love my bad boy to death and this forum makes me moist.

    A few more pics from my flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/gusk/
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    I've been searching up and down the east coast for a shop that will sell me a new large 2011 Bad Boy Disc, and I cant find a single one. No shops can order one from Cannondale either, does anyone know when the 2012 model will be coming out? Or, does anyone know of a shop in the greater New Hampshire area that has a large 2011 Bad Boy Disc in stock? I'm looking for the rigid fork, not the lefty. It's been a really frustrating few weeks trying to find one, and I almost settled on a Gary Fisher Mendota or GT Transeo 3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlesglimberg View Post
    I've been searching up and down the east coast for a shop that will sell me a new large 2011 Bad Boy Disc, and I cant find a single one. No shops can order one from Cannondale either, does anyone know when the 2012 model will be coming out? Or, does anyone know of a shop in the greater New Hampshire area that has a large 2011 Bad Boy Disc in stock? I'm looking for the rigid fork, not the lefty. It's been a really frustrating few weeks trying to find one, and I almost settled on a Gary Fisher Mendota or GT Transeo 3!
    I am having the same issues in Florida! Trying to get my hands on an Lefty Headshock XL but nobody has one in stock and the dealers say there is no info on the 2012's yet. It has been about a month since I spoke to the dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG-Nole View Post
    I am having the same issues in Florida! Trying to get my hands on an Lefty Headshock XL but nobody has one in stock and the dealers say there is no info on the 2012's yet. It has been about a month since I spoke to the dealer.
    Its a shame you aren't in New Hampshire! I found a shop in Portsmouth that has a Lefty Headshock in S, and XL!

    I found an REI near a relatives house that had the disc in stock, but when I called their were TWO people on the waitlist for the bike! Demand must be pretty high for these things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlesglimberg View Post
    Its a shame you aren't in New Hampshire! I found a shop in Portsmouth that has a Lefty Headshock in S, and XL!

    I found an REI near a relatives house that had the disc in stock, but when I called their were TWO people on the waitlist for the bike! Demand must be pretty high for these things!
    Don't tell me that!! I'll be tempted to make the drive!!

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    FWIW I purchased both of my Badboys a few weeks back through REI Special order and had them within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG-Nole View Post
    Don't tell me that!! I'll be tempted to make the drive!!
    Papa Wheelie's in Portsmouth, NH. You should fly in and bike back!

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_w_sage View Post
    FWIW I purchased both of my Badboys a few weeks back through REI Special order and had them within a week.
    Thanks for the tip, I havent tried asking REI to special order anything. I'll give that a shot.

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    One question about Bad Boy sizing. I can't find any larges, but I can find a medium. I havent yet been able to find a medium or large locally to ride, so i've been looking for a large based on having a more comfortable ride on a large Quick 4 vs. a medium. Just now looking at the sizing of the Quick vs. the Bad Boy, it looks like the medium Bad Boy might fit me ok. Does anyone have any wisdom as to which size might be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlesglimberg View Post
    One question about Bad Boy sizing. I can't find any larges, but I can find a medium. I havent yet been able to find a medium or large locally to ride, so i've been looking for a large based on having a more comfortable ride on a large Quick 4 vs. a medium. Just now looking at the sizing of the Quick vs. the Bad Boy, it looks like the medium Bad Boy might fit me ok. Does anyone have any wisdom as to which size might be better?
    How tall are you? What is your inseam?

    I'm 6'3" w/ 34" inseam and ride an XL....Perfect fit.

    I'm somewhat guessing but I would think someone 5'9-thru-6'1" will fit a large.

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    I'm 5'11" w/ 29" inseam and the large is the perfect fit for me.

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    I'm 6'0" with 31" inseam & Large is perfect for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moozh View Post
    How tall are you? What is your inseam?

    I'm 6'3" w/ 34" inseam and ride an XL....Perfect fit.

    I'm somewhat guessing but I would think someone 5'9-thru-6'1" will fit a large.
    I'm 5'7" with a 32" inseam.

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    How many miles do you put on your bad boy a week? I'm at about 60 and it's unfortunately only on the weekends. We are fortunate to live right off the Illinois Prairie Path which is over 70 miles of secluded trails. Bike get's dirty on the crushed limestone paths but it's bliss. Never that crowded and great scenery. For a state that is as flat as a pancake. Rode to Herrick Lake and rented a kayak for a little while and then road back. Now making Arnie Palmers with Jerimiah Weed's Tea flavored vodka and lemonade and firing up the BBQ. Couldn't get better than this. So says the wife. She enjoys riding with me. My goal would be to ride the 65 mile triangle but I'm not quite up to it yet.
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    Here is an updated shot of mine. I swapped to deore levers so I could make the hydraulic brakes work with my drop bars


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    Quote Originally Posted by BG-Nole View Post
    I am having the same issues in Florida! Trying to get my hands on an Lefty Headshock XL but nobody has one in stock and the dealers say there is no info on the 2012's yet. It has been about a month since I spoke to the dealer.
    Have you tried the Bikes America in Pembroke Pines? When I bought mine a few months back they had quite a few in stock.

    700 N. University Dr.
    Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
    954.443.6340

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    Hi guys,
    Been meaning to join in for some time now.

    This is my '10 Deore Bad Boy bought second hand about 3 months ago then stolen about 3 weeks ago. I loved this bike and had several upgrades planed for it. I would have liked to put 700c wheels on it.


    The house insurance covered it and I picked up this '10 Solo 3, I've upgraded a few bits already. It has a Sram 3 speed hub which is ok and I could probably live with it if it wasn't for the twist shift which I really don't like so I'm toying with the idea of getting a Alfine 11, what do you guys think of these?


    A couple of days after buying the Solo 3 I got a call from the police to say they had found my first Bad Boy..................... the insurance company said I can keep it so now I have 2. One will have to go eventually and am thinking I'll keep the Solo3 but in the meantime I'm basking in the glory of owning 2 Bad Boys.

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    Is that FSA crank or just the arms. Sort of looks like the bones crank (GXP?). Either way looks good.

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    On the Solo3 its a Truvativ Fire-x which it came with the Deore has FSA alphadrive.

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    Hi, do you think Schwalbe Marathon Plus 28x1.75 is going to fit the frame (Bad Bou Ultra) ? I'm planing to order such a tire and install it at the back/rear.

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    My Solo3 is running Schwalbe Kojaks in 700c x 35, there is still lots of room out back.

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    OK.. so I'll try to fit them, thx

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    I'm not sure how much room you'll have on the front though. No experience with an Ultra.

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    Question:

    My 2009 Ultra has a squishy headshok. I did notice that the one time I did hang it upside down some oil had leaked out of the damper adjustment. Is it possible to just put a rigid fork on instead or will it change the geo too much? what are the alternatives?

    Thanks, JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveA63 View Post
    I'm not sure how much room you'll have on the front though. No experience with an Ultra.
    I'm planning to fit the same tire but 28x1-1/8, 700x28C
    I'll post some pics after installing the new tires

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    I got so sick of trying to find a large Bad Boy that I ended up settling on a Trek PDX. I still look at this thread daily, and cant see myself not buying a Bad Boy at some point down the line. Anyone have any word on the 2012 model yet?

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    I love it.
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    I'm running 700x38 on my 2010 ultra solo. It's about as tight as you can get. Note that my head shock has no nipple at the bottom of the head tube as do prior year models.

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    One thing that I didn't mention is that my solo3 is a medium frame and the deore is a large. I'm six foot tall and both bikes fit me well, the Solo3 has 700c wheels which makes it almost exactly the same stand over height as the deore which has 26" rims, the only difference I can feel when riding is the reach to the bars.
    Also I have just scored a set of 700c wheels for the deore, I dunno why but I can't seem to bring myself to sell her.

    Because of the scarcity of Bad Boys, there dosen't seem to be a consistant flow here in europe, both of my bikes feel like they are compromises. If I could create the perfect (for me) Bad Boy it would be 27gears, 700c wheels and solo fork without the headshok, unfortunately even though I have all those items spread over 2 bikes it's not possible (easily) to mash them and get my perfect frankenbadboy.

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    I love it
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    I've been waiting on three LBS to contact me about a pair of 26 inch wheels for my bike and it's been 3 months. They all blame it on their Cannondale reps and I'm giving up. I haven't found a decent set on ebay or craigslist and not sure I trust buying used anyway. I could accept one LBS blowing me off but three makes me think that there actually is a supply problem. Either that or LBS just don't want to make a sale. At least two of them have made some decent money from me as of late including the new bikes and the repair stand and all the accessories. In any event, took my bike on a more technical trail with the 700x38 wheels and it did just fine. Not sure I really need knobbies at this point. My bike is practically an XC now. No offense to true XCers who'll give me lip about disc brakes and flat bars, etc. Anyway, still have my old mountain bike for the single track which I don't have to worry about banging up. You'd think Cannondale would make the tires more available since that is one of the marketing gimmicks on these Bad Boys. How about they sell the bike with both sets? Easy cross sale in my opinion. C'mon LBSs there was a customer ready to give you some $$.

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    Gus68,
    Why do you have to go through Cannondale? I'm guessing for the money you'll be spending you could get a much better set of 26" wheels.

    I've just changed from 26" to 700c on my deore Bad Boy.

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