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Cannondale Bad Boy 1 Review

Cannondale Bad Boy 1

The urban cycling has been rising in popularity a lot the past 10 years, and the Cannondale Bad Boy 1 2019 is a great mid-range city cruiser for those looking to upgrade from their current ride.

Designed as an all-around fun run bicycle, the Bad Boy 1 started its life as a mountain-bike-turned-hybrid, a style still continued today. Its rigid frame provides great stability on both smooth urban environments and off-road situations.

Below, we’ll highlight just exactly you’re getting into with this burly, blackout hybrid.


The Specifications Of Bad Boy 1

Cannondale’s Bad Boy 1 retails for just over $1,950, and the components really make us understand why:

  • Frame: SmartForm C1 Alloy
  • Fork: Lefty LightPipe
  • Tires: WTB Byway 650b x 40c
  • Crankset: FSA Comet, 46t
  • Shifters: Shimano Alfine Rapidfire
  • Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Radius Elite
  • Number of gears: 8, Internal

So these names all sound super important, but what’s really so great about the components included with the Bad Boy 1? Especially something that justifies a $1,950 price tag?


What’s Good About The Bad Boy 1?

As an intermediate city bicycle, the Bad Boy 1 has been loaded up with endurance in mind. Here’s what makes this bike great both on and off the road:

Cannondale Bad Boy 1 forkFrame & Drivetrain

The SmartForm C1 alloy frame has a somewhat aggressive geometry for a hybrid-style bike and falls just around 24 lbs, which is pretty light for a hybrid-style bicycle. Because of this, it lends itself to speeding around city streets. The Bad Boy 1 is quite rigid as well, which makes it very nimble and responsive.

An interesting (and smart) addition to the frame is a rubber “bumper strip” integrated into the top tube to avoid scratches between stops. The designers really went the extra mile in adopting this frame to urban environments.

Cannondale made the Gates Carbon Drive Belt stock on their Bad Boy 1, something we absolutely love. It provides an incredibly smooth pedaling experience and is super quiet. The internal hub has a fluid, smooth transition between gears, even when you’re standing up on the hardest hills.

These setups are hugely popular for being simple to adjust, as well as avoiding the greasy mess that can often accompany external shifters.

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Technically the derailleur on the Bad Boy 1 doesn’t exist, as all switching is done internally. The Shimano Alfine does do a great job, providing 8 spaced-out gears that provide solid performance even on the sharpest grades.

Tires & Brakes

Hybrid bikes are generally stocked with tires that are built for stability on all terrain types, and the Bad Boy 1 is no different. The WTB Byway 650×40 tires provide a best of both worlds scenario, with a smoother road styled tread combined with a broad, mountain bike size. These tires are also puncture resistant, with an interior kevlar lining.

In recent years, disk brakes have made their way onto many urban commuter bikes due to their amazing stopping power. The Cannondale Bad Boy 1 comes equipped with Shimano M396 hydraulic disc brakes, which stop on a dime regardless of the weather conditions.


The Fabric saddle is a great, award-winning design providing both comfort and stability. If ordered direct from Cannondale, these saddles are available in 3 distinct shapes.


Should I buy it? 

Cannondale Bad Boy 1 considerationsThe Bad Boy 1 provides an awful lot of bang for your buck, and is suited for a lot of different cycling disciplines. While its price is a bit lofty for newcomers at $1,950, this is a stellar upgrade for individuals looking to upgrade from their current city cruiser.

We’re really impressed with some of the thoughtful design touches included with this bike. The seat post has integrated, rechargeable rear lights that have 8 hours of life per charge. Cannondale took this idea a step further, however, and integrated a glow strip along the front Lefty fork as well.

Even with the slightly more aggressive geometry, the Bad Boy 1 provides a comfortable ride, with big, chunky tires absorbing potholes and bumps. The broad front handlebars do a great job of making riders feel stable and secure.

If you’re looking for a bicycle that can fit a wide array for conditions, give the Bad Boy One a look. It’s wide array of features make it an attractive mid-to-high level upgrade for serious cyclists everywhere. If you’re a pro-level rider with lofty ambitions every season, best to look for something with more gears and less weight.

ProsImprovement ideas
Lightweight frameHard to reach USB ports
Custom saddleDifficult to source replacement parts
Offset lefty fork
Integrated lighting


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