Cannondale Bad Boy Jekyll
Here's a 21st century bike that's genuinely different. A distillation of what Cannondale have learned over the last 15 years whilst establishing themselves as the most innovative company in cycling. A deluxe allrounder that works great in the real world, the Bad Boy Jekyll is a complete blast to ride.
I'll start with the tyres because nothing governs a bike's riding character more than its rubber. The 700 x 23 Continental Ultra 300 tyres are the same as you'll find on the Cannondale R500 road bike, so you'll no that the Bad Boy Jekyll is fast. It's not a racer as we have learned to understand the breed however. It's actually built on the same adjustable geometry dual suspension frame as the Jekyll MTBs. The result - a bike that floats over ruts on the canal path as if it was a 4WD, that feels like a road bike on tarmac, and because it's built on an MTB frame, it can be converted to a full-on mountain bike, simply by fitting a set of disc brake-specific MTB wheels.
Even the gearing displays Cannondale's originality. With a Cannondale EX2 double chainset with 29/44 chainrings combined with an 11-34 cassette, the Bad Boy Jekyll offers a wider range of gears at less weight than any conventional triple set up. Bad Boy Jekyll is obviously built for speed, and with the old saying in mind, 'you need good brakes to go fast', it comes with some of the best stoppers - Magura hydraulic disc brakes - which work great, never mind the weather. Truly versatile, I could think of no better vehicle for a fast century ride over mixed terrain. Alternatively, with its drop-dead matt black looks, Bad Boy Jekyll qualifies as the coolest courier / city bike you'll find anywhere on the planet.
- Cannondale Jekyll dual suspension frame with adjustable geometry
- HeadShok Fatty Ultra DL - at 2.8lbs this is one of the lightest weight suspension forks you'll find - and you can lock out the suspension for road rides on-the-fly at a flick of the stem mounted lever
- Cannondale Performance wheels with Continental 700 x 23 tyres
- 27-speed Shimano Rapidfire Plus transmission with XT rear gear
- Magura hydraulic disc brakes