CAN­NON­DALE BAD BOY 3 £849.99

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Can­non­dale has al­ways built smart frames, here neat ca­ble rout­ing and a rub­ber strip along the top-tube pro­tect against knocks. The rigid Lefty sin­gle-sided fork is stiff in a good and bad way; its steer­ing is pre­cise, but the ride isn’t ex­actly for­giv­ing. It also re­duces front mud­guard op­tions and keeps the front end high.

With £150 less to spend, and Can­non­dale’s use of a high­spec frame, the kit can’t com­pare to the Gi­ant’s. A 3x9 Shi­mano Alivio/Acera groupset is mated with a square ta­per FSA crank. Hy­draulic brakes are a high­light and handy on an ur­ban bike. The rest is ba­sic but func­tional. We loved the Fab­ric sad­dle, but didn’t like the bar grips.

While not light, the Bad Boy’s wheels are broad and sturdy, mean­ing pot­holed roads shouldn’t leave them bat­tered. High-vol­ume Sch­walbe Ko­jak tyres grip well de­spite min­i­mal tread, and of­fer loads of rough-road com­fort.

The high front end, quick han­dling and wide tyres make this a good bike for shorter ur­ban com­mutes where you need to see around you and deal with poor road sur­faces.

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