BEST FOR: Commuters. THE TEST: Around-town bikes are often as exciting as a cubicle—not so the flat-handlebar Bad Girl. It has the clearance of other lady bikes, but the oversize aluminum frame looks more dirt jumper than girly girl. The one-piece bar and stem stiffen up the front, and internally routed cables give it a clean look. The 1.97-inch lefty shock had testers hopping curbs and taking off-road shortcuts, though it also locks out with a twist of a handlebar-mounted knob for efficiency when you’re hammering on the pavement. THE VERDICT: A legit commuter with a playful persona. 25.9 lbs
With just one stanchion, Cannondale's fork may look odd and unsaf, but it's anything but. When locked out, it's actually stiffer than many standard forks.