At the start of any Gran Fondo, we're filled with anticipation for a long ride that will push our limits. But, to be successful on a long day in the saddle, we need to have a bike underneath us that can handle the distance and the speed of competition. The Fenix SLiC Disc 105 Road Bike is that ride. It's Ridley's claimed quintessential "all-round" bike that blurs the boundaries between performance, weight, strength, and stiffness. This year's Fenix is not so different from last year. It's still one of the absolute best endurance racing bikes that offers the rare combination of comfort and stiffness. A wide bottom bracket, the head tube, and the diamond-shaped down tube ensure no watts are wasted. The curved top tube and the 27. 2mm seat tube provides lasting comfort. While we love to see this bike ahead of the competition, it's also suited for the recreational rider who likes to throw in a race or two now and again.