Cannondale Slice 105
The draw: User-friendly speed with high value
The Slice is a well-rounded machine. It may not be the fastest bike if you’re comparing wind tunnel results, but it boasts a smooth ride with predictable handling and a wide fit range. It is also one of the easiest bikes to adjust and travel with because it opts for a traditional front end rather than an integrated cockpit. Not many bikes can simultaneously earn the title of beginner-friendly while also being fast enough for world-class pros like Andy Potts. The component specs make the Slice 105 a tremendous value, although the straight FSA extensions force an aggressive position and may need to be swapped for a more ergonomic set of clip-ons.