For 2016, Boardman's SLR Endurance line breaks free from its former SLS gran fondo neighborhood and heads over to the SLR's sleek racing high rise. While lightweight carbon construction means the Elite SLR Endurance 9. 8 Road Frameset is bred to race, its more upright geometry gives the bike versatility to cover a wide range of courses, so gone are the days of having to choose between long mile comfort and race worthy efficiency. We're happy that Boardman is finally broadcasting the SLR Endurance frame's capabilities rather than tucking it away in the SLS line where it tended to be unnecessarily and unfairly relegated to sportive duties. The SLR Endurance chassis consists of a targeted lay up of Boardman's C10 carbon fiber, balancing considerations of stiffness, price, and the ability to erase road noise, chip seal chatter, cobbles, and gravel road feedback for a ride that's not just limited to well groomed tarmac. The SLR Endurance's post tarmac pedigree also owes a debt to the frame's geometry, which mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard SLR, the endurance model has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays by about 20 and 5mm, respectively for a longer, more centered wheelbase that increases stability across less than ideal surfaces. It's also got a higher stack and shorter reach, dimensions that benefit the recreational cyclist or the racer who recognizes the value of a comfortable ride position in events that last longer than 50 minutes spent circling a business park. These variations are also good news for those of us whose height means that there's always a gap between sleeves and gloves, tights and booties. The SLR Endurance's geometry means tall cyclists don't have to add a comical expanse of spacers up front in order to accommodate a higher saddle, so fittings are no longer a question of an uncomfortably slammed, track inspired cockpit or an unsightly spacer stack. Finally, while many cyclists would rather just get on with the rid...