Cycling Plus magazine named the Defy Advanced Pro the overall winner of an endurance bike group test feature in its February issue. With its lightweight composite frame, the Defy Advanced Pro scored a perfect 5-star ranking and beat out competitor bikes from Cannondale, Trek and Specialized.
Cycling Plus editors wrote that the Defy range “defined a genre” when it was introduced in 2008, taking the best elements from the TCR race bike and adapting them for a rider position that’s better suited for comfort on long rides.
Tester Warren Rossiter rode the 2020 Defy Advanced Pro 2 test model, which features a D-Fuse seatpost and handlebar to dampen road vibrations for a more comfortable ride quality.
“The D-shape of the [seatpost] maintains lateral rigidity but allows the post to move enough to smooth vibrations from poor road surfaces,” Rossiter wrote. “Giant has rolled the D-Fuse technology into the handlebar. Here the D-shape is orientated so that it has compliance when there’s force coming from above, such as when you hit a pothole, rut or bump. But when you pull on bars when sprinting they are claimed to be 30 percent stiffer than a standard bar.”
Describing the bike’s ride performance, Rossiter wrote: “On the road the Defy is gloriously composed with a wonderful ride quality. I ventured onto a few gravel road sections and the Defy excelled here as well as it did on tarmac roads.”
Rossiter also praised the Defy’s Giant SLR 1 tubeless wheels and 32c Gavia Fondo tires: “When climbing, the Defy has plenty in its armory,” he wrote. “First up is the carbon wheelset … that’s 1500g for the pair, plus tires that run without inner tubes.”
Summing up the test, Rossiter wrote: “The Defy Advanced Pro 2 is a stunning machine that packs in value, great looks and a wonderful ride.”
For more, check out the February issue of Cycling Plus.
Source: Giant UK