Bicycling Magazine recently announced its 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards, and the Defy Advanced was one of just 16 bikes to make the prestigious list of road bike winners. Editors praised the lightweight responsiveness of the endurance road bike, which follows up the Anthem 29 XC bike, which also won an Editors’ Choice Award in the mountain bike category.
The editors at Bicycling considered hundreds of bikes in all road categories—including race, endurance, gravel and aero bikes—and then narrowed their list down to 123 finalists. From there, they wrote, “we brought those bikes to a staff-wide, weeklong test camp in our Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, home that let us directly and intensively compare and contrast the rides to ferret out hidden strengths and weaknesses, and better understand traits that had been apparent from the start.”
The Defy Advanced 3 model grabbed their attention with its ride quality and value.
“The term ‘good value’ can sometimes denote a lack of excitement—a triumph of reason over passion,” wrote tester Joe Lindsey. “But the carbon-fiber Defy Advanced 3 rides smooth, light, and fast, with a peppy responsiveness that lights up fast training rides and fondos.”
“The parts kit is superb,” Lindsey wrote. “With a cable-to-hydraulic dis-brake system that has enough power and control that we forgot it wasn’t full hydraulic. Confident handling on descents, tubeless rims and tires, and sweet paint round out a killer package that makes its great value feel like a nice add-on instead of the whole reason to buy it.”
For more, check out the 2018 Bicycling Editors’ Choice Awards online, or read the full review of the Defy Advanced 3, at Bicycling.com.
And for all the details on the full 2018 range of Defy endurance road bikes, click here.