BikeRadar has chosen the new Defy Advanced Pro for its highest honor, giving the endurance road bike a perfect 5-star ranking and naming it “Comfort Road Bike of the Year.”
Senior Technical editor Warren Rossiter tested the composite machine on the roads of Italy and the U.K., concluding that it “lays on plenty of smoothness without compromising speed” and is a “great value too.”
In a video feature, Rossiter explained that the BikeRadar staff tested 75 road bikes over the last six months. Of those bikes, the Defy Advanced Pro won over editors and earned the title of Best Comfort Road Bike.
Rossiter reported that the Defy has long held a leadership position in the endurance road category, writing that “the last generation Defy was the first mainstream [road] bike to go disc only, it also debuted Giant’s vibration crushing D-Fuse seatpost design, which is now imitated on bikes from premium brands such as BMC, Cervelo, Specialized and more.”
With the latest Defy, Rossiter wrote, there is even more focus on creating a smooth, compliant ride quality, with the addition of the Contact SLR D-Fuse handlebar, which is designed to work in conjunction with the seatpost to reduce road vibration and shock.
Describing the bike’s feel on the road, Rossiter wrote: “The ride quality is up with the very best, the frame and fork have a purposeful solidity, the pedal reactions and speed pick-up feel every inch as efficient as my TCR Advanced SL Disc, but this is complemented by a brilliant ability to absorb road chatter. The D-Fuse bar came into its own on the descent of the Gavia [in Italy]. When in the drops, the flex when you hit a bump in the road is pronounced and it works in conjunction with the D-Fuse post, making for a smoothing path through the worst surfaces.”
And for all the technical details on Defy Advanced Pro series, click here.