The 'genre defining' Defy was released in 2008 and takes the best elements of the TCR whilst combing them with a more relaxed, comfortable geometry. The bike is classed as an endurance bike and is designed for long days in the saddle but is versatile enough to still be speedy enough for sprint finishes and able to cope with a multitude of conditions.
The 2020 model includes a D-Fuse seatpost and a D-Fuse handlebar which dampens vibrations making for a more comfortable ride and which were described by tester Warren Rossiter as being 'very clever and well executed' and as 'working harmoniusly' when the road gets rough.
Rossiter commented that 'on the road the Defy is glouriously composed with a wonderful ride quality' and rated 'the flighty feel' of the SLR 1 tubeless wheelsystem (weighing in at just 1500g), the 'real-world' gearing which make is suitable for double-digit gradients and the 'smoothness' provided by the endurance specific large volume Gavia Fondo 32c tyres.
Summing up the grouptest, Rossiter commented that the 'Defy Advanced Pro 2 is a stunning machine that packs in value, great looks and a wonderful ride' and that 'this new Defy is certainly one of the years highlights already.'
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