Last month Giant unveiled the all-new Defy range of endurance road bikes featuring new D-Fuse cockpit components for added compliance, along with additional clearance in the frame and fork to allow high volume tires up to 32c.
In July, some of the world’s top cycling editors had a chance to test the new Defy Advanced Pro series in the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. Their test rides covered some of the most challenging roads of the Italian Alps including the steep climbs and descents of the legendary Gavia Pass.
Dozens of media outlets have published reports and first-ride impressions of the new Defy range. Additional in-depth reviews of various models are in the works and will continue to be posted as the bikes begin showing up at Giant retailers this summer and fall.
James Huang of CyclingTips.com wrote that the advancements over the previous generation Defy bikes were immediately noticeable on his initial test ride.
“It rides much more smoothly and is a little more versatile than before,” Huang wrote. “And it now even includes a Giant-developed dual-sided power meter as standard equipment on the top-end model. But even so, it’s still a high-performance rig that can keep up just as well as before. For the most part, it’s a fantastic bike.”
Warren Rossiter of BikeRadar.com wrote: “On the road, the Defy immediately impresses; the chassis is all about purposeful solidity, the response under pedaling feels just as instant and snappy as my own TCR Advanced SL Disc, and yet when you hit a coarse section of tarmac the Defy absorbs the chatter superbly.”
And Dan Cavallari of VeloNews.com wrote: "Call the Defy an aggressive endurance bike if you like. That’s what it felt like to me. It was less of that stodgy, upright, plodding stuff that had defined the endurance category for too many years, and more of its own personality, one that borrows elements from endurance and all-around bikes more effectively than I expected. I actually feel eager to ride this one again, which isn’t something I say often about endurance bikes. With an included power meter and an ultra-competitive price tag, the Defy should grab your attention if you’re in the market for a comfortable yet fast bike for everyday riding.
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And for more insights and ride reviews, check out these stories by some of top cycling websites and test editors from around the world.