Regular readers will probably know that Giant generally makes a fine bike (and not just under its own name either – but that’s another story). Today we’re all about the Defy, Giant’s endurance model, and specifically its disc braked variant.
At a price where some brands aren’t able to offer worthwhile carbon framesets, Giant offers one with a raft of trickle-down technology from far higher up its extensive range.
If you want pedigree, then consider that the 2015 edition of Paris-Roubaix was won by John Degenkolb aboard a Defy with rim brakes.
Although shifting the brakes to the dropouts – as some riders did for this year’s event – changes the frame’s aesthetics, its ethos and the quailties that make it suited to truly testing terrain remain.
Hidden design depths
What looks in profile to be a simple, unfussy frame design is actually a collection of subtle tube shapes and junctions that flow smoothly into each other, with the twin aims of creating speed and comfort over the toughest roads imaginable, for the hardest riders there are. Obviously given the price point there’s quite a difference between the carbon used for the top spec race machines, and this Advanced 2 model, but on the road the gaps are narrower than you might think.
A superb all-round package
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