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Customer Review–Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1

btbsAdmin | 28/06/2017 13:45:52

 

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We've recently loaned a demo bike to one of our regular customers for a weekend and here are his thoughts on the bike he borrowed.

This is a little late but, as Bernard was kind enough to offer me the chance to ride a Giant Defy demo bike from Behind the Bikeshed a few weeks ago, I thought it was only fair to write a review!
Now, I usually like my bikes 'aggressive' and more 'racey' but this looked like the sort of bike you could easily spend a day in the saddle on.
I'm not sure exactly where in the range this sits but it's equipped with the smooth shifting Ultegra mechanical groupset and features hydraulic disc brakes for that reassuring stopping precision. It also featured a set of Giant's carbon 'tubeless' wheels which enhanced it's looks and performance and was finished in Matt black with striking blue and orange graphics (I'd prefer black with one other colour but it still looked very smart).
It's definitely a bit more 'upright' than I'm used to but it felt perfectly natural and immediately I was comfortable. I went straight out on it and rode 35 miles with my other half and then a further 26 on my own as I didn't want to get off. So 61 miles in total on a bike I'd never ridden before - that says a lot in itself about its comfort. The other thing I noticed was how easy it seemed to climb. OK, it did have a 11-32 cassette on it which meant I stayed in the big ring for the whole ride and I did several Strava PR's up some of my usual climbs without putting in any special efforts.
I've ridden a similarly equipped Specialized Tarmac Disc (also from BTBS) which is slightly more aggressive but I'd take the Giant due to the comfort and overall value for money. Another thing to note is that the Defy has thru-axles instead of QR skewers which seems to be the way disc equipped bikes are going. This gives you extra stiffness and less wheel flexing under acceleration and cornering (I think there is a new Tarmac on the way so I expect the disc versions of that to feature thru-axles).
All in all, a great all round bike. If you enjoy sportives and long rides in the country in all weather conditions I don't think you'd need another (road) bike...ever