Warren Rossiter is back once again awarding Giant with another perfect review. This time focusing on the endurance road machine, the Defy Advanced 0, gifting the model a 5-star rating.
The Defy can often be overlooked when compared to the pace of the TCR, or the aerodynamic design of the Propel. However, the Defy is built to tackle long rides, providing optimised comfort and control.
The Defy Advanced 0 is available in a range of sizes from small to extra-large. The model which Rossiter tested was a size large, which came with a 605mm stack and 390mm reach, and with 58mm of trail, Rossiter stated that the Defy has "stunning handling".
The Defy comes with slightly thicker Gavia Fondo 1 tyres which takes the edge off the handling when you're pushing it to the limit at speed. Rossiter even claims "this Defy is so well equipped that it outclasses bikes such as the Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 and the Cube Attain GTC SL that I’ve also tested recently".
Rossiter was extremely complimentary of the Defy when discussing his ride impressions. Describing the endurance model as a "beautifully composed ride", Rossiter admires how the 32mm tubeless tyres roll over rough tarmac which leaves you completely oblivious to vibrations.
Although the textured tyres may theoretically be a little slower than lightweight slicks, Rossiter was still close to matching the average speed of his TCR where he runs 28mm Continental 5000 tubeless tyres. This makes the Defy a capable bike that glides even on the poorest of road surfaces.
Rossiter believes the Defy "climbs really well". He acknowledges that the frame is stiff and responsive when you're powering down on the cranks, but is more than capable when going all out on the descent.
Moving on to the groupset, the Defy Advanced 0 is equipped with Sram's Rival AXS which Rossiter was pleasantly surprised to see considering the price escalation on bikes and components.
"The drivetrain’s shifting is so slick, outperforming the mechanical Ultegra on the Cube with ease, and leaving the Synapse’s 10-speed Tiagra a distant memory of how gear shifting used to be". Rossiter is even impressed with the clutch equipped rear derailleur which makes the chain smooth and silent, even when you're shifting out of the saddle.
Overall, Rossiter found it hard to fault the Defy, and this particular model he claims "with its combination of superb chassis and sharp, smart spec, is in my opinion the best endurance bike you can buy right now for less than £3,000." (Around €3,455)
The Defy Advanced 0 is available for €3,299, with multiple finance options available.
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