Describing the criteria for road.cc’s selections, tester David Arthur wrote: “Sportive bikes—also known as endurance bikes—are ‘softer,’ more comfortable versions of race-oriented road bikes. They have slightly more relaxed handling, frames tuned to smooth the ride and capacity for wider tyres along with a less stretched-out riding position.”
The Defy and Contend ranges include a wide variety of models and price points. Road.cc claims both ranges exemplify the best characteristics of endurance or sportive bikes. “The Defy group comprises two sub-families of carbon fibre-framed bikes, Defy Advanced and Defy Advanced Pro, all with disc brakes,” Arthur wrote. “The aluminum-framed Contend range is a nine-bike lineup for 2021 [in the U.K.] Derived from the Contend SL Disc, the Contend AR has clearance for 38mm tyres so you can escape the traffic and tackle rougher roads and trails.”
Looking at some of the details, Arthur wrote: “All the Defy models share similar features, with the D-Fuse seatpost, new top tube and seatstays, all contributing to a smoother ride when the road surface gets rough and bumpy.”
For more, check out the full story at road.cc.
For information on the Defy range, click here. And to learn all about the Contend range, click here.