Cycling Plus editors wrote that the Defy range “defined a genre” when it was introduced in 2008, taking the best elements from the TCR race bike and adapting them for a rider position that’s better suited for comfort on long rides.
Describing the bike’s ride performance, Rossiter wrote: “On the road the Defy is gloriously composed with a wonderful ride quality. I ventured onto a few gravel road sections and the Defy excelled here as well as it did on tarmac roads.”
Tester Warren Rossiter rode the 2020 Defy Advanced Pro 2 test model, which features a D-Fuse seatpost and handlebar to dampen road vibrations for a more comfortable ride quality.
Rossiter also praised the Defy’s Giant SLR 1 tubeless wheels and 32c Gavia Fondo tires: “When climbing, the Defy has plenty in its armory,” he wrote. “First up is the carbon wheelset … that’s 1500g for the pair, plus tires that run without inner tubes.”
Summing up the test, Rossiter wrote: “The Defy Advanced Pro 2 is a stunning machine that packs in value, great looks and a wonderful ride.”
For more, check out the February issue of Cycling Plus.