The ‘Endurance Road’ category is a relative newcomer to the world of road cycling, but what originally began as a fringe segment has since evolved into the most popular category for modern road bikes. Compared to a traditional racing bike, endurance bikes such as the Giant Defy offer up significantly more comfort courtesy of a taller head tube and a slightly shorter reach, which eases the strain on a rider’s back so that they can sit in a more upright riding position. Nowadays, almost every cycling brand offers an endurance road bike, as more and more riders realise that being comfortable is the key to riding longer with less fatigue. If you primarily want to race, then purpose-built options such as the Giant TCR and Propel are the way to go. But if you simply want to enjoy road riding and get out for longer rides, then the Defy is an excellent choice.
The Defy Advanced features a carbon fibre frameset that was recently redesigned to increase compliance and strip away weight over the previous version. Thinner seat stays allow the rear of the Defy frame to flex and dissipate vibrations coming up from the rear wheel. To further increase damping, Giant has engineered a specific carbon seatpost for the Defy that they call ‘D-Fuse’. This seatpost flexes back and fourth, which minimises the road buzz that would normally be felt at the saddle. The result is a smooth-riding frame that handles rough backcountry bitumen much more comfortably than a traditional race bike.
The Defy Advanced is available with an 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset and also feature hydraulic disc brakes for smooth braking performance and added control over regular rim brakes.