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Giant Defy Range Review - Which model to buy in 2021?

   Words by Kathryn Dickinson

   on 04/12/2020 17:15:00

Giant-Defy

The 2021 Giant Defy range has been crafted to absolute perfection with the idea of long days in the saddle at mind. With the choice of 2 Models of bike, the Advanced and the Advanced Pro , and all models constructed of high-grade carbon composite alongside a ready-to-ride specification - you really can't go wrong with a Defy. Thanks to integrated D-fuse seatpost and handlebars, you can easily put down 100 miles on a sunday morning and get out the saddle still feeling stoked and refreshed.

Defy Limits.

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Overview - What sets it apart?

Discipline : Road Cycling

Usage - Sportive & Endurance rides

Models : 2 Models, 6 Bikes

Features

  • - Constructed from Advanced Grade composite carbon
  • - Addition of D-fuse components for added comfort.
  • - Hydraulic disc brakes on all models
  • - New paintwork formations
  • - High performing componentry from the best manufacturers.
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The Geometry -

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All bikes in the range come with Giant's own Advanced Grade Composite frame, this material gives you a high stiffness-to-weight ratio, perfect for sprinting and climbing out of the saddle. The front triangle of these bikes are assembled and moulded as one piece of carbon, this is called a modified monocoque construction. The Defy range also comes as a compact road design, this translates to a smaller front and rear triangle for a lighter, stiffer bike, this is created by a sloping downtube.

OverDrive features in this range, this is an oversized fork steerer tube giving the rider better steering performance and stiffness, essentially, you get a more responsive feel from your handlebars when sprinting and climbing hard up hills. Also featured in the Defy range is D-Fuse handlebars and seatposts. All bikes in the range have internal cabling, this means a cleaner looking bike. All bikes in the range feature Giants own Powecore bottom bracket, this is an oversized BB/chainstay area which provides even more stiffness on both the driveside and non-driveside.

Specialized-FSR-Suspension

D-Fuse componentry was created to absorb shocks and vibrations, increasing comfort when out cycling on the road. This is definitely necessary on British country roads! When combined together, the D-Fuse handlebars and seatpost work together at two key contact points to reduce your discomfort in the saddle. The D-Fuse seatpost allows for 12mm of flex and the handlebars give you 10% more downward compliance and 30% more upward stiffness.

Overall, the Geometry of this bike alone allows for rider to be placed in a comfortable riding position, which may not be the most aerodynamic at times but allows for more miles to ridden. On the contrary, thats not to say that this bike isn't fast. The frame geometry allows for the power transfer to be as smooth as possible through the drivetrain and reduced chainstay length. This allows for power to be put down efficiently, when needed, allowing for precison performance during Sportive & Endurance events!

Top class componentry -

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With a top class frame as the beating heart of these bikes, it's obvious they need to be fitted with high performing componentry to create a bike capable of hundreds of miles. With the base model, Defy Advanced 3, coming equipped with Tiagra as standard - it's clear it's only going to get better from there. To match the geometry of the bike, Giant have ensured they have chosen efficient drivetrains capable of shifting under pressure and delivering power to the rear wheel as best as possible. The Defy Advanced Pro 1 is equipped with SRAM AXS Etap which is SRAM's own electronic shifting system which has been proven as very efficient when under heavy load.

Giant Defy Advanced Range - A model breakdown

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The Giant Defy Advanced range is the orignal and standard set up of frame and forks constructed from Advanced Grade Composities which has a high stiff to weight ratio which is what makes this the perfect endurance bike. No matter if you are using it for Sunday club rides or a Sportive event, you can't complain at the comfort and efficieny you recieve from the Defy. It really is Defying limits.

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Giant Defy Advanced 3 2021 Carbon Road Bike

The Giant Defy Advanced 3 road bike is smooth-riding and built for endurance, helping you tackle long-distance rides, on all road types. Even with its smooth ride quality, it still delivers a lightweight, stiff and lively feel when you’re climbing, accelerating and cornering.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra
  • Brakes - Shimano Tiagra Hydraulic
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Giant Defy Advanced 2 2021 Carbon Road Bike

The Defy Advanced 2 Is meticulously crafted using Advanced-grade composite material and built to help you tackle long-distance rides on all types of roads.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105, 11spd
  • Brakes - Shimano105 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
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Giant Defy Advanced 1 2021 Carbon Road Bike

The Defy Advanced is engineered with tube shapes optimised to absorb road vibration and shocks. Coupling smooth ride quality and a lightweight feel - this carbon road bike will give an efficient and high-performance ride quality.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra - 11 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra hydraulic
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Giant Defy Advanced Pro Range - A Model Breakdown

Advanced-Pro

The Giant Defy Advanced Pro is exactly the same bike but comes equipped with a higher specification straight out the box. Giant really aren't messing around with their Advanced Pro range and this can be seen considering all models come quipped with Carbon wheels and a Carbon fork steerer.

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Giant Defy Advanced Pro 3 2021 Carbon Road Bike

This super smooth endurance road bike is specially built to enable you to take on long distance rides on the toughest of terrains allowing you to ride further and climb higher!

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive2 steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105, 11spd
  • Brakes - Shimano 105 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
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Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 2021 Carbon Road Bike

Climb higher mountains with the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2. This carbon road bike offers an efficient, high-performance ride quality that helps you push new limits of endurance even on rough roads.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive2 steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra, 11spd
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc Brakes
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Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 2021 Carbon Road Bike

Enjoy gran fondos to epic solo rides this lightweight composite bike with the perfect blend of stiffness, innovative technologies and it’s integrated cockpit components enjoy precise handling and powerful pedalling efficiency. With the help of SRAM Force eTap AXS Brakes and Derailleurs, provides excellent stopping power in all conditions, giving you full confidence you'll always be able to abate speed when you need to.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite, disc. Compatible with fenders
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive2 steerer, disc
  • Drivetrain - SRAM Force eTap AXS
  • Brakes - SRAM Force eTap AXS hydraulic
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Shop the Giant Defy Range here!

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