The Defy is Giant’s worldwide top seller in the road segment and one of the flagship products in the long-distance racing bike segment
Giant was one of the first manufacturers to recognize the potential of the disc brake on Endurance road bikes and will equip the Defy with reliable disc brakes as early as 2015. For 2019, the Defy will undergo a general overhaul, which according to the manufacturer will meet three targets: More compliance, better control, and greater versatility – in short: the new Defy should simply be even better than the old one. “We have focused on new ways to reduce the driver’s fatigue by providing even smoother driving characteristics,” Giant continues.
The old generation of the Defy was already a versatile, comfortable bike that didn’t back down in terms of performance. The first major development is the D-Fuse concept, which was already used in the old generation and the TCR in the seat post. Giant transfers the principle to the new Contact D-Fuse handlebar of the Defy, which should now give 10% more vertical flexibility, but at the same time offers enormous stiffness. According to Giant, the two D-Fuse components offer more than enough comfort, so that no micro-suspension was used. Giant’s versatility has increased tire clearance and allows the Defy rider to wind up to 32cm. The geometry remains almost identical to its predecessor, only the wheelbase has been extended to accommodate the wider tires.
Giant was of course also active in the popular racing bike key figures weight and stiffness, and thanks to a new carbon lay-up it has been able to save weight on the regular Advanced frame, which displays 930 grams on the scale. For the time being, there will be no high-end carbon frame like the last generation in the form of the Advanced SL. The stiffness at the head tube and bottom bracket area has also been increased.
The top model Advanced 0 Pro also comes with a built-in power meter, Ultegra Di2 gears, and SLR0 carbon wheels.