The evolutionary manner in which bicycle design and construction takes places allows Giant to each year produce bikes better than those of the year before.
Materials improve, design possibilities reveal themselves, shapes are changed, diameters are increased or decreased, boundaries are not just explored, but disregarded. Blank page, clear sky imaginative free-thinking fuelled by thirty years of experience continually provide bikes that just a few years ago would have been unheard of.
The new Defy Advanced Pro 1 manages to encompass all of the classical design parameters of light weight, superb control, rider comfort, performance, safety, quality components and moderate price.
Immediately obvious are the hydraulic disc brakes, an increasingly popular feature for bikes aimed at the more serious recreational rider. With consistent, reliable stopping in any weather conditions, disc brakes have quickly established themselves as mandatory items for all except the serious racing cyclist.
Also obvious are the factory fitted carbon composite wheels. In the past an upgrade item at quite some expense, but today, a standard fitting included in the quite reasonable purchase price.
Equally as obvious is the Shimano Ultegra 22 speed ensemble, proven so efficient and reliable over the past few seasons and a worthy successor to the previous 20-speed version.
What isn't so obvious to the untrained eye is the sophistication within the construction of the Defy Advanced frame.
A thoroughly modern classic.
|Frame||Advanced grade composite, 12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Advanced grade composite, full composite OverDrive 2 steerer, 12mm thru-axle|
|Handlebar||Giant Contact SLR D-Fuse, 31.8mm|
|Stem||Giant Contact SL Stealth, 8 degree|
|Seatpost||Giant D-Fuse SL, Composite|
|Saddle||Giant Contact SL, Neutral|
|Shifters||Shimano Ultegra, 22 speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|Brakes||Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc, 140mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic|
|Cassette||Shimano Ultegra, 11T-34T, 11 speed|
|Crankset||Shimano Ultegra, 34T/50T|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano press fit|
|Rims||Giant SLR 1 Disc Composite Centerlock DBL WheelSystem, 30mm deep|
|Hubs||Giant SLR-1 Disc WheelSystem, 12mm thru-axle, Center Lock|
|Spokes||Giant SLR-1 Disc WheelSystem|
|Tyres||Giant Gavia AC 1 tubeless, 700x28mm|