August 8, 2013
The flagship in the Defy endurance road bike line up, Defy Advanced SL features Giant Advanced SL-Grade Composite Technology – featuring the highest quality Toray T-800 branded filament, woven into swatches in house at Giant’s own C-Tech facility, from scratch (which other brands can say that about their ‘carbon’?) and built using state of the art construction techniques which Giant controls from filament to frame.
Frame technologies that give Giant Defy Advanced SL the edge include oversized and tapered OverDrive 2 steerer tube which boosts cornering precision and MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket that deliver predictable handling and unmatched pedalling efficiency. You can learn more about Defy Advanced SL technologies in our special Showcase here.
The bike Giant pro riders turn to for gruelling pavé at Spring Classics and tough climbs, testers noted the Defy Advanced SL’s climbing prowess and acceleration and also it’s supreme comfort;
“It’s one of the most comfortable bikes I’ve ridden”
There’s a reason why this bike is the choice of pro’s for tough climbs and long, harsh rides over less than forgiving surfaces – but climbing and distance is just part of the picture – when you reach the other side of the climbs – you need a bike that can behave just as well on the way back down – the Defy Advanced SL handles superbly;
“…all you need to do is look at the inside of a corner and the bike heads that way, guided by a shift of your body weight and minimal pressure on the bars.”
Testers also make special note of Giant’s Contact SLR Stem, P-SLR 1 WheelSystem, RideSense frame integrated data transmitter and P-SLR 1 23x700c tyres which add to the complete package, and conclude their praise of Defy Advanced SL;
“The handling is quick steering and responsive, yet offers stability and an impressive level of comfort that your backside will thank you for…sort yourself a test ride – you’ll discover a friendly nimble Giant.”
Check out the full review in this weeks Cycling Weekly magazine.