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BikeRadar has been testing the new Defy Advanced Pro, and its editors came away impressed with the latest updates to the composite endurance road machine. They gave it a near-perfect ranking (4.5 out of 5 stars) and called it “a gloriously accomplished blend of smoothness and speed.”

Tester Warren Rossiter reported on some of the key updates to the Defy Advanced Pro, writing: “As an endurance bike, designers worked on compliance, front and rear. At the back, the Defy features the company’s D-shaped D-Fuse seatpost design, first seen on the TCX. It’s not just the shape of the post that contributes to compliance, either, the material and fiber orientation make the post flex fore-and-aft in a controlled manner, which you can really feel when riding.”

Other new innovations include the Contact SLR D-Fuse handlebar and Contact SL Stealth stem that come on the Defy Advanced Pro 1 model that BikeRadar tested. Again, Rossiter found the technology to be noticeable on the road.

“The effect here is just as pronounced,” he wrote. “When you’re upon on the hoods during a climb and honking on the bar it feels like any other, but get down in the drops on a descent and you can feel the comfort-giving flex. The bar is held in place with Giant’s Stealth stem, designed to keep the front end fuss-free and to internally route the cables.”

Summing up his test results, Rossiter wrote: “The Defy is a superb bike. It blends comfort and a vibration-controlled ride with a snap in its handling and responses that put a smile on your face. You really enjoy comfort and speed at the very highest level with this bike.”

For more, check out the full review on the BikeRadar website.

And for all the details on the full range of 2019 Defy bikes, click here. 

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