Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 AX review

Great value, fast and highly comfortable

Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 AX
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Giant Defy is an excellent endurance bike. A jack of all trades, it’s comfortable for mile munching epics and for pressing on with a turn of speed. As ever with bikes from the Taiwanese manufacturer, it’s excellent value for money too.

Reasons to buy
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    Great value with carbon wheels and electronic groupset

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    Huge tyre clearance makes for a comfy ride

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    Fast on the flat and on rolling terrain

Reasons to avoid
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    Not especially lightweight

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Giant is a brand with a reputation for producing great bikes at a highly competitive price point. Part of this is down to the fact that Giant owns its own factory, rather than having to commission the production of frames from a third party. Quite the reverse, Giant is actually one of those companies that accepts commissions to produce the frames of other big brands.

The Defy is Giant’s road endurance platform, designed for longer distances and comfort – yet still with a certain emphasis on speed. After all, if you’re planning on ticking off huge distances, although comfort is one part of the puzzle, you’ll get further on a faster bike. Let’s take a look at how it stacks up. 

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg