Giant Defy Advanced SL0 is a smooth operator that goes the extra mile

Owen Rogers finds Giant’s range-topping endurance bike does exactly what it says in the tin, but is it exciting?

Giant Defy Advanced SL0
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Giant’s promise that the Defy is lighter, faster and more efficient holds true, and you can add comfort and good looks to those characteristics too. The Defy is a fabulous endurance bike that delivers brilliantly.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight - just over 7kg

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Reasons to avoid
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    Less than sharp handling

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The endurance bike category is a long-established niche in the road bike sector, with rideability the key attribute for those of us who have finally accepted that we’re not going to make it to the WorldTour. 

Giant’s Defy, which has occupied a corner of this market for a decade, recently underwent a facelift, with the Taiwanese brand creating a bike, ‘specifically engineered for endurance road riding, delivering a smooth and efficient ride quality that minimises fatigue on long rides’.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.