Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 Review
The Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 is billed as an all-round, do it all bike and this latest creation certainly lives up to those expectations. There’s little not to like and for the price it sells at, there’s hard to find a better value-for-money carbon bike.
Buying new or used, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with what your hard-earned money will get you. On the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1, you’ll find a full Ultegra Di2 groupset, matched with Shimano’s RS785 hydraulic disc brakes. The rotors are 140mm, so plenty of stopping power there. It’s built with a compact chainset (50/34) and comes with a 11-28 cassette.
Since having the bike I’ve personally changed out the cassette for something larger, I’d recommend at least an 11-32. That way you’ll be going a lot easier up hills and it will help to make it the PERFECT bike. The electronic shifting is flawless as you would expect, meaning gear changes are crisp and smooth.
Along with that, you get a stock Giant Contact SL Neutral saddle and stock 25mm Giant P-SL1 tyres. As stock saddles go, this one is pretty comfortable. Of course, they’re always a personal choice but I’ve been able to get incredibly comfortable on this one and ride for hours. It’s worth trying it out for a few weeks and then make your own judgement.
The only other major thing I’ve changed is the tyres. Personally, I feel that this is an adventure/climbing/epic ride kinda bike and to be honest, the 25mm tyres aren’t going to cut it. I swapped them straight out for 28mm Continental Ultra Sport tyres. These are massively more grippy and a lot more puncture resistant. It’s also being increasingly found that wider tyres roll faster than 23mm and 25mm tyres. For me they just seem to make a lot more sense.
However, that’s one area I do have to commend the bike on. The fact it can fit 28mm tyres is impressive, but in future I’d like to be able to fit 30mm tyres on to push the bike even further to its limits.
The wheels are Giants own SLR1 carbon clinchers. These are sublime. They’re light, hold their speed well and feel incredibly stiff. It’s rare to find such well-made wheels that come stock from the bike manufacturer. The only gripe with the wheels is that they’re 6 bolt and not centrelock, which means you can’t put the new flashy Shimano Ice Tech rotors on there. It’s a minor problem, nonetheless.
There’s not much to say here. The Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1, offers an unrivalled ride to anything I’ve ever ridden. It’s the most comfortable, fast bike out there in my opinion. You’re able to cruise all day, climb huge mountain passes, sprint it out with your mates or do just about anything you put your mind to. The true definition of an all-round bike.
If you’re looking for the best value-for-money bike at the moment, the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 is beyond a doubt the best choice out there. Since getting mine I haven’t looked back and am constantly surprised with just how good the bike is. There’s a few minor things I would recommend changing out but these are all to meet your own individual riding style.
Priced very competitively, the Giant Defy range is what I would recommend to both complete beginner riders and even the most seasoned riders. It can take almost anything you’ll throw at it and it will be one of your best purchases as a cyclist.