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Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 '16

  • Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 '16
  • Elite carbon road bike
  • Near full Shimano Ultegra-equipped Giant Defy Advanced
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Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 '16

The Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 2016 was deservedly voted Cycling Weekly's Endurance Road Bike of the Year. Their conclusion: 'While a lot of endurance bikes focus on comfort at the expensive of all other factors, the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 is a much more balanced bike that eats up long days in the saddle for breakfast, but still has a performance edge for when you want to up your average speed and win that sprint for the town sign.'

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The Pro 2 version of the Giant Defy Advanced is upgraded with a full carbon fork and a near-full Shimano Ultegra groupset including hydraulic disc brakes.

Upgrades from Giant Defy Advanced 2

  • Pro-spec, full Advanced Grade Composite fork with OverDrive 2 (inch and a quarter-to-inch and a half) steerer.
  • The Shimano Ultegra groupset (inc crankset) is even slicker shifting than 105.
  • Shimano Ultegra-quality hydraulic disc brakes are smoother, better modulated and more powerful than even the best cable-operated disc brakes.
  • Giant SL1 WheelSystem - designed as a system, not as a collection of separate components - for performance, strength and enhanced acceleration potential.
  • RideSense ANT+ cadence and speed transmitter - compatible with Ant+ cycle computers and home trainers.

Giant Defy Advanced Carbon Composite Frameset

  • Every Defy Advanced Pro frameset is fabricated in-house by Giant, from its raw performance-grade Toray T-700 carbon filament to its final lacquered finish, to create a stiffer, lighter weight and more compliant ride.
  • Blending Toray T700 carbon filament and resin with vibration-absorbing particles helps maximise rider comfort and frame strength (hence the lifetime guarantee).
  • Modified Monocoque Construction: the front triangle is assembled and moulded as one continuous piece.
  • The main frame is then joined to the rear chainstays and seatstays in a secondary process.
  • This process eliminates the outermost woven composite sheet to reduce weight without affecting ride quality, strength or stiffness.


Watch the Giant video: from raw carbon threads to finished machine

How do they do it? More engineered-in benefits

  • Making it disc brake-specific means the frame doesn’t require a rear brake bridge.
  • Having no brake bridge to support allows Giant to spec skinnier seatstays.
  • Giant Defy Advanced seatstays are as skinny as you will get – any thinner, the stays would be rods, not tubes.
  • Fewer holes – for instance, both derailleur cables are routed through one hole in the head tube, not two. That’s significant because holes in carbon frames have to be reinforced, which adds extra weight.
  • Tellingly, Giant did not drill the fork leg to route the disc brake cable or hose because that would have obliged them to increase the fork leg thickness, and that would have increased weight and compromised compliance.
  • 45˚ offset front dropouts neutralise twisting forces exerted by a disc brake on the hub and the fork’s lower legs and dropouts, so no need to add the extra weight and complexity of an MTB-style thru axle.
  • Being disc-specific the wheel rims are thinner walled to reduces rotating weight.

Giant D-Fuse Seatpost
The Giant D-shaped carbon composite seatpost works in tandem with the skinny seatstays to do a remarkable job of damping bad vibes that would otherwise be transmitted from unsmooth road surfaces.

Why you should consider a bike with high quality hydraulic disc brakes

  • Hydraulic disc brakes are mechanically more efficient than cable-operated brakes when it comes to that essential function of bicycle brakes - the pads engage and release more efficiently.
  • The braking is more controlled and modulated so you quickly get a feel for the lever pull required whether you need to lightly scrub your speed or come to an emergency stop.
  • Another significant factor is that hydraulic hoses, unlike cables, are not prone to fraying, rusting, kinking and breaking. This fundamental difference helps explain why hydraulic brakes require far less maintenance and adjustment than cable-operated brakes.
  • Moving the brakes from the mud and rain-attracting wheel rims to the relatively clean hubs make for an improvement in the brakes' all-weather all-conditions performance.
  • Disc brake pads are much harder so they last much longer.
  • Disc brakes automatically self adjust so the pads move closer to the rotor as they wear down so they require far less maintenance to compensate for brake pad wear.
  • Your wheel rims should also last much longer now that they are no longer worn down by the brake pads.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are generally accepted as the best and the most widely adopted improvement in bicycle technology we've seen over the past 15 years.

Won’t disc brakes make the bike heavier?
Not in the hands of Giant. Even their least expensive Defy Advanced frame comes in at just 912g in medium – and that’s the painted frame weighed with its Giant D-fuse seatpost, its replaceable gear hanger and its front mech mount.

No gimmicks, just superior engineering for compliance and control. Ride faster, ride further on all types of roads.
Engineered for real world performance, even on rough roads and the longest days. The Advanced grade composite frame features endurance geometry with the perfect blend of light weight, stiffness and road smoothing compliance. The OverDrive 2 steerer tube and full composite fork work together to boost front end stiffness and precision. New disc brake technology and the vibration damping D-Fuse seatpost enhance control and comfort. The PowerCore bottom bracket turns every pedal stroke into positive forward motion, helping you stay strong all the way to the finish.'

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Giant Advanced Pro 2 2016
SizesS, M, ML, L, XL
ColoursMetallic Blue / Black / Silver
FrameAdvanced-Grade Composite
ForkAdvanced-Grade Composite, Full-Composite OverDrive 2 Steerer
HandlebarGiant Contact SL
StemGiant Contact SL
SeatpostGiant D-Fuse SL Composite
SaddleContact SL Neutral
ShiftersShimano R685 22 speed
Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra
Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra
BrakesShimano RS785 hydraulic disc 140mm
Brake LeversShimano RS685 hydraulic disc
CassetteShimano Ultegra 11x28
ChainKMC X11SL
CranksetShimano Ultegra 34/50
Bottom BracketShimano PressFit
RimsGiant SL 1 Disc WheelSystem
HubsGiant SL 1 Disc WheelSystem
SpokesGiant SL 1 Disc WheelSystem
TyresGiant P-SL1 front/rear specific, 700x25mm, Folding

Our suppliers reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative will do all it can to maintain prices and specifications on this web site, however we do reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Similarly, despite the wonders of modern computers, it is realistic to expect the colour of any item bought to differ subtly from the image online.

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