Giant brings value to every performance road bicycle they make. The Defy Advanced 1 is no exception!
Can performance and value truly co-exist in a road bicycle? The Defy Advanced 1 demonstrates this with a featherweight Advanced Composite carbon fiber frame, Shimano's latest version of their Ultegra components, and lightweight tubeless alloy wheels. The closer you look at the details of this bicycle, the more it will win you over. Giant's own Advanced-Grade Composite carbon fiber is used with a specific layup to keep weight to a minimum while enhancing torsional strength. The frame design also makes every pedal stroke matter. A tapered OverDrive head tube and massive PowerCore bottom bracket anchor the faceted down tube for instant power transfer and razor-sharp handling. High-speed turns and descents can be attacked with confidence that the bike will go where you point it! Internal cable routing and flat-mount disc brake installation keep the Defy Advanced 1 looking clean and sleek. 12mm thru-axle dropouts align the brake rotors perfectly when installing wheels, as well as adding an extra dash of handling precision. Need a more upright fit? The tall head tube and relaxed geometry makes it easy for a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable on the Defy Advanced 1. Looking for even wider rubber than the 32mm stock tires? The Defy Advanced 1 will take up to 35mm tires for really rough roads or hardpan gravel.
Shimano's high-performance Ultegra components have been impressing us for years with incredible durability, lightning-quick operation and very light weight. Those components are found throughout the drivetrain of the Defy Advanced 1, including the dual-control levers, front derailleur, long-cage Shadow-style rear derailleur and wide-range 11-34T cassette. The Ultegra rear derailleur is their clutch-equipped long-cage "RX" version. It does a fantastic job of keeping the chain on the crankset, and not flying off when clattering over railway crossings or potholes. Shimano's mountain bike components have been featuring similar technology for years, and it works like a charm! A Shimano 50/34T compact crankset does power delivery duty.
Rolling stock consists of Giant's own P-R2 Disc tubeless alloy wheels and 700x32c Gavia Fondo 1 tubeless tires. There's plenty of stopping power to be found on the Defy Advanced 1 with Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes. Rain or shine, disc brakes are always better performers. A Giant Approach saddle, alloy Contact stem and D-Fuse SL road handlebar complete this exceptional road bike.
Take a look back at the price tag and you'll agree that performance doesn't have to be expensive.
There are bike tours, and then there are epic adventures. The 1120 is the right bike for pushing your boundries.
The 1120 can be seen as an entirely new category of adventure touring machine from Trek. It defies the conventions of traditional touring bikes with gigantic tires, a single-ring drivetrain and a dropper post. But it also maintains the practical and durable elements of front and rear racks, internal cable routing and extra accessory eyelets. The 1120's more upright position and stable handling is perfect for long days -or weeks- in the saddle. The 1120's Alpha Platinum aluminum frame may resemble the Trek Stache mountain bike, but the fit and geometry is definately different. A longer wheelbase improves stability while attacking unpaved surfaces and potholed roads. The adjustable Stranglehold thru-axle dropouts -also found on the Stache and Checkpoint- can adjust the handling further when adding heavy cargo. The longer asymmetrical Midstay chainstays accommdate the 3" wide Chupacabra tires easily. Need to carry more gear? The triple bottle eyelets on the down tube offer extra hardpoints for racks and cages. The 1120's tapered head tube anchors a rugged carbon fiber fork. It boasts a Boost110 thru-axle dropout that enhances wheel rigidity and torsional strength. Eyelets on the fork's blades and crown are perfect for racks and bottle cages galore. A press-fit PF92 bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery from the crankset.
The 1120 comes with Shimano's durable 11-speed SLX mountain bike shifter and rear mountain bike derailleur, ensuring lightning-quick operation and long service life. The 11-46T rear cassette and 30T single-ring RaceFace Aeffect crankset boasts a massive gearing range for challenging terrain and topography while loaded down. The 1120's wheelset begins with SUNringle's lightweight 50mm-wide alloy Duroc SL rims. Bontrager Boost110/148 hubs add lateral strength for improved handling and load bearing in rough terrain. Bontrager also supplies the aforementioned 29x3.00" Chupacabra tires that float over potholes, washboard gravel and singletrack with ease. Reigning in momentum is the job of a set of SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes that add excellent speed control and stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine. The 1120's Bontrager Drop Line 125 dropper post gets the saddle out of the way while traversing technical trails, and the Drop Line's remote lever at the handlebar makes operation simple. A Bontrager Montrose saddle, accessory-ready alloy Elite stem and alloy Crivitz sweep-back handlebars complete the cockpit. The included rear racks also feature drybag holsters that are designed to carry 8-liter drybags. Rear rack weight limit is 25lbs. Up front, the included front rack can hold up to 15.5lbs and is attached to the fork crown instead of the handlebar for better shifter and brake line routing.
The Defy Advanced family for 2021 were designed from the outset as clean-sheet-of-paper bikes, not cobbled-together compromises. This guarantees the best performance for riders seeking to challenge themselves or roads rough and smooth.
The Defy Advanced 2 is built around an Advanced-grade carbon fiber frame, giving the bike a lightweight backbone to help deliver pedaling power effectively. The relaxed geometry of the Defy provides a long wheelbase for a stable feel on rough and choppy pavement. A taller head tube allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to fit comfortably for extended hours in the saddle. Internal cable routing and flat-mount brake installation gives the bike a clean look. Even the seatpost binder bolt is submerged in the frame for a more aero profile. The unique D-Fuse Composite seatpost soaks up vibrations and low-frequency impacts better than any other carbon fiber seatpost, making every mile smoother. Delivering power to the bike is done through the PowerCore press-fit bottom bracket, ensuring that the rider isn’t wasting energy flexing a rubbery bike. Giant’s OverDrive 2 tapered carbon fiber fork cuts weight and improves the bike’s handling in fast turns and descents, as well as improving feel under hard braking. Considering even wider rubber than the stock 32mm tires? The Defy Advanced will accommodate tires up to 35mm wide!
The Giant Defy Advanced 2 is equipped with Shimano’s latest 11-speed 105 derailleurs and 11-34T cassette for smooth shifting and long service life. A Shimano 50/34T compact crankset boasts immense torsional rigidity for uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Shimano 105 dual-control brake/shift levers have an adjustable reach for smaller hands and retain the lighter mechanical feel of Shimano’s recent 11-speed shifters. Although each lever has an internal hydraulic reservoir, it still keeps a familiar lower-profile shape that Shimano riders expect. The hydraulic calipers themselves are aluminum for light weight and rock-solid rigidity. 160mm front/140mm rear rotors disperse heat quickly, even under repeated deceleration. The Defy Advanced 2 needed disc-specific wheels for high performance riding, and the P-R2 wheelset is more than up to the challenge. The disc-specific lightweight alloy rims keep rotating mass down while 700x32c Gavia Fondo 1 tubeless tires offer confident grip and a smooth ride. Giant’s Contact SL alloy handlebars and stem are paired with an Approach saddle to complete the cockpit.
Bicycle touring can be more than just a ride to a B-and-B somewhere out of town. Tours can start and finish in your hometown after a trip around the world!
Long distance tours that last for weeks or even months on end require an exceptional bicycle. A purpose-built touring machine will make every mile easier when loaded down with a tent, panniers, sleeping bag, and food for weeks at a time. The frame needs to be strong and stable, while the drivetrain should be ready for day-long hilly excursions. With all that extra cargo you'll probably have on board, disc brakes are practically required to help reign in speed on steep descents. Trek has been building the 520 since the 80's, ensuring that it is one of the most refined dedicated touring bicycles of the last 30 years.
Butted cro-moly steel is an excellent choice for a touring bicycle's frame. Durability and ride quality is needed for every mile, and the 520 Disc's frame has it covered. The bike can carry up to 275 pounds of total weight (rider+cargo+ total weight of bicycle), making it more than ready for a rider who packs two of everything. Mounts for, well, everything are found throughout the 520 Disc's frame, including bottle cages, front and rear racks, fenders and even a pump peg at the back of the head tube for a full-length frame pump. Tire clearance is generous, allowing up to 40mm tires for a comfortable ride on rough and choppy pavement. An alloy fork with disc brake caliper mounts and low-rider rack eyelets is equally up to the task. The front and rear Bontrager racks shown in the photos are included. Cool, huh?
The drivetrain of the 520 Disc is different than other road bicycles due to the expectations placed on it by long-distance tours. The easy gear ratios need to be really easy, especially when tackling double-digit inclines while loaded down with cargo and camping gear. The Alivio triple crankset's 48/36/26T chainring combination is matched to an 11-36T Shimano cassette, providing a generous gearing range needed for multi-week tours in mountainous terrain. Shimano's adjustable-reach 9-speed Sora dual-control levers bring the bike's shifting and braking to your fingertips. The Alivio long-cage rear derailleur features a Shadow-style "tucked-in" design that works better when shifting under hard pedaling loads. A Shimano Sora front derailleur handles gear changes duties up front. Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Affinity Disc wheels are built with 36 spokes each, offering exceptional ride quality and impressive strength. 700x38c Bontrager H1 Hard-Case Ultimate tires soak up rough pavement, while reflective sidewalls add an extra dash of visibility after dark. TRP's Spyre C 2.0 cable-operated disc brakes bring excellent stopping power to the 520 Disc, even in wet and sloppy conditions. Bontrager's Evoke saddle sits atop an alloy Bontrager 2-bolt seatpost, while an accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Elite Blendr stem and alloy Bontrager Comp VR-C road handlebar complete this expedition-worthy touring machine.