Defy Advanced Pro 1

With the Defy Advanced Pro 1, a rider has the option of participating in solo or gran fondo rides. This lightweight composite road bike has built-in compliance and endurance geometry. All day long, smooth and quick.

A number of innovations that work together make the Defy Advanced Pro 1 one of the most pleasant bikes to travel on.


ModelDefy Advanced Pro 1
TypeRoad Bike


A number of cutting-edge technology are included in the Defy Advanced Pro 1, including as a Contact SLR D-Fuse composite handlebar and seatpost. These parts increase compliance while lowering vibrations and shocks from the road. Disc brakes are also integrated into the Advanced-grade composite frame, which features flat-mount disc brake tabs, 12mm front and rear thru-axles, and room for high-volume tyres up to 35mm. The MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket provide accurate handling and class-leading pedaling economy, while the larger and tapered OverDrive 2 steerer tube improves cornering precision.

Advanced Composite Technology Frame & RideSense

Utilizing Giant’s High Performance Grade raw carbon material, the company’s proprietary frame material with a high stiffness-to-weight ratio is produced at Giant’s own composite facility. The front triangle of these framesets is assembled and moulded as a single continuous piece using a unique manufacturing process called Modified Monocoque Construction. Although the saddle of the Cervelo S5 noticeably flexes when a hand is placed on it, the Defy’s wide tyre clearances, which can fit rubber up to 35mm, would indicate that it is not necessary for the saddle to be as flexible.

Although speed and cadence are not watts, Giant adds its RideSense sensor, which mounts to the non-drive chainstay to give you that information.

D-Fuse Technology

Giant originally introduced their ground-breaking D-Fuse technology in 2014. As a seatpost for high-level cyclocross bikes, it was initially developed because, by dampening shocks and vibrations, it would smooth out the ride and provide the rider more control over challenging terrain. This revolutionary concept is built upon the distinctive “D-shaped” tube with a rounded front and flattened rear part. Following its success in cyclocross, which included numerous world championship victories, D-Fuse was ultimately introduced to endurance road and gravel bikes as well as the front portion of the bicycle. The handlebars add compliance at two critical points of contact along with the seatpost without adding weight or complexity associated with pivots or inserts.

OverDrive 2 in Defy Advanced Pro 1

Technology for huge fork steerer tubes developed by Giant. The system’s enlarged headset bearings (1 1/4″ lower and 1 1/8″ upper for road, 1 1/2″ lower and 1 1/8″ higher for mountain) and tapered steerer tube work together to produce ideal steering rigidity. They are designed to provide precise front-end steering performance.


The 50/34 with wide 11-34 cassette gives you a very broad variety of ratios, with a 1-1 bottom gear that will keep you rotating the cranks on the sharpest hills, while Shimano’s superb mechanical Ultegra handles shifting and stopping.

Although I’d prefer a 160mm front rotor for my XL bike, Giant hasn’t skimped on the brake rotors, utilising Shimano’s superb IceTech units.

In a fast turn or difficult descent, the flexible yet rigid chassis glides from butterfly-on-a-breeze smoothness to robust, responsive attack mode.

Compact Road Design

The elite Team ONCE and Giant introduced Compact Road in the 1990s, which forever altered the look and feel of high-performance road bikes. A toptube that slopes downward from the headtube to the seattube results in smaller front and rear triangles, making the bike lighter and more rigid. Additionally, finding the perfect fit is made easy for cyclists of all sizes.

Tubeless System

Better traction, a smoother, faster ride, and less rolling resistance were all benefits of fewer tyre blowouts. Giant’s Tubeless System has made all these benefits more accessible than before.


Check specifications here


XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL


Knight Shield / Black Diamond / Chrome


Advanced-Grade Composite, disc


Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer, disc


Giant Contact SLR D-Fuse XS:40cm, S:40cm, M:42cm, M/L:42cm, L:44cm, XL:44cm


Stratus Lite 3.0


Giant Contact SL XS:80mm, S:90mm, M:100mm, M/L:110mm, L:110mm, XL:110mm


Giant D-Fuse SLR, composite, -5/+15mm offset


Giant Fleet SL


Shimano Ultegra Di2

Front Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra Di2

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra Di2


Shimano Ultegra Di2 hydraulic, Shimano RT-MT800 rotors [F]160mm, [R]140mm

Brake Levers

Shimano Ultegra Di2


Shimano Ultegra, 12-speed, 11×34


Shimano Ultegra


Shimano Ultegra, 34/50 XS:170mm, S:170mm, M:172.5mm, M/L:172.5mm, L:175mm, XL:175mm

Bottom Bracket

Shimano, press fit


Giant SLR 1 36 Carbon Disc WheelSystem


Giant SLR 1 36 Carbon Disc WheelSystem, 12mm thru-axle


Giant SLR 1 36 Carbon Disc WheelSystem


Giant Gavia Fondo 1, tubeless, 700x32c (33.5mm), folding


computer mount, tubeless prepared, 35mm max tire size

Defy Limits

Pros & Cons


Agile bike

Unique color

Tubeless Tyres

Lightweight bike

Responsive bike


Saddle is just okay



Total score

Our Rating​

The 2022 Defy Advanced Pro 1 is comfy, blazes up hills, shifts buttery smooth, and has the looks of a super model.

The Advanced Composite frame is designed primarily for long-distance road riding, providing a comfortable ride and reducing tiredness. Road vibrations and shocks are absorbed by the D-Fuse handlebar and seatpost.
Even in wet conditions and on difficult roads, disc brake integration, featuring flat mounts and 12mm front and rear thru-axles, offers more constant braking power for improved control.
You can handle a variety of routes and situations, from smooth pavement to rough backroads and mountain passes, thanks to disc-brake integration, improved tyre clearance (up to 35mm), and endurance road design.

A wonderful fusion of swiftness and fluidity. Purchase if you want a bike that can handle the longest rides on any terrain and is equally capable riding upwards as it is confidently descending.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs:

What is the weight of a Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1?

Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 weigh around 8.3kg (L).

Can a giant defy ride gravel?

Giant’s maximum tyre size recommendation is 35mm; while this is insufficient for riding only on gravel, it is enough for all other situations.

Is a giant defy advanced fast?

Even on bumpy roads, the Defy Advanced Pro delivers a fast, smooth ride thanks to the ideal balance of stiffness and compliance. Its cutting-edge technology include a Contact SLR D-Fuse composite handlebar and a D-Fuse composite seatpost (Pro 1 and Pro 2 models)

Is Giant Defy better than TCR?

A 2021 TCR Advanced SL and a 2021 Defy Advanced 2 (current generation). Without sacrificing performance, the Defy feels considerably more comfortable. Take it with a grain of salt though, as the TCR has lighter wheels and higher quality carbon fiber and is stiffer and slightly quicker when rising out of the saddle.

What type of bike is Giant Defy?

Although the Defy is Giant’s endurance road bike, it is not a tall, upright touring bike masquerading as a racing machine like some of its rivals. For the majority, the geometry is more than sporty enough. The Defy has excellent handling, and my large test bike has a 605mm stack, 390mm reach, and 58mm of trail.

What is difference between Giant Defy Advanced and Pro?

The Advanced Pro’s OverDrive 2 steerer makes a noticeable difference in the front end stiffness, but Giant is still sure that the OverDrive steerer is an upgrade over other standard setups.

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