RCUK revealed Giant’s 2009 bikes a while ago, with the top-end TCR Advanced bikes getting some rather significant changes, including all-new frames with beefed up carbon, tapered head tubes and BB bearings press-fitting directly into the frame.
It’s all very light, stiff and racy. However, when designing those the new TRC range Giant decided to pen some drawings for its performance-orientated bikes. Called Defy, the new bikes borrow much of the DNA seen in the TCR frames but watered down into a package aimed at those seeking a fast but more comfortable ride.
The Defy is split into three distinct series, and will include the Defy Advanced (carbon), Defy Alliance (carbon/aluminium) and Defy (aluminium) framesets to cover a variety of price points. The main difference to be aware of is the slightly longer chainstays, extra tyre clearance and taller headtube, which should find favour for sportive riders. The top-end Defy Advanced interestingly uses the same tapered headtube as the TCR as well as the same press-fit bottom bracket affair, with similarly beefed up tubes.
“With Defy, Giant designers and engineers have created a lighter, stiffer and more comfortable everyday bike for riders who want it all in one package," said Dennis Lane, Giant Global Product Development Director. “Defy is designed to exceed the expectations of both devoted club riders and die-hard road racers alike."