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Giant Defy Advanced 2 Wins 2013’s Cycling Plus Bike of the Year

Giant Defy Advanced 2

Wins 2013’s Cycling Plus Bike of the Year



01/03/2013 Cycling Plus, the UK’s best selling cycling magazine and leading authority in road cycling, has unveiled the Giant Defy Advanced 2 as its 2013 Bike Of The Year.

The Cycling Plus Bike of the Year, has become the ultimate accolade to bicycle manufacturers worldwide. Now in its fifth year, it is a result of months of testing by cycling experts. With a longlist of originally 40 bikes, the testing team have focused on bikes between £1,500 to £2,000 – the average price range paid for bicycles by Cycling Plus readers.

Broken down to a shortlist of five, the winner, Giant, are the first brand to win the accolade twice – having originally collected the award in 2009 for their TCR Advanced 3. This year’s winner, the Defy Advanced 2, was unanimously chosen by the expert panel of five calling it “A pitch-perfect and intoxicating combination of smoothness, comfort, speed and handling”.

David Ward, Product and Training Manager for Giant UK says, “… Cycling Plus Bike of the Year is the ultimate accolade and we’re thrilled the Defy is getting the praise it deserves.”

Rob Spedding, editor of Cycling Plus, says, “Choosing the 2013 Cycling Plus Bike of the Year was a hard task. Every one of the 40 bikes we put through their paces would make a modern road cyclist happy, but the Giant Defy Advanced 2 has the edge. It’s just so versatile – comfortable enough to spend all day on it; light enough help you fly up hills but as satisfying a bike to fling around corners as you’ll find.”

The top 5, in no particular order…

Focus Cayo Evo 4.0

Storck Scecero G2

Trek Domane 4.3

Boardman SLR/9.0

Giant Defy Advanced 2

Previous winners of Cycling Plus Bike of the Year is…

2012         Focus Izalco Pro 3.0

2011         Storck Scenero

2010         Cannondale Six Carbon 105

2009         Giant TCR Advanced 3

Bike of the Year 2013 appears in Cycling Plus issue 273, on sale Friday 1st March and available on Apple’s Newsstand and Zinio.

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 The Longlist

  • Cannondale Synapse 105
  • BMC Roadracer SL01
  • Olympia Ego RS
  • Sensa Giulia Supremo
  • Boardman Elite Air 9.0
  • Forme Axe Edge Pro
  • Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0 F10
  • Giant Defy Advanced 2
  • Trek Madone 4.5
  • Specialized Tarmac Sport
  • Kuota Kharma Evo
  • Eddy Merckx EMX-1 Peloton
  • Ridley Fenix 1307B
  • Bianchi Sempre Pro Veloce 
  • De Rosa R848
  • Wilier Triestina Izoard XP Ultegra
  • Norco Tactic 3
  • Trek Domane 4.3
  • Avanti Quantum 2.0
  • Cinelli Saetta
  • Boardman SLR 9.0
  • Dedacciai Nerissimo Veloce
  • Cannondale SuperSix 105
  • Cube Agree GTC SL
  • Verenti Insight
  • Giant TCR Advanced 2
  • Scott CR1 Team Carbon
  • Vitus Vitesse
  • Moda Molto
  • Scapin Eys
  • Storck Scenero G2
  • Merida Ride Carbon 95
  • Felt F5
  • Ribble R872 Di2
  • Felt Z5
  • Ghost Race Lector 7000
  • Lapierre Sensium 300 CP
  • Pinarello FP Uno Carbon Veloce
  • Specialized Roubaix Sport
  • Focus Cayo Evo


The Expert Panel:

Rob Spedding                   Cycling Plus Editor

Jeff Jones                         BikeRadar.com editor

Warren Rossiter                Technical Editor, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar

Robin Wilmott                   Technical Writer, Cycling Plus, ProCycling, BikeRadar.com

George Ramelkamp           Bike Workshop Manager – Cycling Plus, BikeRadar


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