So I'm new to this road cycling malarkey, although have been commuting for 20+ years by bike so by no means new to biking. I have on the radar a fairly formidable ride towards the end of the summer, quite a few hill climbs and many long days so am beginning my training (on an ancient steel road bike)... I need a new bike.
I've basically narrowed my choices down to the (award winning) Giant Defy Advanced 2 or the Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0... the Canyon looks better on paper, but of course I cannot test ride it. Due to the nature of the challenge I'm looking for something comfortable (8hr+ days) and something agile for the hills.
Is there anything/anyone that can steer this final decision?