Bike of the Year 2013 – Giant Defy Advanced 2

Plus the top five road bikes revealed

The Giant Defy Advanced 2 has won the coveted Cycling Plus Bike of the Year award for 2013, beating 39 longlisted road bikes costing between £1,500 and £2,000 (roughly US$2,350 and US$3,150). 

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Rounding out the top five in the competition, in no particular order, are the Focus Cayo Evo 4.0, Storck Scenero G2, Trek Domane 4.3 and Boardman SLR/9.0.

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“Choosing the 2013 Bike of the Year was a hard task,” said Cycling Plus editor Rob Spedding. “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.”

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As for the remaining longlist, the following bikes were all tested:

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Read the full review of the Giant Defy Advanced 2, plus the 39 other bikes tested, in issue 273 of Cycling Plus, available now on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.