Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix

Former U23 Roubaix winner has shorter head-tube Defy

Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen has already won Paris-Roubaix once — in the under-23 category in 2014. This year, the 25-year-old Dutchman is gunning for victory in the elite men's race aboard a Giant Defy Advanced SL disc bike.

Teunissen recently took second at Dwars door Vlaanderen, one of the lead-up races to the cobbled classic Monuments of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

Teunissen has emerged as one of Sunweb's key riders for the spring classics
Teunissen has emerged as one of Sunweb's key riders for the spring classics

Teunissen also won the 2013 U23 cyclocross world championship, on a Giant no less, as a member of the Rabobank Development team.

For Paris-Roubaix, Teunissen and several of his Team Sunweb teammates will ride special team issue (read: shorter head-tube version) Defy Advanced SL bikes.

Just like the consumer option, the Defy bike is made with Giant's Advanced SL-grade composite, disc brakes, a D-shaped seatmast for compliance and plenty of clearance for high-volume tires.

Giant provides everything for the bike except the group, the computer and the tires. Here, Teunissen uses a 120mm Giant Contact SL stem and 42mm handlebar
Giant provides everything for the bike except the group, the computer and the tires. Here, Teunissen uses a 120mm Giant Contact SL stem and 42mm handlebar

Complete specs of Teunissen’s Defy Advanced SL for Paris-Roubaix

  • Frame: Defy Advanced SL, Size M/L
  • Fork:  Advanced SL-grade composite with full composite OverDrive 2 steerer
  • Stem: Giant Contact SL, 120mm
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact SL, 42cm
  • Handlebar tape: Giant Contact cork
  • Front brake: Shimano BR 9170
  • Rear brake: Shimano BR 9170
  • Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Disc 9170
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
  • Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9170
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-28t
  • Chain: Shimano CN 9011
  • Crankset: Shimano FC 9100 53/42, 175mm
  • Pedals: Shimano PD 9100
  • Front wheel: Giant SLR 42 Disc
  • Rear wheel: Giant SLR 42 Disc
  • Tires: Vittoria Corsa 28mm Team
  • Saddle: Giant Contact SL Forward
  • Seatpost: Giant Defy Advanced SL ISP
  • Bottle cages: Giant Airway Composite
  • Computer: Sigma ROX 11.0
Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
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  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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