Giant Defy Advanced 1
Best all-around road bike
The Giant Defy Advanced 1 attracts a host of recommendations, including awards from Bicycling and Triathlon Plus magazines. Reviewers say it's one of the most impressive bikes of the year, thanks to a stiff carbon frame that offers ample speed and precise handling. Testers are particularly impressed with the bike's climbing performance, especially compared to other road bikes in this price range. Even though the Giant Defy Advanced 1 brings plenty of speed to the table, it offers a smoother, more comfortable ride than many of its competitors. As a result, experts say it can pull double-duty for racing or heavy mileage. Reviewers have few complaints other than the hefty price tag, although all the experts we consulted say the Giant Defy Advanced 1 is well worth the cost. The carbon frame is outfitted with Shimano Ultegra components and DT Swiss wheels. A women's model, the Giant Avail Advanced 1 (*Est. $3,200), is also available.