In 2015, Giant revamped its performance Defy and women’s Liv Avail range, adding disc brakes to many of the carbon models. Prior to that, the Taiwanese behemoth had tweaked its entry-level alloy range with a frame that pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in aluminium.

For 2016, the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer steps forward again, trickling down the disc brakes of the upper-tier models and merging them with the alloy frame that takes multiple design cues from the carbon models.  It’s clear that not all road riders are sold on disc brakes yet. But there’s little denying the benefits provided by the increased braking control – regardless of the weather.

Pricing for the new Defy in Australia, where we tested it, is a very competitive AU$1,799 – only marginally more than the 2015 model; UK and US prices

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