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Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY 2018] Owner Review

Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY2018]

Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY2018]

Remembrance Day 2017 was a new bike day here at A MY2018 Giant Defy Advanced 2 in a rather mellow (not) green has joined the bike fleet replacing my sold with regret Look 555. I have realised that I miss the challenge of longish rides, well up to 200 kilometres at least and want to get back into audax riding. I didn’t feel my Surly Long Haul Trucker was really the best weapon of choice so a new bike was on the cards 🙂  My localish bike shop [LBS], Churchill Cycles at Booragoon came to the party once again and offered me the Giant at a very nice price of $2,300 with the change out of the rear tyre to a 28 mm Mavic tubeless.

I also wish to balance my sporting activities a bit more between cycling and running so the Defy will make a nice sportive ride for sub-50 km training rides.  To setup the bike to suit my intended purposes I will be making some changes to the standard build and will document them here as they get sorted.

This blog post was last updated on November 27, 2017 and at 101.5 kilometres on the bike.

Documenting the initial bike specifications and setup.

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Bikepacking the Holland Track: The Salsa Mukluk

Holland Track Day 2: Salsa Mukluk at Granite Rock Outcrop

My first bikepacking ride and the first serious outing for my Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This photo was taken on second day of my ride of the Holland Track. It shows a typical trail marker found where the Track crosses a granite outcrop. On one or two occasions these trail markers where missing in action resulting in some interesting riding around in circles to find the most likely egress point. Oh the bike performed well the packing not so much. A few small changes bags are in train before the next bikepacking trip.

The photo was taken with a Panasonic DMC-LX100, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250 and processed in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1