Discover the Benefits of an Endurance Road Bike: A Guide from Giant Bicycles UK

Are you looking for a bike that⁣ can handle poor road ‍surfaces and adverse weather conditions? ⁤The endurance road bike, sometimes referred to ‌as a ‘sportive bike’, is the perfect choice for riders who want to spend long days in the saddle without⁣ feeling every ⁤bump and‌ vibration from the ⁣road at‌ the end of the day.​

Although ​they look ‍similar on the surface, there are subtle changes to the ⁢makeup of the bikes in this⁣ category; wider tyres, more upright riding position, powerful ⁢disc brakes ⁤and‍ shorter top tubes are⁤ all common ‍features that distinguish endurance road bikes. ⁢

2021 Defy Advanced 2

Focusing on‌ the geometry, they aren’t as ‍aggressive as race bikes such as our ⁤ TCR or Propel range. But what​ does this actually mean?

Below, we look at what goes into making an ‍endurance road bike and the small changes that make a big difference in how the bike feels and rides.


On first glance, a geometry chart can just look like ​a load of numbers chucked onto a table; however, they are the ​result of decisions refined over years of experience ​and manufacturing that lead to ⁤the perfectly tuned ‍machines on the ⁤road today. It’s tempting ⁣to focus on the numbers in isolation, however, the whole package must be considered when ⁢comparing bikes‍ as a small‌ change in ‌one area has a huge‌ knock-on effect elsewhere.

Despite that, we can pick ‌out a ⁣few⁤ key indicators of endurance road bikes​ and assess how they compare to another road bike. Below, we have the geometry ⁢charts for ‌the Propel ‌Advanced pro and​ the equivalent‌ Defy. ⁣They are quite similar and share common features; however, there are a ⁣few noticeable differences that⁣ separate ‍a ‍racing machine from an endurance bike.

Head Tube Length

One of​ the crucial identifiers ⁣of endurance bike ‍geometry is‍ looking ‍at the head tube ⁤length. A longer head tube results in a more ⁤natural upright⁤ riding position, ideal for ‌rides where speed isn’t essential. The ⁢longer ⁣head tube also ⁣helps‍ in dampening ‌vibrations from the road, as⁢ there is more frame material between your ⁢handlebars and the ground, therefore it is a common trait on endurance road⁢ bikes.

front on shot of ‍Giant Defy

If we take⁤ the Defy, the Medium size⁤ has⁢ a ⁣160mm head tube, compared to​ the‍ propel which sits at 140mm. This extra ​20mm raises the natural riding position ⁤of the bike away from the racier Propel, ‌giving a slightly ‌more ⁤upright ride.

Head‍ Tube⁣ Angle

This⁣ brings⁢ us ⁣nicely ‍onto the head tube angle – a classic⁤ race⁣ bike design has a head tube close to ⁤73 degrees, which makes the bike more responsive as a ​steeper head angle makes the steering⁢ faster. The Defy⁢ sits at 72.5 degrees, which is‍ slightly slacker. This small ⁣change in the angle ‌results in the ​bike⁤ having⁣ more stability and control under ‌steering, compared ⁤to ‍‘twitchier’ racing bikes.‍ When it comes to endurance, it’s all about control over‍ long periods of time rather than short sharp blasts.

Fork & ‌Rake Trail

By affecting the head tube angle, this knocks on to⁤ the ‘rake’⁣ of​ the ⁤fork (also known as offset, which is the difference ⁣between the centre of the wheel and​ the centre⁢ of ⁤the steering axis) ⁣and the trail (the​ difference between the steerer axis and where the wheel contacts the ground). ​More trail provides ⁤increased stability at ​higher speeds. The numbers are⁢ similar for ⁤the Propel​ (57mm)​ and the Defy (58mm), with the small increase making the Defy just‍ that little bit more stable.

Chain Stay⁢ Length

Another critical measurement is the chainstay length. The Defy features 15mm ⁤longer⁢ chainstays than the Propel (420mm compared with 405mm). Shorter chainstays are common on race ⁣bikes, as it ⁢improves the acceleration and climbing ability, whereas longer chainstays​ are perfect‌ for bikes that need⁤ better‌ tyre ‍clearance and the ability to mount ‍fenders ‌– an essential‍ for any endurance⁤ road bike.

Giant ⁤Propel Chainstay close up

What‌ Difference Does It Make?

This is all well and good, but ⁤what does it mean in real terms? Well, the resulting changes give the bike 22mm more wheelbase (measurement from ‍wheel to wheel) on ⁢the Defy compared to the ⁤Propel.⁢ A ​longer wheelbase provides a more ⁤comfortable ride and improved stability – think about your feet, ⁤the closer they are together‍ the less balance⁤ you ​have. If you⁢ take a wider ‍stance,‌ you instantly gain ​more control and stability, ⁤which⁢ leads to the bike having a ‘planted’ feel when on the road compared to racier setups.

The numbers might not ‍appear to have huge differences, but road bikes ⁢have sensitive designs ⁢- a small change to one measurement ​can⁣ have a dramatic effect on how the⁣ bike rides and handles. It why bikes take so long to design!

Frame Material

Although⁣ the choice ​of ⁤frame material can ⁢sometimes‍ be ⁢restricted by budget,⁢ it’s ⁢advisable to opt ‍for a carbon fibre ​frame over aluminium or steel. The reason why ⁣carbon is⁢ so popular ⁤with bike⁤ manufacturers is its ability ⁣to provide the holy grail of attributes – lightweight, stiff and compliant.

Being lightweight makes the bike easier to pedal uphill, as‌ the less mass you need to push ‍the ⁢less⁤ energy you expend. A few hundred grams difference might not seem a lot, but​ pushing the extra weight up ​and down hills over the course of a​ 4 or 5-hour ride and⁢ it soon ​adds ‌up.

Stiffness affects how the bike responds ‌when putting power through the ⁣pedals – a more flexible bike will⁢ ‘waste’ ‌energy by⁢ contorting, rather than directing it into ⁢forward motion, essentially⁣ making you slower for the​ same effort ⁢than a stiffer bike.‍ Again,‌ the ​wasted​ energy can add ⁣up over the course of​ a⁢ long-distance‌ ride.

Compliance is the frame’s ability to ‍smooth out the road ⁣and ‌absorb the bumps and imperfections, rather than directing through the rider. ⁣It’s important as‍ a compliant bike will be easier on the body‌ to ride, ‌and is a hallmark of a good⁤ endurance bike.

Why Does It Matter?

No bike ​can be the lightest, stiffest and most compliant – it’s just⁣ not ‍possible ⁢(although carbon lets you get closer than any other material). It’s⁣ where the bike sits on the spectrum ⁣that makes all the difference in how it rides. A⁤ super-stiff racing bike won’t be very compliant,⁤ which means ⁣the ride will be harsher. Perfectly acceptable for an hour or two⁢ of racing, but longer rides require‌ something‌ that’s easier on‌ the body.

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When starting on your ⁤journey ​to cycling in a competitive⁣ capacity,⁣ it is important to choose​ the⁣ right⁢ type of⁣ bike for the event. For⁢ endurance road bikes, ‌Giant Bicycles UK ​can offer you⁣ a range of models to choose from. Here we explain why an endurance ⁣road bike ⁢is‌ right for you and the benefits they offer to the competitive cyclist.

The design of an endurance ‍road bike is such that⁢ it provides‌ added control and comfort. This ⁢is thanks to the frame shape that offers a more relaxed riding position which, in turn, increases the efficiency of your pedaling. And with disc brakes that ‍help increase stopping⁤ power, you can feel⁤ at ⁤ease ⁤when you⁢ need to come to ​a⁣ stop fast.

Another⁤ advantage⁢ of an endurance road bike is that ​they ⁣are generally more lightweight than ⁣traditional road bikes. This⁣ is because the frames are typically made ​of high-efficiency materials such as titanium and ⁢carbon fiber. The result‍ is a road bike that is ⁣both strong and lightweight – a perfect combination for long-distance riding.

The small details will also make an endurance road bike stand out from the rest. ⁤For‍ example, most models feature tires⁤ that transition ⁢quickly from rough roads to pavements, perfect for those city or country rides. They also feature​ ergonomically-designed⁢ saddle and handlebars, which offer comfortable support ​during long rides.

Finally, Giant Bicycles UK ⁣offer a comprehensive range⁤ of endurance road bikes for you to choose from. Each model and component ensures you are able ⁢to find your ideal bike ​for your competitive⁤ event. All you need to do now is take to⁣ the roads and ‍discover your perfect⁤ ride.

In conclusion, if you’re looking‍ for an endurance bike to increase your competitive edge, then Giant Bicycles UK⁤ is the ideal choice. Thanks to their lightweight frames,⁤ comfortable control, and ⁣solid⁣ brakes, you​ can be assured you’ll have the perfect ride for your⁢ event. Get⁣ out there and discover the benefits of an endurance road ⁢bike today!

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