Full carbon? Hydraulic disc brakes? Shimano Ultegra 6800? Yes, yes, and yes. The Defy Advanced 1 is a road bike built for whatever amount of miles you put in its path. The advanced-grade carbon frame (Giant knows what they’re doing here – they are the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world, and one of a small handful of companies to actually weave their own carbon fiber strands) does wonders to smooth out low-frequency road chatter. When you’re descending Mt. Diablo, the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes won’t fade, and you’ll use a lot less hand force to slow down. The Ultegra drivetrain gives you a low gear to climb whatever wall gets in your way. Oh, it’s also under $2500. That’s impressive, if you ask us.