Yesterday was a rare warm weather day in New Jersey, shattering previous records. (It reached 81 degrees when we finished the ride.) We had to get out and ride. So, Jim Vreeland of Hb Summit and myself (Tom Dunn) cleared our schedules to ride the HoH route.
Jim rode the 2018 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 0 with Ultegra Di2 with a compact 50/34 and 11-28 in the back. He rode the Challenge Paris-Roubaix 700/27mm. He claims that it’s definitely faster than the Rubino and handled the dirt and gravel quickly and comfortably. Yet, as past reviewers have made note, it “doesn’t have much by way of puncture protection.” Review: Challenge Paris-Roubaix 700c x 27 mm tyre, Dave Atkinson, road.cc
Here, Jim changes a flat tire. He didn’t get it on the gravel but picked up a sliver from the debris along the road. Here he is at around mile 55.
2018 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 0
I was on the 2018 S-Works Roubaix with Sram eTap and Enve 3.4’s. With a combination 53/39 and the WiFLi 11-32. This was a perfect combination for those hills. As usual, I had the Vittoria Rubino Pros 25mm without issue.
2018 S-Works Roubaix
Both of these bikes were made for these conditions. They were comfortable and fast. The gravel roads weren’t bad at all. Most of them were just compacted mud with light gravel sections throughout, but some of them had big potholes that could easily take down an unaware cyclist. Overall, it was a great day. The greatest challenge was keeping water in our bottles. There weren’t many refueling spots along the route and our bottles dried up around mile 60. On a very hot day, that would’ve been disastrous.