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Giant Defy Advanced & mudguards

I'm looking for experience of fitting mudguards to various versions of the Defy Advanced/Defy Advanced Pro.

I know the more recent ones have eyelets, and Giant sell some custom guards for it (RGX) but what I can't seem to find is max clearance under guards for each model year.

I know that the QR versions (which ended with the 2016 model year) don't have eyelets, and can also take around a 30mm width tyre (actual width, not marked width) but what about each model year of the thru-axle versions?

For example, the 2017 & 2018MY bikes (fitted with TAs) came with eyelets but also came with 25mm tyres stock. No mention in Giant's literature about clearance for guards.

2019MY onwards come with 28mm tyres as standard, and claim clearance for 32mm.

Current model comes with 32mm standard and claim clearance for 35mm

Ideally I'd like to be able to run 28mm tyres (marked, not actual width) year round. Preferred option is either GP4000s or 4Seasons, with maybe Gravelking SKs on a wheelset for chalky offroad action.

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