Giant Defy 1 Road Bike

3.78/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $1350.00


Product Description

HOW TO PURCHASE A GIANT BICYCLE Giant Bicycles are only sold our Corona,CA retail store (2410 Wardlow Road, Suite 109, Corona, CA, 92880). This item cannot be purchased online or at our Riverside, CA location. If you are interested in a ...


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jrm

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2013

Strengths:    Weight, componentry, comfortable, handling, aesthetics

Weaknesses:    OE kenda tires, Tectro brakeset.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the "tax return bike" in spring 2011 as a 2010 closeout. i was drawn to it by various reviews and the appeal of the bikes "endurance" geometry. It has become the most comfortable bike i have since i bought it. I was disappointed by the OE tectro brakeset/pads and ended up swapping them out for a 105 brakeset/koolstop pad set up. Other then that its a great bike.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2012

Strengths:    Shimano 105 components
light frame
Relaxed riding position
Handling is superb


Weaknesses:    Seat post clamp
Seat comfort


Bottom Line:   
The 2012 Defy 1 was a birthday present from my wife and kids. I have 700miles so far. It has been great so far. It handles very well and stable at high speeds. The riding position is very comfortable for long rides. The 105 components have been stellar with the proper maintenance. The only complaint is the stock saddle after only 15 miles I find it to be unbearably uncomfortable, but saddles are one of those personal preference things and a easy fix with the purchase of another saddle. This is a great entry level road bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Brushy Mountain

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Smyrna Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Felt Z85
Fuji Roubiax 1.0
Specialized Allez


Bike Setup:   2012 Defy 1
shimano 105 groupset 2 x 10
Look Keo 2 max clipless pedals
Brooks B17 Saddle Royal Blue
Giant P-R2 wheels (stock)
Giant P-R3 tires (stock)
Forte carbon bottle cages
Cateye EL135N/LD130 Head Light and Rear Light


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    I can have it serviced locally since they have it more than I do.

Weaknesses:    The Shimano 105 gearing has nothing but shifting issues, been in the shop twice going in again tomorrow, shifts around on its own today after riding to work (12 miles) seems again the shifting is not working correct and now upon inspection there are about 12 teeth missing on the large ring gear. Hopefully I can make it back home.

Bottom Line:   
The bike seems to be a great bike, but the 105 running gear from Shimanno is NOT up to par, from the articles I read I thought I bought a bike I could be happy with but my friends are laughing now and they are riding less expensive bikes.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ragtag

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2012

Strengths:    Surprised at comments about gears jumping or dropping, found the gear changing to be fine even on steep climbs (18%). But like most bikes the gears will need adjusting from time to time between rides. The wheels have taken a battering from the roads around here but they are still true, ok they aren't the lightest wheels but they are damn tough.

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket came a little lose after 1,500 miles and started making a creaking noise. LBS sorted that out no problem.

Bottom Line:   
2011 Defy 1, Tiagra/Sora

Was looking for a good all round bike for training and commuting. It's the first road bike I have had for a number of years so don't have a great deal to compare it with. I've ridden it for 4,500 miles in just under a year mostly around Surrey Hills, to the south of London. I really enjoy riding it

I recently took it in for a second service, the mechanic in the bike shop said it was in fantastic condition. This may be down to me cleaning and lubricating it very often.

The reason I got a aluminum bike was cost as I didn't know if I would ride it that much more than my hybrid. I have totally fallen in love with cycling again which is due to this bike.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Suzanne Spiers a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2010

Strengths:    Smoothness and responsiveness of ride. Great gears and the carbon frame seems to take the stress of bumps away so they are mostly not noticeable. The bike is really fast and a joy to ride. Well worth every cent I paid.

Weaknesses:    The lighter frame in crosswinds. Doesn't happen a lot but when the wind is strong, I am not heavy, so I need to hold on really firmly. Only major problem would be in a crash with the carbon frame; very difficult to repair.

Bottom Line:   
My current bike is a Trek Madone 4.5 WSD. It is a wonderful bike. The frame is light and the bike is extremely responsive. It has a full carbon frame and the ride is really smooth, even on bumpy surfaces. It corners well at speed and going up hills is a dream. My bike has Shimano 105's on the front and Ultegra on the rear. The gears shift really smoothly. Even on longer rides over 50 kms, it feels easy and the bike does most of the work, so riding is a pleasure. I would recommend this bike to anyone who wants a really good ride and for people who ride long distances at a time. Even on my usual 50 km ride, it is a dream and never disappoints. A very reliable bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Subi to Freo and back

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Rider's Choice, Leed

Similar Products Used:   None really. My old Indi Condor had a steel frame, but it was a very responsive bike for its time and was also a real joy to ride.

Bike Setup:   Carbon frame, Shimano groupset with 105 on the front and Ultegra on the back. Changed the saddle to a Selle Italia and the tyres to Gatorskins because of flats. Powerful 900 lumen Nitelight for dark mornings around 5 a.m. and generic brakes with calipers, not disc brakes. They are fine. Bike has been fitted properly to my frame.



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2011 Giant Defy 1 headset?

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