Giant Defy 2 Road Bike

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1075.00

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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:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KenSmithMT a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2012

Strengths:    Price, Value, Geometry, Ride, Stiffness, Components

Weaknesses:    Factory Saddle and Tires

Bottom Line:   
As a mountain biker venturing on to asphalt, I was looking for a reasonably priced entry level ride with decent components that would fit in on fast, weekly group rides, long charity rides as well as some light touring. Seems like a lot to ask from an entry level bike. The Giant Defy 2 hit the nail on the head. Reasonably priced meant around $1000. Bingo. Decent components? Generally a Shimano Tiagra build with a few other manufacturers mixed in. The trickle down of technology has made these entry level components a real bargain. A variety of rides? The bike is stiff and quick and a lot of fun in a group. However the geometry leans a little toward comfortable touring, so after 3 hr training rides and 100+ mile charity rides you won’t have any problem standing back up. Flip the stem over to raise the bar an inch and with the little surprise on the seat stays (Giant included hard points to attach light racks if desired) you have a great light touring bike. I completed my first double century set up this way (without racks). The only component that made me debate over other bikes was the wheel set. The stock Giant branded wheels are a little heavy. This can be a good thing. The added weight on training rides can be a benefit come race day if you can afford a lighter wheel set to swap out. Also, the wheels are strong and durable. I have put over 3,000 Montana road miles and 50+ hours with an indoor trainer on the bike in the 8 months since I bought it and the wheels have not shown the slightest bit of deformation. As a mountain biker turned part time roadie, I don’t always remember to avoid rough roads, so the tough wheels have been a good thing. I’ll probably stick with them. The only real disappointment was the stock Kenda Kriterium tires. I made it 3 miles on my first ride and flatted. 6 miles later, again. 10 miles later…again. The first flat was a cut long enough to ruin the tire, but I rode with a boot to save the First Ride. Prior to that I had been riding Continental Ultra Gatorskins and had not had a flat in over 1,500 miles. In the following 3,000+ miles on Gators, only 2 flats. (Knock on wood !) Finally the saddle. Everybody has a different butt, but I doubt there are many that would find that thing comfortable. No big deal. I swapped the Bontrager Inform RL saddle off my old bike and all is good. Bottom line. I love the bike, the ride, the geometry and the bang for the buck. As I wear out the components I will probably upgrade to 105’s or SRAM Apex for slightly smoother shifting. The frame is definitely worth the higher level components.

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Favorite Ride:   Bearmouth Chalet to Helmville, Montana

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Bike Setup:   Shimano Tiagra and Giant Components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by LMWEL a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2011

Strengths:    Comfort, Adjustability, Speed, Confidence inspiring Stability

Weaknesses:    Stock Tires and Brake pads.

Bottom Line:   
As a new Cyclist and Beginner Triathlete I can't say enough about this bike as a first Road Bike. Some bikes in this price range may look faster or be more drool worthy, but I doubt any bike could have been more effective at making me a better more confident cyclist. My 2009 Defy is comfortable, fast, stable, and begs to be ridden. I test rode six to eight bikes before I decided on the Defy 2. I couldn't have made a better choice.
After over 2000 miles I can highly recommend the Giant Defy 2. I believe even the triple crankset will be useful when I travel to the mountains.

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Favorite Ride:   Team CBC 72 mile "Brewery Ride"

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   All Star Bike Shop C

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1.2, Raleigh Grand Sport, GT series 4, Specialized Allez, Giant Defy 3, Felt Z-100

Bike Setup:   Shimano Sora Shifters and Front Derailleur. Shimano Tiagra Rear Derailleur. FSA Omega Triple Crankset. Tektro Brakes with upgraded Jagwire Pads. Shimano SPD-SL Pedals. Mavic CXP 22 Rims with Serfas Seca RS tires. Profile Designs Jammer GT clip on Aerobars. Cateye Strada wireless Computer

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